Is It Safe To Stay In Ketosis Indefinitely?
There seems to be a lot of focus on the state of Ketosis these days, with many people asking the same questions: Am I in ketosis? How many carbs does it take to get thrown out of ketosis? What should I do if the Ketostix aren't showing that I'm in ketosis anymore? I'm only eating 20 carbs, why am I not in ketosis? Is it safe to stay in ketosis indefinitely? And while some of these questions are certainly important, like just how safe of a diet is the Atkins Diet long-term, overall it seems that the low-carb community is putting too much emphasis on the process of ketosis and not enough focus on nutrition. With so many different versions of Atkins out there, and people still doing all of them, I don't see the questions going away anytime soon. With that in mind, I thought I'd take a moment and do a post on my own personal views about ketosis and its long-term safety. Thoughts on Ketone Testing Strips In the 70s, the whole Atkins' diet was built up around the idea of ketosis being the revolutionary miracle to save you from obesity. Like everyone else, I rushed out to the drug store and bought myself a bottle of ketone testing strips -- Ketostix they called them back then. These ketone testing strips were actually created for diabetics who needed to test for the presence of Ketoacidosis. Acetoacetate are the type of ketone you are actually looking for when you test your urine: the ketones that prove a diabetic is in trouble. The sticks don't test for the state of ketosis because that is actually measured by ketones in the blood, but at the time, Dr. Atkins felt that ketone testing strips were an accurate enough test. Plus they gave dieters the motivation they needed to put his Revolution to the test. Since then, we've discovered they aren't very accurate, even for urinary Continue reading >>
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 >>
Staying In Ketosis - Should You Or Shouldn't You? - The Keto Pro - Real Food - Real Results
Staying in Ketosis should you or shouldnt you? Leading on from on our blog on the cyclical ketogenic diet , its left some of our community a little bit confused. If keto is so great for our healthspan, mind and waistline why would you want to stop? Are you best staying in ketosis?Is it OK to stop? What happens if you stop and then start again? If you do stop keto, how long should you stop for? These are all valid questions weve fielded since publishing that article- some of which were going to attempt to answer in this blog. For those that missed the memo, ketosis is about switching your body to run on fat rather than carbohydrates as its primary fuel source. This fat can come from the fats you eat, but what gets people most fired up is the potential of using other sources of fat. Like your body fat (cool) and also ketone bodies. Your body produces these naturally when youre in a fasted state. You can hack this process by heavily restricting carbohydrates, which puts the body into a fat burning state, but you still get to eat Bacon (double cool). Thats a brief 101. If you want more about ketosis and why its probably a very good thing, check this out . Ketosis is a natural process that we all have in our arsenal. Its desert island survival mechanism stuff nowadays, but once upon a time our ancestors would have called on it almost everyday. Between hunts, or during the winter season when food was scarce, we needed a mechanism to ensure that we could make it through to the next hunt not only breathing but with the energy and focus required to get the kill. This probably explains why people in a state of ketosis report excellent levels of focus, concentration and energy levels. Because time has seen the vast majority of western humans enjoy a surplus of food, our bodies ha Continue reading >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Keto Diet Weight Loss Rate – How Fast Can You Lose Weight?
“I have to lose extra weight fast, urgently, right here and right now. I can not wait a minute, otherwise I cannot wear my favorite clothes to a party, wedding, concert etc.” You are familiar with those thoughts, aren’t you? We always wait until the last day, and then we begin to panic and search for a diet for rapid weight loss. You try to water or juice fast, lose 3-5 kg (6.6 – 11 lb) of nothing but water weight and despite what the scales say, you look no different and feel weak and dehydrated. The keto diet is the safest way to lose weight very fast, but just what is the keto diet weight loss rate? Read on to find out. What is the keto diet weight loss rate? I’m sure there are only ketogenic diet followers among my readers. Well, I’m almost sure of that. Some of you have just entered our low-carb club, and you are really wondering – what is the keto diet weight loss rate? After all, you could be in the category of those who need to fit into a sexy dress just next week. Keep track of your progress! Weight loss is easier when you’re collecting analytic data on yourself! Add to cart Select options Select options Add to cart So, let’s find out what is the weight loss rate on a ketogenic diet. First of all we have to figure out how exactly how our calories get burned with a keto diet. The principle of calorie burning is very simple, although to be honest, I do not agree with it. As for me it is complicated. I think everything is very difficult with our bodies. I will explain it with simple words, without bothering your brain with any detailed information. You are definitely in a rush to start doing whatever needs to be done to fit into the same dress. When you live your usual life without any diet your body gets energy from carbohydrates. As soon as you Continue reading >>
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 >>
what Is The Ketogenic Diet And Is It Safe?
