Video: 15 Signs You Need More Fat

Signs you need more fat #lowcarb #keto #highfat

15 signs that point to you needing to eat more fat and the health complications that come from not eating enough.

Happy Wednesday! I know so, so many of you are thoroughly enjoying fat, eating it by the spoonful, and feeling amazing. But there are countless beings out there that are still restricting their fat intake and feeling horrible because of it.

In today’s keto video, I’m outlining 15 signs that point to fat needing to take center stage in your life. If you’re already doing it, maybe you know of someone that could benefit from this information.

And, if you’re on the fence about this whole ‘high-fat’  or ‘keto’ thing, perhaps one, or more, of the signs I’ve shared describes your current state of health.

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  • How eating low-fat negatively affects your mood
  • When it’s time to eat more fat
  • Health imbalances that are signs of eating low-fat


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  1. Hi Leanne,
    Speaking of Candida, I have listened to you video on this topic and the possibility that yeast can feed on ketones. Is this still what the latest research shows? I do best with low carb as I don’t crave sugars or have hypoglycemic issues – and no weight fluctuations for years; however, I still struggle with candida. How do I know the sweet spot where I’m not eating too many carbs to feed yeast and -if the theory of yeast feeding on ketones is true – not too much fat? Very confused as my body craves fats…

    • Hi Anita! The best way to find a balance is by increasing your carbohydrate intake day by day, adding about 10g/day per week until you find a comfortable spot. Candida is a complex issue that differs for each person, so it’s all about learning what works for your body!

      • HI Leanne,
        That sounds like a good plan. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

  2. I have struggled with Severe Hypothyroidism since puberty; over 30 years. The symptoms of eating insufficient fat closely ressemble that of hypothyroidism.
    I also have Type 1 Diabetes (LADA), on insulin as no beta cells left.
    I cannot lose body fat despite exactly following the keto diet and intermittent fasting. Any ideas why?
    It is frustrating when others appear to lose body fat relatively easily, and I am locked in this weight. Suggestions would be helpful.

  3. Leanne, This may be an unusual question. I started LCHF a year ago for glucose control to head off pre or type 2 diabetes. Thankfully it worked. My numbers have been good. However, I was not overweight when I started. Now, I am under healthy weight and am trying to figure out how to gain weight without the typical route of raising carbs. Some raise carbs a little to between 30 – 100 when they reach their ideal weight. However, I need to keep the carbs down and gain weight. I assume it is to eat more fat. I am trying to raise fat intake but knowing the right foods has been a challenge. Do I need to make sure I get in a certain amount of calories? A certain amount of fat? Thank you.

    • Hey, Ben! I would eat more fat so your body isn’t using its fat storage as fuel. You’ll definitely want to make sure you’re getting enough calories–do you have The Keto Beginning? There’s a simple formula for calorie intake for weight gain, maintenance, or weight loss in chapter 3. Please don’t hesitate to consult with your healthcare provider to ensure you’re getting adequate nutrition as well.

  4. Probably a silly question but having a hard time. How do you stay within your calories to ‘loose’ weight when the fat, protein & under 20 of carb normally go way over. Is it just adding minimal
    Fat? I was under the impression it was 75% of your intake of fats. What am I missing??

    • Could it be that your calories are set too low? I eat anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000+ calories a day and TONS of fat. Many of the calorie calculators online are too low or don’t consider the fact that you’re eating keto. There’s a calorie formula in The Keto Beginning that factors in weight loss if you’d like to give it a try. Also, here’s a post that explains why significant calorie restriction isn’t the best approach for weight loss. I hope this helps!

  5. Hello Leanne! My 40yr old daughter had bariactric surgery 2 mos ago & has just discovered Ketogenics & wants to try it! Will this program help her or harm her now that her stomach has been altered?

    • I can’t speak from a medical standpoint, as I am not her health care provider. But I have seen many women in her place have great success with this eating style. I would recommend working alongside her health care provider if she’s concerned about it!

  6. Hello, I would like to learn more about this Keto diet. I have been trying the bulletproof diet and it’s difficult because I’m vegetarian, and a woman…. Though I’ve started eating fish and eggs…
    I’m 39, 70 lbs overweight, and was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis…
    Is this diet good for me?
    I guess I’m just looking for guidance and advice….
    Thank you!!!

    • If what you’re doing isn’t working, you’re in a fine place to try something new! I can’t speak from a medical standpoint, as I am not your healthcare provider. But I have seen many women in your place have great success with this eating style. Here’s a video about thriving as a vegan/vegetarian on keto: So many tips in there!

  7. Hi I went into Diabetic ketoacidosis while following this type of diet,I thought it was working bang I was in hospital, Is there a diet I could follow without the ill affects?

    • So sorry to hear that, Jim! If you’re diabetic, it’s best to work alongside a trained health practitioner when on the keto diet.

    • DKA is from high blood sugar, possibily in combination with infection, illness, surgery ot trauma (like a car accident, or death of a loved one).

      You need to be tested for LADA.
      Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults.
      It is like a slower onset of Type 1 Diabetes, and likely not caused by a low carb diet. A high carb diet would have brought it on faster.

      If you have other autoimmune diseases like Psoriasis, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s, Sjogren’s, Graves, Hashimoto’s or Rheumatoid Arthritis your risk of LADA (or Type 1 Diabetes) is increased.

  8. Ohww, yes those old transition symptoms, can be really nasty….. Your body has to adapt to a new metabolism, and that is huge!

  9. Ummm…ok, so I deal with about 10-12 of the 15 things you mentioned. The biggies??? Always cold, irregular periods (although, I’m 46, done having kids and actually glad to see my periods fading – I had 1 period in 2015 and have had 2 very light ones so far this year), hot flashes, joint pain, brain fog…and I can’t remember the rest, lol.
    I’m also overcoming candida. I recently went on an elimination diet and lost 10 pounds that I really didn’t need to lose (I’m 5’4″ and 110#).
    The last few weeks have been a bear. I was almost in tears by 8pm because I SO exhausted. Are you saying your program could work for me???

    • Hey, Lori! I’m so sorry you’re experiencing these things. If what you’re doing isn’t working, you’re in a fine place to try something new! I can’t speak from a medical standpoint, as I am not your healthcare provider. But I have seen many women in your place have great success with this eating style.