Schizophrenia.com

Keto Diet (low carb) for Schizophrenia - Your Experience?

Saw this and was intrigued… anyone else tried this approach - a low carb diet:

4 Likes

I went on a low carb diet for 1-2 months using no carb noodles, all it did was making me lose weight. Diets don’t fix schizophrenia.

2 Likes

I am sure its something else than the diet that improved these ppl. Depression can disappear on its own sometimes. Anyways I never had depression or anxiety.

1 Like

I’ve been seeing a medical doctor who is a nutritionist and she placed me on a low carb anti inflammatory diet similar to a low carb version of a Mediterranean diet.

I’ve been placed on this specialized diet because of physical health issues like a fatty liver and diabetes but I’ve noticed improvements with my moods as well.
I’ve been feeling less depressed since following this diet.

I’ve also lost 11 pounds since lowering my carb intake.

3 Likes

@Wave. What is the rules of Mediterranean diet?

1 Like

It worked for my mom, but she ain’t schizophrenic. She lost weight, felt better, and had less physical (back) pain. She stopped it because she lacks consistency and self control. It’s also hard when other family members don’t follow the diet. I won’t do it because it’s too hard, but I think it works and could help my health. That and I think it’s expensive and hard. I don’t know and don’t like cooking for sure.

The problem is the weight comes back super fast after you stop the keto diet. My mom gained all her weight back and she loves carbs.

3 Likes

Same reasons why I stopped after 1-2 months.

3 Likes

Mediterranean diets often include using extra virgin olive oil, seafood like fish, lots of veggies, lean chicken, legumes, beans.

I’ve been placed on a low carb version of a Mediterranean diet.

It’s an anti inflammatory type diet.

But I don’t eliminate carbs completely.

I include whole grain breads and pasta plus brown rice.

2 Likes

@Aziz. @johnnyboy1. Y’all are lucky y’all got a choice in the matter I have to have gluten free (very low carb) it is rough when the family don’t go by it but I manage

3 Likes

@Wave. Hmm interesting… I think I’ll stick to my gluten free vegetarian diet

2 Likes

I tried keto but I can’t do it. That’s the problem. So I try other things instead. When I can

1 Like

I’m on a low carb diet right now to lose excess fat, though I would not say that its a keto diet. More like a diabetic diet, just without diabetes.

2 Likes

I was on a low carb diet a few years ago. I’ve never been so hungry in my life. It was awful. Now I still don’t eat a lot of carbs, but it’s more than before. I’m not starving all day

3 Likes

I’ll attempt keto if my current thing doesn’t work. I believe it can help SZ greatly.

If you can do that with starches too that’s all I could ask for in a diet.

1 Like

Keto/low carb improves my negative symptoms. Despite feeling better on it I still have a hard time complying and can’t stick with it for long. My best run is about four weeks straight and I felt amazing, lost 10kg and my blood pressure dropped down to a good level.

I have two stumbling blocks. Alcohol triggers bad eating in me (I’m trying to give the booze up). Also, I eat meals prepared by my family often which aren’t low carb, which is a difficult problem for me to get around for social reasons.

I honestly think it low carb a positive thing.

3 Likes

Been on keto diets several times over the years. They’ve helped with weight loss temporarily until my body gets used to it and shifts on me. In terms of the SZ, no noticeable difference. About as useful as Niacin, fish oil, etc. Which is to say not useful at all. (Not true: Lots of fish oil is great if you’re constipated. Oof.)

The biggest game changers for me are still Sarcosine and Amyloban 3399.

3 Likes

Dr. Daniel Amen of the Cleveland Clinic believes that there is a direct correlation between diet and a lot of mental illness. I am reading his book the end of mental illness right now. He’s got a lot of good ideas and firmly believes that MOST of the mental illnesses of the world are a combination of injury, trauma and diet. I’ll let you know when I finish the book.

I lost 15kgs in 4 months with a keto diet (Pronokal). Didn’t notice any impact on my voices. I felt dizzy quit after 4 months and gained everything back and more.

I wanted to try it for ages, but didnt have the discipline.

Now i spoke to a dietician and just started it. There is a whole chicken in the fridge now for meat and stock. :slight_smile:

I will keep you updated.

I know i already did a sugarfree whole food diet for a while and it helped me. Especially things like energy, motivation, mood.

Welcome back @Marian

2 Likes