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My Experience With Exogenous Ketones

My Experience With Exogenous Ketones

Last year I wrote a couple of posts on the nuances and complexities of ketosis, with an emphasis on nutritional ketosis (but some discussion of other states of ketosis—starvation ketosis and diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA). To understand this post, you’ll want to at least be familiar with the ideas in those posts, which can be found here and here. In the second of these posts I discuss the Delta G implications of the body using ketones (specifically, beta-hydroxybutyrate, or BHB, and acetoacetate, or AcAc) for ATP generation, instead of glucose and free fatty acid (FFA). At the time I wrote that post I was particularly (read: personally) interested in the Delta G arbitrage. Stated simply, per unit of carbon, utilization of BHB offers more ATP for the same amount of oxygen consumption (as corollary, generation of the same amount of ATP requires less oxygen consumption, when compared to glucose or FFA). I also concluded that post by discussing the possibility of testing this (theoretical) idea in a real person, with the help of exogenous (i.e., synthetic) ketones. I have seen this effect in (unpublished) data in world class athletes not on a ketogenic diet who have supplemented with exogenous ketones (more on that, below). Case after case showed a small, but significant increase in sub-threshold performance (as an example, efforts longer than about 4 minutes all-out). So I decided to find out for myself if ketones could, indeed, offer up the same amount of usable energy with less oxygen consumption. Some housekeeping issues before getting into it. This is a self-experiment, not real “data”—“N of 1” stuff is suggestive, but it prevents the use of nifty little things likes error bars and p-values. Please don’t over interpret these results. My reason for shari Continue reading >>

Let’s Talk About Ketones, Ketosis + Ketogenic Diets.

Let’s Talk About Ketones, Ketosis + Ketogenic Diets.

Okay, I know this is the question of the century right now on my blog and social media and now PODCAST because I have been sharing a ton about the Keto OS Bio Max product that I am d.y.i.ng over (organically, BTW, just genuinely dying over it): WHAT ARE KETONES?! What the heckkkkk is ketosis? What are the health benefits, and why / how is this good for us? EPISODE HERE // Well guys, today we debunked it all on The Balanced Blonde Podcast, Episode 14– a BONUS episode this week because I was so freaking stoked to share the details of ketosis with you. I decided to have my nutritionist Kelly Leveque (you guys should know her as a household name by now if you read my blog frequently — she is my go-to for literally everything nutrition + science + geeky — hehe, love you Kell) & celeb personal trainer / total keto expert Wes Okerson as my guests so that we could answer ALL of the q’s I have been getting from you guys and also the questions I’ve had myself about the process of ketones in the bod! Listen to the episode here & let us know your thoughts + any q’s!!! First, let’s get something straight: WHAT IS KETOSIS? Ketosis, by definition, is a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketones in the body. The “keto” in the word ketosis comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called ketones. This is an alternative fuel for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. It is hard to get the body into ketosis through diet alone (although it can be done — it requires a super low-bard diet that is very hard and basically unnecessary for most of us to stick to longterm), but this insanely awesome Keto OS powder that the three of us use gets the body into ketosis within 90 minutes of drinking this powder in Continue reading >>