The ketogenic diet is all the rage in the low-carbohydrate dieting world. It’s so low-carb in fact that many people wonder if it’s a safe long-term diet. How is the keto diet (short for “ketogenic”) diet different than the Atkins diet plan? Is it an effective and healthy means of weight loss? Is it safe??? These are just some of the many questions that we hear surrounding the keto diet in the health and fitness community. While any diet that requires sacrifice and adjustments to your daily routine (and this diet requires more of that than most, with the exception of veganism) will take some effort to maintain, the overall benefits may be worth the commitment. A variety of celebrities, fitness personalities, and doctors endorse the ketogenic eating plan and its philosophies for overall health improvement and quick weight loss. According to advocates of the ketogenic diet, forcing your body into ketosis could be the answer to long-term fat loss and better health. For years, we’ve heard about the benefits of low-carb eating and consuming healthy fats. We absolutely agree with the low-carb approach for weight loss, because it is the main principle in our 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge. Below, we will explore what the ketogenic diet entails, including the change in lifestyle, and discuss its safety. The Ketogenic Diet What is the keto diet? You might already know that the keto diet is a low-carb diet plan. You might not know that it was originally designed for patients with epilepsy, as Dr. Axe discusses in his post on the subject. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical center initially found that fasting helped treat seizures in patients with epilepsy. How did this turn into what we know as the keto diet today? Since fasting wasn’t a healthy long-term option for elimin Continue reading >>
Can Ketosis Help You Pass A Drug Test?
Just like most potheads, I’m into my health and have tried a few different types of diets. I would say that at least half to most of the year, I’m in ketosis. It isn’t too hard to maintain and has a number of health benefits, but can you use ketosis to pass a drug test? Ketosis: Whats is Ketosis? How to do the Ketogenic Diet? When are you Keto-Adaptive? Detox with Ketosis Using Ketosis as a THC Detox Ketosis Can Mess Up Urine Drug Test Results? Trigger a false positive for a urine drug test? How Long Does It Take To Detox Weed With Ketosis? Improving your chances Whats is Ketosis? Ketosis is actually a metabolic state that results from a prolonged lack of carbohydrates in your diet. By cutting carbohydrates from your diet, your body will naturally switch from using glycogen for energy to Fat. When you eat carbs, your body is in the “normal” metabolic state of Glycolysis. That means your body is converting carbs and sugars into Glycogen, a simple and readily available form of energy. Eating carbs triggers insulin, a hormone that travels through the blood and stores nutrients and fat from your bloodstream. When your are in the state of ketogenesis, insulin levels stay almost flat. So instead of storing fat and nutrients like THC into fat cells, your body burns it. top How to do the Ketogenic Diet As stated above, the ketosis diet is simple to follow. Just don’t eat carbs, that means staying away from bread, sweets, fruits, starchy vegetables and sugar. You are only allowed to eat foods high in fats, proteins and fiber. So basically that would include leafy greens, meats and cheeses. Its all so important to note, that increasing your fiber and electrolytes intake is crucial! 90% of all the bad stuff you hear about the ketosis diet is do lack of electrolytes and Continue reading >>
The Top 10 Ketosis Mistakes And How To Prevent Them
What mistakes are you making when it comes to your health? I know I’ve been making plenty. That’s why I’m tracking my data in this recent ketosis experiment that I’m doing. What about you? Most people think that the ketogenic diet is just “low-carb” which leads them to make many mistakes that prevent them from not reaping all of the benefits of ketosis that they could. What benefits? How about an improved immune system, increased longevity, lower inflammation, effortless weight loss, decreased hunger, reduced risk for disease and more. Read on to know the top 10 ways that people make mistakes with ketosis and how you can prevent them. 1: Not tracking protein intake By far the biggest problem with a ketogenic diet is not tracking how much protein you are eating. The far majority of people are simply eating too much lean protein, which ends up kicking them out of ketosis. Protein can turn into carbs by a metabolic process called gluconeogenesis, meaning “making new carbs.” This then spikes insulin, and reduces ketone levels. Even though you are eating super low carb, this could make your body switch back and forth between energy systems, which will lead to high levels of fatigue or “low carb flu.” The easiest way to avoid this mistake is by tracking your ketone levels to see how you respond to different amounts and different types of meat. Everyone is different, so the only way you can tell is by tracking. I “listened to my body” before and it didn’t work. I wasn’t in ketosis when I thought I was. I also thought ketosis kind of sucked. It didn’t, I was just wrong. The only way you know is by tracking. If you consume more fat with protein, it will slow this effect. So think fattier cuts of meat, and less muscle meat. But wait, are you going to Continue reading >>
How Long Should I Be Ketogenic?
