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The Beginners Guide To Ketosis: Investigating Low-carb, High-fat Eating

The Beginners Guide To Ketosis: Investigating Low-carb, High-fat Eating

The only hard and fast rule of health is that health is personal and what works well for one person may not work for someone else. Aside from that rule, there are “frameworks” that seem to benefit large groups of people. One more level down from that are alternative strategies that benefit smaller groups. Ketosis is likely one of those alternative strategies that works well for certain, smaller groups of people. So, right off the bat I want you to understand that Ketosis might not be for everyone. I’m going to lay out the case for potential benefits of Ketosis. If it sounds interesting and beneficial to you, then consider trying it. (see our free cheat sheet to help you). What is Ketosis Ketosis occurs when liver glycogen gets depleted and the body burns fatty acids for fuel. The primary driver of this state is a very low carbohydrate intake. Often, it also requires a low protein, higher fat intake. You can also achieve a state of ketosis by not eating altogether. The creation of ketones is a byproduct of this metabolic state. Ketones are a source of fuel, just as glucose is a source of fuel. Ketones tend to have some added benefits, though. What role does Ketosis play in human health? Ketosis allows our bodies to function in the absence of carbohydrates, both physically and mentally. Instead of burning carbohydrates, or converting protein to glucose, the body burns ketones. This is pretty much a survival mechanism. It allows your body to function in a state of caloric deprivation. This is why ketosis often gets bad press (as it’s linked to “starvation”). Being a survival mechanism doesn’t make it invalid as a strategy, though. There can still be potential benefits to be had. Let’s cover a few of them… Ketosis and Accelerated Fat Loss Being in ketosis Continue reading >>

Ketosis Snacks Stay Full Stay In Ketosis

Ketosis Snacks Stay Full Stay In Ketosis

Looking for great Ketosis Snacks? We’ve got you covered! We love to snack and when you’re trying to stay in ketosis snacking can be a great thing! Getting into ketosis and staying in can be a tricky thing for busy people. As a work from home mom even I struggle with ketosis snacks. I am always looking for snacks that are quick and easy to make and grab while I’m working. I usually leave room for at one to two snacks per day. Snacks can play a critical role in your overall nutrition and can help you meet your macros where your three meals a day may miss the mark. Not sure what your macros are? Read this: Personal Ketogenic Diet Recommendations Meal planning is vital when living the keto lifestyle so take some time each week to make a game plan and prepare a menu plan that works with your macro goals. Every person is different, and each one of you will need different amounts of fats and protein so I will include an exhaustive list of various snacks that meet different macronutrient needs. If you are looking for a way to plan and track your meals check out this helpful tool: My Fitness Pal Keto Diet Settings For those of you who work outside the house finding the snacks that are portable is a must. I would rather not cook while I’m working, but I do have the option. You, on the other hand, don’t have that luxury. That’s why I wanted to put together this list for you. If you work away from home, try to set aside one day a week to prep your snacks. While there are many delicious foods you can grab from the grocery store and eat on the go, that will get old quickly. The thing you need to remember about the keto diet is that it’s a lifestyle, not a short-term change or yo-yo diet. If you want to stick with it, you need to be prepared to make changes to your lifes Continue reading >>