Pruvit Keto Os Review

Pruvit Keto Os Review

We wanted to get to the bottom of things with Keto OS. Right off the bat there was an outpouring of negative reviews on taste, making our team jump straight into the ingredients. Then we noticed a rash of comments about side effects, which was enough to make us tackle the science head on. We took the information we found, summarized it, and now share with you – the truth about Keto OS. What is Keto OS? Pruvit Keto OS supplement is a powdered drink offering weight-loss support. If this drink is as terrible as some of the customer comments make it out to be, we have a hard time believing that anyone is seeing results. Before we get into the ingredients, according to the company itself, they can cause side effects. “Supplementing with KETO//OS or following a ketogenic diet can cause a slightly diuretic effect, and can deplete magnesium, potassium and sodium stores.” And that wasn’t all. Before we get ahead of ourselves, here are the Keto OS ingredients: MCT Powder Beta-Hydroxybutyrate Stevia Keto OS Max offers the same, but l-leucine, l-taurine, and a few others are added. Just one scoop or packet a day is supposed to force you into ketosis [2], so your body burns fat instead of carbs. This idea is what low-carb diets are based on. Ketosis is not to be confused with ketoacidosis, a medical condition that can be life-threatening. Pruvit, the makers of Keto OS, started online in 2013. You have various options to choose from on the official website including a canister of powder or prepackaged servings, which makes the Keto OS diet plan a bit easier. We like the addition of caffeine but that’s not the best part. Pruvit Keto OS Competitors Product Price Review Ketopia read Ketocana read Thrive Patch read Shakeology read Burn HD (Sample offer) read Other similar produ Continue reading >>

My Experience With Exogenous Ketones: Tale And Truth

My Experience With Exogenous Ketones: Tale And Truth

97 Comments I woke up the morning of the ceremony with butterflies in my stomach. I’d done the necessary prep. I’d abstained from carbs the past week and food the past 24 hours. I’d performed four consecutive full-body circuit workouts to deplete muscle glycogen, and undergone a liver biopsy to confirm full depletion of liver glycogen. I wasn’t taking any chances. Although I had extensive experience generating endogenous ketones and subsisting on my own body fat, exogenous ketones were another matter entirely. You don’t want to mess around with a holy sacrament without doing due diligence. Holy sacrament? Yes. According to ethnographic accounts from early Arctic explorers who encountered the sacred compound, the exogenous ketone was developed by traditional peoples of the wintry north. No one’s quite sure where it arose first—Siberia, Greenland, Alaska, Lapland. What they do know is that these societies revered the type 1 diabetic, a rare find in the pre-contact Arctic. Using an admittedly grisly and cruel process, these groups would starve the tribe’s diabetic to induce ketoacidosis, harvest the ketone-rich urine, and reduce it slowly to a ketone-rich tar over a wood fire. Tribe shamans would dissolve the tar in pine needle tea and distribute it to members exclusively before hunting trips, warfare, and any other activity requiring optimal physical and mental function to boost energy and improve performance. As Mark Twain famously quipped, “The strongest coffee I ever had was a Laplander’s piss.” So when I showed up to the small building on the edge of town on a rainy evening, I was anxious. What was I in for? The solemn countenances worn by my two guides for the day—Dr. Peter Attia, wearing dark robes and swinging a thurible loaded with burning Continue reading >>

What Are Some Of The Best Body Transformation Before And After Photos?

What Are Some Of The Best Body Transformation Before And After Photos?

Part1 Body is my temple (weight loss) Medical emergency motivates couple to lose 538 pounds Story highlights Lauren and Justin Shelton lost a combined 538 pounds in 19 months They go to the gym six days a week and stay active on their day off They have found support in each other by taking every step of this journey together At work one day, IT consultant Justin Shelton suddenly began to feel ill. A few hours later, he was in the emergency room, and doctors told him he might have a kidney infection. They just needed to run a scan to confirm the diagnosis. The next words were a cold reality check: The imaging machine could not support his weight. "They told me, 'We think you have a kidney infection, but we can't confirm for sure, so we're just going to treat it aggressively and hope that's what it is,' " Shelton said. He was 25 years old and weighed 592 pounds. Two years earlier, Justin's wife, Lauren Shelton, had had her own medical scare; her gallbladder had to be removed because of weight-related complications. At her heaviest, Lauren weighed 341 pounds. Their size made everyday tasks difficult, too. Years ago, Lauren was on a plane, and the seat belt wouldn't buckle. She was mortified and tried to hide from the flight attendants that she didn't fit into the seat. Both Lauren and Justin had been asked not to get on rides at a theme park because of their size. But Justin's trip to the emergency room was the final straw. The Jefferson City, Tennessee, couple realized something needed to change. //Second inspirational story // //part2 body is my temple::( Weight gain) // Part One of Three: Eating to Gain Weight 1Determine how much more you need to eat to gain a pound or a kilogram. To gain a pound, you'll need an excess over your daily calories a.k.a. resting metabolic r Continue reading >>

Are Exogenous Ketones Right For You?

