Have You Lost Your Period to a Low Carb or Keto Diet?

Have you lost your period to a keto diet?Every time I tweet my concern about women losing their periods to a low carb or keto diet, I get a lot of angry responses.

“It’s purely anecdotal,” men explain to me. “There is no known mechanism, so it must not really be happening.”

Except it is really happening. Ask anyone who works with young menstruating women. Or not menstruating, as the case may be.

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Your Hormones Need Dinner

woman eating dinnerSometimes a patient tells me she had only a salad for dinner. Or, even more puzzling: A green smoothie.

I could never do that. I’m tired at the end of the day. I’m hungry. I need a substantial dinner such as roast chicken with potatoes, vegetables, and butter.  I honestly cannot imagine sitting down with just a cold green salad.

I don’t think I’m different from other women. Women get hungry. Women need food.

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Reverse Insulin Resistance in 4 Easy Steps

reverse insulin resistanceWhen it comes to metabolism and weight loss, it’s largely about insulin. Insulin is also a major player in many women’s health conditions as PCOS, acne, progesterone deficiency, fibroids, and heavy periods.

Maintaining normal levels of insulin can help to prevent diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, dementia, and heart disease.

Do you have insulin resistance? It’s time to find out.

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How Antibiotics Cause Weight Gain

antibiotics weight gainAntibiotics can cause weight gain.

It’s not unusual for me to hear a story from a patient like this: “I don’t know what happened. I was doing really well with weight loss, but then suddenly I just ballooned.”

When I hear that I ask: “Did you take antibiotics sometime in the last 3-4 months?” Very often, the answer is: “Um… Oh right! Yes, I did.”

Weight gain from antibiotics is a clinical reality. The research is finally starting to catch up.

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