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The Lowdown on Keto Side Effects: What’s Real, What’s Not, and What’s Helpful, Written by Mark Sisson

With more people enthusiastic about the ketogenic diet comes more talk about potential adverse side effects. Upon closer examination, almost all of the complaints can be traced to a flawed approach. Granted, if you are coming to the game with significant metabolic damage from decades of carbohydrate dependency, or not paying attention to some common sense best practices, such as choosing healthy foods instead of blindly focusing on macros, you will likely struggle with something as stringent as keto.

Let’s cover some of the common keto complaints being bantered about these days, examine what’s really going on, and discuss strategy for how to avoid any adverse side effects to going keto.

 

Keto Flu

 

The keto flu refers to feelings of general malaise and even immune disturbances in association with dietary modification. Commonly cited symptoms include feeling lethargic (especially in the afternoon), feeling hot, feeling achy in joints and muscles, among other related sensations.

Here are eight important tips for avoiding the keto flu. Check out the full post for further details.

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Sweet Dreams: How to Sleep Better, Lose Weight, and Live Longer, By Mark Hyman, MD

This blog post is from Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman MD is the Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

 

YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT without changing what you eat or doing one minute of exercise! It’s a bold claim. And don’t get me wrong: Nutrition and exercise are important! But there’s another key to weight loss – and most people don’t even know about it. It’s sleep.

In fact, besides eating whole foods and moving your body, getting enough sleep is the most important thing you can do for your health. On the flip side, sleep deprivation makes you fat – AND leads to depression, pain, heart disease, diabetes, and much more.

That’s why in today’s blog I want to talk about the impact sleep has on your health and give you 19 tips you can use to get a good night’s rest and enjoy all the health benefits sleep has to offer. Let’s start by talking about a rather serious sleep condition called sleep apnea.

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Let’s Talk About Leptin

Let’s Talk About Leptin

 

Old school weight management was as simple as:

 

calories burned each day + calories consumed = +/- change in body weight

 

For years, the dietary advice was “eat less and move more.” However, that simplistic directive ignored the science of the 20+ hormones our body produces that are involved in one’s weight. It also did not acknowledge that all calories are not the same and that certain types of foods set the table for us to be constantly hungry (keeping our blood glucose on a roller coaster) while other foods increase our sense of fullness and reduce our cravings. If the “eat less and move more” prescription was effective for all, we would not have adult obesity rates at an all time high – 40% of adults and 19% of youth are obese (National Center for Health Statistics 2017). 

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Can Medications or Supplements Contribute to My Weight Gain?

Can Medications or Supplements Contribute to My Weight Gain?

Our understanding of what causes body fat accumulation and metabolic disease has improved greatly over the past 20 year and is still evolving. We have identified many factors that contribute to body fat gain, some of which include poor dietary choices, chronic stress, lack of sleep, genetic predisposition, and the use of certain prescription or over-the-counter medications. So, YES, it is possible to gain weight, or have a much harder time losing weight, due to a medication or supplement you are taking.

It is important to remember that you should NOT STOP prescription medications on your own without discussing it with your medical provider first. If you are on a medication or supplement that may be causing you to gain weight or making it harder to lose weight, there may be alternatives that you could be switched to. We may discuss this with you at your visit and you can also discuss it with the medical provider who prescribed you the medication/supplement.

Here are some of the medications and over-the-counter products that may be linked to weight gain:

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Can Keeping a Food Journal Really Help Me Lose Weight???

Can Keeping a Food Journal Really Help Me Lose Weight???

 

If you were asked to recall every single thing that you ate or drank 2 days ago, would you be able to remember it with 100% accuracy? If your answer is no, then you are similar to most individuals! It’s easy to forget about a sample at the grocery store, an extra nibble while you were preparing dinner, the piece of candy from the dish on your coworker’s desk, the 3 snack crackers that your toddler left on her plate, etc.  

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