Is the Ketogenic Diet safe for Seniors? (It Depends…)

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If you’re 50 or older you may have heard that keto can be dangerous. Should you eat that much fat? Should you eat that much protein? Should you eat that much salt? These questions are important, and deserve an answer.

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  1. I'm a 64 year old MD, and been on keto/omad for 15 months, lost 60# at goal weight BMI of 21. Love this way of life and extremely satisfying in every way…

  2. Doing it for 20 months. I missed bread and pasta at the beginning but not anymore. I still miss ice cream after dinner but I’m a grown up and can handle it. I’m never going back. Oh, I lost 50lbs so far.

  3. 61 years old and loving Keto. I feel better, inflammation is WAY down (enabling me to stop all pain meds), weight is going down, I'm not hungry (and I'm doing intermittent fasting too), mental sharpness has increased as well as my energy level. Since that time decades ago when we started to hear that "fat makes you fat", the population switched to low fat/high carb eating and now we have an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, cancer and all manner of chronic disease. So what does that tell you? THEY WERE WRONG. Our bodies were designed to run in a certain way on a certain diet. The further we get away from that, the further we are from a healthy life.

  4. I am 64 and have been eating keto for several months. It has not been the magic bullet for me that many others have experienced, but I am slowly losing weight (24 lbs. so far) and beginning to feel better. The ketogenic diet is much easier for me to follow than any other diet I tried. I can actually eat until I am satisfied and have been able to fast for up to three days.

  5. Another informative video… I am 69 years old and started on Keto diet in Jan. and I am loving it… It is not hard to stay on it, as I have no cravings for sweets, or carbs, even though they were always a big part of my life long diet.
    I started 80+ lbs overweight (37.4 BMI) have lost 26 lbs so far. (33.3 BMI)… with the ideal BMI being 24.9 according to our health nutritionist. The most surprising thing about this diet to me, is "I am not hungry"… I eat, because I know I need to eat and not because I am hungry… This is so predominate, that I have started doing the OMAD (One Meal A Day) diet. I do not eat as much as I used to either… but I try to eat until I am full. I am doing well on this diet and I am on schedule to reach my goal (Ideal weight) around the end of July… and will continue to be Keto conscious the rest of my life. Thank you Dr Berry for all the information you put out there… love you man…

  6. I'm 53. I eat NO plant stuff. Sinus issues: Gone. Lost 12 pounds the first month. Note: I've been low carbing for 20 years. Complete carnivore has taken it to another level.

  7. The Keto lifestyle is super easy for me. I have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Severe Anxiety, Depression, endured 3 Miscarriages, and I'm labeled "Morbidly" obese at 324lbs. Since beginning the Keto Lifestyle and practicing it seriously for the past 3 weeks, I have dropped a total of 23lbs. This lifestyle works for me because it's sustainable and it's incredibly simple for me, not complicated. I'm feeling great so far! I've also noticed lately, that I have much more energy and I haven't been near as anxious or depressed. My ankles have stopped swelling up after standing long periods or doing strenuous activity. I have a goal to get down to at least 140lbs, then maintain. This lifestyle has seriously changed everything for me! I no longer crave sugar or junk food. I'm on a tight budget, so my keto consists of the 60 eggs at Walmart for $6 & some odd cents and I get 2 of those boxes at a time (my family eats them too lol). I've stopped buying margarine and get real butter instead. For meat, I get the fattest ground beef possible and make it into patties for hamburger "steaks". Another item I get, is a big bag of frozen Brussels Sprouts and I'll eat about 4-6 sprouts with two meals a day. I'm not constantly hungry anymore, so I have to remind myself to eat when I get super busy.

    My typical Keto meal is a hamburger "steak" patty (I make them a little bigger than the size of my palm) cooked in 2tbs of butter, a couple dashes of pepper, a sunny side up egg on top of the patty, and 4-6 Brussels Sprouts sauteed in the hamburger and butter grease. I drink tons of water and unsweetened tea, and a couple cups black coffee in the morning occasionally. Really simple!

  8. 81 years old and just finishing my first year on Keto and IF. My goal was to lose my belly fat and 15 #. Did that in 6 months and feel so good, sleep well and have much energy. Once I got the hang of eating this way, I found it so simple!

  9. It's not hard. I LOVE my keto… Sample day: Eggs, avocado, spinach, tomato for breakfast/for lunch – Chicken fajitas with peppers and onions, guac, cheese (no rice, beans or tortillas which I don't miss because of all the other delicious things that come with fajitas)/ then for dinner – Cobb salad with eggs, bacon, bleu cheese… Handful of blueberries for snack. Never have I felt better or stronger. Feeling better and stronger makes giving up the poisonous sugar and carbs a "no brainer". Keto treats on occasion help with food enjoyment with absolutely no guilt and continued ketosis.

  10. KETO is not restrictive at all! In fact it is really easy to maintain and I have no desire to go back to my old way of eating. People who make excuses don’t want to give up the sugar and’s addictive and unhealthy.

  11. Hope all is well, here a few weeks post fire. I'm 68, high fat, low carb (no sugar or grain) is easy, simple, ifs it protein or green, I eat it, and all I want! The first week may prove a challenge, as your body adjusts. Eat till I'm full, watch the sugars, grains are easy to spot, feel great, it's a lifestyle choice, diet is not a correct description.

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