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Old 05-15-2017, 03:41   #1
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The main problem I've had following Dr.Bernstein's very low carb diet is that I was thin to begin with and since starting this diet I have lost a good amount of weight. I don't think it's healthy being too thin. Any of you with a similar problem please share and tell me if anything has helped.
I am a 61 year old female and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes last year. Well, here I am. The most helpful guidance I have received has been Dr. Bernstein's book. I have been able to lower my Hemoglobin A1C to 5.4 following his advice; still not where I want to be, but working hard on that.
I am on Actos and Metformin and also take ALA.

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The main problem I've had following Dr.Bernstein's very low carb diet is that I was thin to begin with and since starting this diet I have lost a good amount of weight. I don't think it's healthy being too thin. Any of you with a similar problem please share and tell me if anything has helped.
I am a 61 year old female and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes last year. Well, here I am. The most helpful guidance I have received has been Dr. Bernstein's book. I have been able to lower my Hemoglobin A1C to 5.4 following his advice; still not where I want to be, but working hard on that.
I am on Actos and Metformin and also take ALA.

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Welcome to our little place on the internet!!

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regarding losing weight... if you are truly in ketosis or if you are VLC/HF... my initial guess is you are not eating enough fat. If you remove carbs from your diet, you must substitute fat.

if you don't want to lose weight and you were eating a 2000 calorie diet, then you still have to eat a 2000 calorie diet. just eat much less carbs and much more fat.

keep increasing your fat intake until you stop losing or start gaining.

if you tell us your typical day, we might be able to suggest some things to increase the caloric intake of fat

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Here are some good starting points to read

Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF
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Old 05-15-2017, 19:09   #3
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Hi maryanndean, welcome to the forum.

The links at the bottom of hftmrock's post do make for some good reading.

There is lots of real world experience here on the forum and plenty of good advice from those that know, so if you have any questions, just ask away. Someone here will probably have an answer to most anything you want to know.

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Welcome to the forum.

Kudos to you for gaining such good control so soon.

You are well ahead of the curve for new diabetics in managing diabetes since you have been following the advice of Dr. Bernstein. His is one of the highly recommended books from forum members.

I have read it (from the library) and I understand that he recommends increasing protein if one wants to gain weight. I know that for myself, increasing the consumption of nuts will guarantee weight gain. You know, all those almond-meal baked goodies.

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Thanks for both of your replies, I will try increasing my fat intake, and somewhat my protein and nuts. I've had good luck with the latest addition to my diet, a spoonful of caprylic acid in the morning and one mid afternoon, it's lowered my sugars into the 80s. I'm very glad to have joined your forum, it's fantastic

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Hi, just wanted to know if anyone on LCHF diet has had any experience with Caprylic Acid (one of the fats in coconut oil). It has been fantastic for me but I have only been taking it for 3 weeks now. Anyone out there taking it?

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