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How To Bio-hack Your Body For Sustained Ketosis With Exogenous Ketones

How To Bio-hack Your Body For Sustained Ketosis With Exogenous Ketones

You’ve heard the phrase work smart, not hard. Given the advancing state of technology today, never has this been more true. So why not apply the same philosophy to weight loss? Rather than diet hard, diet smart… and lose! Sustaining Ketosis and Consistent Weight Loss Throughout Your 40-Day HCG 2.0 Diet Until recently, it’s been assumed that the only way to achieve optimal and sustained ketosis, the Shangri La state of rapid weight loss, was to drastically limit carb intake. Even with the assistance of HCG, this process could take up to a week of ultra low-carb dieting and is associated with hunger, lethargy and sometimes depression. But once achieved, you’re in the weight loss sweet spot and the pound-shedding, fat-burning fire has been lit. During optimal ketosis, your body begins to burn your own stored fat as an energy source rather than blood glucose. However, the human body is quite determined to store away fat for primitive survival reasons, like famine and long winters. When a woman becomes pregnant this physiology get’s flipped upside down because the growing baby needs a 24/7 calorie source. This is why we compliment your low calorie diet with HCG. It essentially provides the same effect. However, it’s not easy to fool the human body. It’s much smarter than you think. In the holistic world of medicine, we call this innate intelligence. As a result of this intelligence, we can temporarily pull a fast one on our bodies with HCG, but your body isn’t just going to sit idly by and let you get away it. After 20-25 days on the diet, your body will re-adjust its ketosis point to maintain some of its fat deposits. This leads to a slowing down of your weight loss. This can be really frustrating for some. It’s like running into construction on your way t Continue reading >>

Testing Ketone Levels After Taking Exogenous Ketones

Testing Ketone Levels After Taking Exogenous Ketones

Are you taking exogenous ketones and wondering if they’re working for you? If so, the first question to ask yourself is: am I actually testing my ketone levels? And are you doing so regularly? Testing your ketone levels after taking exogenous ketones is imperative in order to know if they are working for you. I (and many other Ketonians) made this mistake for a long time before realizing that it’s the best way to honestly learn if we need to make adjustments. There’s an underlying reason we don’t want to test ourselves. We might not get the answer we want. Pride and shame conspire to tell us we don’t need to check our results. The key is to not take yourself so seriously and just go for it. The two possible outcomes are We are in ketosis. Great! We aren’t in ketosis. It’s great to know that! Now we can make adjustments. There’s a lot of confusion around the whys and hows of ketone testing when you’re trying to enter and maintain ketosis, especially if you’re using exogenous ketones to raise your ketone levels. So, let’s first talk about the main methods of testing and what’s most important here: Testing Ketone Levels There are three main methods people use to test their ketone levels: While these can all have their uses, urine and breath testing are pretty weak compared with blood testing if you want an accurate view of your ketone levels. Let’s break down why: Urine Ketone Testing Urine ketone testing is simple. You pee on the stick, tap off any excess urine, wait just a bit, and read the strip to see if any levels of ketones have been detected in your urine. So, what’s the problem? Pee tests are unreliable because they measure the unused ketones in your body that are spilling over into your urine. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, the prob Continue reading >>

Tips Using The Vlcd

Tips Using The Vlcd

Tricks during the VLCD If your brain is used to so much glucose that you cannot concentrate well, try L-glutamine, the amino acid, which acts just like sugar in the brain. Personal care products that have not caused a gain in some people: Proactiv wash (not the lotion or the toner); organic spray “NA-PCA” Non-oily Natural moisturizer by “Twin Labs”; Pantene shampoo/conditioner (though it is likely that any regular shampoo/conditional can be used); Crest toothpaste (though any regular one should work); Secret deodorant has caused no issues and Irish Spring soap. It is likely that you can lose weight with all of your regular products to clean, but the moisturizers/lotions/make-up/etc. can cause problems. If you are having trouble going to the bathroom, you can try Smooth Move Tea (available at GNC); follow the directions on the package, but only drink half of it. Drinking only half prevents loose bowels and cramping. WARNING: Do NOT overuse laxative-type teas; read more here. If you are experiencing muscle twitches, you can try taking some extra magnesium. As strange as this may sound, exercise causes your weight loss to slow down, even the difference of walking 30 minutes or not can cause changes in your weight loss. From our experience, we believe you will lose the most weight if you are sedentary. We believe exercise builds muscle mass which weighs more than fat, so you still burn fat, but you stay at the same weight. Additionally, it has been said that muscles hold water around it while it “heals” from any type of exercise, whether it be walking or working out/cardio. Dr. Simeons explains this in Pounds and Inches: “[The muscles have a] retention of water which the tired circulation cannot at once elminiate.” He also advises to not exert yourself while Continue reading >>

