How To Avoid Ketoacidosis

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What Is Ketosis?

"Ketosis" is a word you'll probably see when you're looking for information on diabetes or weight loss. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? That depends. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones. If you're healthy and eating a balanced diet, your body controls how much fat it burns, and you don't normally make or use ketones. But when you cut way back on your calories or carbs, your body will switch to ketosis for energy. It can also happen after exercising for a long time and during pregnancy. For people with uncontrolled diabetes, ketosis is a sign of not using enough insulin. Ketosis can become dangerous when ketones build up. High levels lead to dehydration and change the chemical balance of your blood. Ketosis is a popular weight loss strategy. Low-carb eating plans include the first part of the Atkins diet and the Paleo diet, which stress proteins for fueling your body. In addition to helping you burn fat, ketosis can make you feel less hungry. It also helps you maintain muscle. For health Continue reading >>

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  1. replay


    Two things:

    Well said. These two things should be required reading.

  2. johnaustin454

    @Rookie , You mention your macros and they seem to be in line but, you don't mention how many calories you are eating.
    I used to eat NSNG (no sugar, no grains) and was not losing weight. I called Vinnie Tortortorich for a consultation and he figures out that the fat I was eating was totally feeling my fat fuelled body. My body never needed to go to my fat stores so I wouldn't lose any weight.
    Once I dropped my BPC (I was using to much HC) and started losing.
    Maybe we could get @carl to interview you on the podcast since there are so many people on this post that are in the same boat.
    The other thing I don't think you mentioned (I may have skipped past it) is how much you have to lose. On a good week I can lose 6 pounds. My Wife has lost 11 pounds over 3 months because she has a lot less to lose.
    Just some thoughts.

  3. Rookie

    John, I eat around 1200 daily but I don't really follow calories...I use mfp so they track me around 1200. Maybe I need to lower calories?

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