Haven't been on this thread in awhile, but wanted to check in. Since starting VLC I have dropped 15-20 lbs. (not sure where I started), but I am down to 127. The only problem I am having and we'll see if my blood test confirms it is with my electrolytes. The medication I take for my migraines, Topamax, can cause metabolic acidosis, and being in ketosis can make it worse. I took a blood test this morning so we'll see if it shows that this is the case. The other thing is that I am having stomach issues - inflammation of my stomach lining - also caused by my medication and maybe it's also tied to the electrolyte imbalance. I started taking Prilosec and it has helped. I hate to be on any medications, but the Topamax has saved me from my migraines and it has been the only thing that has worked so I need it. We'll see what my labs and my doctor have to say. Anyone have any experience with this?
So, NourishedEm, we're actually in total agreement. I'm just a data-geek.
Moreover, this is the first human study to demonstrate that a clinical biomarker (insulin resistance) can be used to segregate weight loss responses to a specific diet. While this segregation of individuals towards a diet that will best suit them for weight loss is helpful, it does not inform those individuals if and how much to restrict carbohydrate to optimize chances for long-term weight maintenance.
Phinney, Stephen; Volek, Jeff (2011-07-08). The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable (p. 142). Beyond Obesity LLC. Kindle Edition.
Interesting thread but I would be reading it for a week just wondering if you think it is normal or ok, to find that if you get tired and spacey, which I do seemingly before I have to cook dinner or if I maybe have the wrong balance of nutrients, that I have a spoon full of coconut oil?. It just seems to regulate everything, where a bit of fruit or protein does not.
I did this, almost zero carbs for three weeks or so. Steak cooked in tallow, eggs, chicken, liver, bone broth, coconut milk, some frozen and cooked spinach, some butter (recycled from my wife's cooking so it doesn't go to waste) and some kerrygold swiss cheese from grocery outlet. Was feeling pretty awesome, but a tad weak and run down by week 3. Thought it might be my thyroid. So I added back some sweet potatoes and apples, went a little heavier on the spinach and mushrooms - and now I've had the runs on and off for a week, and my dandruff/scaly forehead just came back! I've got to rework this. Maybe back to VLC with a little more seaweed and liver to cover my thyroid.
I'm thinking of the usual suspects:
- Inflammation from the dairy (even though it's pretty good stuff)
- Slowed thyroid
- Too abrupt a change in macronutrent ratios
- Too much overtime at work
Not sure what overlaps that could contribute to both the runs and scaly, dry skin. Any ideas?
Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.
I've been VLC for months and just got my blood work back and it was excellent... thyroid and blood sugar were great. Electrolytes were fine, despite being VLC and on a medication that can screw them up.
My D and B12 are low, though (my fault)!
When I add carbs back in I get depressed and moody so it's best for me to keep it VLC.