Ketosis & Measuring Ketones

Ketosis & Measuring Ketones

Generally, ketone concentrations are lower in the morning and higher in the evening. Whatever time you pick to measure ketone levels, make sure to keep it consistent. Also, do not measure your ketone levels right after exercise. Ketone levels tend to be lower while your glucose levels higher so you won't get representative numbers. Keep in mind there are daily fluctuations caused by changes in hormone levels. Don't get discouraged! Another aspect that affects the level of ketones is the amount of fat in your diet. Some of you may show higher concentration of ketones after a high-fat meal. Coconut oil contains MCTs that will help you boost ketones. To easily increase your fat intake on a ketogenic diet, try fat bombs - snacks with at least 80% fat content. Ketone levels tend to be higher after extensive aerobic exercise as your body depletes glycogen stores. Exercise may help you get into ketosis faster. ketogenic "fruity" breath is not pleasant for most people. To avoid this, drink a lot of water, mint tea and make sure you eat foods rich in electrolytes. Avoid too many chewing gums and mints, as it may put you out of ketosis; there may be hidden carbs affecting your blood sugar. Increase your electrolyte intake, especially potassium. You are likely going to lose some sodium and potassium when switching to the keto diet. Finally, if you find it hard to lose weight on a ketogenic diet, there may be plenty other reasons than the level of ketone bodies: Not Losing Weight on Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet? Don’t Give Up and Read Further. Continue reading >>

Are There Any Hcg Side Effects?

Are There Any Hcg Side Effects?

When asked about the HCG diet I almost always get asked if there are any HCG side effects or dangers involved. I think people ask me this question because they think the diet is “too good to be true”. And while I can see why they would think that it might be too good to be true when they first here about it, once they actually start the diet they realize that the results of losing 1+ pounds per day are well deserved by following the strict diet. But let’s talk about any possible dangers or side effects. The first thing you have to look at is what form of the HCG diet are you doing? Are you doing the injections or an oral HCG alternative? Which method you choose will greatly affect the chances for any side effects while on the diet. So the original diet was done with HCG injections. The injections still work to this day and they are a viable means of completing the diet. But they aren’t the safest and I never recommend them for someone looking to start the protocol. The HCG injections can cause some side effects like blood clots. It’s not from the HCG itself but from the method of injecting it. So I avoid the injections altogether and I prefer the oral HCG Diet Accelerator. The oral product allows you to avoid any side effects of HCG while still getting the same results of the injections. I think this makes it safer as your not taking a high dosage of HCG and you aren’t injecting it straight into your body. You simply take the oral HCG Diet Accelerator capsules by mouth by swallowing them. It’s extremely simple and takes just a few seconds to do. The nice part is that it’s just as effective as the injections but far safer. The only side effects I see when doing the diet correctly while on the oral HCG Diet Accelerator are headaches for the first couple da Continue reading >>