Are Exogenous Ketones Right For You?

I’ve spent a lot of time lately analysing three thousand ketone vs. glucose data points trying to determine the optimal ketone and blood sugar levels for weight loss, diabetes management, athletic performance and longevity. In this article, I share my insights and learnings on the benefits, side effects and risks of endogenous and endogenous ketosis. But first, I think it’s important to understand the difference between exogenous and endogenous ketosis: Endogenous ketosis occurs when we go without food for a significant period. Our insulin levels drop, and we transition to burning body fat and ketones in our blood rise. Exogenous ketosis occurs when we drink exogenous ketones or consume a ketogenic diet. Ketones are important. As blood glucose decreases, the ketones in your blood increase to keep our energy levels stable. The chart below shows three thousand blood glucose vs ketone values measured at the same time from a range of people following a low carbohydrate or ketogenic diet. While there is generally a linear relationship between glucose and ketones, each person has a unique relationship between their blood glucose and ketone values that provide a unique insight into a particular person’s metabolic health. Hyperinsulinemia has been called as the “unifying theory of chronic disease” [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]. It’s beneficial to understand where you stand on the spectrum of metabolic health and insulin sensitivity. The chart below shows the typical relationship between blood glucose and blood ketone for a range of different degrees of insulin resistance/sensitivity. If your blood glucose levels are consistently high it’s likely you are not metabolising carbohydrate well. When you go without food, endogenous ketones are slow to kick in because your insulin Continue reading >>

Pruvit Keto Os Review, Results & Where To Buy

Pruvit Keto Os Review, Results & Where To Buy

Keto OS | Supercharge your Ketones Keto OS Review. Ketosis in 1 hour or less. Here is my test & review of Keto OS by Pruvit exogenous ketones / ketosis product (Video below). I wanted to see if this really lived up to claims of putting you into ketosis within an hour or less. Watch the video below to see that within the hour my blood reading of ketones spiked to 5.4 mmo/l reading! I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT! This is my personal review of Keto OS. So yeah it works! But this does not mean you can eat pizza and drink beer all day and lose weight, get better sleep, be healthy, feel great, look young, (some of the many benefits of ketosis) because “you’re in ketosis”. NOT REALLY! To maximize the benefits of Keto OS, you need to make sure you’re following a low carb or keto diet (low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet), which is a ketogenic diet to take full advantage of this product. What Keto OS does is really supercharge your ketosis and results when coupled with a properly planned ketogenic diet (like my custom keto diet plan). News! Keto OS now in Canada TIP: HOW TO GET 22% OFF KETO OS ALWAYS! Ordering from me above? Well here is how you can save 22% using our “SmartShip” option (monthly autoship which you can cancel anytime). By selecting TODAY + SMARTSHIP when ordering Keto OS. You will get a shipment sent out today to you (paying only for that order) and will be setup for NEXT MONTHS autoship order which will ship out next month (you get charged next month when it ships), that one will be discounted 22% and always be 22% off as long as you keep your smartship! You can change flavors monthly! and cancel anytime without penalty! The Savings are AMAZING! How does ketosis happen? How does ketosis work in burning fat? This video shows how ketosis happens and ho Continue reading >>

Keto Diet Hack: Could A Ketone-infused Beverage Be The Sports Drink Of The Future?

Keto Diet Hack: Could A Ketone-infused Beverage Be The Sports Drink Of The Future?

