Podcast With Sara Gottfried -- Some Clues To Female Fat Loss In Middle Age
I just listened to Podcast #108 with Dr. Sara Gottfried. This is the podcast that those of us women who seem to be resistant to weight loss and who don't seem to fare as well as we should on Bulletproof or other Paleo-style diets should listen to immediately.
I have been feeling lately that ketogenic/cyclical ketogenic/ultra-low carb diets are just not for me. I love the idea of eating healthy fats, ancestral foods, and foods that do not have an inflammatory effect on one's body. However, my body does not go into ketosis easily, if at all -- I know this by testing blood ketones and blood glucose -- and I actually retain water when I eat ultra low carb. Such a diet, to which I've been trying to adapt for months, makes me very hungry instead of killing my hunger. I could sit and scoop coconut butter out of a jar and down it, and still not feel satisfied. By the way, I did the Atkins diet when I was about 30 (~15 years ago) and had success, so I believe my body works differently now than it used to.
So I have upped my carbs and decreased my fat, and eat moderate protein (70-90 grams/day). No, I have not resorted to lowfat eating by any means; today, my 1500 or so calorie intake consisted of 50% fat. And....I'm down a few pounds this week!
Dr. Gottfried mentioned that women in middle age often do not do well at all on low carb. Those that try a paleo/low carb diet don't fare as well, after about age 35 when our hormones fall off a cliff. We seem to have a carb threshhold, and going too low works against us. Intermittent fasting also appears to be very hard on middle-aged women.
I feel vindicated and am going to continue to eat a little starch every day and a small amount of fruit. I feel much more satisfied with the food I eat when I eat a moderate amount of carbohydrate.
I'm going to finish her re-released book and listen to this podcast again.