Ketogenic Diet: Two Months

Ketogenic Diet: Two Months

Where has the time gone, and the weight? The Ketogenic diet has certainly been gaining some traction recently. In all my years being a chiropractor, I don’t think I have seen a diet that has been so popular. So why is it that so many people are jumping on the bandwagon? My personal feeling is that this diet gives people what they are looking for in many ways. The diet is simple, shopping is easy, meal prep is quick and easy and fat makes things taste good.

I wanted to talk about my experience since starting the Ketogenic diet about 2 months ago. I have lost about 15lbs. since I started Keto and I have lost the weight from the areas that were a problem for me which was mostly around my waist. It is interesting that while my clothes fit better, they are not hanging off of me. I have been able to work out and maintain my lean muscle. Intense exercise was difficult at first as my body was learning to use fat for fuel but I have turned the corner and have started to reap the benefits of the more efficient fuel source.

One thing I was curious about was how getting 70% of my calories from fat would affect my cholesterol levels. Here is a comparison of a test done in March of this year compared to June 8th.

March June
Total Cholesterol 149 232
HDL 52 84
LDL 88 138
Triglycerides 43 49
Cardiac Risk Ratio 2.9 2.8

 

So….My PCP would probably not be too happy about this, but I am fine with it. Most people would just look at the total cholesterol and be concerned but if you look at the “cardiac risk” score, it went down. This particular lab wants your Cardiac Risk Ration to be less than 5.0 and I am almost half of that which I feel good about. So just on a very simple level, my total cholesterol went up, but my cardiac risk ratio went down, interesting.

As a Type 1 diabetic the main number we are always chasing is our A1c. Your hemoglobin A1c is a 90 day picture of what your blood sugar has been. When this test was done I was 30 days into that 90 picture and my A1c went down which I am very happy about. I am hoping that when my next A1c is done in September I will be closer to the normal range of 4.2-5.8. If I keep having weeks like this I should be close:

Two months in and I am sold. This diet has been a game changer for me. Easiest diet I have ever done! I challenge any Type 1 or 2 diabetic to give this a try.

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