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LCHF or Ketogenic Diet

Discussion in 'Diet strategies' started by uncfnp, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    It is interesting that I only see patients on Metformin for diabetes and PCOS. May be in part due to providers hesitance to use off label and patient’s resistance to “diabetic meds.”

    @KathyV Thank you for the link. The program advertising looks very interesting but I couldn’t find the facts behind the diet/how it works. With 0 point food options it can’t be solely caloric restriction.

    So far I am having very little trouble with a low carb diet. The benefit with my tummy provides very good incentive! I don’t try to stay in keto so not losing additional weight but then my weight lose goal was minimal. The biggest challenge has been travel, especially in Cozumel with no kitchen. So I settled for “cycling” on vacation days and not worry to much about carbs, though I do still try and make “healthy” choices. Has worked well for me so far.

    The biggest change I need to do now is reduce my processed food intake, though here too I try to make smart choices.

    But yes, I definitely think this is a lifetime nutritional choice that works well for me.

    Another interesting study and with my family history very applicable.

    Surprise! High-fat dairy may protect against metabolic syndrome
     
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  2. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Whatever works for you and is healthy and you can maintain it - that's great!

    Weight Watchers (now called Wellness Wins) is not all about caloric intake; foods are assigned points and you are given a customized budget of points both per day but with a weekly cushion of extra points to use when you wish.

    The idea behind the 200 different zero point foods is to drive you to eat healthy natural foods. Many of those healthier food have calories but you can eat them without concern as zero points, and then use your limited budgeted points to eat some of the higher calorie, less healthy foods you enjoy in reasonable portions. So no food is "forbidden" you just have to budget for it.

    It sounds complicated but they've done a lot to make it easy and you quickly get the hang of it. They have a very good app that includes a bar code scanner to check points of items while you are shopping or preparing meals, and an online tracker to help manage your points.

    They offer weekly local workshops to provide education and support and/or an online program that you can use without attending workshops. I prefer the weekly meetings with the online resources. You can choose to weigh in (privately) or not to weigh in at workshops.

    They also encourage exercise and you can gain some extra points through activity - to use or not use as you wish.

    I think that it is a sustainable program because it is more of a lifestyle than a diet. In the past I've gone on diets and I do lose but then go off them and regain, but I have been able to sustain my weight loss and still enjoy my life with WW.

    If anyone is interested, you can attend a workshop at no charge to learn more about the program to see if it might be a good fit for you. They offer different plans:
    • Weekly workshop = $6 per week (search by zip code, they have many locations and times)
    • Online = $4 per week
    • Personal coaching = $10 per week
    See the link below, and they frequently offer a "try it free for a month" special:
    https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/plans/meetings

    I pay about $11 per week to get the weekly workshop, online program, and coaching upon request. You never have to pay again when you become "Lifetime" by reaching goal, sustaining it for 6 weeks, weighing in monthly, and don't exceed 2 lbs above goal. If you gain more than 2 lbs above goal then you only pay per week until you get back to within 2 lbs of goal.

    You have the freedom to set your own goal or to use the standard BMI target. When you are Lifetime they give you a plan and a points budget to help you maintain.

    Sometimes employers subsidize "workplace programs" to make it cheaper and easier for staff to participate; and if the weight-loss is doctor-recommended then you can use your flexible spending account (pre-tax dollars) to pay for it.

    Let me know if you have questions about WW and good luck with your low-carb plan!
     
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