Set aside the neon-colored sugar water—scientists have created a new performance-enhancing beverage, and it’s already producing some impressive results for endurance athletes, helping them push further and feel less sore. That's according to researchers at the University of Oxford and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, who developed the drink as part of a study funded by DARPA, which wanted to create an efficient, nutrient-packed food that could keep soldiers performing at their peak on the battlefield, and U.K. Sport, which saw the obvious benefit for endurance athletes. Unlike the familiar sports drinks you’re used to chugging at the gym, this new drink isn’t packed with sugar. In fact, it has very little sugar at all. The not-so-secret ingredient? Ketones. You've probably heard of ketogenic diets. They theoretically "train" the body to generate energy from ketones by removing almost all carbs and introducing a lot of dietary fat, which the body can start to rely on for its primary source of ketogenic energy. Stay with us here. Ketones are organic compounds that the body can use to generate energy. The body normally does this processing fats to create ketones, but it can also consume available ketones (as is the case in this experiment). The study report says that the drink was almost entirely liquid ketones. (Imagine drinking non-toxic nail polish remover.) They had to put a lot of aspartame in it to mask the flavor. More on this in a bit. "It's really interesting; with a single drink of nutritional ketone you can do the same exercise with completely different metabolism," Pete Cox, M.D., a clinician at Oxford and the lead study author, told Medical News Today. Play Video Play Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Remaining Time -0:00 This is a modal window. Foregroun Continue reading >>

You’re Wondering What’s A Good Menu Plan For The Ketogenic Diet

You’re Wondering What’s A Good Menu Plan For The Ketogenic Diet

? The best way to help you out in the long run is to give you an eating strategy. Not a menu plan. Why? Have you ever been told exactly what to do and didn’t end up following it? We can actually look at this in the context of weight loss. If someone asked me what are the top 3–5 things I had to do to lose weight I could give them the answer. Eat better quality food Eat healthy fats and protein Eat plenty of vegetables Exercise Here’s the problem, first of all that’s not exactly “new”. Also from a neurological perspective I gave their mind 0 reason to remember that. There’s no context, no back story, no emotional or logical tie. There’s a 95–99% chance anyone I would prescribe that to will likely not follow it. It’s human nature and how our mind works. We remember things we want to remember. Our brain has it’s limitations. There are hundreds of things fighting for our attention everyday. Emotion is the biggest reason we remember something. It requires something that; Grabbed our attention. You don’t remember the dull moment of your day or your time in school. You remember the exciting moments when you won in PE class. When you got an awesome grade in class. The first time a guy/girl noticed you. Memory retention. Information is broken down differently and some of it is never remembered. Most people remember emotionally charged moments; whether they are good or bad. You probably remember where you were the day of 9/11 even though it was 16 years ago. Memory recall. Memories that we can bring up are usually, unfortunately, painful moments. I’m sure you can remember the first time you got dumped or had a break up. …. and there’s many more But I think you get the point. Simple How-To’s never give us the real information we need. As humans we l Continue reading >>

How To Use Exogenous Ketones

How To Use Exogenous Ketones

Exogenous Ketones were introduced in 2014, about the same time as I was recovering from having my daughter, and therefore very concerned about weight loss. But let’s back up for a bit, because if you’re here reading about Exogenous Ketones, and how to drink ketones for weight loss, let’s start at the beginning so you have a firm foundation to build if you do decided to take a ketone supplement for weight loss. First of all, Exogenous Ketones (we’ll get to exactly what those are in just a sec…hang in there) were introduced as the Ketogenic Diet started gaining popularity among the health and fitness community, as well as with the scientific community. Why? Well, it’s all about health. For so long, doctors and researchers have preached the benefits of a low-fat diet to prevent and correct all sort of things like heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, etc. But….they may have been wrong. I am not a doctor, and do not have a medical degree, but I’ve done my homework, and I’ve lived (and am currently living) a ketogenic lifestyle. So I’ve done this, I’ve read loads and loads about it, and I’ve even been able to help many of my friends use the things I’ve learned to lead healthier lives. But, as with anything concerning your health, please make sure you have a discussion with your doctor before making a drastic change. Related: I lost 23 pounds in 60 days of Keto. Here’s how. Ok, legal stuff over, here’s what a Ketogenic Diet is: A Ketogenic Diet, also know as the Keto Diet, is a very high fat, very low carb, moderate protein diet that is very popular because it can cause you to lose body fat very fast, and study after study after study has linked Keto with benefits against cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and more. Eating Ketogenical Continue reading >>