7 Signs You Might Be In Ketosis When Doing The Ketogenic Diet

7 Signs You Might Be In Ketosis When Doing The Ketogenic Diet

One of the main goals of starting the ketogenic diet is to get your body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. Note: If you don’t know what the ketogenic is all about then check out the Ketogenic Diet: Beginner’s Guide to Keto and Weight Loss. This is when your body starts to produce a lot of ketones to supply energy for your body. Why is this good? Because it means your body has converted from a sugar-burner to a fat-burner. If your body is burning fat for energy then something amazing starts to happen. The fat on your body starts to disappear. But how do you know when you’re in ketosis? Besides using test strips or an instrument there are some signs that your body will give. 7 Signs You Might Be in Ketosis These don’t 100% guarantee that your body is in ketosis but if it is in ketosis then these signs will appear. 1. Weight Loss One of the obvious signs of ketosis is weight loss but this can also be pretty deceptive because many people don’t experience the kind of weight loss that they expect. This can happen for a variety of reasons but when you get close to entering ketosis or do enter ketosis you’ll find that you lose a healthy amount of weight quickly. For example, when you switch to low carbs you usually experience significant weight loss in the first week. In fact, my wife lost 12 lbs in the first 28 days of Keto and I lost 13. This isn’t your body burning fat but finally being able to release the water that was being held by the fat cells. If your fat cells don’t release this water then they can’t flow through the bloodstream to be used as fuel so losing water weight is a good thing. After the initial rapid drop in water weight, you should continue to lose body fat consistently if you are able to stick with the low-carb aspects of the diet Continue reading >>

How Long Can You Stay In Ketosis Safely?

How Long Can You Stay In Ketosis Safely?

Are you looking for a diet for weight-loss or fat-loss? If so then you might be interested in ketosis. The question is whether you can stay on it permanently. That’s because it’s critical for any ‘diet” to become part of your everyday life and eating habits. It’s important to first understand what it is all about. It’s a natural state of the human body when it’s fueled almost 100% by body fat. This state takes place during a low-carb or “keto” diet as well as during fasting. It’s important to understand how this process is related to fat loss. The term originates from the fact that the human produce produces tin fuel molecules known as “ketones.” When the body doesn’t have enough blood sugar/glucose it gets energy from this source. The body produces chemicals when it gets a very low supply of carbs and a moderate amount of protein. The liver’s fat produces ketones then the body and brain use it for fuel. The process is especially important for the brain since the organ can only run from glucose/ketones. Medical research shows that early humans probably experienced the state very often. The reason is that hunter-gatherer societies ate a high-meat diet and had less access to carbohydrates than modern humans. As a result human bodies evolved so they could get energy from fat even though it mimicked starvation mode. Today there are various reasons why people use the ketogenic meal plan. Some of the most common ones are to lose weight or control epilepsy. The firm supporters point out the health benefits of the diet but others note that it’s a dangerous “hack” of the body’s regular metabolic system. These are the benefits to this process: Less eating due to no appetite More fat loss from abdominal cavity Lower blood sugar/insulin levels Lo Continue reading >>

How To Get Into Ketosis (and Stay There)

How To Get Into Ketosis (and Stay There)

This is a detailed article about what you can do to get into ketosis fast. In recent years, an exciting development has been made in the world of dieting. It has been discovered that a natural metabolic state called ketosis is more than useful in dropping significant weight. Essentially, the state of ketosis is one where the body produces ketone bodies out of fat. It uses them for energy instead of carbs. Ketosis occurs when there is limited access to glucose in the body. Glucose, blood sugar, is the preferred source of fuel for many of the body’s cells. Ketosis occurs when you go on a highly carb-restricted diet. It also happens during a state of starvation. To achieve the state of ketosis, you typically need to restrict your diet to less than 50 grams of carbs daily. Sometimes, you may need to consume as little as 20 grams daily. This condition necessitates that you restrict certain types of food from your diet. It will mean that you must severely restrict simple carbs, like refined sugar, from your diet. Also on the list would be foods like grains and potatoes. If you consume few carbs, then your insulin levels go down. Body fat stores are released in large quantities. A lot of this fat is transferred to the liver. There it is oxidized and converted into ketones. The ketones can be used by the body for fuel. For further information on ketosis, consult this article. What all of this means for dieters is that, through the state of ketosis, a person can force their body into a condition where it will burn its fat stores. Obviously, this will help them lose body fat. The question becomes, though, how does a person achieve the state of ketosis? How to Reach Ketosis The following are the steps that you need to take to achieve ketosis: 1. Restrict your carbohydrate intake Continue reading >>

