Good, I’m so glad!
Much of the LCHF/keto literature in what is a patriarchal culture - ironically like modern medicine itself - tends to be male generated and centered. And the female scholars and advocacy takes some time to be integrated into the literature and outlooks and subject-matter-experts realms. Fortunately, the LCHF/keto world being so biology-based is a benefit, it seems to naturally expedite the re-centering of female realities - and I’m grateful!
One example is in the documented evidence and Dr. Stephen Phinney’s observations related to famous Finnish-origins entrepreneur and keto triathlete Sami Inkenen and his partner Ms. Meredith Loring (a triathlete in her own right). Meredith & Sami co-rowed a boat from California to Hawaii and set a new world record!
During their journey, Sami (a hearty muscled tall man) bonked for about two days due to mineral levels or detox - and had to lay down in the sleeping hold - while Meredith (a petite lean woman) not only rowed the whole damn boat by herself, but kept to their schedule without much delay created by Sami’s temp sickness! It’s all in the excellent Irish directed documentary “Cereal Killers II” which I highly recommend, along with Cereal Killers I
In addition, Fred Hahn, co-author of Slow Burn Fitness Revolution along with Dr. Mary Dan Eades and Dr. Michael Eades, has done much for female resources in that classic book that provides a bunch of LCHF dietary guidance along with an excellent home-based, 30 mins a week simple strength training routine that enhances & compliments metabolic healing for women who have the low-stress conditions and are in the lower end of obesity, to make strength-training workable. What I love about the routine they came up with and convey really well in that book is that it makes it possible for house-bound, socially isolated, impoverished women - as well as women who just like to avoid the bizarre misogynist gym scene - to take up the strength-training routine using such items as water jugs and canned food items for weights in lieu of pro dumbbells and such. Very accessible and compassionate!
And, just the other night on Mark Sisson’s blog, I read that there are two articles in the works by two female authors - all about female biology & ketosis/lipolysis, etc. I think the body of anecdotal evidence on female physiological phenomena is sufficiently big at this point to justify a female-specific controlled study or survey at least.
One thing that we all face in industrial culture is the fact that over 100 industrial chemicals are stored in our body tissues (dioxin, formaldehyde, arsenic, cadmium etc). For females, in addition to the potentially restorative effects of estrogen release via lipolysis and the cycle balancing potentials of LCHF/keto in general (in otherwise unmedicated women at least) is the fact that we are simultaneously undergoing release of toxins that have been brilliantly stored in fat (not sure which fat or if it’s in all types of fat). It’s A LOT going on! I think there is a reasonable argument to make that female biological fat storage (which helps fertility and lactation and thus the whole human race!) makes for perhaps a heavier detox load when burning some 30-100+ fat pounds via ketosis! I think this may possibly require the high-end of fat (85-90%) during the detox, and a double dose of electrolytes as well as angstrom magnesium (mag helps 18K bodily processes) and be benefited by a certain amount of sweating or sauna visits or ionic foot baths to help the body release heavy metals and various chemicals.
Males also undergo the detoxing and hormone rebalancing, but in a comparatively less dramatic way - after all, menstrual blood itself, plus the return of regular cycles in older women, and the subsequent possibilities of enhanced fertility and “keto babies” for female bodies is rather HUGE in its potential impacts! Traditional indigenous & aboriginal peoples of the bioregioanal LCHF human history (90%+ of which was egalitarian in culture, according to the meta-analysis done by Elizabeth Pennisi, published in the journal Science in 2014) honored old women’s leadership and had huge respect for female biology as its own realm of the universe