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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 >>

How To Get Into Ketosis In Less Than 3 Days

How To Get Into Ketosis In Less Than 3 Days

Do you need to get into ketosis super fast? Don't think you can handle the deprivation and hunger of a water fast? The good news is that you don't have to. You can rev up your metabolism, escape hunger, and be on your way to fat burning in one or two days! All it takes is a ketogenic diet that is lower in carbs than standard keto. This will cut your cravings to the bone and switch you from a glucose burning metabolism to burning fat faster than anything else! Ketogenic diets work by reducing basal insulin levels, lowering blood triglycerides, and setting up conditions that will move you into the state of nutritional ketosis. Getting into ketosis is important because when the body produces ketones, your hunger level goes down, your energy goes up, and you experience a state of well-being. All of these benefits will make it easier for you to stick to your low-carb diet plan. On a typical keto diet, it takes 3 to 5 days to enter into the state of ketosis. But how quickly you do that depends on how many carbohydrates you were eating per day before you started restricting them. In addition, if you're looking for the urine testing strips to change colors right now, that only occurs once ketosis is well under way. Most low-carb diets start you off at 20 to 30 net carbs. Atkins 20 and the Reddit version of Keto begin at 20 net carbs, and the Protein Power Lifeplan begins at 30. These amounts are low enough to get the job done within a few days. If you're coming from a carb-heavy diet, it might take a little longer to switch metabolic pathways than if you're merely switching from a low-calorie plan to Atkins, Keto, or LCHF. However, there is a much quicker method that you can use right now instead of these standard Keto diets. The quick-start method I'm going to share with you i Continue reading >>

Staying In Ketosis Vs. Carb Cycling

Staying In Ketosis Vs. Carb Cycling

Many people struggle, sometimes for years, to lose stored fat and lower body weight. One of the biggest problems with low-calorie and even low-fat diets is that they can cause the dieter to lose weight indiscriminately, reducing fat, muscle and water weight. A ketogenic diet, a type of very low-carb eating plan, attempts to fight this problem by causing the body to lose fat while maintaining or building muscle mass. A carb cycling diet attempts to reduce some of the side effects of a ketogenic diet through limited carbohydrate intake. Video of the Day Nearly all the carbohydrates must be removed from the human body to put it into ketosis. When there are no carbohydrates left in the diet, the body relies on stored carbohydrates for energy. Once all of the stored carbohydrates are used up, the body switches to using fat stores for energy. Entering ketosis can be a difficult process for the dieter. The first couple of days on a ketogenic diet, or a diet designed to induce ketosis, often result in lethargy and muscle fatigue. It is only after you've reached ketosis that your body achieves a sort of equilibrium and the fatigue fades. However, staying in this ketosis phase is very difficult. If you eat carbohydrates, your body leaves ketosis and the initial phase must start over again. A carb cycling diet is designed to help to reduce some of the negative effects of a ketogenic diet by allowing the body to replenish its carbohydrate stores on a periodic basis. During the carb depletion phase of the diet, the dieter reduces carb intake to almost nothing, and focuses on workouts that deplete the carbohydrate stores more quickly. Then the dieter eats a specified set of carbs to refill the body's carbohydrate stores; this is called a re-feed or carbo load. This gives the dieter t Continue reading >>

