When it comes to using food as medicine, an increasing number of patients and physicians are finding that low carb diets are effective for conditions ranging from epilepsy to cancer to depression. But many also view food addiction as a disease - and one as potentially deadly as any other. Now one woman is talking about how she lost 283 pounds with a high fat low carb ketogenic diet.
As a result, she created a weight loss plan that helped her "withdraw" from the foods to which she was addicted. "I’m a food addict. It’s like a drug," she says candidly.
Now that she's recognized her food triggers, Amy's diet is strict. She eats three eggs and a cup of spinach for breakfast, with between-meal snacks of almonds or protein shakes.
And when Amy says she eliminated sugar, she includes fruit. "I haven’t eaten sugar since 2011," she said. "It’s out of my life."
Amy's lunch and dinner are identical. She eats vegetables plus four ounces of chicken for each meal. She views this as a plan for life.
"Nothing is going to change what I’m doing. I’m an-all-or-nothing-kind of girl," Amy says firmly.
Registered dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Franziska Spritzler also believes in the power of protein-rich, high fat low carb ketogenic diets. "When they compare the results of people consuming a low-calorie diet vs. an ad libitum (unrestricted) very- low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, they see better weight loss and increased satiety among the low-carb subjects," she said in an exclusive interview.
Although several reports have revealed how low carb ketogenic diets can help with epilepsy, certain forms of cancer and multiple sclerosis as well as weight loss, the potential power of such food plans may not be yet known. Recently, for example, a man who was battling double vision as a result of Graves' eye disease has used a gluten-free low carb diet to avoid a second surgery and reverse most of his symptoms, reported Medical Xpress News on July 10.
When Don Parker was advised by ophthalmologist James McDonnell, MD, of Loyola University Medical Center that his eye disease might be controlled without surgery or medication, he was enthusiastic. The results: Parker lost 35 pounds and discovered that the bulging in his eyes and double vision were almost gone.
The plan involved a gluten-free, low carb diet. "My double vision is almost gone and there is so little bulging in my eyes that they look almost completely normal," said Parker.