Protein and Intermittent Fasting

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25 Apr, 2014 01:31 PM

I seem to have fasting blood sugar of 99-113. I have lowered my protein down to 50g/day. I am a 5-2.5 female and weigh 141 pounds. My ketones range in the 1.2-2.0 level. I eat high fat (120-150g) and low carb from fibrous veggies (20g per day or under). My blood sugar also stays in the high 90s or low 100s all day long. Is it something I am doing wrong? do I need to lower my protein even more? I have started intermittent fasting (eating window 11am-7pm) to see if eating two meals a day would help, but that doesn't seem to affect it either. I seem to be losing weight easier with the intermittent fasting versus the three meals a day plus one snack.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ken on 25 Apr, 2014 06:16 PM

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    Hi Melanie

    Just a thought or two ..

    • As a test have you tried, say cutting your carb intake to 10g a day..

    • Do you use protein powder, if so, is it flavored (ie) vanilla, chocolate, strawberry - in my neck of the woods protein powder has a fair amount of "sugar".


    I don't know about your ketone range that is posted. Do you get hungry when you have less than 120g of fat?

    Perhaps a staff member has other ideas.


  2. 2 Posted by mpat4174 on 25 Apr, 2014 07:32 PM

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    I haven't tried lowering my fats down a bit. I just now lowered my protein down to 50g per day. I do not drink any protein shakes at all. I may try cutting my carbs down even more if I can't get my blood sugar to go down a bit. I'm not quite sure what else to do as this diet is supposed to lower your blood sugar if you moderate or lower your protein.


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Ken on 25 Apr, 2014 07:57 PM

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    Melanie how long have you been using Dr. Ron's Plan? You doing injections or meds?

  4. 4 Posted by mpat4174 on 25 Apr, 2014 08:17 PM

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    I have been doing this for about a month now or so. I don't do any injections or meds besides vitamins. I was on metformin last year but couldn't stomach the med. I was put on it to help with my PCOS.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Ken on 25 Apr, 2014 09:41 PM

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    With PCOS causing a stress on the body as a whole, with the out of balance hormones I can understand your BS being the way it is. Can't say how Dr. Ron's Plan will in time benefit your PCOS - perhaps he has ran into this in his practice.

    How was your BS doing before you started this plan? If your BS was higher before I would say it is helping and in time will improve more.

    My health has improved a lot over the last year plus and I believe it will in time, will improve more.

    Try not to be overly concerned at your BS reading stated above - your readings are great. As your body's overall health improves perhaps the PCOS will also.


  6. 6 Posted by mpat4174 on 25 Apr, 2014 09:45 PM

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    My blood sugars have always been all over the place in the past. I have been high and low. Since staring the diet, I have had high bs and then hypoglycemic episodes where I had to eat some sugar to get out of it. I am sure with time this will improve.


  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Ken on 25 Apr, 2014 11:56 PM

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    Melanie I have sensed in my own body times where it seems as though my body does a change and then goes thru an adjustment period while getting used to the new me. I assume in a similar fashion others basically go thru similar things - part of what I call a renewing process - kinda neat really.

    I was just curious about the 120g fat. I like to see how others do with their fat intake.
    Your 120g - 150g fat gives around 1,000 - 1,300 calories +-  — However, -  Dr. Ron doesn't place a stringent amount on calories


    Is there a calorie restriction on this diet?

    There is no calorie restriction. Eat when you are hungry. The only thing we ask you to limit (aside from all non-fiber carbs) is the amount of protein you eat. Your main source of food intake should be from fat.

    Wishing you the best in your journey ..


  8. 8 Posted by Pingo on 27 Apr, 2014 08:28 AM

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    When taking your fasting blood glucose levels, be careful to wash your fingertips so the blood doesn't get contaminated.

    I once had 153 mg/dL and after careful washing got 94 mg/dL which much better.

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by Ken on 27 Apr, 2014 12:24 PM

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    Greetings Pingo

    Good point ... I know in a hospital setting fingers tips are always cleaned with an alcohol swab beforehand.


  10. 10 Posted by mpat4174 on 28 Apr, 2014 01:37 PM

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    Thanks for the replies. I do make sure my finger is very clean. As far as calories from fat, 70 to 80% of my calories come from fat. I manage to eat about 1800 calories a day first coming from fat and then protein. I will update you on how my blood sugar reacts with time.

    =) Melanie

  11. Support Staff 11 Posted by Ken on 28 Apr, 2014 04:14 PM

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    —) As far as calories from fat, 70 to 80% of my calories come from fat. I manage to eat about 1800 calories a day first coming from fat and then protein. I will update you on how my blood sugar reacts with time. )—

    Thanks Melanie, much appreciated..


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