10 Tips For Getting Into Nutritional Ketosis For Weight Loss

10 Tips For Getting Into Nutritional Ketosis For Weight Loss

10 Tips For Getting Into Nutritional Ketosis For Weight Loss What is Nutritional Ketosis? Ketosis is an eating plan where the body uses ketones to fuel the brain and body instead of glucose like most people use when on the SAD (standard American diet). It can be very helpful for blood sugar and consistent energy because fat is a very stable source of fuel. We all have a few million calories of fat we would gladly burn off, right? It takes a while to get into ketosis and it can be elusive if you are not paying close attention. It can be very safe for a period of time (even forever) but each person has to decide what feels compatible with their own lifestyle. Some experts do not think it is an optimal state for athletes but others experts disagree. I think we all have bio hack ourselves to see what feels right. Of course, I believe that the paleo template is good starting place for optimal health but ketosis can be an add-on or tweak for people who get stuck or feel hopeless. It can be a powerful and effective way to lose weight without hunger and many of my friends have had success with it. Always ask your doctor before beginning any new nutrition or weight loss plan. Here are some ways to make it work for you: 1. Eat Less Protein I have a made a handy dandy chart here for figuring out the right amounts for you. Most average ladies need about 50-100 grams, no more, fyi. You have to self experiment a little to find what is right for you. The idea is that protein can turn to sugar if someone eats more than they need, then the sugar spikes blood glucose encouraging fat storage. 2. Eat More Fat I used to see this all the time in clients, I say add more fat and people add a tsp of evoo to their salad, NO!!! I am talking about seeing fat as a food group not a side item. Avocad Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Faq

Ketogenic Diet Faq

With all the new people finding, switching, and transitioning into a low carb diet, I figured it was about time I put together an FAQ on all the common questions that are asked when someone is starting out. I don’t go too in depth in the answers, but I tried to give a direct answer and then link to a more in depth article on the topic to help you fully understand it. If you have any other questions you’d like to be added, changed, or are unsure about – please feel free to leave a comment below so I can fully explain, or make changes to the answers on this page. Best wishes, and to all the new people out there – good luck and happy dieting! Frequently Asked Questions Click any of the questions below and it will take you to the answer. How Long Does It Take To Get Into Ketosis? A ketogenic diet is not a diet that you can whimfully choose to go on and off of at any point. It takes time for your body to adjust and go into a state known as ketosis. This process? Anywhere from 2 – 7 days, depending on your body type, activity levels, and what you’re eating. The fastest way to get into ketosis is to exercise on an empty stomach, restrict your carbohydrate intake to 20g or less per day, and be vigilant with your water intake. To improve the rate at which you enter ketosis, there is a method called Fat Fasting. I’ve written an article on Fat Fasting on a Ketogenic Diet and everything involved with it. Make sure that if you use this method, it is only for a few days, otherwise it can bring harm to you. Where Can I Find Low Carb Recipes? Everywhere on the internet! There’s recipes on almost every health website nowadays, and a quick Google of what you want will definitely help you out. You can even convert high carb recipes that use sugar or fruits in them to low c Continue reading >>

What Is Ketosis?

What Is Ketosis?

"Ketosis" is a word you'll probably see when you're looking for information on diabetes or weight loss. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? That depends. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones. If you're healthy and eating a balanced diet, your body controls how much fat it burns, and you don't normally make or use ketones. But when you cut way back on your calories or carbs, your body will switch to ketosis for energy. It can also happen after exercising for a long time and during pregnancy. For people with uncontrolled diabetes, ketosis is a sign of not using enough insulin. Ketosis can become dangerous when ketones build up. High levels lead to dehydration and change the chemical balance of your blood. Ketosis is a popular weight loss strategy. Low-carb eating plans include the first part of the Atkins diet and the Paleo diet, which stress proteins for fueling your body. In addition to helping you burn fat, ketosis can make you feel less hungry. It also helps you maintain muscle. For healthy people who don't have diabetes and aren't pregnant, ketosis usually kicks in after 3 or 4 days of eating less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. That's about 3 slices of bread, a cup of low-fat fruit yogurt, or two small bananas. You can start ketosis by fasting, too. Doctors may put children who have epilepsy on a ketogenic diet, a special high-fat, very low-carb and protein plan, because it might help prevent seizures. Adults with epilepsy sometimes eat modified Atkins diets. Some research suggests that ketogenic diets might help lower your risk of heart disease. Other studies show sp 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 >>

