Should You NOT Eat Your Vegetables?

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Could you be better off reducing your vegetable intake – or just skip it all together? And could ketosis be helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and treating mood disorders?

This is an interesting interview with psychiatrist Dr. Georgia Ede, who answers all these questions.

You can watch a segment from the video interview above (transcript). The full interview is available on our member site:

A Ketogenic Diet and Fewer Vegetables – Dr. Georgia Ede

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7 Comments

  1. Carmina Brown
    Two weeks. I have lost 10 pounds, my blood pressure has improved. I find the diet easy to follow and the daily e-mails help me stick to the diet . I still want to lose 15 more, but I can see now that I can do this. Thank you
  2. Karl Ingoldsby
    I have been eating Low Carb High Fat for over a month and am being very strict. I have gained weight! My blood sugar is back to normal, besides an occasional overnight spike. What am I doing wrong? I eat the same thing most days.
    Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with bacon and butter, 24 oz of coffee with 3 packets of Splenda and heavy cream.
    Lunch: The keto diet cabbage and burger casserole or keto burgers and butter fried cabbage.
    Dinner Either the items above that I had for lunch or steak.

    I am starting to get frustrated about not losing weight.

    I started exercising last week and still no movement on the scale. ( I am up 5 pounds since starting)

    Reply: #7
  3. D Knowles
    Stop using the Splenda. Any sweeteners, real or artificial create a reaction in the brain and leads to cravings. Trust me, it only takes a few days to get over the desire for sweet things. You might try going totally meat, no veggies or dairy, until your body adapts. Best of luck. Know that you are on the right path, and that your body may take up to two months to adapt.
  4. David
    Hi Karl, once you're keto adapted the old 'calories in, calories out' fable becomes somewhat true. So if you eat more than you burn (and lose from your stool), you 'll gain weight. Fortunately it's much more difficult to overeat in keto but it's still possible. If your situation persists you might try skipping a meal or 2 a day. I only do diner and some nuts in the evening and am never hungry.
  5. Joanna
    I have had the same problem. Everything Keto is also mostly protein & I understand that too much protein will be converted to carbs and hinder any weight loss. I do not find the Keto diet easy either & especially not going hungry as I nearly always am still hungry.
  6. Bec
    Hi guys!
    I am still fairly new to keto so am definitely not an expert but have found five things that mean I am rarely hungry and am losing weight steadily (15kg in just under 3 months so far). I hope something here helps!
    1. Intermittent fasting. I find if I eat breakfast I am hungry for the rest of the day but now that I am used to eating my first meal between 12:30 and 3 (depending on hunger and schedule) I am really satisfied with two meals and actually eat less despite not “restricting” my meal sizes. The first week sucked and I had to keep busy in the morning to avoid watching the clock, but by week 2 I found my focus improved dramatically and I often worked through well into my “eating window”
    2. Eating real food. Focusing on buying smaller amounts of really high quality produce has also been really important. Because I am eating smaller and fewer meals (and making 90% of my meals at home) I am happy spending what I used to spend on junk food and takeout on grass-fed beef and dairy. Given the amount of beef described in your diet this could be a significant factor, as my understanding is that grain-fed animal protein has a higher ratio of omega-6 fat which is pro-inflammatory. The cost might be prohibitive depending on your situation, so if you are sticking with grain-fed beef, maybe consider switching to another protein source at lunch (eg salmon or tuna)?
    3. Eating a bit more fat and a bit less protein. I am still working on this, but am finding that adding dressings, butter and cream/sour cream to meals is helping. Avocado is also amazing but is just going out of season here. Making the dressings from scratch has also been helpful so I can stick with clean ingredients.
    4. Testing ketones. There were a few foods that knocked me out of ketosis that I would not have even thought of. I am only measuring urinary ketones once or twice a day (which I know is far from perfect) but doing this has helped me work out which foods I seem to manage well (eg full fat dairy which I know is a problem for many) and which I don’t (so far the biggest surprise has been a bowl of homemade tomato soup!).
    5. Eating slowly and starting with my veg/salad. Taking at least 20 minutes to eat and really paying attention to my food helps me to feel full often without needing to finish my meal (and I used to be what is kindly called a “volume eater” so this was amazing to me!).
    Everyone is so different I imagine it can be tricky to find what works for you. I hope you find the tweaks that make LCHF enjoyable for you!
  7. Josh
    If your total calories exceeds what your body needs, then you'll gain body fat/weight. Cut your fat calories down (since those are unnecessary energy calories) and raise up your protein calories (protein lowers hunger the most). You may find that having 75-100 grams of protein for both breakfast and lunch will greatly ease your hunger so you can eat fewer calories overall. Believe it or not, Keto diets don't break the laws of thermodynamics when compared to low fat diets for weight loss. They just control hunger better.

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