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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

As noted in my most recent blog - I have spent over 1 year struggling with health. It has prevented me from even doing simple things like walking or bending over to sort wash. I have put on weight and now I can even feel my stomach sagging! I can't stand it. I am now able to do just a few minutes of walking and a little housework but I struggled with what kind of diet to try. My PT talked to me about the ketogenic diet. Carbs have always been my challenge and after reading the background on this diet I could see how it could be beneficial. Thing is I know my husband would like the food but also add carbs and I am quite frankly afraid that would kill him! I do not have time to make two different meals. So I am going to try and increase fat and protein quite a bit and decrease carbs a lot. The diet suggested 20 grams a day - Sparks says 135 - 252 - so I am thinking like maybe 50. Has anyone tried this? Does it work. I would not eat as much fat as the ketogenic diet allows in order to equal it out. Let me know. Thanks so much.
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    Thanks for all the input. What I meant about my husband was not derogatory. He works out a lot - goes to the gym 7 days a week, bikes between 50 and 100 miles each weekend. Thing is he does it so he can eat what he wants. That said - the recipes I saw thus far on the diet he would love - but he would add bread, pasta and loads of other carbs - I really can't see that working for him. I had forgotten that you have to reach ketosis - new at this so you are right 50 carbs would not work and I can't see me doing much under that. Yesterday I tried a sample day and by cutting carbs I still ended up with 55 and that was without the banana that habitually eat each day. Still open to suggestions.
    1039 days ago
    I'm confused about your concern that eating the same base keto diet but adding carbs would "kill" your husband. Unless he is significantly smaller than you, then he needs a higher caloric intake every day than you do, anyways. The base keto diet is comprised of healthy proteins, healthy fats, and low carb vegetables --- which should be the base of ANY eating plan --- so starting with that and adding healthy carbs just gives a different macro balance (not ketosis) with healthy foods. How could this be such a bad thing for your husband?

    Realistically, a PT is not trained in nutrition, so your best bet is to sit down with your husband and a Registered Dietitian and figure out what might be the best approach for the both of you --- based on your own health, preferences, and nutritional needs. Keto might be a great fit for you, or maybe a non-keto but still lower carb approach, or maybe just something more balanced than what you were doing. If one or both of you have issues with food sensitivities, or nutrient absorbtion, or inflammation, or some other health issue, then you may have to work around a similar base diet with different "extras" but make your choices based on need.
    1040 days ago
    The keto diet works. But you need to cut carbs down further than 50. You can try it at 50 but I doub5 you will go into ketosis., be sure and increase your fats to at least 75% of you calories . remember to use full fat milk and butter. Heavy cream is better than milk. Need protein at all meals and snacks. It is hard to give up vegetables and wheat. Be are allowed but only very lo carb ones. Be sure and get you fiber. This is where vegetables come intake. If you find it hard to get fiber in use supplements. Good luck.
    1040 days ago
  • EPSTAR2016
    I have not tried that, but in my opinion you need to take care of yourself. Your husband can make his own meal if he is not satisfied with what you out on the table. Good luck and God bless you!
    1040 days ago
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