How I Stay Motivated

How I Stay Motivated

I’ll be honest. It took me three tries to find success with a ketogenic lifestyle. My first two attempts, about a year apart and each time losing about 40 pounds and getting stuck, I gave up out of frustration and because I had a bad attitude. On my third try, I knew I had to do something different to stay with it. I knew that attitude was everything, but I was unwilling to work on my attitude the previous two times. This time was going to be different. I was determined, and I decided I would do whatever it took to keep my mind right. I realized that if I wanted to change, I had to be willing to be uncomfortable, do things I hadn’t done before, and give things up that I had previously been unwilling to give up. Just for reference, my bad attitude was in the form of negative self talk, mentally giving up, fantasizing about all the desserts I was “missing out on”…”for nothing” – even though “nothing” was already a 40-pound loss. I let the stalls frustrate me, and I refused to acknowledge that the stalls resulted from trying to have my cake and eat it too, literally. I was indulging DAILY in sugar free and no sugar added treats. I couldn’t get rid of the mentality that I needed desserts. I hear people say they can’t go completely low carb, that they “need” carbs. No, they don’t, YOU don’t, NEED carbs. You want them more than you want health and you are unwilling to give them up. I have been there done that and I know the truth. There are three things I do to stay motivated. They may or may not work for you, but you will never know unless you try. I am a firm believer that anything you spend time doing, that you enjoy doing, is never time wasted. I enjoy starting my day on a positive note I have a morning routine that involves sitting in the 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 >>

10 Critical Ketogenic Diet Tips

10 Critical Ketogenic Diet Tips

10 Critical Ketogenic Diet Tips A ketogenic diet is a very low carbohydrate, moderate protein and high fat based nutrition plan. A ketogenic diet trains the individual’s metabolism to run off of fatty acids or ketone bodies. This is called fat adapted, when the body has adapted to run off of fatty acids/ketones at rest. This nutrition plan has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation. This leads to reduced risk of chronic disease as well as improved muscle development and fat metabolism (1, 2). I personally recommend a cyclic ketogenic diet for most of my clients where you go low-carb for 3 days and then have a slightly higher carbohydrate day, followed by 3 lower carb days. This cycles the body in and out of a state of ketosis and is beneficial for hormone balance while keeping inflammatory levels very low. The biggest challenge with this nutrition plan is to get into and maintain the state of fat adaption. Here are several advanced tips to get into and maintain ketosis. 1. Stay Hydrated: This is considered a no-brainer, but is not easy to follow. We often get so busy in our day-day lives that we forget to hydrate effectively. I recommend super hydrating your system by drinking 32 oz of filtered water within the first hour of waking and another 32-48 oz of water before noon. I have most of my clients do a water fast or eat light in the morning doing smoothies or keto coffee or tea. So hydration around these dishes should be well tolerated by the digestive system. In general, aiming to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water and closer to your full body weight in ounces of water daily will help you immensely. I weigh 160 lbs and easily drink 140-180 ounces of water each day. Sometimes more in the summer time. As you begin super 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 >>

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 >>

Make Staying In Ketosis Easier With These Tips

Make Staying In Ketosis Easier With These Tips

Many people struggle to lose weight. They often try to lose weight with low-calorie and low fat diets. Any plan where a dieter severely limits food will yield some results. But the weight loss may be achieved haphazardly and may go hand in hand with muscle loss. Because of hunger pangs they may also be tough to maintain. The ketogenic diet, meanwhile, is a kind of diet plan that concentrates on ultra-low carb meals. It aims to prevent weight gain by making the body lose fat, but at the same time, maintain muscle mass. All this whilst you feel satisfied and no longer suffer from hunger. For this diet to be effective, you need to reach a state of ketosis. To do this you must get rid of nearly all of the present carbohydrates in the body. The body will then depend on the reserved carbs left for energy when all carbohydrates are removed from the diet. As soon as the carb reserves are depleted, the body turns to use fat reserves as fuel. Achieving ketosis, though, can be a challenging endeavor for a dieter. The initial days into the keto diet, or any diet that is aimed to encourage ketosis, will eventually lead to muscle fatigue and sluggishness. This state also known as keto flu is not pleasant, but will only last for a few days. Once you reach a state of ketosis your body finds homeostasis or balance and the fatigue and weariness fade out. The challenge here is then to remain in ketosis. If you happen to consume too much carbohydrates, your body leaves the ketogenic state. Hence it is advised that you start the first stage of the ketosis diet once more to attain the state. Here are some tips on how to stay in ketosis. Get rid of foods rich in carbs To reach a ketogenic state, you should cut down on your carbohydrate intake. Limit your consumption of carbs to below 20 grams Continue reading >>

