Low carb experience

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25 May, 2014 04:45 PM

Today we had an EU election here in Sweden and when delivering my vote I had to present my votingcard and legitimation. They looked at my 12 year old driving license and said that you look younger today than the photo on this driving license. The ladies looked very carefully at me when I explained that I have had lost 18 kg in about a year and got rid of my type 2 diabetes. After a few moments, the ladies accepted my explenation and become somewhat flirtatious. That was a great moment for me!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ken on 26 May, 2014 12:12 AM

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    Congrats Pingo ...


  2. 2 Posted by Alan Hooi on 26 May, 2014 01:59 AM

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    My heartiest congrats. Keep it up and yes, please spread, educate and help more Swedish about Dr. Ron diet .... Food as Medicines. Be meritorious.

    Call my dear Swedish friend Raymond Gustafsson and Sonia @ +46703977041 or [email blocked]. Send my warmest regards to them.

    It is the same with me. For more than 4 years my friends couldn't believe that I could maintain my weight. Used to plateaued @ 63 kilo +/-. With the diet, it's now < 50 kilo and with 5 - 7 % fats.

    Ken, on another note, can you suggest what I can do to increase my fat contents? Not too happy with the current fat's percentage.

    B'Happy ... Alan Hooi, Malaysian.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Ken on 26 May, 2014 01:44 PM

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    Hi Alan

    I'm not sure I fully understand what you are asking so I will give some basic stats from my journey:


    height = 5' 10” - 177.8 cm

    weight = 152lbs to 158lbs. (highest = 250lbs     lowest = 138lbs)

    waist = 30” - 76.2cm / formerly 42” - 106.68cm

    age = 64 yrs.

    (in experimenting mode at moment)

    protein = 45g to 60g daily (approx 15g fat included)

    fiber carbs = 5g to 10g daily

    fat = 25g to 160g from olive or coconut / MCT oil (I like to hike)

    fat from fish oil - approx 15g daily


    I lost a lot of weight when I first began and found myself low on “subcutaneous fat” especially in the buttock region. At that time I was not using but around 0g to 25g daily of olive oil. It made for very uncomfortable sitting. I increased my fat intake (from oil) and that took care of it.

    It will be 2 years this June that I began my journey and my body is still adjusting.

    • according to the image below I am around the 12% to 15% body fat range now.

    Hope this helps with your question ..


  4. 4 Posted by bjdehler on 30 Jul, 2014 06:52 PM

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    Hi Ken,

    I'm wondering about your fat intake. 25-160 grams is a wide range. Have you settled in on an average that doesn't cause weight loss? Also, do you eat nuts? How about any fruit?


  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Ken on 30 Jul, 2014 09:14 PM

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    Greetings BJ

    I am still in experimenting mode at the moment - I guess-ta-mate I am around 8% lean now. The waist line is getting smaller, I am around 28" - 29". I do around 25 to 30 grams of fat daily. This includes olive oil plus estimated fat coming from my protein. There is loose skin due to a prior 42" waist that had pockets of fat which I have been forcing my body to use by staying low on the fat intake (oil), which seems to be working.

    I haven't done any hiking for awhile now - when I get started again, I would like to take about a 7-10 day hike - I would do a higher ratio of fat (oil) then. I won't use the higher fat intake unless I do a long hard hike.

    I haven't ate any nuts probably close to a year now. Haven't had fruit since I began Dr. Ron's plan in June 2012.

    I figure I have about 3 to 7 pounds of fat around the middle that I would like to shed.

    I am using protein and fat intake to regulate weight - lean more toward protein for the weight and fat for energy - don't have anything set in stone at the moment but after this extra 3 to 7 pounds I will be zeroing in on that aspect then.

    Are you using Dr. Ron's plan?


  6. 6 Posted by bjdehler on 30 Jul, 2014 09:43 PM

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    Thanks for the response. Yes, I have been following his plan but feel I need to be more strict. I'm not really looking to lose weight but to control MS symptoms. I have been eating small amounts of fruits (berries) and a cup of coffee in the morning. I don't really think either does my body any favors. Do you feel you have good energy on 25-30g of oil/ day? Also, are you basically eating non starch vegetables w/ protein & fat? I think I may just have to buckle down and get my mind around just eating what makes my body feel good.

    Thanks again!

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  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Ken on 31 Jul, 2014 12:40 AM

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    For past 2 months or so now my carb intake has been mustard greens, which according to label is total carb @ 2g with 2g dietary fiber and 2g protein per serving - I have that for 3 meals per day, which gives me about 5 to 6 grams of fiber carb and approx. 5 to 6 grams of protein. The mustard greens don't have much taste but I sprinkle a little cinnamon & pepper on it. If I get a little hungry I've been letting a pat of butter melt in my mouth.

    While I have been forcing my body to burn off the exra stored fat, I can honestly say that I feel very little hunger - even a good drink of water also takes care of it. I am fairly active with a 2 mile fast walk of the morning 4 or 5 days per week with moderate weight lifting 3 to 4 days a week. Most likely when this reserve of fat gets down more I will likely experience a little more hunger - that is when I will start increasing the fat intake. I do get tired at times, especially when I put in a 12 to 14 hour day - not as young as I used to be :-).

    Some tell me that I am too strict but I do not have a struggle. I like what I eat and it satisfies the taste buds and my labs are looking great. I try to keep in mind that I am eating to be healther not necessarily to eat only if something tastes good, some food is just kinda bland, spices take care of that.

    I believe Dr. Ron's plan will help you with your MS - to what degree only time will tell. His plan seeks to balance the body as a whole, I can sense that for myself and see it not only in my labs but in the mirror as well.

    • Dr. Ron's plan is a platform that each can adapt to and make it their own. It is more than just about losing weight - it is about getting healthier. Some will not need to lose weight, maybe even gain a little.

    Wishing you the best BJ ...


  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by Ken on 01 Aug, 2014 12:23 AM

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    Last month I posted some info that you may find useful,

    View here:   Weight Chart & Protein Intake - Helpful OnLine Tools


  9. 9 Posted by bjdehler on 01 Aug, 2014 04:23 PM

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    Hi Ken,

    Thank you SO much for the information you've provided. I may need to reach out to you again down the line, if that's ok.


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  10. Support Staff 10 Posted by Ken on 02 Aug, 2014 02:50 PM

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    • You ask: Do you feel you have good energy on 25-30g of oil/ day?

    Excuse me for not giving a direct answer to your question.

    • Yes I do have good energy on 25-30g of oil a day - however, I am assuming that as my "reserve around my middle" diminishes I will need to increase that amount, which will involved some adapting - perhaps starting at another 20-25g. It shouldn't take very long to figure out a basic maintenance amount and then add extra, based on my activity level. Generally speaking 60g, 80g, etc. Before I went too far with the 160g and it added too much to my reserve. :-)

    • I encourage you to hang in there - develop you own personalized regiment/plan and may you have great success with your MS. I am confident that Dr Ron's plan will benefit you. Ken

  11. 11 Posted by bjdehler on 03 Aug, 2014 05:33 PM

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    Thanks Ken! This is very helpful. I don't want to lose weight so I will experiment with the right amount of fat for me. Your explanation on your approach makes sense.

    Thanks for the encouragement!


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  12. Support Staff 12 Posted by Ken on 03 Aug, 2014 06:18 PM

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    You're welcome, glad I could be of help.

    As a side note the  Weight Chart & Protein Intake   will be a key in helping with achieving/maintaining your weight goal as well.

    When you can, keep us informed on your progress - much appreciated.


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