Keto for Women: Hormones, Fat Loss Wooshing, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and more

Keto for Women: Hormones, Fat Loss Wooshing, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and more

July 24, 2019 8 By William Morgan


today we’re going to talk about the
ketogenic diet for women and what we
need to take into account
which is not complicated you can handle
it and also why we’re gonna get
different results than men who are
eating the exact same thing exact same
starting weight exact same maintaining
calories all of that we’re just going to
get different results so that’s what
we’re going to talk about today and the
first thing that I want to talk about is
the actual results thing is a lot of men
will go on the ketogenic diet and
they’ll drop like 30 pounds in 30 days
we’re not going to get that result like our
body our hormones are different our body
is designed to not get to as low of a
body fat as man and we don’t pack on
muscle mass like they do so muscle burns
calories like crazy and we just were not
going to pack on muscle mass like men
which is something that how our body is
designed and I know this can be
frustrating that we have to do things
for four or five six times longer to get
the same results as the men in our lives
but just try to remember and be thankful
that biology chose us to be the carers
and the carriers of our very little
babies and so even if you don’t want to
be pregnant and you’re not planning on
being pregnant later just try to be
thankful that biology thought that we
are more capable and gave us the
different chemical and hormonal profiles
to be able to take care of young young
children so that’s an enormous
responsibility and with that
responsibility becomes a body that does
not shed fat as quickly and so that’s
something that don’t be discouraged it’s
not that it’s not working for you it’s
that we just don’t drop fat as quickly
as men do so the second thing we’re
going to talk about is water retention
and this can come with our hormone
cycles and even if you’ve entered
menopause you’re still gonna get some of
the hormone fluctuations
it’s just how life goes and so we might
actually be losing fat and then those
fat cells just they decided to fill with
water instead and so you can kind of
tell if you’re like really meticulously
looking at little spots of fat on your
body you can tell that it becomes a
little bit more squishy and then a lot
of times we will be on a calorie deficit
so we’ll have lower calories taking in
and
you’re burning through our daily living
activities and so we’ve been on this for
like four weeks and we’re not seeing the
scale move at all and then suddenly like
something will come up and suddenly we
go down four pounds you didn’t just burn
four pounds yesterday even if you did
go for a really long walk it’s just that
your body decided to stop storing water
in those fat cells and this is kinda I’m
not sure I couldn’t find on PubMed any
documented research of this but this is
kind of like what we think happened so
I’m going to lose weight is we lose the
fat we burn the fat so it comes out and
it has an energy in it and then it turns
into co2 which is what we breathe out
and it turns into water which we pee out
so when we’re losing fat we usually have
to go to the bathroom a lot more often
and then you’ll wake up with a lower
reading on the scale and so that’s just
kind of how fat loss work that works for
men too but women we seem to be a little
more hyper vigilant about it and looking
a little bit more carefully it’s just
something that we do and that’s to be
expected you’re gonna see whooshes which
is the very official term for it and not
just a losing like 1/4 or 1/8 or 1/10 of
a pound every day even if you’re keeping
the exact same calorie deficit every day
and your exercise is similar so that’s
something that we see and a lot of times
we will retain water around our cycles
and so if you’re gonna be if you’re
expecting your period and like the next
week or you just started you’ll kind of
get to know your own body and know like
three days after I start my period is
when my weight will decide to just chill
out and stop holding all that water and
so if you aren’t seen the numbers move
on the scale don’t assume it’s not
working it is working it’s just taking a
second for your body to actually finish
getting rid of all the stuff that’s in
those cells and so then just click a
quick reminder we do want to count
calories I’m just doing a spot check I
wouldn’t count calories every day that’s
kind of tedious you do definitely want
to count carbs to make sure you’re
staying in ketosis and that includes
weighing your food to make sure you’re
not either over or under estimating like
you might i usually underestimate meat
and i overestimate nuts
and greens that’s just kind of how it
goes so having a scale and I show you
I’ll show link to it at the end of this
video on how to use a scale it’s a way
probably simpler than you think
and scales are like 7 or 9 bucks on
Amazon doing your card counts making
sure you’re getting enough protein so
that as you are building muscles even if
you’re just going for a walk or you’re
doing kettlebells or you’re or you’re
doing some mild weight training you want
to make sure your body has the amino
acids needed to repair the muscles that