What are your goals with the ketogenic diet? Going ketogenic simply because you want to lose some body fat is very different from going ketogenic because you have epilepsy or have been diagnosed with cancer. While the former can definitely benefit from the ketogenic lifestyle - it’s not strictly necessary (there are other ways of achieving the same). Nobody says you can’t, although staying in strict ketosis all the time is quite hard (so, compliance rates are, typically, not extremely high) and sometimes may have some downsides (even if you do chose to be in ketosis most of the time, personally, I would say - incorporate infrequent moderate carb refeed days to maintain your insulin sensitivity and - if you are a woman - not mess up your sex hormones). If you are going ketogenic to fight a disease - it’s a totally different issue. It then stops becoming a fad or a diet - and becomes a lifestyle. At least until the disease is fully under control. In that case - I would say - as long as you can find it possible. Obviously, for people diagnosed with cancer, their motivation would be quite high and they would find that they can stick to it much longer, compared to those who are just trying to lose some more weight. To summarize - if you don’t absolutely need it as a life-saving (or symptom-regulating) measure - you probably don’t need to be ketogenic all the time. Some more reading on this topic that will help: Continue reading >>
Ketogenics: How To Lose 30 Pounds In A Month(ish) Being Lazy & Full
I'm an eater. Like really. I don't know about you, but I like to eat food. There are four kinds of food I don't like: raw onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and sea urchin. Other than that? I will get down to the point of making myself sick if it's a food I genuinely like. Unfortunately, I also really like clothes and occasionally if my cute stuff doesn't fit so well, I have to do something to get it under control. Once upon a time, I was 21. At 21 I stopped drinking diet coke for a week and lost 15 pounds (almost true story). Now? I'm 27 for the fourth time and gain weight walking by the bakery in a grocery store. Really. Which is why I'm so excited to share my amazing, attainable, easy, satisfying diet plan with you. A diet plan that helped me lose thirty pounds, and counting! How Does it Work? I had to give you a little introduction there because I didn't want to scare you off. Are you ready? Do you really want to know what Ketogenics is? Alright, I'll tell you. It's pretty much low-carb. But there's more. Before you close this page because you think you're incapable of living without bread or pasta, let me let you in on a little secret: You are not incapable of living without bread or pasta, and in this day and age you don't have to! Really. 2017 is a fabulous year to live and be almost carb-free. There are low-carb breads, pastas, tortillas, and cookies. I mean, imagine doing this back in the '90s when Atkins was in it's prime? No comparison! The best part? You can pretty much eat all day, not work out, and still drop a ton of weight. Hold on a second there sparky, there's a catch. Step 1: Get Commited I have had so many friends in the past year see my amazing results, and commit themselves to keto. "I'm starting Monday!" They say. They text me pictures of their meal Continue reading >>
Is Ketosis Safe And Does It Have Side Effects?
Some people think that ketosis is extremely dangerous. However, they might be confusing ketosis with ketoacidosis, which is completely different. While ketoacidosis is a serious condition caused by uncontrolled diabetes, ketosis is a natural metabolic state. In fact, ketosis and ketogenic diets have been studied extensively and shown to have major benefits for weight loss (1, 2). Ketogenic diets have also been shown to have therapeutic effects in epilepsy, type 2 diabetes and several other chronic conditions (3, 4, 5, 6). Ketosis is generally considered to be safe for most people. However, it may lead to a few side effects, especially in the beginning. First, it's necessary to understand what ketosis is. Ketosis is a natural part of metabolism. It happens either when carbohydrate intake is very low (such as on a ketogenic diet), or when you haven't eaten for a long time. Both of these lead to reduced insulin levels, which causes a lot of fat to be released from your fat cells. When this happens, the liver gets flooded with fat, which turns a large part of it into ketones. During ketosis, many parts of your body are burning ketones for energy instead of carbs. This includes a large part of the brain. However, this doesn't happen instantly. It takes your body and brain some time to "adapt" to burning fat and ketones instead of carbs. During this adaptation phase, you may experience some temporary side effects. These are generally referred to as the "low-carb flu" or "keto flu." In ketosis, parts of the body and brain use ketones for fuel instead of carbs. It can take some time for your body to adapt to this. In the beginning of ketosis, you may experience a range of negative symptoms. They are often referred to as "low-carb flu" or "keto flu" because they resemble symptom Continue reading >>
Beyond Weight Loss: A Review Of The Therapeutic Uses Of Very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) Diets
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition volume 67, pages 789796 (2013) Very-low-carbohydrate diets or ketogenic diets have been in use since the 1920s as a therapy for epilepsy and can, in some cases, completely remove the need for medication. From the 1960s onwards they have become widely known as one of the most common methods for obesity treatment. Recent work over the last decade or so has provided evidence of the therapeutic potential of ketogenic diets in many pathological conditions, such as diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, acne, neurological diseases, cancer and the amelioration of respiratory and cardiovascular disease risk factors. The possibility that modifying food intake can be useful for reducing or eliminating pharmaceutical methods of treatment, which are often lifelong with significant side effects, calls for serious investigation. This review revisits the meaning of physiological ketosis in the light of this evidence and considers possible mechanisms for the therapeutic actions of the ketogenic diet on different diseases. The present review also questions whether there are still some preconceived ideas about ketogenic diets, which may be presenting unnecessary barriers to their use as therapeutic tools in the physicians hand. During recent years, an increasing amount of evidence has accumulated in the literature, suggesting that very-low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets (VLCKD) could have a therapeutic role in numerous diseases. The use of VLCKD in treating epilepsy has been well established for many decades and these diets have become even more widely known, as they became popular in the 1970s for weight lossespecially as the Atkins Diet. 1 More recently, the therapeutic use of ketogenic diets in other diseases has been studied with positive resultsit Continue reading >>
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