Providing additional support Paoli et al. (17) examined the effect of a modified KD diet (~55% fat, 41% protein, and 4.5% CHO) on performance and body composition in gymnasts. In a crossover design, researchers compared independent 30-day dietary regimens consisting of “normal diet” (WD; 46.8% CHO, 38.5% fat, and 14.7% protein) and modified KD in nine elite male gymnasts. There were no significant changes from pre to post during either dietary intervention for measures of physical performance, indicating the absence of significant dietary CHO did not negatively impact physical ability. The post-KD measurements, however, saw a significant decrease in fat mass (pre: 5.3; post:
There is a transition period in ketosis while the body is adapting to using fats and ketones instead of glucose as its main fuel. There can be negative symptoms during this period (fatigue, weakness, light-headedness, headaches, mild irritability), but they usually can be eased fairly easily. Most of these symptoms are over by the first week of a ketogenic diet, though some may extend to two weeks.
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I read through the comments and saw the same question about the whey replacement. Since I am on the atkins diet for an unknown medical issues, I’ve been looking to make high protien, low carb foods ranging from pasta all the way to gummy bears. In the process, I came across beef certain that has 12g of protien. I will buy the whey and use both to see how each batch turns out. Gelatin may seem odd, but with 12g or protien, I don’t see why it couldn’t work.whwn I make the batches, I’ll try to come back and post how they worked out.

Hi Mel, Assuming that your ranch dressing doesn’t have sugar added, you don’t need to worry too much about limiting it, but within reason. This is my homemade ranch dressing recipe, which has 0.9g net carbs per 2-tbsp serving. It would be hard to find a store bought one with much less than that, even though some round anything less than 1g down to 0g, which isn’t truly accurate. Also, keep in mind that if weight loss is your goal, some people find that too much dairy can cause a stall. Finally, make sure you aren’t using all your “available” carbs on ranch dressing – have it with some low carb veggies!

Praise God, Brenda for your success! You look fabulous and show your beauty inside and out. Thank you for the encouragement. I, too, have experimented with both low carb and keto for years. I am your age and I understand the “food journey,” which leads to better health and overall well being. I have fibromyalgia and other immune disorders and have found that keto is best for me, as well in terms of energy, pain, and weight loss/management. I exercise daily and weight train in a fasted state with no problem. I fast regualarly, not eating for 14-19 hours, and I am not hangry nor hungry. I truly believe intermittent fasting, a keto diet, and exercise are the keys to true success for weight loss and maintance. Thank you for sharing your story, pictures, and delicious recipes. Most of all thank you for being an inspiration and building up your followers. Keep pressing on! God bless you, Amy


In regard to serum measurements, the mean fasting glucose decreased by 17% from 9.08 ± 4.09 mmol/L at baseline to 7.57 ± 2.63 mmol/L at week 16 (p = 0.04) (Table ​(Table4).4). Serum sodium and chloride levels increased significantly, but only by 1% and 3%, respectively. Uric acid level decreased by 10% (p = 0.01). Serum triglyceride decreased 42% from 2.69 ± 2.87 mmol/L to 1.57 ± 1.38 mmol/L (p = 0.001). Increases occurred in both high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (8%) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (10%) but these changes were of borderline statistical significance (p = 0.08 and p = 0.1, respectively). The following blood tests did not change significantly: total cholesterol, potassium, bicarbonate, urea nitrogen, creatinine, calcium, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and hemoglobin.
Hi Brenda, I’m a fan! I love what you do! Pictures look great! I’m 61 Keto for 14 months and 60 lbs off! 10 more to go. I eat at TDEE to loose it works for me. I’m 5’8” 1900 calories 20 total carbs 50 protein and 182 fat. Copious amounts of fat! I speed walk. I live too far a gym to go. Rural MS! Blessings on your journey. Thank you for all you do!