How Many Carbs To Stay In Ketosis

How Many Carbs To Stay In Ketosis

The ketogenic diet is probably one of the most meticulous ways of eating out there. For it to actually work you need to be careful and know how many carbs to stay in ketosis. Nutritional ketosis occurs as the result of our body running low on glycogen and the liver producing ketone bodies. It can be caused by either a prolonged period of fasting or by restricting carbohydrate intake significantly. At first, your body will show signs of withdrawal, because glucose is its primary fuel source. To start using ketones effectively you need to go through a period of adaptation. The length this of time this takes depends on several things. How many carbs have you been eaten before. How many carbs are you eating on keto right now. How well your body is accepting ketones for fuel. There isn’t a set magic barrier, that once crossed, will instantly put you into ketosis. As said, the liver will start to produce ketones as a substitute for glucose. The lower your daily carbohydrate intake, the sooner your liver glycogen will be depleted and the quicker your body will start utilizing. For complete adaptation to take place as quickly as possible, you would have to restrict your carbs to under 30 grams per day. NET, that is. Some people have a higher carb tolerance than others. At first, it’s advisable to go even lower than 30 grams, for ketosis to occur faster. Eating less than 20 grams for the initial 2 weeks will definitely hasten adaptation. After this initial period, your body’s biochemistry will have been completely altered. Your liver enzymes will have changed from preferring glucose to loving fat and ketones. Even our hungry brain will be satisfied and won’t create sugar cravings. However, how many carbs to stay IN ketosis is a totally different question. Despite our inc Continue reading >>

The Paleo Guide To Ketosis

The Paleo Guide To Ketosis

Ketosis is a word that gets tossed around a lot within the Paleo community – to some, it’s a magical weight-loss formula, to others, it’s a way of life, and to others it’s just asking for adrenal fatigue. But understanding what ketosis really is (not just what it does), and the physical causes and consequences of a fat-fueled metabolism can help you make an informed decision about the best diet for your particular lifestyle, ketogenic or not. Ketosis is essentially a metabolic state in which the body primarily relies on fat for energy. Biologically, the human body is a very adaptable machine that can run on a variety of different fuels, but on a carb-heavy Western diet, the primary source of energy is glucose. If glucose is available, the body will use it first, since it’s the quickest to metabolize. So on the standard American diet, your metabolism will be primarily geared towards burning carbohydrates (glucose) for fuel. In ketosis, it’s just the opposite: the body primarily relies on ketones, rather than glucose. To understand how this works, it’s important to understand that some organs in the body (especially the brain) require a base amount of glucose to keep functioning. If your brain doesn’t get any glucose, you’ll die. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need glucose in the diet – your body is perfectly capable of meeting its glucose needs during an extended fast, a period of famine, or a long stretch of very minimal carbohydrate intake. There are two different ways to make this happen. First, you could break down the protein in your muscles and use that as fuel for your brain and liver. This isn’t ideal from an evolutionary standpoint though – when you’re experiencing a period of food shortage, you need to be strong and fast, Continue reading >>

Three Highly Effective Hacks To Help You Stay In Ketosis While Traveling

Three Highly Effective Hacks To Help You Stay In Ketosis While Traveling

You can watch the video version of this article by CLICKING HERE As you guys know, I’m big fan of the keto diet, and it can be hard for many to stay in ketosis while on the road. So in this post, I want share with you my top three hacks that will help you stay in ketosis while traveling. Intermittent Fasting. This first hack isn’t something that is super difficult to do but it helps out a TON when you’re traveling. I rarely, RARELY eat breakfast, especially when I’m on the road. I know that it’s kind of backwards thinking, because a lot of us were trained to believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but skipping breakfast and doing a 16 hour fast is essential to staying in ketosis. The fast that I personally do is the 16/8 fast. This means I’m not eating for 16 hours, and then I have an 8-hour window to eat all my meals. Since I spend 8 of those 16 fasted hours sleeping, this isn’t a hard fast to do at all. I start eating at noon and I stop eating at 8pm. I won’t have my first meal until around noon. When I wake up, I’ll have my coffee and these things called exogenous ketones (more on that shortly) and what this does, is it puts my body into a mild state of ketosis. By skipping breakfast during my travels, it helps me get into ketosis a lot quicker and STAY there. Plus, it’s one less meal that I have to worry about. Even more so, fasting through breakfast can be especially great, because those breakfasts that they serve at hotels? They suck. No joke. The bagels, the fruit, the sugary yogurts, cereals, waffles, muffins and pastries are some of the WORST foods you can start your day with. Eating these foods immediately spikes your insulin levels, takes you out of fat burning mode and into fat STORING, and causes you to have energy Continue reading >>

