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What are your thoughts on Keto?

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  • barefootbridgeybarefootbridgey Member Posts: 55 Member Member Posts: 55 Member
    I tried it for a time after watching several coworkers have success with it. For me, it was totally not worth it. I, for whatever reason, did not find that it was helpful in managing my appetite at all and I would be well over my allotted calories for the day REALLY quickly, but was still feeling hungry.
  • mmapagsmmapags Member Posts: 8,953 Member Member Posts: 8,953 Member
    If keto is a way you enjoy eating and it helps you stay on plan in a sustainable way, great. But is has no metabolic advantage over any other form of calorie restriction if protein and calories and the same.

    One benefit that some report is that it blunts hunger and cravings and that can be a real help if someone struggles with those. Personally, I found it too restrictive for me. But I have found eating lower carb, 100 to 150 grams per day, helps with hunger signalling and makes it easier to stay on plan for me. Others have reported the same experiences. YMMV
  • digestibleplasticdigestibleplastic Member Posts: 27 Member Member Posts: 27 Member
    ozonezoe wrote: »
    Love hearing people’s opinions and experience with different life style changes! Let me know what you think of keto and if it was beneficial for your life!

    When I was 200+ lbs and borderline diabetic it was the only diet that balanced my hormones enough to allow me to lose weight. I was actually put on it by a Doctor who said this isn't for life, but just to heal my body to the point that I could get to a healthy weight *eventually* and introduce back other foods. It wasn't used for weight loss in my situation.

    It worked amazingly for that reason. I am no longer keto, but my blood sugars are self regulating now and so are many of my other hormones that were totally out of whack when I was much more obese.

    ETA: I'm still obese, so it's clearly not the extra fat alone that was affecting my hormones, myriad of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and inability to lose weight.
    edited June 2020
  • Irene89DtDowdIrene89DtDowd Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    The keto diet is a pretty extreme kind of diet. Refusal of carbohydrates threatens with breakdowns on unhealthy diet, headaches, weakness, chills. When switching to a keto diet suddenly, you can expect an exacerbation of pancreatitis and other health problems. A doctor's consultation is required. You can also use an app for keto diet. The main advantage of such a diet is that the lost weight will not return, since there is no sharp change in nutrition and artificial reduction of calories. However, due to a large number of proteins and fats in the diet, don't expect fast weight loss per week.
    edited May 1
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Member Posts: 4,413 Member Member Posts: 4,413 Member
    Fats are not satiating to me and I’m mostly plant based and eat a lot of fruit so it would never work for me.
  • ccrdragonccrdragon Member Posts: 2,936 Member Member Posts: 2,936 Member
    The keto diet is a pretty extreme kind of diet. Refusal of carbohydrates threatens with breakdowns on unhealthy diet, headaches, weakness, chills. When switching to a keto diet suddenly, you can expect an exacerbation of pancreatitis and other health problems. A doctor's consultation is required. You can also use an app for keto diet. The main advantage of such a diet is that the lost weight will not return, since there is no sharp change in nutrition and artificial reduction of calories. However, due to a large number of proteins and fats in the diet, don't expect fast weight loss per week.

    Another WUT???? Macro breakdown doesn't determine how fast you lose - total calorie deficit determines how fast you lose.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 19,769 Member Member, Premium Posts: 19,769 Member
    The keto diet is a pretty extreme kind of diet. Refusal of carbohydrates threatens with breakdowns on unhealthy diet, headaches, weakness, chills. When switching to a keto diet suddenly, you can expect an exacerbation of pancreatitis and other health problems. A doctor's consultation is required. You can also use an app for keto diet. The main advantage of such a diet is that the lost weight will not return, since there is no sharp change in nutrition and artificial reduction of calories. However, due to a large number of proteins and fats in the diet, don't expect fast weight loss per week.

    Who says there's a sharp change in nutrition or a different "artificial" reduction in calories when non-keto?

    Signed, year 5+ at a healthy weight (after 30+ years of obesity before that), now eating 250g or so of carbs daily, plus plenty of protein and healthy fats.

    P.S. The whole quoted post is full of misconceptions, from misunderstanding of electrolyte issues in keto, to the idea that your average doc can relate to keto, to the idea that weight loss is magically permanent, to the idea that keto loss is necessarily slow.

    Keto helps some people, isn't universally necessary.
    edited May 3
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Member Posts: 8,054 Member Member Posts: 8,054 Member
    ozonezoe wrote: »
    Love hearing people’s opinions and experience with different life style changes! Let me know what you think of keto and if it was beneficial for your life!

    When I was 200+ lbs and borderline diabetic it was the only diet that balanced my hormones enough to allow me to lose weight. I was actually put on it by a Doctor who said this isn't for life, but just to heal my body to the point that I could get to a healthy weight *eventually* and introduce back other foods. It wasn't used for weight loss in my situation.

    It worked amazingly for that reason. I am no longer keto, but my blood sugars are self regulating now and so are many of my other hormones that were totally out of whack when I was much more obese.

    ETA: I'm still obese, so it's clearly not the extra fat alone that was affecting my hormones, myriad of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and inability to lose weight.

    I am glad to hear of your health gains. When I cut out added sugars and grains my 40 years of life controlling IBS resolved after several months and 7 years later has never returned. While I still don't use added sweeteners and still watch the grains I eat well over 50 grams of carbs daily due my focus on healthy gut microbiome. They need good fiber to eat to provide me with a strong immune system.
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