Urine Analysis / Urinalysis

Urine Analysis / Urinalysis

Urine analysis, also known as urinalysis, encompasses all the analytical tests carried out on a urine sample. It usually involves three forms of analysis: Physical - Assessment of the color, cloudiness and concentration of the urine Chemical - Examination of the chemical constituents of the urine using a test strip Microscopic – this allows one to look for bacteria, cells and cell fragments Purpose Urine analysis may be required as part of: Overall health assessment: for routine medical examination, pre-surgery preparation, or upon hospital admission to screen for disorders including kidney and liver disease. Medical Diagnosis: for those experiencing symptoms including abdominal pain, back pain, frequent or painful urination and blood in your urine. Medical Monitoring: following the diagnosis of kidney disease to track both condition and treatment. Specific testing. This includes pregnancy tests and drug screenings e.g. pregnancy tests measure the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Urine analysis encompasses the following testing procedures: Rapid Urine Test This test involves dipping a test strip embedded with colored fields into a urine sample for a few seconds. Depending on the concentration of the particular substance being testing for, the fields on the test strip change color. By using the color table on the test package as reference, one can see if any compounds exhibit abnormal urinary levels. The following can be analysed: Colour: Fluid balance, diet, medicines, and diseases can affect this (e.g. Vitamin B, consumption of blackberries and beets). Clarity: Substances including bacteria, blood, or sperm can make normal, clear urine cloudy. Odor: Some diseases may cause a change in the odour of urine( e.g. diabetes can cause a sweet, fruity odour.) Spec Continue reading >>

Blood Ketones

Blood Ketones

On This Site Tests: Urine Ketones (see Urinalysis - The Chemical Exam); Blood Gases; Glucose Tests Elsewhere On The Web Ask a Laboratory Scientist Your questions will be answered by a laboratory scientist as part of a voluntary service provided by one of our partners, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). Click on the Contact a Scientist button below to be re-directed to the ASCLS site to complete a request form. If your question relates to this web site and not to a specific lab test, please submit it via our Contact Us page instead. Thank you. Continue reading >>

Straining And Testing Urine Unit

Straining And Testing Urine Unit

Sort Reagent strips can be used to test for a variety of substances in the urine. The most common substances include: pH level: *Bilirubin *Urobilinogen *Glucose *Ketone *Protein *Blood Continue reading >>

The Basic Ketogenic Diet

The Basic Ketogenic Diet

Note: Please note that if you are interested in a Ketogenic Diet used to treat Epilepsy or Pediatric Epilepsy, please start at Johns Hopkins who are the pioneers in this field. The wikipedia page for the Ketogenic Diet diet also has information on the diet as it relates to treating epilepsy. The diet below is simply for rapid and effective weight loss and uses a 1 to 1 fat to protein ratio rather than the 4 to 1 fat to combined protein and carbs ratio of the Ketogenic Diet pioneered by Johns Hopkins used to treat epilepsy. [wp_ad_camp_3] Disclaimer: I am neither a doctor nor self proclaimed nutrition expert so please consult your doctor before starting any diet or taking any action that affects your health and wellbeing. After finishing Gary Taubes latest book, which seems to have rapidly become the cornerstone of a new approach to nutrition, I’ve become very interested in the Ketogenic diet. The speed of weight loss I’ve seen is incredible and my energy level has remained high. The science behind a ketogenic diet is solidly backed up by Taubes research published in “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why we get fat“. According to Taubes’ research, it may also be the only way for people who have become severely insulin resistant, to effectively lose weight. The Ketogenic diet has always lived on the fringes of diet lore and has been seen as extreme. But the reality is that the low glycemic index diet (Low GI Diet) is effective because it is close to, but not quite, a ketogenic diet. Other diets like the South Beach Diet are also only effective because of the reduction in carbs and consequently insulin levels. The science behind this diet looks solid and it is part of the massive shift in nutrition research we’ve seen in the last few years. Prominent sport Continue reading >>

