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Not Losing Weight On A Low-carb Ketogenic Diet? Don’t Give Up And Read Further

The ketogenic diet is not only known to be one of the most effective weight loss tools, but has proven to have many health benefits. Ketosis is a state at which your body produces ketones in the liver, shifting the body's metabolism away from glucose and towards fat utilization. Unless you can check your blood ketones, using Ketostix is an easy way to detect urinary ketones. It's not the most accurate method, but may be good enough to find out whether you are in ketosis. In some cases, weight loss may be difficult even on a low-carb ketogenic diet and there may be a few possible reasons for weight stalling, which I have listed in this post. If you want to know more about the ketogenic diet and how it can help you lose weight, have a look at my Practical Guide to Keto Diet which is freely available on my website also as PDF. 3 free diet plans to help you kickstart your diet, lose weight and get healthy Recipes, giveaways and exclusive deals delivered directly to your inbox A chance to win the KetoDiet app every week Top Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight on a Keto Diet 1. Carbs are Too High Your carbohydrate intake may be too high. Try to decrease your daily carbs limit. Also try to Continue reading >>

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  1. user3072

    I was researching the ketogenic diet and as I understand it, it's basically the same as Atkins except that it allows for a high fat intake. Also, under a ketogenic diet you have days where you 'carb up' to replenish your system.
    Is it bad to be on a ketogenic diet when you're not going to the gym? Does the high fat intake of this diet have a bad effect if you're not working your muscles? Is it better to be on an Atkins diet if you have a sedentary lifestyle?

  2. Nathan Wheeler

    Atkins is a ketogenic diet. I've never heard of anyone taking days to "carb up" on a ketogenic diet, but I haven't heard of everything, and the Cyclic Ketogenic Diet apparently takes this approach. A very high intake of carbs will stop the ketosis and switch you back to carb-fueled energy, and it typically takes 3 days to switch back to ketosis. The amount of carbs generally needed to make the switch as I understand it is somewhere more than 9g of carbs in less than an hour, depending on the person and how their body processes the sugars.
    Atkins dieters usually go heavy on the protein, and there's ample research that shows that excess protein is extremely bad for you. Your body will leach calcium from your bones in order to flush the excess from your body. Your body can handle more protein without losing calcium if you are working out fairly heavy, but still not enough to cover as much as many of the people I've seen on Atkins take in.
    Fat, on the other hand, is turned into ketones for energy, and is then either burned or flushed from your body in sweat, saliva, urine, etc.
    In summary, the higher protein intake is much worse for you than the higher fat intake if you are NOT working out. Whether or not extended periods of ketosis are bad for you in general is still a matter of debate.
    Referring to AlexC's answer, losing weight and keeping it off requires a lot more than just going on a diet for a while. It requires a dedication to a lifestyle change, including exercise and long-term healthier eating habits and goals. It's well worth it, though, your moods will be better, you'll sleep better, feel better, etc.

  3. AlexC

    The Cyclic Ketogenic Diet involves carb loading (usually measured precisely so you do not carb overload) in order to allow you to perform in the gym. This is an intrinsic part of the diet, and if you don't carb up and go to the gym, you won't be doing CKD.
    However, it's certainly possible (whether it is recommended is another thing) to be on a diet that induces ketosis, which can be any low carb diet. If you don't eat much (lets say in the order of 50g a day) carbs, then after 3 or 4 days you'll probably be in ketosis. (There are other things to avoid, such as citric acid, but let's not go into details here.) Going to the gym can speed that along, but eventually you'll be in ketosis and even, once you're over the hump, it won't be all that bad.
    Now, the reality check: You will find it hard to lose weight and keep it off without a lifestyle change that involves finding an exercise you enjoy. And if you do, it probably wont be healthy. Sorry.

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