7 Tips To Stay Shredded While Gaining Mass

7 Tips To Stay Shredded While Gaining Mass

Sponsored Content I’ll start with two words you might already be familiar with: ketogenic diet. The words “keto” and “macros” have been floating around in the bodybuilding community a lot recently. If you’re familiar, you probably know keto as a way to get shredded: the basic mantra is "eat fat to lose fat." Now you’re thinking… “Wait, this is a keto article? There’s no way to add muscle while in ketosis.” You’re mistaken, and I can prove it because I’ve done it. Ketosis for shredding is only half the story. If you get systematic about the way you eat, cycling off of keto weekly for about 24 hours to refeed, then you can absolutely add lean mass AND stay shredded while you’re doing it. A brief keto overview: (You can skip ahead to the tips if you already know the basics) In a nutshell, a ketogenic diet requires switching your metabolism from glycolysis (burning glucose, a byproduct of carbohydrates) to ketosis (burning ketones, a byproduct of fat). To accomplish that switch, you have to deplete your body of glycogen and keep your blood glucose levels incredibly low. That means eating a high percentage of fat, a moderate amount of protein (too much protein and it can get converted into glycogen), and an extremely low amount of carbohydrates. We all know high protein as a bodybuilding essential and we’ve been talking about carb timing for decades. But flipping into ketosis basically requires that you look at that all-important third macro: fat. And more importantly, ketosis requires looking at all three of those macros in relationship to each other. To stay shredded while getting big, you actually have to lower your protein calories a bit and replace those calories with fat. There’s a lot of research being done on the benefits of operating Continue reading >>

Lose Weight By Achieving Optimal Ketosis

Lose Weight By Achieving Optimal Ketosis

Do you want to lose weight? Here’s number 16 of my 18 best tips. All of the published tips can be found on the How to Lose Weight page. Before we get started, here’s a short recap of the tips so far: The first and most crucial piece of advice was to choose a low-carb diet. The next were eating when hungry, eating real food, eating only when hungry, measuring progress wisely, being persistent, avoiding fruit, beer and artificial sweeteners, review your medications, stressing less and sleeping more, eating less dairy and nut products, stocking up on vitamins and minerals, using intermittent fasting and finally, exercising smart. This is number sixteen: 16. Get into optimal ketosis Warning: Not recommended for type 1 diabetics, see below. We’ve now arrived at tip number 16. If you’re still having trouble losing weight, despite following the 15 pieces of advice listed above, it might be a good idea to bring out the heavy artillery: optimal ketosis. Many people stalling at weight plateaus while on a low carb diet have found optimal ketosis helpful. It’s what can melt the fat off once again. So how does this work? A quick run-through: The first tip was to eat low carb. This is because a low-carb diet lowers your levels of the fat-storing hormone insulin, allowing your fat deposits to shrink and release their stored energy. This tends to cause you to want to consume less calories than you expend – without hunger – and lose weight. Several of the tips mentioned above are about fine-tuning your diet to better this effect. Video course Do you know exactly how to eat a low-carb and high fat diet (LCHF)? This is required for ketosis. If not the easiest way is watching this high quality 11-minute video course on how to eat LCHF, and the most important things to think a Continue reading >>

