“How much protein should one eat on low carb?”

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How much protein do you recommend that one eats on a low-carb or keto diet? Why am I not losing weight faster? And what will happen to my cholesterol and triglycerides on low carb?

Get the answers in this week’s Q&A with Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt:

How much protein?

Do you recommend a limit on protein on an LCHF diet?

Christopher

 
That is mostly handled by not eating when not hungry. Protein is very satiating so it’s hard to overeat to any significant degree. But if you’re having difficulties losing weight despite a very low-carb diet it can be worth moderating protein intake, and perhaps adding some intermittent fasting.

Best,
Andreas Eenfeldt

Read more: How much protein can you eat in ketosis?
 

Why I have only lost four pounds (2 kg) in 3 weeks?

I have done intermittent fasting for the past 3 weeks and I have been eating less than twenty grams of carbs as well. I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

Marysol

 
Maybe you’re doing everything right? If you have plenty of excess weight to lose I’d recommend to keep going, sometimes it can be a bit slow in the beginning (especially if you’re coming off a low-calorie diet). If you’re close to normal weight it’s very normal to lose slowly, and it will keep slowing down as you get closer to the final pounds to lose until the body feels it’s at your normal weight.

Best,
Andreas Eenfeldt
 

Will an LCHF diet increase my cholesterol and triglycerides?

Will an LCHF diet increase my cholesterol and triglycerides?

George

 
Total cholesterol: on average, yes, a tiny bit.
Trigs: No, it will go down on average by quite a lot.

Best,
Andreas Eenfeldt

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2 comments

  1. Henk-Jan
    Hi,

    I've been doing intermittent fasting for a little while and I believe I am starting to see some results. My wife (an MD) however believes I am losing muscle tissue and not fat - and wants me to stop and just 'take in less calories (but regularly) and exercise more'.

    Would you be able to point me to articles published in the best medical journals which support
    - (intermittent) fasting
    - low carb diets
    - insulin index related medical articles

    For example in the JAMA, British journal of Medicine, Annals of internal medicine or even better in a free online trusted database (I know she mentioned one U.S. based, but forgot the name).

    Kind regards,

  2. Katherine
    I did a BOD POD scan exactly 30 days apart. I work out 6 days a week doing running/cardio three days and HIIT/Tabata strength training the other three with one rest day. I get measurements done of my neck, waist and hips monthly and I lost a half inch on my neck and gained a half an inch on my waist. When I got my scan I was told I lost 2 pounds, but it was muscle mass. What can I do to avoid this?

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