Keto Os Diet Review

Keto Os Diet Review

To begin a proper review about Keto OS, we will start by looking into the company that makes the product. We intend to answer some of the most asked questions around and about this product in this review. Looking for KetoOS samples at a low price? Click here and find out more. What is Pruvit? Pruvit is the company behind Keto OS, a ketone supplement aimed at improving various aspects of your health and wellbeing using the metabolic process of ketosis. The company has only been recently launched, so are still very much in their early stages, but they have a lot of confidence in their product. Their supplements are available in various options on their website, where you can find lots of flashy videos displaying information about the products. They back a lot of what they say with science rather than just hearsay, and have clearly put a lot of time into their marketing campaign, which is very eye-catching. Still, this doesn’t really tell that much about Pruvit Keto OS, so let’s take a more in-depth look. Here are some of the most common Keto OS FAQs What is Keto OS? Keto OS, which stands for ‘Keto Operation System’ is then name given to the ketone supplement offered by Pruvit. The idea behind the supplement is that you can lose weight and improve your overall health by allowing your body to into ketosis, which is when our bodies burn fat for energy as opposed to carbs. Using Keto OS can, therefore help with the weight loss process when incorporated as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise. Normally we need to go on what is known as a ketone diet to achieve ketosis and its fat burning process. Keto OS is a similar product to the Ketopia diet plan, where you consume similar supplements to achieve ketosis, rather than relying on a ketone d Continue reading >>

How To Use (and Not To Use) Exogenous Ketones For Weight Loss

How To Use (and Not To Use) Exogenous Ketones For Weight Loss

“How do I use ketones to help me lose weight?” Great question. It’s worth the few minutes to understand how exogenous ketones can help people lose weight on a ketogenic diet, and not just jump to the conclusion that ketones = weight loss. Breaking Down Ketone Weight Loss Misconceptions The most common misconception (perhaps due to excessive marketing claims) is that taking ketone supplements will induce immediate weight loss. The purpose of this article is to explain how to use ketones as a piece of the puzzle in your weight loss lifestyle. Remember exogenous ketones are supplements. Very effective at what they do, but none the less, should be supplementary to a low carb/ketogenic style of eating that is geared towards weight loss (if weight loss is the goal). Ketones don’t cause weight loss, they help cause ketosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state where your body is using fatty acids for its primary source of energy. Just because you are using fat does not necessarily mean you are going to be losing weight or have a decrease in body fat percentage over an extended period of time. I have been in deep nutritional ketosis (>3.0mmol/dL) and had an increase in body fat percentage. I’ve also been in deep nutritional ketosis and had a decrease in body fat percentage. It all depends on how much fat and protein you are eating, in addition to being below a carb threshold that will induce ketosis. Please don’t take this to mean starve yourself. It just means that the average male American has over 40,000 calories in stored body fat and can, therefore, afford to eat a lower calorie ketogenic diet, and still survive (and thrive!). Take home message: Exogenous ketones are a tool to get you into ketosis or to boost your energy levels while already in ketosis. If your motive Continue reading >>

