BONUS 192: Keto for Fertility

February 1, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Maria Emmerich, a nutritionist who specializes in the ketogenic diet and exercise physiology, as well as the author of many keto-related books.

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Maria and Heather discuss everything you need to know about keto for fertility:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your professional background and training.
  • Take us through your career, including how you ended up where you are today and why you decided to focus on the ketogenic diet.
  • I understand you have your own infertility journey. Take us through the steps it took to build your family.

THE BASICS OF KETO

  • What is the ketogenic diet?
  • Some keto experts that recommend not even counting calories. So, in your opinion and experience, how exactly do calories work?
  • What are macronutrients, and what are your take on net carbs?
  • It’s my understanding that there are different levels of keto: strict, moderate, lazy, etc. How much fat, protein, and carbs should we be eating every day to follow each of these?
  • Tell us more about carbs — everything you think we should know.
  • We live in a very fat-phobic society. Can you tell us the truth about fat?
  • What are the short- and long-term benefits of going keto?
  • What are the risks of going keto? Is there a best way to do it safely?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

HOW TO GET STARTED

  • The likely first step is out with old food and in with new food. What foods should listeners avoid, and what foods should they stock up on? Please explain.
  • My understanding is that brands matter when purchasing ingredients for ketogenic cooking. Can you please explain?
  • What is the keto flu, and how can you avoid it?
  • What tools do you recommend around the kitchen for listeners’ new ketogenic lifestyles?
  • Tell us about your keto books, as well as your favorite books and blogs by other people.
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

KETO FOR FERTILITY

  • What is inflammation, what causes it, and why is it bad for fertility?
  • How can the ketogenic diet impact the fertility of listeners with PCOS?
  • How can the ketogenic diet impact the fertility of listeners without PCOS but who do have poor egg quality?
  • How can the ketogenic diet impact the fertility of listeners with Type 2 diabetes?
  • How can the ketogenic diet impact the fertility of listeners who are overweight or obese?
  • Can keto help men with fertility, too? Please explain.
  • Have there been any studies that address keto for fertility? Please explain.
  • Is changing what you eat enough, or should listeners consider taking certain supplements or engaging in a certain type and level of exercise? Please explain.
  • Tell me about some of your keto for fertility success stories.
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to a listener who’s considering starting the ketogenic diet for fertility?

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