Ketosis And The Hcg Protocol

Ketosis And The Hcg Protocol

If you have not heard of the health term ’Ketosis’ then you will in 2017. It has been named the ‘hot’ diet trend for this year. But most do not know what Ketosis is or what it means so let me explain. Ketosis is the process our body goes through when dietary carbohydrates are restricted. When our body does not have ‘glucose’ or sugar to burn, which all carbohydrates from a carrot to a Tim Tam are reduced to, our body will burn ‘fat’ for energy – either dietary or stored. During this fat burning process, our bodies produce a by-product known as ketones which can be measured via urine, blood or breath. Being in’ ketosis’ means our body is burning ‘fat’ for energy and not sugar. If we restrict carbohydrates to under around 30g a day, our bodies glycogen stores (sugar stores) begin to deplete and we then enter ketosis. This can take anywhere from 2-5 days depending on how loaded our glycogen stores are and how quickly we deplete them. What does this have to do with the HCG Protocol? Being in Ketosis and restricting fat intake equals Weight Loss. During the HCG Goddess Protocol, you are restricting carbohydrates to under 50g a day. Due to this dietary restriction, you are forcing your body after 2-3 days to commence burning fat for energy, not sugar which is has been used to, following the ‘Standard Australian Diet’ or SAD diet as I call it. As you are also restricting fats, our body is forced to burn stored fat for energy. The HCG hormone helps this process further. This is why we do not get hungry. Although we are restricting calories drastically, our body is burning upwards of 1500 calories a day from stored body fat. Because of this, our metabolism is saved as is our lean body mass – (muscle). This leads to a reshaping of the body not a Continue reading >>

Hcg R3d1 – 2.2, Ketones At 80, No Fruit On P2 Today

Hcg R3d1 – 2.2, Ketones At 80, No Fruit On P2 Today

HCG R3D1 Soooo low carb loading led me to high ketosis after my first vlcd day! Yup- experiment totally did what I thought it would do. I was extremely pleased to see that dark color on my ketone strip that morning. Also a 2.2 loss on the scale, especially after only a .6 loading gain, was quite pleasing indeed. Another experiment I chose to try is to have no fruit on p2. This is not something I suggest you do unless you really think it through because I do believe it’s much easier to get low blood sugar if you do this, so just proceed with caution if you choose to do this. Since I’m not eating the fruits (or grissini/melba- I never eat that), I chose to increase my veggie intake. I wasn’t trying to lessen my calorie intake below the 500, I was just trying to keep as many sugars out as possible because of my recent addiction to sugar that I was coming out of. Transcript: Hey guys! HCGChica. I’m here to give you the results of VLCD 1 yesterday. This morning I got out and I was down 2.2 pounds which is pretty exciting considering I only ended up gaining .6 on loading. My second round I gained 3.8 loading or 3.6 and I lost 3.4 the next day. To lose 3.4 on my second round when I still had almost the same loading weight and this time to lose 2.2 after only gaining .6, I’m already ahead of last round that’s super exciting. That puts me 140.4 and that means I’ve had a total loss of 2.8 because I loss .6 after my second loading day, also my body fat went down a whole pound to 44 pounds. That’s significant also cause last round it took me a few days before I lost any fat I think that’s also interesting and then the other thing that’s super exciting is that this morning I did the ketone strip and I was already at 80. I’ve never even seen 80. I didn’t do ke Continue reading >>

Prenatal Tests 101: Urinalysis And Urine Hcg

Prenatal Tests 101: Urinalysis And Urine Hcg

Who knew that urine was so important? Not only can it tell you that you’re pregnant, e.g. by urine hcg, but it can also reveal a host of other information throughout your pregnancy. Before the birth of your baby your OB or midwife is likely to ask you to pee in a cup several times or during every monthly checkup. In fact, urinalysis tests have become so routineduring prenatal care that you’ll be an expert at aiming into that little white cup in no time. So why do you need to collect your pee? Read on. Urinalysis Basics This test can be a quick indicator of more serious issues. Once your urine is collected in a cup, your OB or midwife can insert testing strips that then screen for indicators. Urinalysis tests are very simple. At the office, you’ll be handed a small, sterile white cup and directed towards the bathroom. They will usually also hand you a pen to write your name on the cup. Then you sit on the golden throne and fill the cup. It’s a good idea to aim to fill it 2/3rds of the way full; while some offices have a designated spot in the bathroom to place the cup, others ask that you return the cup, which means you’ve got to walk with your pee down a hallway—and who wants to get pee on their hand? Typically, urinalysis tests are completed in the doctor’s office, so you should have the results before the end of your exam. If any results appear abnormal, your doctor will recommend further testing to confirm or rule out a variety of possibilities which may range from gestational diabetes to a urinary tract infection. What can Urinalysis Tests Screen For? As far as tests go, urine testing acts as a fortune teller of sorts. Since urine contains cells leaving the body, these cells can provide a wide variety of valuable information. The urinalysis is most foc Continue reading >>

Stalled Weight Loss In Ketosis?

