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What You Should Know Before Trying A Ketogenic Diet

Five people have recently told me they were going to “try keto”—the most recent after gushing about a mutual friend who has been doing keto, aka the popular ketogenic diet, and getting awesome-looking results. You’ve probably heard rumblings about keto, but what the heck is it? And is it too good to be true? Let’s first get you caught up on all the hubbub around the ketogenic diet. Keto is an extremely low-carb, moderate-protein, and high-fat diet. You’ll find those on keto gobbling up stuff like fat slabs of bacon, mountains of avocados, and cartons of heavy whipping cream. There’s a lot of enthusiastic fanfare around it, like this comment on Reddit: Awesome. And then there’s this one: Low-carb diets are nothing new for weight loss. And keto is kind of a low-carb diet with a twist in that you emphasize tons of fat. I spoke to Leigh Peele, NASM certified personal trainer who fields questions on all matters of weight loss, metabolism, and nutrition, and is author of Starve Mode; and she told me that the original definition of keto is a 4:1 ratio of fats to carbohydrates or protein. That is, for every gram of protein or carb you eat, you would also eat four grams of f Continue reading >>

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  1. Bobhes

    What is the best time of the day to check blood ketone levels? I've heard that upon rising is a bad time because the body produces glucose overnight while you sleep. I've heard others say mid afternoon and still others at night at the end of the day.

    Please unconfuse this confused keto novice. Thanks in advance!

  2. Shortstuff

    I've been testing three times a day, just out of curiosity.
    Can't keep doing it as the test strips are so expensive, but interesting to gauge things properly.

  3. MaryAnn

    Bobhes:


    I've heard that upon rising is a bad time because the body produces glucose overnight while you sleep.
    I've heard this too. But I'm doing an N=1 experiment and my blood ketone readings are higher in the AM (generally).

    Not fasting *approx 5 hrs after eating Ketones: 3.9

    Not fasting (mid afternoon) Ketones: 1.4

    Not Fasting (approx 5 hrs after eating) Ketones 2.0

    Not Fasting (approx 3.5 hrs after eating) Ketones 1.6

    Fasting Ketones 3.3

    Fasting Ketones 2.9

    Fasting but a few hours (3) after ACV Ketones 2.8

    Fasting Ketones 3.6

    Not Fasting 2.2

    Not fasting means in the afternoon and at least after 1 meal. My first reading was the highest and it was in the afternoon. These are all separate day measurements. I haven't done the test in the AM and the PM (only because of cost). Will try that next.

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