Dr. Tro started the call with his ‘Science Corner’, talking about two interesting case reports about metabolic health and how quickly one can reverse a high A1c with a ketogenic approach, even with minimal weight loss. The other study was from Dr. Tro’s own practice, showing rapid changes to extreme triglycerides using a ketogenic and intermittent fasting approach.
Amy wrote an outstanding blog, “Are You Hungry?” where she spoke about personal experiences understanding hunger, and also expanded on our team’s 6-point “Defenses” strategy to help you prepare yourself for those hungry moments to stack the deck in your favor.
Dr. Tro, Amy and Brian then talked about practical strategies and tips they use when building up these defensive strategies to make them stronger. They also discussed things to be mindful of in order to learn from patterns and mistakes. By doing so, we turn ”fails” into wins by using what you learned to prevent future mistakes.
As always, participants had the chance to ask questions (directly on the Zoom call, in advance via email, or through Zoom chat), and Amy, Brian and Dr. Tro took turns responding. Participants can submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will be responded to each week, and we will try to devote the third meeting of each month to specifically addressing questions we receive.
When Dr. Tro turned the meeting over to participants to share their inspiring journeys, we heard amazing stories from people who, through adopting a low-carb way of eating, were able to reclaim their health and lower their A1c and triglycerides.
We heard story after story of people who reversed course on their own metabolic illness — someone who lost 55 pounds and no longer has a pre-diabetic A1c after seeing a friend have success doing a ketogenic approach. He also was able to get off antidepressants and reverse stage 3 kidney disease.
We heard an amazing story from a member who had an emotional visit with her doctor after her blood work came back, and was able to eliminate blood pressure medications she had been on for over 20 years. She also was able to come off metformin, lower her triglycerides nearly 100 points into the 60s, raise her HDL and achieve a 20+ pound weight loss.
Another member who was on the LCMD podcast reversed metabolic disease, addiction, pre-diabetes and 35 years of bipolar disorder with minimal weight loss. Another participant was able to stop lifelong allergy shots and medications, lowered inflammation and A1c, and inspired her husband to also reverse his metabolic issues.
We also heard other stories of people improving thyroid and cardiovascular issues, lost weight, and feeling better and getting their lives back. The key points I took from this Town Hall: community support is very important and instrumental to success. Also, weight loss is often secondary to the other health improvements you gain from a low carb, ketogenic, IF approach.
The following studies were shared during the meeting:
- Therapeutic use of intermittent fasting and ketogenic diet as an alternative treatment for type 2 diabetes in a normal weight woman: a 14-month case study – This study showed that the a1c was reduced by 3.0 without any changes to weight
- Reversal of severe hypertriglyceridemia with intermittent fasting and a very-low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet: a case series – This was Dr. Tro’s study that showed rapid changes to severe triglycerides with a ketogenic and intermittent fasting approach to weight loss.