Trim Healthy Mama-Friendly (THM) (www.trimhealthymama.com): This is an S baking mix as it is written due to the heavy almond flour amount. However, it could easily be made into a Fuel Pull or an E mix by reducing the amount of almond flour. For the FP, you would reduce the amount of almond flour and replace it with oat fiber. For the E mix, you would reduce the amount of almond flour and replace it with oat flour or sprouted wheat flour. Easy peasy! Also, like the suggestions above for the Family-Friendly folks, you could make it as it is listed and then use half and half—half Basic Low Carb Flour Mix and half oat fiber for FP OR half Basic Low Carb Flour Mix and half oat flour or sprouted wheat for E mix. (I do not do much FP or E baking, but I would make this mix as is and then combine it with Sprouted Flour Mix anytime you want to make an E baked good. Easy peasy!)
Made from dried and defatted coconut flesh, coconut flour has a high fiber content, with 8 grams of carbs and 5 grams of fiber in two tablespoons. To use the flour, replace up to 20 percent of the regular flour in a recipe with coconut flour and add an equal amount of liquid. For example, if a bread recipe calls for five cups of all-purpose flour, use 4 cups of the all purpose flour and one cup of coconut flour plus one cup of water. You can also use the flour alone for breading.
Thanks for this article. I just started a Keto diet so found it appropriate to my current lifestyle. Though I don’t believe your bottom line is strong enough since you simply stating that the diet is “hard to follow” and food is “notoriously unhealthy” without evidence going deeper into why those “notoriously unhealthy” foods are worse than keeping carbohydrate-heavy food that are addictive and give the body a quick sugar high for energy. I believe “hard to follow” is your opinion only, since acceptable Keto foods are found at all restaurants easily and also all grocery stores. All the foods you mention: “rich in very colorful fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and lots of water” are all Keto-friendly. Many people have been on a Keto-diet for years. A healthy lifestyle is a healthy mindset change and making right choices – it’s not going to be easy.
Hi Liz, Low carb bread doesn’t rise as well as one made with wheat flour, but it shouldn’t be quite that short. Some factors that might contribute include the age of your baking powder and how well the batter is mixed – the mixing process helps create air bubbles. Also, did you use baking soda or baking powder? They are not the same. Baking soda needs something to interact with, in this recipe I use baking powder. More baking powder *might* help, but is risky because using too much can cause it to fall even more flat.
Hi Vivian – I am 60 yo and researching Keto and would love more information from you since we are same age. What is TDEE? What fat sources do you use and how much daily? What are some meals you make regularly and what does a day of food look like? What is the easiest/best way to count carbs getting started? If you and Brenda are ok with you giving me your email I would love to learn more from you! I just need some help getting started. Brenda – thank you for all your information and recipes!
These were SO GOOD! I’ve had a few low carb baking fails, so I’m always leery of trying “another” new recipe. These definitely WERE NOT a fail. I did add a pinch of nutmeg. My pan may not be as deep as yours – I got TEN donuts. In addition, I used the last of my Swerve for the mix, so used powdered Swerve and cinnamon and just sifted the mix over the top and bottom of the donuts. Thank you so much!
Must say, however, that the shape of choice (for most pasta-like results) are the cavatelli. Both because the ridges help the sauce to stick better, and for the resulting texture and mouthfeel. Though you’ll need to procure a (9 bucks!) cavatelli & gnocchi board. Cavatelli are very similar to gnocchi in shape (which you can make too!), though slightly thinner and with more of a bite. 
When you consume sugar or carbohydrates, they must be processed into glucose and shuttled into the cells via a hormone called insulin. Oftentimes, people with poor blood sugar stability will experience pronounced spikes and crashes in their blood sugar which leads to many health problems including weight gain, low energy, and emotional instability.
Made the bread but it didn’t rise and it is probably my fault. My almond flour is stored in the freezer. I probably should have let it come to room temperature first. I watched the video and the loaf shown seems to be narrower than the pan I used. The texture is good. The taste isn’t bad. I just need a “taller” bread to make my husband paninis. Anything you can tell me will be appreciated.
Hi Sandy, You might be able to deep fry them (haven’t tried), but you’d still have to bake them first. The batter is too thin to just straight deep fry, it wouldn’t hold together. You can make them into a different shape if you don’t have a donut pan; some people have used muffin tins. Otherwise the cheap but great donut pan I use is linked in the post above if you want to get one.
