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Episode 116: Keto For Women with Dr. Jaime Seeman

podcast Jun 04, 2021


In this episode we talk about the benefits of following a ketogenic/low carb diet during pregnancy, how resistance training helps fight metabolic disease, the benefits of following a higher protein ketogenic approach, how menopause affects fat loss, the basics of birth control, and much more!

“Women are not small men. We have very complex biological features. I’m on a crusade to fix pregnancy nutrition and to fix nutrition for women.” Dr. Jaime Seeman

Top Takeaways:

  • Myth busted: you don’t need to be overweight to be prediabetic- educate yourself before assuming 
  • Looking at pregnancy as two stages: anabolic and catabolic
  • Dr. Jaime’s recommendations on eating during pregnancy
  • Benefits of fasting during perimenopause and menopause
  • Pro’s and Con’s to natural family planning

Today’s Questions: 

  • Is Keto/Low-Carb safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
  • Would you recommend a high protein ketogenic approach specifically with pregnant women?
  • What's your view on following a stricter ketogenic diet versus implementing carb ups for women specifically?
  • Can women lose weight during/after menopause?
  • What are your views on birth control and recommendations for natural family planning? 

Show Notes:

  • [0:00] Welcome back to MetFlex and Chill! Today’s episode is a relaunch episode with Dr. Jaime Seeman @doctorfitandfabulous
  • [1:00] Rachel gives listeners a brief bio of Dr. Jaime Seeman’s background
  • [2:30] Rachel introduces guest Dr. Jaime Seeman @doctorfitandfabulous to the listeners
  • [3:30] Dr. Jaime Seeman dives into her background being an OBGYN and also a certified ketogenic nutrition specialist 
  • [4:30] Doctor Fit and Fabulous
  • [6:30] “I wasn't morbidly obese.I didn't have a lot of other health problems, but on the inside, you never know what's going on unless you test. And here I was a medical doctor with a nutrition degree. And I had prediabetes Dr. Jaime Seeman    
  • [10:00] Question: Is Keto/Low carb safe for Pregnant or Breastfeeding women?
  • [12:00] Adaptations during pregnancy, hormonal shifts
  • [13:00] First part of pregnancy is anabolic, Mom starts storing energy for later, usually an increase in insulin sensitivity.
  • [14:30] “Trust me, if ketosis killed pregnancies we wouldn't see many women in the second trimester.” JS
  • [14:30] Second part of pregnancy is catabolic, the body breaks down to feed the baby, usually a decrease in insulin sensitivity, leptin resistance 
  • [17:00] “Glucose crosses the placenta but insulin doesn’t” JS
  • [19:30] Carbs and pregnancy truth
  • [21:00] “Why don't we keep these patients where they have normal glycemia? Let's eat carbs to normal glycemia because we know that the other direction does cause a significant amount of harm.” JS
  • [22:30] Ketosis is a very safe state for growing babies
  • [25:00] Question: Would you recommend a high protein ketogenic approach specifically with pregnant women?
  • [27:30] A low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet combined with six weeks of crossfit training improves body composition and performance 
  • [29:00] Having lean muscle mass helps fight metabolic disease
  • [29:30] “Exercise to build, not to lose.” RG
  • [30:30] Question: What's your view on following a stricter ketogenic diet versus implementing carb ups for women specifically?
  • [31:30] Five pillars to metabolic health
  • [34:30] Benefits of reincorporating whole food carbs into your diet
  • [35:00] “A woman’s menstrual cycle is the fifth vital sign.” If a woman doing keto loses her menstrual cycle, that means there is a problem, something is not working
  • [37:00] “Ketosis is a metabolic state, not just a diet.” RG
  • [40:00] “For the vast majority of women, I don’t think that zero carb is the best thing.” Dr Jaime on the benefit of metabolic flexibility.
  • [42:00] Question: Can women lose weight during/after menopause? 
  • [43:00] Perimenopause or Menopause is a huge metabolic and hormonal shift in a woman’s body
  • [46:30] Birth control, what is it really doing to a woman’s hormones?
  • [47:30] “The birth control pill is overprescribed for issues not related to contraception and have many side effects that may outweigh the perceived benefits
  • [49:30] The Other Pill
  • [52:00] Question: What’s your recommendation on natural family planning?
  • [54:30] Advocate for yourself… know the why behind what is going on
  • [56:30] Episode 1: Raising MetFlex Kids, Dual Fuel, & Keto Carnivore with Danny and Maura Vega
  • [1:00:00] If you’re interested in learning more about Dr. Jaime Seeman check her out @doctorfitandfabulous on IG, on YouTube @ Doctor Fit and Fabulous or her website 


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Rachel Gregory (@rachelgregory.cns) is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Author of the best-selling book, 21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge. She received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology from James Madison University and Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Miami.

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