Digging into the Ketogenic Diet

>> THIS WAS A NEW RECIPE EMILY: PENELOPE OLIVEIRA WENT KETO ABOUT A YEAR AGO

THE WORCESTER MOM FELT UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE WEIGHT SHE’D GAINED DURING PREGNANCY SO SIX MONTHS AFTER DAUGHTER AELLA WAS BORN, SHE MADE THE CHANGE >> FIRST COUPLE DAYS, A LITTLE CRANKY, FEELING A LITTLE HUNGR AS YOUR BODY MAKES THAT SWITCH, BUT THEN, I FEEL GREAT SO MUCH MORE ENERGY, IMPROVED MOOD EMILY: PENELOPE LIMITS CARBS TO ABOUT 20 GRAMS A DAY

AND ALICIA ROMANO, A REGISTERED DIETICIAN AT TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER, SAYS THAT RESTRICTION IS A HALLMARK OF THE KETOGENIC DIET >> ONE SLICE OF BREAD, 10 GRAPES, A HALF A CUP OF SWEET POTATO A REALLY, REALLY LOW-CARBOHYDRATE DIET VERY, VERY HIGH FAT WITH MODEST AMOUNTS OF PROTEIN EMILY: ROMANO SAYS THE GOAL IS TO GET THE BODY INTO A STATE OF KETOSIS, USING FREE FATTY ACIDS AND KETONES IN THE LIVER AS A FUEL SOURCE

RESEARCH SHOWS IT CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IN REDUCING SEIZURES IN CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY, BUT OTHER THAN THAT? >> WE DON’T HAVE GREAT LONG-TERM RESULTS TO SUGGEST ITS REGULAR USE OTHERWISE WE SEE IN THE SHORT TERM THAT QUICK WEIGHT LOSS IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE KETOGENIC DIET, BUT IN THE LONG TERM, PATIENTS DON’T MAINTAIN THAT WEIGHT LOSS EMILY: INSTEAD, ROMANO RECOMMENDS CLIENTS AVOID RESTRICTIVE DIETS AND TAKE SMA STEPS TOWARD WEIGHT LOSS >> TRY TO EAT MORE VEGETABLES, TRY TO EAT MORE FRUITS, TRY TO EAT THOSE WHOLE GRAINS KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD IS COMING FROM

EMILY: AND HAVE A SUPPORT SYSTEM SOMETHING PENELOPE HAD IN HER SISTER, WHO STARTED THE DIET WITH HER SHE SAYS KETO WORKS FOR HER SHE’S LOST 79 POUNDS AND 11 FULL POINTS OFF HER BODY MASS INDEX, DROPPING FROM THE OBESE TO THE NORMAL RANGE >> MAKE A PROTEIN AT DINNER, MEAT, VEGGIES

SKIP THE STARCH IT CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS THAT I FEEL SO GREAT I’M SO COMFORTABLE WITH MYSELF EMILY: EMILY RIEMER, WCVB NEWSCENTER 5

ED: THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO SHOULD NOT TRY THIS DIET ROMANO SAYS PATIENTS WITH TYPE-2 DIABETES WHO HAVE SPECIFIC INSULIN REGIMENS SHOULD AVOID KETO, AS WELL AS PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS ALWAYS BEFORE STARTING A NEW DIET, DO YOUR RESEARCH AND THINK ABOUT TALKING WITH YOUR DOCT

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