If you’re someone who loves to bake, you may think that starting a low carb diet means your favorite pastime is now off-limits. You can’t have flour and you can’t have sugar, so you can’t possibly make muffins and cakes and cookies, right? Well sure, if you want to define baking in those narrow, high carb terms, then I suppose you might be right. But if you’re ready to explore a whole new world of healthy low carb ingredients, stay with me.
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Hi Barb, That can definitely be it. Losing when you are close to goal can be more difficult. It could also be that your body’s healthy weight is a little higher than what you’d like – which doesn’t mean you can’t lose, but makes it more difficult. If just eating Keto foods isn’t working, double check the macros for your weight and see if the amount you’re eating needs to be adjusted. You’ll find more help and support in our support group here.
A common question is whether you can substitute almond flour for coconut flour and the other way around. Yes, often you can but not in equal amounts. 1 cup of almond flour can be substituted for 1/3 cup of coconut flour. 1/3 cup of coconut flour can be substituted for 2/3 cup almond flour + 1.5 tablespoons of ground psyllium husk powder. The amounts may need to be adjusted depending on what brands you’re using.
Yes, I love Dr Berg. It is because of him I found you while searching for sugar-free recipes. I LOVE your recipes and my picky husband and son do as well. My husband was having joint issues and putting on some fat in his middle. Since starting Keto he has trimmed down and has much less joint pain. I feel so much better on a Keto diet. Thinking is more clear, more energy, less body aches and pains and much less fatigue. I have a long way to go. The diversity of your recipes make it so much easier to stick to the Keto lifestyle. I am a big fan and really appreciate your work. 🙂
Hi Andrea, There is no added sugar in the recipe. The sweetener is natural, not fake, but it is not sugar and does not contribute any sugar. The 1g on the label comes from almond flour, which has no added sugar but almonds themselves have a tiny amount of sugars. For this recipe, make sure the chocolate you get is 100% cacao without any sugar added. Hope this helps.
Flax meal, or ground flaxseeds, plays a dual role in baking: it acts as a flour and egg replacement. Flaxseeds are a super food because they contain the highest levels of alpha lipoic acid of all plant foods, an essential fatty acid otherwise thought to be found in fish that promotes healthy brain function. Two tablespoons contain 4 grams of carbs and 3 grams of protein.
50 NET carbs is quite high because you are probably eating more like 70-100 total carbs. If you can cut down to 30 NET carbs you may see results. You really need to make sure you’ve upped your fat so you won’t be hungry. After writing this post I’m now actually counting TOTAL carbs instead of NET and sticking to just 30 total carbs a day which is what has helped the scale move. Also be sure to get other measurements for yourself besides the scale. You could be losing inches and fat like I did for the 6 week pics.
It was worth the try since so many of the recipes on this site are wonderful — but I’ll make a little real pasta for an occasional cheat day, or I’ll just add lots of sauteed mushrooms to the bolognese sauce and just have a bowl of sauce. If I try this again I’ll shape the dough into small gnocchi and serve with a butter- or cream-based sauce. That might work because I won’t be thinking “pasta.”
If you’re someone who loves to bake, you may think that starting a low carb diet means your favorite pastime is now off-limits. You can’t have flour and you can’t have sugar, so you can’t possibly make muffins and cakes and cookies, right? Well sure, if you want to define baking in those narrow, high carb terms, then I suppose you might be right. But if you’re ready to explore a whole new world of healthy low carb ingredients, stay with me.
Hi Kathy, I would persevere with coconut flour. Many people say it doesn’t work like regular flour, and while that may be true, I have learned to work with it. I ensure I use enough eggs, enough sweetener and flavours or enough salt and spices to overpower the subtle coconut flour taste. I have a whole new category in my recipe finder just for coconut flour recipes. Wy not give may flourless berry sponge a try to begin with, I love it and my kids make it all the time, even as cupcakes too.
Hi Vivian – I am 60 yo and researching Keto and would love more information from you since we are same age. What is TDEE? What fat sources do you use and how much daily? What are some meals you make regularly and what does a day of food look like? What is the easiest/best way to count carbs getting started? If you and Brenda are ok with you giving me your email I would love to learn more from you! I just need some help getting started. Brenda – thank you for all your information and recipes!
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