How Much Fat Should You Eat To Stay In Ketosis

How Much Fat Should You Eat To Stay In Ketosis

One of the most frequent questions I get is, “How much fat should one eat to stay in ketosis?” The answer isn’t simple. Staying in ketosis depends on many factors. But the best way to make sure you stay in ketosis is to make sure your diet consists of 60-75% healthy fats. Healthy Fats and Ketosis Some fats are more healthy than others! Healthy fats are essential for the human body. They represent a great deal of energy especially when the body is no longer using carbohydrates for energy. Healthy fats, are basically unsaturated fats. They are divided into 2 groups: the monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats (including omega-3 fatty acids). Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats are commonly found in: vegetable oils, soybeans, fish, seeds, and nuts. The foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are: fish (mackerel, salmon, and sardines), Chia seeds, avocado and/or avocado oil, olive oil and many more. How does this put you into ketosis? When the body requires an energy source after it is deprived of any other sources, such as glucose, it will start producing ketone bodies. This metabolic reaction is called Ketogenesis and Ketosis is a result of this process. Higher levels of ketone bodies in your blood or detectable ketone bodies in your urine are a definite sign you are in Ketosis. Ketosis is sometimes referred to by low carb dieters as “fat burning’’ mode since the body uses fat stored in the adipose tissue to produce ketone bodies. This is the mode that are low carb dieters are striving for by reducing and in some cases ELIMINATING their carb intake. How to stay in ketosis To stay in Ketosis, you need to adjust your macronutrient ratio so that your food will have 60-75% of healthy fats. For example, if your daily need of calories is 2000 kcal, then you wil Continue reading >>

How To Travel On The Ketogenic Diet

How To Travel On The Ketogenic Diet

The thought of having to stay low carb while traveling seems daunting. By following a few core principles, staying on a low carb high fat ketogenic lifestyle will be so easy that it won’t even feel like you’re dieting. Whether you’re on vacation, going cross country, or traveling the world – the principles to a ketogenic diet are going to stay the same. You would think that having to go keto is going to cause more stress than do you good but it’s the complete opposite actually. Think about it, by focusing on staying ketogenic, you aren’t as hungry all the time which will give you more time to enjoy yourself doing other things rather than brooding over food. On top of this, when you’re in a state of ketosis, you will have plenty more sustained energy. This means you won’t be on a constant search for carbs to “give you energy”. Focus on Getting Quality Fatty Cuts of Protein This is one of the most important principles that you should follow when you are traveling on a ketogenic diet. Focusing on getting quality protein means you should always be on the search for fatty cuts of meat, grass-fed / organic meat, and everything else follows after that. For example: Let’s assume the only food place around you is a McDonalds. You can ask for multiple McDoubles and simply take the bun off. Conversely, most fast food places offer salad options as well now. Now it’s important to get your protein from fatty sources. By doing so, you will keep yourself fuller than if you were to eat strictly lean protein. Just recently I had a 10 day vacation off of work. I decided to go to multiple states and also spent a lot of time in New York – doing… New York things :). As you know, when you’re out and about, it’s hard to find the optimal keto-approved meals. What Continue reading >>

Should You Stay In Ketosis While Sick?

Should You Stay In Ketosis While Sick?

This is a tough question for those low carbing out there. There is no doubt that ketosis is a fat burning state that forces your body to metabolize food differently. But what about staying in keotsis while sick? Should you call it quits for the week? The month? The answer is a bit more complex. How sick are you? “sick” can mean a variety of different things. If you are having a cold for instance, staying in ketosis should be okay. Symptoms of runny nose, sore throat, cough, mild congestion, mild fever, are all generally manageable with over the counter meds and hydration. Generally if you feel you are up to the task, staying in ketosis when you have the common cold is usually safe and reasonably easy to manage. Some tips and tricks… Sugar Free Cough Drops. Dont forget that cough drops are loaded with sugar, which can throw you out of ketosis. I like to get HALLS Sugar-Free Cough Drops {affiliate link} and only use them when absolutely necessary Other great foods when your sick is homemade chicken zuchini noodle soup, scrambled eggs, pot roast, egg drop soup or basically any low carb soup you can make. Noatmeal is another low carb hot cereal option. Some people prefer to make bullet proof tea instead of bullet proof coffee. Even plain tea is a great option, just try to avoid the honey if you can resist. For a sore throat, sugar free jell-o with whipped cream is always an option for food. If you have more of a flu like sickness, or If you are having more of a stomach upset with nausea and vomiting, then perhaps keeping down what foods you can is better strategy. Sometimes when it is hard to keep anything down, it is better to eat something rather than nothing at all. The tried and true method of ginger ale and crackers is probably one of your best bets. There are op Continue reading >>