Stalled Weight Loss In Ketosis?

I have been in ketosis for about a week and a half now and rapidly lost about 7-8lbs during the first 7 days. However, for the past 3 days I haven't lost much and have not experienced a boost in energy. I have moderate amounts of ketones in my urine (40 mg/dl) and seem to have plateaued here. Is this normal? Anything I can do to resume weight loss? What should I be experience as the level of ketones in my urine continues to rise? Is there a point where it could get too high? Anything to watch out for? 1 Worst Carb After Age 50 If you're over 50 and you eat this carb, you will never lose belly fat. HealthPlus50 Thanks for the help! Continue reading >>

The Hcg Diet Part 3

The Hcg Diet Part 3

In Part 1 of this blog-post, I wrote about the different qualities and effects of hCG. In Part 2 I tried to make clear where to pay attention to. Part 3 of the blog-posts is meant to be challenging the low carb diet and the very low carb diet (VLC) as well as the use of “keto-sticks”. A lot of people mistakenly believe low carb diets are good for weight loss because they make us lose "water weight". We store carbohydrate in the body as glycogen, and for every gram we store, 1.6 grams of water is also stored. When you are losing your carb stores from your muscles, you are also losing water weight. You hear of people saying, 'I have lost 5kg in one week' but most of that is water weight. That weight can easily be regained when we resume a diet with carbohydrates. The facts are clear. The best way to lose fat and look slimmer is to build muscle. Since one picture’s worth a thousand words, here’s 5 lbs of muscle vs fat of the same weight. Notice 5 lbs of fat is three times bigger. This means that if you were to build 5 lbs of muscle and lose 5 lbs of fat, you would weigh exactly the same, but look smaller and firmer. So imagine if it were 25 lbs or 50 lbs of lost fat vs muscle gained. This is why it’s possible for you to lose fat inches when exercising, yet show no change in scale weight. And can you see how firm the muscle looks compared to the lumpy, tapioca pudding consistency of fat? It is important to gain muscle and drop fat and water. Being on such a diet can maintain you present weight and even make you heavier. And that is exactly why many scientifical studies claimed that hCG diets don’t work. Or anyy (crash) diet. Just GOOGLE on the word hCG and see how plentyfull the “before and afterwards” pictures are present Sadly enough you don’t see the Continue reading >>

Role Of Beta-hydroxybutyric Acid In Diabetic Ketoacidosis: A Review

Role Of Beta-hydroxybutyric Acid In Diabetic Ketoacidosis: A Review

Go to: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a complication of diabetes mellitus, is a severe metabolic disease that often requires intensive treatment. Diagnosis of ketosis associated with DKA can be difficult due to variability in the metabolic state of DKA patients. Recognition of the clinical signs and definitive diagnosis are essential for proper treatment. This article reviews the formation of ketoacids during DKA and the role of β-hydroxybutyric acid in the diagnosis and monitoring of DKA. Go to: Introduction Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a severe and life threatening metabolic disease caused by an absolute or relative deficiency of insulin in the body (1). A disease of middle-aged dogs and cats, DKA occurs as a complication of diabetes mellitus (1). The clinical presentation can range from ketotic patients that are eating, drinking, and maintaining hydration on their own to the more common ketoacidotic patients that are dehydrated and have other signs such as vomiting, anorexia, and lethargy (1). The intensity of treatment is therefore variable and depends on the severity of clinical signs and the degree of metabolic derangement. Most DKA patients require intensive, in-hospital treatment. Go to: Pathophysiology Decreased insulin production by pancreatic beta cells, decreased activity of insulin receptors at the cellular level, or both, are responsible for the abnormal glucose metabolism and resulting hyperglycemia (1,2). One consequence of this disregulated glucose metabolism is that glucose transport from serum into the cells is inadequate, leading to cellular starvation (1–3). In order to satisfy its cellular energy requirements and maintain cellular integrity, the body utilizes adipose tissue as the main energy source (1,4). This is a protective mechanism designed Continue reading >>

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