Every day we are learning about how a ketogenic diet is helping more and more people with a wider variety of weight-related issues. This includes women having trouble losing weight during menopause. Do you or someone you know have this problem?
In an article for BetterAfter50.com titled The Fat Fast For Menopausal Weight Loss, Judy Tsafrir, M.D., an adult and child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with a private practice dedicated to healing through the integration of heart, mind, body and soul, describes her ability to maintain a healthy body weight pre-menopause but how she stopped being successful during menopause:
From The Fat Fast For Menopausal Weight Loss by Judy Tsafrir, M.D.:
In the past, when my weight crept up, I would eat more protein and fewer carbs, and the excess pounds would disappear. After menopause, this method was no longer effective. My metabolism had changed, and eating more protein and restricting carbohydrates did not result in weight loss as it had in the past. I needed to restrict my intake of protein as well. I have altered the composition of my diet so that the majority of my calories now come from healthy fats, along with moderate protein and very low carbohydrate intake. This translates into approximately 70% of my calories from fat, 20% from protein and 10% from carbs. This is the prescription for a ketogenic diet, and at 56, it is the only way I can eat without gaining weight. I feel well when I eat this way, with steady energy, no fluid retention and sound sleep.
So Dr. Tsafrir is using a ketogenic diet in the proportions of 70% of calories from fat, 20% from protein and 10% from carbs to maintain a healthy weight during menopause and using the Fat Fast as a way to jump-start her ketogenic diet.
Dr. Tsafrir has even adapted one of Dana Carpender’s recipes to create her own high fat, low carb Chia Seed Custard listed at BetterAfter50.com. Because of the use of chia seeds, the recipe takes a little longer to make but wow it sounds awesome!
Listen to an interview of Dr. Tsafrir by Jimmy Moore from The Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Show.