you are straining breaking and
rebuilding stronger bigger faster better
and then carbs are a max don’t go over
that max and then fat is something that
you eat until you’re full and so that
you are getting energy from fat but then
most of us can also get energy from the
fat that is in our body you do want to
make sure that you are eating different
healthy fats I like coconut oil olive
oil avocado oil all in your diet and
then like fatty cheeses like full fat
dairy
half and half if you guys do dairy
avocados are great if you don’t do dairy
coconut oil like coconut cream is great
if you don’t do dairy so make sure you
are getting that fat you can’t be fat
phobic and do the ketogenic diet and if
you don’t have weight to lose if you’re
doing the ketogenic diet for another
reason to maintain your hormones like
PCOS is something that is so hard for so
many women and causes infertility it
causes like all sorts of problems with
your metabolism it causes hair problems
it causes lots of different things and
it’s really painful for women to go
through both like psychologically and
just in their bodies and so if the
ketogenic diet works really well for
PCOS and so a lot of women that have
been trying to control their weight or
they’ve been trying to control their
PCOS symptoms or they’ve been trying to
get pregnant
go on keto and then they are able to
reverse the symptoms of PCOS and have
success for the first time in their life
so that is something that does happen to
women and while we’re on the subject of
what happens to women your cyclist are
gonna go wonky like when you are losing
weight estrogen is stored in your toe in
your fat cells and so it’s almost like
putting yourself on the pill and don’t
you let this deter
you just assume that your cycles are
like if you’re late or you’re early or
you’re bleeding too heavy or you’re
bleeding super light or you don’t have
cramps it’s going to pass it’s because
you’re actually shedding fat which is
usually what we want to do and when
you’re shedding your body fat with it is
being released the estrogen that was
stored in there and so no you don’t want
to keep that estrogen stored in your fat
because I know a lot of people are just
like the whole I don’t want to do that
that doesn’t sound healthy it’s not
healthy to haul it around with you all
the time either so go ahead and do that
just be aware that your cycles are gonna
be funky and this is if you are burning
body fat and so if you’re just
maintaining on the ketogenic diet for a
healthy weight and you’re eating the
amount of calories that you burn every
day to get the help the mental health
benefits or the pee PCOS benefit then
that’s something that you probably won’t
notice that wonkiness with your cycles
it’s just for people that want to burn
fat are going to notice that their
cycles get all funky and do weird things
and that’s because the estrogen is being
released and as an aside if you are high
in estrogen try to avoid flax flax is
actually super high in estrogen you
probably already know that soy is high
in estrogen but flax is as well and on
opposite spectrum if you find that you
are low in estrogen you might want to
increase flax in your diet so okay we
talked about fat we talked about carbs
keto and pregnancy and so like I just
said it does work well for infertility
I personally would be perfectly fine if
I had already been in ketosis and I was
already doing the ketogenic diet I would
be perfectly fine and think it’s
probably very good for my baby to go
through pregnancy on the ketogenic diet
I would not enter into ketosis because
it is kind of a strain to your system to
have to go into that and to become fat
adapted I would not do that while I am
pregnant I might do it while I’m
breastfeeding but then with pregnancy
and breastfeeding what comes up and this
is for women that need to be eating a
lot of calories that maybe don’t have
extra body fat is it’s really hard
especially once your baby’s born and you
need that 500 extra calories a day from
nursing and you’re taking care of a
newborn it’s really hard to get the
amount of calories needed with the
because it does suppress your hunger
mechanism so you don’t feel as hungry
and then you have less time because
you’re taking care of an infant so
that’s just something to be aware of if
keto is working great for you if you’re
using it to control a chronic condition
I definitely would discuss it with your
care provider and tell them you are
planning on keeping on with it and maybe
they can do an electrolyte panel more
often for you and make sure you’re
getting the electrolytes that both you
and your baby need and they can probably
provide some support for some foods to
include that you might not have thought
of to keep your calories up to grow
everyone involved so that’s what I would
do for pregnancy and breastfeeding I am
perfectly happy going on the ketogenic
diet I probably wouldn’t do something
like the gapps intro because it is such
a detoxifying thing but the ketogenic
diet if you’re used to it already or
even gaps intro if you’re used to it
already is something I personally would
be comfortable with check with your care
provider but it’s not something that I
think they would have a super hard time
with so again I’m Kara from health I’m
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