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  • Does a high fat keto diet fix LC anxiety?

    Anytime I go low carb I get severe anxiety. It sucks. I lost a bunch of weight doing paleo before pregnancy and now a year after pregnancy if I drop my carbs like rice, potatoes, and dark chocolate and just eat veggies (fruit doesn't sit too well with me) then I get horrible anxiety. I'm eating ribeyes, chicken thighs, bacon, eggs, etc., so do I need to add even more fat on top of that? Or am I resigned to have to do low fat high carb like PHD recs? I don't know if I can do that either though...I love cooking my food in fat now.

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    If a low carb diet gives you anxiety, how can another low carb diet not also give you anxiety?

    It is not necessary to go to extremes. Just eat a moderate amount of carbohydrate like the Primal Blueprint suggests, something perhaps closer to the 100-150g range than the lower 75g - 100g range.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • #3
      Will I still be able to lose weight? I mean the Perfect Health Diet recs those kinds of carbs but says to lose weight you need to eat less fat. :/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Goldensparrow View Post
        Will I still be able to lose weight? I mean the Perfect Health Diet recs those kinds of carbs but says to lose weight you need to eat less fat. :/
        You will find varying opinions on that here. In order to keep calories in line, I do think you need to cut fat a bit. It might take some experimenting to figure out how much.

        You won't know unless you try! Eat some taters

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Goldensparrow View Post
          Will I still be able to lose weight? I mean the Perfect Health Diet recs those kinds of carbs but says to lose weight you need to eat less fat. :/
          Less fat, not zero fat. Maybe try eye of round, chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, seafood? Of course starches and vegetables will taste bad without fat but IME using a half-portion with more tossing and seasoning is just as good. Chocolate is not a carb (energy is ~85% fat), maybe try cocoa powder + greek yogurt to scratch the itch.

          Put another way, if you're following PHD you aim for adequate protein and adequate starch at all times then embellish it with as much or as little fat as needed to make the meal digestible and palatable while mindful of total energy, with priority toward the special nutrient sources like eggs, coconut, salmon, liver, etc.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by picklepete View Post
            Put another way, if you're following PHD you aim for adequate protein and adequate starch at all times then embellish it with as much or as little fat as needed to make the meal digestible and palatable while mindful of total energy, with priority toward the special nutrient sources like eggs, coconut, salmon, liver, etc.
            Exactly the way I operate. No need to take things to extremes. Just up the carbs and down the fats a little. Don't swim everything in bacon grease and butter on one side of the spectrum and don't pour honey and maple syrup all over big piles of potatoes and dried fruit on the other. Find a middle ground.

            Your body will be extremely happy just being off the wheat, flour, sugar and crappy vegetable oils.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #7
              I found out the hard way that I need to keep my carbs above 80 mg/day or else have the same problem. I try to keep my carbs primal, so starchy veggies, fruit, maybe some rice. The last time I made an effort to lose weight I did just fine with carbes between 80 and 150 mg/day. Every once in a while I'd have a day above or below, but the long-term average was within that range. I think you'll probably be fine if you get some more carbs. Maybe increase a little at a time and try to pinpoint your threshold.

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              • #8
                Are you getting enough magnesium? That can be low on a low carb diet and can cause anxiety.

                But in general, I would be surprised if you had to be uber low carb to lose weight. Try something a little more moderate and see what happens.
                Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                • #9
                  Are you eating enough calories?
                  Crohn's, doing SCD

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
                    Are you eating enough calories?
                    I actually think this was it. I'm having to add a ton of fat to every single dish. I'm still having some anxiety, but when I do, I eat more fat lol. And I'm back to dropping weight again instead of constantly plateauing. Fat is amazing!

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                    • #11
                      I have read on here (though I don't have a link) that occasionally, LC can keep a person in an almost chronic state of carb flu, whereas VLC or going into ketosis won't do that. Of course, the opposite is also sometimes true. It's a matter of finding what's right for you. N=1 really doesn't translate to N=1,000,000.
                      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                      Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                      • #12
                        I had the same thing and found that I was calorie depriving myself. I bumped up the calorie intake and it was a night and day difference.
                        Starting Weight - 280lbs
                        Current - 280bs
                        Goal - Around 200lbs(will be focusing on the mirror and not the scale then)
                        Working hard to make a healthier and more active me.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Goldensparrow View Post
                          Will I still be able to lose weight? I mean the Perfect Health Diet recs those kinds of carbs but says to lose weight you need to eat less fat. :/
                          I skimmed through that book and I didn't show it every saying to be on a low fat diet. It promoted eating beef, salmon, butter, cheese and coconut oil. I know the increase in "Safe" carbs means less of your caloric intake would be fat but PHD is far from low fat diet.

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                          • #14
                            Keto and anxiety

                            I'm late in this, but earlier in my life I used to do VLC or Keto and didn't have any problems. Now that I am older, I can't do keto/LC without starting to have insomnia and anxiety. I think when I was younger I could handle the stress better. Older, not so much. So I think the takeaway is... keto/VLC causes stress to the body and some people will be able to handle it, others not.

                            I feel much better with some carrots, squash, sweet potatoes (these REALLY fill me up!) and sprouted oatmeal. I don't think keto/VLC is the only or best way to lose weight. I've gotten thin on keto, but I was at my thinnest eating only a candy bar for lunch, some oatmeal in the morning and salad with top ramen at night (college

                            Another observation-- I never got that "loss of appetite" people describe on keto/VLC. I ALWAYS craved carbs and food and had a really hard time keeping calories down. I can eat less calories when I eat carbs.

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