My Latest Nutritional Ketosis Update

Salad with Bacon Rolls is a Common Nutritional Ketosis Meal
Bacon Rolls Stuffed with Cream Cheese is a
Nutritional Ketosis Meal

*Like the previous Nutritional Ketosis Disaster post, this article was written before I understood what a real Nutritional Ketosis Diet Plan was. Please keep that in mind while reading. I have tried to clean up the misconceptions as well as I could.

After writing my prior post about the first two weeks that I spent on a Nutritional Ketosis Diet Plan, I received a Tweet from Jimmy Moore (a popular low-carb blogger) informing me that the visitor on his next podcast was going to have the answer to my problem.

Because I didn't want to jump ship too early if there really was an answer for my fat malabsorption issue, I decided NOT to go off the Nutritional Ketosis diet I had started until after I'd listened to that podcast.

You Need Enzymes to Digest Protein, Carbs, and Fat

The podcast sponsored by Jimmy Moore discussed the problems that occur when you don't make enough enzymes in the small intestine to digest protein or fats. 

In the clinical experience of Jimmy's visitor, enzymes have always been the problem with her clients.

For those who don't digest protein properly, hydrochloric acid (or apple cider vinegar) can correct the problem because a lack of stomach acid is responsible for faulty protein digestion. 

For those who don't digest fats properly, she said there was also an enzyme you could take for that too.

Since I had already experimented with dietary enzymes while on the Atkins Diet, without success, I decided to do a bit of research on them to see if there was something new that I could find out. 

Meanwhile, I continued to follow the low-carb high-fat diet as laid out in my previous post.

Research on Enzymes that Digest Dietary Fats

The research wasn't good. 

What I learned is that fat malabsorption is hereditary. There is basically nothing you can do for it. However, fat malabsorption also occurs temporarily when you have celiac disease or food allergies and sensitivities. 

Anything that causes inflammation or damages the villi in the small intestine, including illnesses or accidentally being glutened, will temporarily interfere with the body's ability to absorb and metabolize fats. 

The same goes for Grave's Disease since a higher metabolic rate causes the digestive process to kick into high gear, shoving food into and through the digestive tube quicker than nutrients can be digested and absorbed properly.

Fat digestion does not begin in the stomach. 

Every resource I could find said that the acidic environment within the stomach caused the enzyme supplement for digesting fats to break down in the stomach, making the supplements useless. 

This news was disappointing. 

I was hoping that Jimmy's insistence that he could fix me was going to be accurate, but apparently, taking enzymes to break down dietary fat only works if you don't have enough stomach acid to degrade it.

What Happened When I Kept Following the Nutritional Ketosis Diet?

In the meantime, I continued to gain weight from the Nutritional Ketosis diet I was following:
  • 60 grams of protein
  • 20 grams of carbs
  • and the rest in fats up to 1200 calories per day
Just as I had gained weight each time I've attempted to follow other low-carb high-fat diets, the same thing was happening again. 

Going dairy free for 2 years and corn free for a year and a half hadn't seemed to help me any at all, so after almost three months of doing this diet, I was up 22 pounds!

Moved Back to Maintenance

In December of 2012 I moved back to maintenance to try and get the weight stabilize. 

It didn't happen immediately, so I ended up gaining a lot more weight before it finally stopped its upward climb. 

To get it to stop:

I had to pay attention to my calorie intake and drop my daily calories lower than I was able to eat before trying the Nutritional Ketosis diet plan.

I gave Nutritional Ketosis a longer trial period than any other low-carb high-fat diet I've tried since I first found Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution in 1972, except for the time I tried eating absolutely no carbohydrates at all. 

This whole ordeal regarding carbohydrate restriction has been discouraging. The sad thing is that those who have become aware of my experiment haven't been very accepting. Individual metabolic differences is pretty much shunned within the low carb community. 

Their mindset is that everyone should be eating low carb, including children.

Reaction of the Low-Carb Community to My Experiments

It seems that many people feel that if you try something and it doesn't work for you, then you either:
  • did it wrong
  • have metabolic issues that make your test invalid
  • you weren't serious about low carbing in the first place
One woman even pointed out to me that the name of this blog -- Life after Low Carb -- proved I wasn't sympathetic to the low-carb cause, so how could any low carber take me seriously. 

