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Weight won't stabilize after coming off the Keto diet

Discussion in 'Weight Loss and Dieting' started by Top-Nep, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. Top-Nep

    Top-Nep · Newbie

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    I’m posting on behalf of Girlfriend who has asked for some help.

    She has recently come off the keto diet (lost 87 pounds over 9 months). Towards the end of the diet she was only eating one meal a day and had no energy. Now she’s off it, her metabolism is struggling to recover and she is gaining over a pound a day despite trying hard

    Current routine:

    First thing in the morning she exercises on a treadmill for 45-50 minutes losing about a pound each day

    She’s only eating around 800 calories per day over 3 meals and only eats between 8:30-3:30. The meals are balanced and there is nothing particularly unhealthy there

    Can anyone thing of any changes that will help stabilize her weight and increase her calorie intake?
     
  2. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Expert
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    Is she diabetic?
     
  3. Top-Nep

    Top-Nep · Newbie

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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    How long has she been restricting herself to 800 calories a day? This type of diet is intended to be a quick fix and should only be followed for a short time - usually 8 weeks. It is a near starvation diet and of course will cause the metabolism to slow down.

    What type of diabetes does she have, which meds does she take for diabetes, does she have her own blood glucose meter, what was her last HbA1c test result?
     
  5. Hotpepper20000

    Hotpepper20000 · Well-Known Member

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    Is she still eating “healthy whole grains and fruit”?
     
  6. Top-Nep

    Top-Nep · Newbie

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    Diabetes stuff:
    She type 2 diabetes, takes metformin 1000 mg twice daily, farxiga, and victoza
    She doesn't have a blood glucose meter but her last A1c test was 4.7

    Yeah, the low calories is what's messed up her metabolism. Is there any way she can fix it without gaining lots of weight?

    Her body is in 'starvation mode'
     
    #6 Top-Nep, Jul 23, 2019 at 6:46 PM
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2019
  7. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Expert
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    How about you ask her to join the forum so she can clarify her status, type of diabetes, treatment and confirm what you say regarding diet and happiness or otherwise with weight.
     
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  8. copilost

    copilost Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I second this. I understand you want to help and you are looking for information, science, advice but in many ways talking through what's happening to "you" (in this case your girlfriend talking about herself), what's happened and working it out for herself is, in the end, the better route. Doesn't mean you shouldn't take an interest but encouraging her to find resources to help herself is the best kind of support you can give (just my belief). Could you read through the forum together, discuss what you read etc. You found this forum I guess and decided it was a "good place" she might conclude that too.
     
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  9. Miniblini

    Miniblini Type 2 · Member

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    Hi, I am the girlfriend my Boyfriend is talking about. Do you have any questions for me? I am currently in starvation mode, but I am trying to get out of it without having to gain too much weight back. So far I am gaining over a pound a day by increasing my calories by 100.
     
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  10. MeiChanski

    MeiChanski Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    She should come join us to discuss to have a chat. In the mean time if you look around there’s information on affordable meters and we all recommend buying a blood glucose meter. Her hba1c is good but it doesn’t show where she is running high or how to improve.
     
  11. copilost

    copilost Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    oh dear this made me laugh! hello :)
    I'm way too new to feel qualified to advise but lovely people will be by shortly, and quite possibly someone who has experienced something similar <waves hello>
     
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  12. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Expert
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    Great, can you fill in your profile page with medication and type please and confirm what you have been doing?
     
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  13. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    On those medications but have not been prescribed a meter?
     
  14. Goonergal

    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    What did you change in your diet? What were the reasons for starting and then stopping keto?
     
  15. Miniblini

    Miniblini Type 2 · Member

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    I really messed up the last two months of dieting. I went from losing 2-3 pounds a week to losing up to 10 pounds a week. my weight loss goal was to lose 87 pounds. My reasons for starting the diet was to lose weight, and then I stopped, because I realized I wasn't happy on it anymore, and I reached my weightloss goal.
     
  16. Miniblini

    Miniblini Type 2 · Member

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    I updated my profile!
     
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  17. Miniblini

    Miniblini Type 2 · Member

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    I had one, but then I lost it.
     
  18. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    So you have been on a calorie restricted and carb restricted (Keto) diet for 9 months and now you're feeling poorly?
     
  19. Miniblini

    Miniblini Type 2 · Member

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    I was on a carb restricted diet, but I don't feel poorly, I just want to be able to eat normal amounts of food again.
     
  20. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    I suggest you replace your meter, you are on a med that can cause hypos.

    Boyfriend said 800 cals, that is restricted. Keto was mentioned, that is restricted. To do both at the same time is unwise imo.
    You must have been so very hungry for those nine months.
     
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