Top 8 Keto Supplements And 5 Functional Foods

Top 8 Keto Supplements And 5 Functional Foods

So you’ve decided to go keto and you’ve done all of your research on which foods you’ll be eating on the keto diet. But before you do your next big grocery run, you may want to consider these keto supplements too. While supplements aren’t 100% necessary on the keto diet, certain keto supplements can maximize your results by accelerating weight and fat loss and boosting your energy levels. Some keto supplements are also helpful for reducing symptoms of the keto flu and can help make the transition to a high-fat/low-carb diet much easier, especially in the early stages when you may want to give up. In addition to keto supplements, we’ll also let you know which superfoods — or ‘functional foods’ as we call them — can also be helpful on the keto diet. These foods are concentrated in essential nutrients and can further improve how you feel on the keto diet. Let’s take a look at the most popular keto supplements and the keto-approved functional foods you may also want to try. Top 8 Keto Supplements 1. Perfect Keto Perfect Keto is a powdered drink mix and keto supplement that provides your body with exogenous ketones (whereas your body produces endogenous ketones). Taking exogenous ketones provides ketone bodies for you to burn as fuel right away, whether or not you’re in ketosis. This is why some people who aren’t following a keto diet will still take ketone supplements for energy. Being made from exogenous ketones, Perfect Keto provides the same benefits that endogenous ketones naturally offer your body: long-lasting energy, improved cognitive function, athletic performance, and mental focus, fat burning, and accelerated weight loss. To be clear, exogenous ketones aren’t a replacement for the keto diet. While exogenous ketone supplements will raise Continue reading >>

Is There A Dark Side Of Ketosis?

Is There A Dark Side Of Ketosis?

I can’t remember what appetizer she pointed to, but the woman sitting to the left of me said this so casually, and several folks at the table knew exactly what she meant, confirming what I’d long suspected: Ketogenic diets have officially gone mainstream – or recognizable at a party mainstream at least – in 2017. Let’s back up and demystify ketosis, which simply means you’re utilizing ketone bodies – more commonly called ketones – rather than glucose as your body’s primary fuel. Just like your car uses gasoline, your body needs fuel. That usually means glucose. But let’s say you’re on a very-low carbohydrate, higher-fat diet. Your body doesn’t get a lot of glucose, which primarily comes from carbohydrate and to a lesser degree protein. That means your liver’s backup glucose (glycogen) also becomes in short supply. Unlike your car, your body doesn’t just shut down. Thankfully, you have an alternative fuel source called ketones. Ketones are organic compounds your liver always makes. You’re cranking out ketones right now as you read this. During starvation or (more likely) when you restrict carbohydrate and increase fat intake, your body uses ketones as its primary fuel. In other words, when your body doesn’t receive or can’t make enough glucose, it shifts to this alternative fuel. Almost every organ can utilize ketones except for your red blood cells (which don’t have ketone-metabolizing mitochondria) and liver. Your liver, in fact, does the heavy lifting. This hardworking organ metabolizes fat into three ketone bodies: acetoacetate (ACA), beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), and acetone.(1) BHB is the first substrate that kicks ketosis into action. Among its benefits, BHB reduces chronic inflammation and restores healthy inflammation levels. In Continue reading >>

What Was Your Diet Like As A Tennis Player?

What Was Your Diet Like As A Tennis Player?

The Tennis Diet: How Tennis Players Should Eat As a young man growing up watching Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, Goran Ivanisevic, Ivan Lendl, Martina Navratilova and so many other great players, I always wondered what kind of the foods and fitness regiment they complied to in order to be able to play such forceful tennis for 3, 4, and even 5 hours at a time. After speaking with many tennis players, and researching the food habits of the most prominent players in the world, I came to the conclusion that like many other athletes, they don’t eat particularly healthy. Athletes need to eat healthy foods because exercise cannot neutralize the effect of unhealthy foods in the body- although they look fit, their bodies would be that much more efficient with the correct fuel. This is why I and my HFR team created a list of the best foods in order to perform even greater tennis through healthy foods and also a list of the foods to avoid before competition: Before a Tennis Match: A healthy breakfast on competition days is one that includes complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat, oatmeal, and low calorie fruits. These complex carbs will keep a steady energy store to power through the matches later on in the day. A small amount of protein in the form of milk, an egg white or greek yogurt is a good complement to the meal, although protein will be more necessary after the match than before. Players should avoid high sugar breakfasts and fruits or they risk feeling an energy crash in the middle of their matches due to the initial insulin release from the pancreas in order to keep blood sugar levels down. Breakfast should be eaten at least two hours before the start of the match to avoid intestinal cramping. During a tennis match: During the match, tennis players use so much energy re Continue reading >>

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