Ketosis Vs Low Carb

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Why Dka & Nutritional Ketosis Are Not The Same

There’s a very common misconception and general misunderstanding around ketones. Specifically, the misunderstandings lie in the areas of: ketones that are produced in low-carb diets of generally less than 50 grams of carbs per day, which is low enough to put a person in a state of “nutritional ketosis” ketones that are produced when a diabetic is in a state of “diabetic ketoacidosis” (DKA) and lastly, there are “starvation ketones” and “illness-induced ketones” The fact is they are very different. DKA is a dangerous state of ketosis that can easily land a diabetic in the hospital and is life-threatening. Meanwhile, “nutritional ketosis” is the result of a nutritional approach that both non-diabetics and diabetics can safely achieve through low-carb nutrition. Diabetic Ketoacidosis vs. Nutritional Ketosis Ryan Attar (soon to be Ryan Attar, ND) helps explain the science and actual human physiology behind these different types of ketone production. Ryan is currently studying to become a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut and also pursuing a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition. He has interned under the supervision of the very well-known diabetes doc, Dr Continue reading >>

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  1. TheOPisme

    Now that I am down to my goal weight of 165lbs down from 193 lbs. I was wondering if there are any advantages to staying Keto for the long haul? I have no problem eating less than 100 carbs a day and staying relatively low carb for life. I'm 6 months straight Keto now! Why stay Keto over low carb for life?


    After losing all of my weight through your basic carb based diet - I find keto is just beneficial for me in terms of mood, energy, focus, and other factors that has me on the fence of keeping it as my main way of eating.
    I just enjoy waking up and not feeling like I want to devour half of my fridge - or going through lots of ups and downs in terms of energy throughout the day based upon my carb ingestion. This has been my experience anyways..but most prominent for me has been my mental focus which has been great as I finish up my masters degree.

  3. Epoo

    My favorite part about keto is waking up and not having a masty taste in my mouth, feeling and lookimg bloated, and having a stomach ache because i had carbs the night before.
    On keto, it doesnt really matter how much i ate before i sleep because i never feel nasty and bloated. The days i eat carbs, for lifting weight, the next morning i always feel kinda nasty and bloated. And theres always this nasty taste in my mouth.

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