Four New, Cutting-edge Ways To Easily Shift Your Body Into Fat-burning Mode & Ketosis.

Four New, Cutting-edge Ways To Easily Shift Your Body Into Fat-burning Mode & Ketosis.

Great article. You actually answered my question as to the ratio of the 3 BHB salts which is quite helpful for me. For me, I had Keto O/S and found it quite good – my favorite was the chocolate swirl. But it was and is very expensive. Only 15-20 servings and would break the bank. So I turned to KetoCaNa and I’ve tried two flavours. Both of them were so salty that I almost threw up every time. Like flavoured sea water. Also only 15 serving per bottle. Then I turned to Ketond which is okay – Tigers Blood and Caramel Macchiato. What I like about Ketond is that it has a full 30 servings and is very transparent with it’s ingredients. It’s also the same price as Keto OS but you get 30 servings. But still, not the best taste. So in the end, I ordered 1kg of pure BHB Magnesium from a supplier in China and I will be developing my own Ketone product with 30 servings as a lower price than all the competitors, and with more Magnesium, and Calcium in it than Sodium so that it tastes the best and actually helps with weight loss (which Magnesium is proven to do at the right amount). What the companies don’t tell you is that actually Sodium BHB is the cheapest, then Calcium BHB and then Magnesium BHB to source so I would be interested in knowing if what you wrote is actually true or just an excuse to make the product cheaper. Probably a mix of both. So I have 2 questions Ben: 1. If you had to split the 11.7g of BHB into Sodium, Ca, and Mg, what ratio would you do for the best health results and potential weight loss? The current products on the market are about an 80/12/8 split. I would think it should be the other way around. 2. When I develop my own product and sell it, would you be up for sampling it and reviewing it on your website here? What flavours do you like/would Continue reading >>

Keep Yourself In Ketosis

Keep Yourself In Ketosis

When talking about a Grain Brain lifestyle, and the very similar ketogenic diet, it’s frequently mentioned that we are aiming to keep our bodies in ketosis. However, if you’re new to my work, it may be that you’re not exactly sure what ketosis is, or why we should be worrying about getting our body into this state. Allow me to explain. Ketones are a special type of fat that can stimulate the pathways that enhance the growth of new neural networks in the brain. A ketogenic diet is one that is high in fats, and this diet has been a tool of researchers for years, used notably in a 2005 study on Parkinson’s patients finding an improvement in symptoms after just 28 days. The improvements were on par with those made possible via medication and brain surgery. Other research has shown the ketogenic diet to be remarkably effective in treating some forms of epilepsy, and even brain tumors. Ketones do more than just that though. They increase glutathione, a powerful, brain-protective antioxidant. Ketones facilitate the production of mitochondria, one of the most important actors in the coordinated production that is the human body. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our bodies are said to enter ketosis at the point when blood sugar levels are low and liver glycogen are no longer available to produce glucose as a fuel for cellular energy production. At this point, not only is the body doing the natural thing, and burning off fat, it’s also powering up the brain with a super efficient fuel. We can jump start ourselves into ketosis with a brief fast, allowing our body to quickly burn through the carbs that are in our system, and turn to fat for fuel. A ketogenic diet is one that derives around 80% or more of of its calories from fat, and the rest from carbs and prote Continue reading >>

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