Is Ketosis Necessary On Low Carb Diet

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Is Ketosis Necessary For Weight Loss?

Ketosis involves a high level of chemicals called ketones in the body. Ketone levels become elevated when glycogen stores in the liver have run out and the body needs to burn stored fat for energy. Ketosis can be caused by a diet low in carbs and high in protein. Some people believe that very high-protein diets are the best way to lose weight. The reality is that these diets only enhance the initial water loss that is commonly seen at the beginning of a weight-loss program. Over time, very high-protein diets do not lead to a superior weight loss. Also, the large amount of protein consumed on this type of diet places excessive stress on the kidneys. Very high-protein diets can also make you feel tired, light-headed, and irritable. Weight Watchers encourages moderate amounts of lean protein as part of healthful weight loss. Weight Watchers offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss that can help you reach your goals. Ketosis is not a usual state for the body to be in. It is a back up state when the body (the brain in particular) can no longer rely on its main energy source, glucose, sugar's most basic form. It is not necessary or recommended for weight loss. Energy levels will be Continue reading >>

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  1. danielcruit

    What if I did 100g/day, or 50g/day?
    I'm trying to do this with my partner, and just due to life situation, we don't really have the ability to track religiously what we eat, and staying under 20g is not really possible, for reasons I don't want to get into now. What I'm interested in is simply whether weight loss will still occur at 100g or 50g/day, just more slowly than under 20g, or if we won't lose any weight at all.
    I'm also confused about calories- I'm really a beginner to this, but I was lead to believe that calories didn't matter, only how much carbs you ate, but I see people on this sub all the time asking "how many calories are you eating a day?" to people who say that they are having trouble losing weight on keto.
    Thanks so much for any insight, my understanding of this is really limited.

  2. anbeav

    Ketosis != weight loss
    Ketosis works for many because it makes eating at a deficit feel easier but it's not required for weight loss.
    Also most at less than 100 grams/day are transiently in ketosis.
    If you eat fewer calories than you need at 100 or 50 gram carb intake, you will lose weight. People lose weight eating at much higher carb intake. Keto is not the only way to lose weight (caveat: insulin resistance complicates this situation)
    Calories aren't all that matters, but they matter. For some they can achieve a caloric deficit eating to satiety, many others cannot and need to count calories. If you're not eating in a deficit, you will not lose weight. Calories mater.

  3. IRiseFromTheAshes

    I've never understood why carbs are limited to 0-50g/day, with emphasis of eating under 30g, if being under 100g will still keep you at some level of ketosis. I find it frustrating at times having to limit my vegetable intake of all things simply because I require a lot of calories / day (sometimes close to 4000), which means that proportionally I would have say, 40g of carbs from vegetable instead of 20g from someone eating 2000 calories.

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