Digging into the Ketogenic Diet

Digging into the Ketogenic Diet

July 22, 2019 1 By William Morgan


>>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