Since my experience didn't match the beliefs of Nutritional Ketosis advocates, my results apparently didn't count.

I started this After Low Carb Blog before the Kimkins Diet scandal came out, and Dr. Atkins followers insisted that I stop doing what was working for me (a lower-fat, low-carb diet with adequate protein) and move back to the Atkins Diet to heal my broken metabolism. 

Even though I was losing 2 to 3 pounds of body fat per week, these people insisted that:

1) My doctor didn’t know what she was talking about.

2) The tests she ran on me that proved my health was excellent eating the Kimkins way was invalid.


3) I needed to stop what I was doing immediately or I was going to die.

They didn't really want me to do Atkins by the book. That was obvious. 

Dr. Atkins always said that his diet was NOT designed to be a high-fat diet, but Atkins advocates still wanted me to follow their ideas of what they believed a low-carb diet should be:
  • very low-carb
  • very high-fat 
Well, you know what? 

High-fat has NEVER worked for me. 


Not even when I re-started back on the Atkins Diet in January of 2007 after many years of being disabled and bedridden.

The only low-carb diet that has ever worked for me was an adequate protein, lower-fat, low-carb diet with carbs in the 20 to 60-gram range, fats at 60 grams, and protein between 72 and 90.

What saddens me is that there is so little acceptance within the low-carb community for people like me. I suppose this is because people, in general, need to see everyone in their environment as doing exactly what they are doing, to prove to themselves that they've made the right choice. 

Dr. Atkins Didn't Put All of His Patients On a Low-Carb Diet

It’s kind of like how most low carbers believe that everyone in the world should be doing a low-carb diet even though Dr. Atkins did NOT put all of his patients on a low-carb diet.

He put some of them on what he called the Meat and Millet Diet. 

The Meat and Millet Diet was a balanced, moderate-carb diet that included fresh fruit and whole grains. He recommended whole grains way back before the push toward whole grains from the whole grains industry even started!

It's Okay to Do What Works for You

It’s taken me a long time to wrap my head around the idea that it’s okay to individualize your diet to suit your own:
  • tastes
  • lifestyles
  • and metabolic defects
It’s even okay to follow Dr. Atkins’ suggestions rather than the standard cookie-cutter low-carb platform today:

“One of the big reasons this diet works so successfully is because you eat protein and fat. And you eat them in just about the sixty to forty proportions in which they usually occur in nature: in a reasonably lean cut of beef for example. Some people actually don’t like fat. They do better on a low-fat diet, but I don’t encourage a low-fat diet, ever.”

The low-carb community sees what they want to see: "I don't encourage a low-fat diet, ever." 

But if that's what works for you (this implies), then that is what works for you, and who is anyone else to say otherwise?

The low-carb community has traveled a long way away from eating this way. 

They have traveled a long way from Dr. Atkins’ advice that his diet works best if you eat just enough to keep yourself from being uncomfortably hungry. 

His definition of eating luxuriously, of not being afraid of fat, and the role that calories play differs tremendously from the definition that low-carb dieters were using in 2007, and even today. But that’s fine. If it works for them, that’s great. 

I don’t have to follow that path if that path isn’t helping me to achieve my goals. I can create my own path, and that’s exactly what I intend to do this coming year. 

I'll be talking about those things in future posts, so stay tuned . . .


  1. Meatest and millet! I have not heard of that. I have been low carb for 5 yrs+ and am dissatisfied with it. I like the idea of lower carb/fat. Looking forward to exploring your blog.

  2. Few people have heard of the Meat and Millet Diet, but that's what Dr. Atkins used for patients who were not overweight. He didn't preach the "Low Carb for Everyone" mantra that is so popular within the low-carb community today. In fact, his older diet books have a lot of lower fat, lower carb "hints" that most low-carb dieters have missed.

    I've been very slow in implementing a lower fat, lower carb diet into my life, due to circumstances, but that's about to change. So my posts will soon become more frequent and helpful.

    Thanks so much for your comments.


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