Ketones And Carbohydrates: Can They Co-exist?

Ketones And Carbohydrates: Can They Co-exist?

For reasons I’m still struggling to understand, the idea of “nutritional ketosis” (NK, to be distinguished from starvation ketosis, SK or diabetic ketoacidosis, DKA) is often discussed and debated in much the same way as religion or politics. Perhaps this can be said of all nutrition, which is a shame. Nevertheless, in my continued defiance of such sensitive topics, I’d like to add another layer of complexity and nuance to this discussion. The “rule of thumb” for NK is that caloric intake is determined as follows (this excludes a subset of ketogenic diets known as calorie-restricted KD which, as the name suggests, is specifically restricted in calories): Carbohydrate (total, not “net”): less than 50 gm/day, but ideally closer to 30 gm/day Protein: up to 1 to 1.5 gm/kg, but ideally below about 120 gm/day Fat: to satiety Let me illustrate what this looks like for Joe (left), Jane (middle), and Jeff (right — an example of a calorie restricted KD), three hypothetical people in NK — but each with different caloric requirements. As a general rule, as caloric requirement increases the proportion of calories derived from carbohydrate and protein decreases (and the contribution of dietary fat increases), even while absolute intake of carbohydrate and protein increases. Anyone who has bought a blood ketone meter knows how tough it can be to get “into” ketosis by carbohydrate restriction (since everyone asks, I use the Abbott Precision Xtra meter which uses two different strips: one for glucose and one for beta-hydroxybutyrate, or BHB). Most practitioners consider the minimum threshold of NK to be a fasting serum level of BHB above 0.5 mM. I’m a bit more stringent in my practice and like to see fasting BHB levels above 1 mM. To give you a sense of one per Continue reading >>

7 Tips To Get Into Ketosis

7 Tips To Get Into Ketosis

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process that provides several health benefits. During ketosis, your body converts fat into compounds known as ketones and begins using them as its main source of energy. Studies have found that diets that promote ketosis are highly beneficial for weight loss, due in part to their appetite-suppressing effects (1, 2). Emerging research suggests that ketosis may also be helpful for type 2 diabetes and neurological disorders, among other conditions (3, 4). That being said, achieving a state of ketosis can take some work and planning. It's not just as simple as cutting carbs. Here are 7 effective tips to get into ketosis. Eating a very low-carb diet is by far the most important factor in achieving ketosis. Normally, your cells use glucose, or sugar, as their main source of fuel. However, most of your cells can also use other fuel sources. This includes fatty acids, as well as ketones, which are also known as ketone bodies. Your body stores glucose in your liver and muscles in the form of glycogen. When carb intake is very low, glycogen stores are reduced and levels of the hormone insulin decline. This allows fatty acids to be released from fat stores in your body. Your liver converts some of these fatty acids into the ketone bodies acetone, acetoacetate and beta-hydroxybutyrate. These ketones can be used as fuel by portions of the brain (5, 6). The level of carb restriction needed to induce ketosis is somewhat individualized. Some people need to limit net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) to 20 grams per day, while others can achieve ketosis while eating twice this amount or more. For this reason, the Atkins diet specifies that carbs be restricted to 20 or fewer grams per day for two weeks to guarantee that ketosis is achieved. After this point, s Continue reading >>

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