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High Ketosis, Low Ketosis; Does It Matter?

There are various degrees of ketosis depending on your needs. According to the chart below a Glucose:Ketone Index (GKI) below 3 is “Therapeutic ketosis” that the medical profession uses to treat epilepsy and cancer. A range between 3 and 6 would be “Moderate/functional ketosis” and desirable for obesity, type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Lower on the index, between 6 and 9, is “low ketosis” and used for maintenance, optimal health and weight loss. Any thing above 9 there is no ketosis. From Wikipedia we learn that “Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides most of the energy. Ketosis is a nutritional process characterized by serum concentrations of ketone bodies over 0.5 m/mol, with low and stable levels of insulin and blood glucose. It is almost always generalized with hyperketonemia, that is, an elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood throughout the body. Ketone bodies are formed by ketogenesis when liver glycogen stores are depleted (or from metabolising medium-chain triglycerides). The main ketone bodies used for ene Continue reading >>

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  1. moreandrew

    Read that magnesium supplements might help. I'm going to try it. Also read that some people are more sensitive to caffeine on keto, going to be more conscious of limiting it after 1400. I am going to exercise more.
    I hate feeling restless and anxious about getting to sleep. Does anyone know why keto causes this?

  2. upgoat4peece

    It's not keto. It's severe calorie restriction. Your body dumps adrenaline and dopamine to raise body temperature and aide the metabolism of fats.
    I'd recommend slightly increasing overall calorie intake, especially around bedtime.
    I intermittent fast so my feed starts at 2pm (so I'm amped up until then) and ends at 10 for my last meal of the day.

  3. moreandrew

    I will remember this. I am using the myfitnesspal app to track my calories and I've been pretty close to 1700 for the past few days, which is what the app tells me I should be at to lose 2 lbs per week.
    That's an interesting explanation - it makes sense that not eating enough before bedtime is having that physiological effect. On the other hand, I kind of like the idea of my body aiding the metabolism of fats. What's the best way to have my keto cake and eat it too?

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