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Difference Between Nutritional Ketosis And Starvation Ketosis

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What Is The Difference Between Ketosis And Ketoacidosis?

Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition, where toxic levels of ketone bodies build up in the blood because the body is not producing insulin. Ketosis, on the other hand, results when the body has exhausted its stored glycogen and begins to burn fatty tissue for energy. Ketosis The process of ketosis is the basis of the many low-carb diets marketed to the public. In ketosis, the body does not have sufficient glucose or glycogen available to give cells what they need to create energy. The body then turns to fat cells as an energy source. Ketone bodies in the bloodstream are a natural product of this process. These diets work, and ketosis is achieved, when carbohydrates are essentially eliminated from the diet. With minimal carbohydrate intake, there is little sugar to convert to glycogen. Without glycogen, the body breaks down and excretes fat cells, leaving ketones behind in the blood. In an ideal situation, this results in weight loss. Ketones in the body can be toxic in high enough concentrations. The body often has small amounts of ketones in the bloodstream, including during the overnight period. This is a mild, natural reaction, with low levels of ketones (blood ketones at 1-3 mi Continue reading >>

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  1. kickchickbecca

    can you go into starvation mode while on keto?

    Okay.. so ya'll can correct me if I'm wrong on this one..
    But when your body goes into starvation mode it's because you aren't fueling it enough.. not giving it enough energy..
    Well if your body is using fat for energy.. when you run out of fat that you're eating.. wouldn't your body just use the fat you already have instead of going to starvation mode?
    Or am I totally off..?

  2. Atavis

    Yes. Yes, you definately can go into starvation mode on keto.

  3. signature166

    Originally Posted by kickchickbecca
    Okay.. so ya'll can correct me if I'm wrong on this one..
    But when your body goes into starvation mode it's because you aren't fueling it enough.. not giving it enough energy..
    Well if your body is using fat for energy.. when you run out of fat that you're eating.. wouldn't your body just use the fat you already have instead of going to starvation mode?
    Or am I totally off..?

    Keto is similar to starvation mode in some interesting ways. Lyle writes about this in his book on the ketogenic diet.

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