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Is The Keto Diet Safe? 10 Myth-busting Arguments For The Safety Of Ketosis

Is ketosis safe? The truth is that we can’t say for certain that it is 100% safe. Humans don’t understand everything under the branch of nutritional science and probably won’t for a very long time. As an individual, the only thing you can do is take a look at the research yourself and form your own conclusion. Personally, through the reading I’ve done and the experience I’ve had with the Keto diet, I’ve formed my own conclusion that ketosis is safe. Could I be wrong? Absolutely. But I could also be right. I’m willing to take that risk in order to follow a diet which could maximize longevity, well being and function. My personal conclusion shouldn’t matter to you though. You need to do your own research and come to your own conclusion. I’ve put together this post to organize all of the issues surrounding the safety of ketosis so that you can make your own decision. In trying to prove something to be safe there are two ways to go about it. Disprove the claims of danger Show evidence which may be correlated with safety This article will dispel the top 10 claims people make in an argument to label ketosis as dangerous. Like I said, the science on ketosis is still quit Continue reading >>

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  1. Lynnw

    Exercise and ketosis

    This whole ketosis thing confuses me. It's fairly well documented that exercise forces glucose into muscles. If you are in ketosis, does forcing glucose into muscles through exercise knock you out of ketosis? And it's not like I can 'use up' or 'run out of' glucose because my liver keeps me well-supplied, even eating very low carb...my BG is usually higher after exercise than before.

  2. smorgan

    Originally Posted by Lynnw
    This whole ketosis thing confuses me. It's fairly well documented that exercise forces glucose into muscles. If you are in ketosis, does forcing glucose into muscles through exercise knock you out of ketosis? And it's not like I can 'use up' or 'run out of' glucose because my liver keeps me well-supplied, even eating very low carb...my BG is usually higher after exercise than before. Part of the definition of ketosis is that your cells (including your muscles, brain and heart) switch off insisting on glucose as their primary fuel. They run off ketone bodies and/or free fatty acids instead. So, when in ketosis exercise generally has no effect on blood glucose because glucose is not involved.
    I have on more than on occasion check my blood sugar at 4 hours since eating anything, gone for a 1 or 2 hour workout and tested after it at the exact same level. So, that entire workout was fueled by other than glucose. That is normal for ketosis.
    So, in this state, exercise no longer "forces glucose into muscles" because they have switched to alternative fuels.
    No, exercise cannot knock you out of ketosis. The only thing which can do that is eating too many glucose-producing foods (carbs or proteins). Also, a prerequisite to achieving ketosis is depleting the glycogen stores in the liver so in most cases this shouldn't be an issue. There shouldn't be any stores significant to cause a spike.

  3. jim55

    My body is in a ketosis state most every day and i,m sure i still burn glucose stores when exercising. Because the body coverts protien to glucose i always have some avalable however in much less supply due to my low carb diet. When i do cardio i can even feel when my body makes the switch. This is true also when i lift. If the body completly drained itself of glucose ones bood glucose reading would be 0.

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