Welcome to a very special episode; in this segment, I answer a couple of questions, then do a big special on weight loss. The questions answered are:
- I have been diagnosed with a 3 cm gallstone, and told the only option is avoiding fatty foods and surgery. What are your thoughts?
- I am finding weight loss slow, what am I doing wrong?
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Location: NSW Australia
I am 52 years old and after several days of pain have been diagnosed with a 3 cm gallstone. I have been told the only option is to have my gallbladder removed. I would like to avoid this. I was also told to avoid fatty foods. I know that if the stone was removed it would be unlikely to reoccur on LCHF but am not sure what to do in the meantime. I am worried this stone is too big to dissolve or blast. What are your thoughts?
Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation out there about gallstones and the gallbladder. A lot of doctors do say surgery it is the only option for a large stone, but it is definitely not the only option.
There are a very small percentage of cases where the problem has been ongoing for quite a while, and the gallbladder has gotten to the point that it is seriously infected, the pancreas has become inflamed, and in these cases, the condition can become life threatening, and it is actually necessary to remove the gall bladder.
But, most gallbladders are removed completely unnecessarily (in my opinion).
Many people with gallstones find that their stones dissipate slowly over time on LCHF. For really large gallstones that are causing pain, there are also supplements that can help dissolve the gallstones. For anyone would like to use supplements to help with the gallstone, then it might be a good option to see Caitlin at our clinic, because she can prescribe those. She sees everyone using skype or the phone, so location doesn’t matter.
If you would like more information about gallstones and the gallbladder, I wrote an ebook about it, and that book is free for members, under the “Free ebooks” menu item.
I have been able to save many gallbladders over the years so I hope some of that helps!
I’m finding weight loss very slow on your program – my husband and I are both following your ideas – both only need to lose 3 or 4 kilos – he has lost 2.5 – I have only lost 1 kilo over 2-1/2 weeks. Not sure if I’m doing something wrong? I am also worried about consuming so many eggs because I have high cholesterol – what are some alternatives for breakfast?? I’m sick of eggs!!
It takes around 4 to 6 weeks to become fat adapted on LCHF (if carbs are low enough), and many people won’t lose any weight during that initial period, so after only 2 and a ½ weeks with a loss of 2.5 kg for your husband and 1 kg for you is great!
And because I get a lot of questions about weight loss, I will do a little bit of a weight loss special in a second, but first I will address your other questions.
With the eggs, firstly, most of our blood cholesterol comes from our liver, not the food we eat, and this is something that has been well and truly proven. This is why dietary guidelines had to lift their heavy restriction of eggs, because study after study proved the point.
It might also be reading the information about cholesterol in my book Bring Back the Fat (if you have it), or on the member site under the menu item “Worried about your cholesterol?”
As far as being sick of eggs, that is another story. Any dinner type food is a good alternative. Or, making up breakfast quiches or little savoury quiches (in muffin tins) is always something a bit different. You can put anything in them; bacon, onion, capsicum, cheese, dill. They taste great and are easy to grab in the morning.
Weight loss special…
Ok, onto our weight loss special. There is so much to tell you that I will break this up and continue with the weight loss special over the next few videos.
Here are a few facts about weight loss that might surprise you. You have probably seen many amazing success stories around of people dropping huge amounts of weight in 5 or 6 months with LCHF, but what few people know is that for all the success stories like that, there are just as many who have not lost anything, or who have gained a little after trying LCHF.
Around 50% of women, in particular, who try LCHF fail to lose weight, and of those who do lose weight, a percentage will stall at some point. Now this is NOT because LCHF doesn’t work, it absolutely does, but there are a few things that can hold us back. And without all the right information, many people simply give up because they think it just doesn’t work for everyone.
I am a member of quite a few LCHF groups and I find it incredibly difficult watching all the frustrated people out there, because I know they just don’t have the information they need. Fortunately, you have come to the right place!
Now, there is a lot of important information, and if I gave it to you all at once, it would be information overload, but I will go over the main points today. And, you will get a lot more of it in your daily tips. To get the maximum benefit of the membership program, it is good to stay for at least three months so you can get as much of the information as you can.
The other option is our new 12 week program, which is a lot more detailed and a lot more specific to weight loss. It can either be done one-on-one with our Nutritionist Caitlin, or it can be done online. The program takes everyone through the weight loss process step by step, gives specific instructions, tells you what to expect each week, offers specific meal plans and shopping lists (for those who want that), and there is a lot of support throughout the process.
If you would like more information about that, then just click “12 week program” on the main menu of the website.
The reason I developed the program was because I see so many people struggling, and because we have so much experience with weight loss in the clinic, we know exactly what works and what doesn’t.
The number one thing that holds people back is insulin resistance. And, every single person who has come to our clinic because they have failed to lose weight on LCHF has still had elevated insulin.
Insulin resistance, in fact, has become the norm. Optimal insulin is between 3 and 5 mU/L (milliunits per litre). But the “healthy” parameters on blood test results keep changing because they are simply an average of the norm. The “healthy” reference range used to be less than 10. Now on most blood tests, it says less than 20, less than 25, or even less than 29 (depending on which lab you go to).
Someone with insulin in the 20s is very insulin resistant, but that has become the norm!
Why does it matter if insulin is still up? Insulin is our fat storage hormone, it is almost impossible to lose a significant amount of weight while insulin is up.
So, why doesn’t the insulin just come down on its own on LCHF? Because when we have insulin resistance, we react differently to carbohydrates, even good carbohydrates.
Studies back in the 1980s showed that when those who were insulin resistant ate complex carbohydrates, they had a glycemic and insulin response higher than the response to pure sugar in a normal person.
This is why I recommend that everyone gets their carbohydrates as low as possible for the first 12 weeks or so. This is just about the only way to get that insulin down.
We find it extremely helpful to test insulin at the start just to get a picture of what is going on in the body, and it is especially motivating to see it coming down. Every single person who has finished the 12 week program has had their insulin drop dramatically, 98% are completely normal within 8 to 12 weeks. And, we have a lot of women who request a test half way through just to see how they are progressing.
You can ask your doctor to do an insulin test, but unfortunately a lot of doctors refuse to do it (probably because they don’t understand the significance of it). If you do get it done through your doctor, remember to ignore the “healthy” parameters; it needs to be under 5.
If you have trouble getting a doctor to do it, or don’t want to go through the trouble of asking a doctor, we can order that test for you; we will just need you to book in for a quick consultation to give you the results. If anyone would like to do that, contact Kylie on this email address. admin@ christinecronau.com, and she can sort that out for you.
So as you go through your daily tips, and I recommend staying very low carb (20 g a day or under is especially good), that is why.
After insulin is down and stabilized, most people can have more healthy carbohydrates like fruit, sweet potato, etc with no issue at all.
That is all we have time for today, but I will continue this special next time, and I will talk about the second biggest reason fail to lose weight. Starvation stress.