Like most of you, every time a doctor has looked at my legs or my BMI since puberty, I’ve been told I needed to lose weight. This began years of yo-yo dieting and self-shaming. One good thing about a diagnosis of Lipedema is that you can be assured that your difficulty in losing weight and tendency to gain it very easily in the extremities is not entirely your fault! This can lift a bit of the shame and allow you to take the journey of healthy living more seriously.
While Lipedema does not itself mean that we are overweight, it does mean that we must be extremely vigilant about controlling our weight because obesity worsens the condition exponentially. Also, once you metabolize and store lipedemic fat, it is extremely difficult to lose as the nature of the fat cells and areas we store it in are resistant to weight loss. So, in my journey to control my Lipedema and maintain a healthy weight I’ve come across some dietary suggestions for those with this condition. I’ve had some success with various low carb diets such as Atkins, South Beach, The Slow Carb Diet, and am looking forward to seeing results on the RAD Diet.
The adipose expert Dr. Karen Herbst developed and recommends the RAD Diet (rare adipose disorder) for those struggling with fat disorders like Lipedema. You can find out more information by visiting her website www.Lipomadoc.org or check out a simple explanation on the Talk Lipoedema website: RAD DIET
Suggested Diets for weight loss and managing Lipedema include restriction of the following:
Simple Carbs and Sugars
Pasteurized Dairy products
Fatty Animal Proteins, Fats, and Red Meat
So, what can you eat? If you’re looking to control Lipedema, stick to these food areas:
Liquid foods such as soups, stews, and protein shakes
Healthy proteins, lean meats, fish
Organic Fruits and Vegetables, especially those low in sugar
Whole, Low Glycemic, and complex carbs (use moderation)
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