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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 >>

The Reason You’re Not Losing Weight

The Reason You’re Not Losing Weight

Are you one of those people who feel you’ve tried everything to lose weight? Low fat? Extreme calorie cutting? Counting points, juicing, fasting, cabbage soup… you’ve probably tried everything. And despite all your best efforts, those extra pounds stubbornly refuse to budge? Meanwhile, everyone around you, maybe even your doctor, says the reason you’re overweight is because you eat too much? It sounds so simple! But it is a well-documented fact that people who are significantly overweight may also have metabolic disorders, which not only cause weight gain, but also make it very difficult to lose the weight. The United States is facing an obesity epidemic, and but there’s a misconception that overweight people just simply eat too much and are lazy couch potatoes, when they may in fact have a metabolic resistance to weight loss. Add in the use of prescription drugs or hormones that inhibit weight loss, excessive insulin and insulin resistance, plus high triglycerides, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, numerous studies show that a low-carb diet can help overweight people with excessive insulin output (hyperinsulinism) or insulin resistance lose weight and decrease or even eliminate metabolic resistance to weight loss and the associated health risks. Even if you’ve never lost weight on a 1,000-calorie-a-day low-fat diet, it’s quite possible you can lose weight with a 1,800- to 2,000-calorie-a-day plan—if you cut your carbs to 20 to 40 grams of Net Carbs a day. Now, not everyone will lose weight this way, but there are still more options. Dr. Atkins and his practitioners discovered that certain vitanutrients could help break past the remaining barriers to weight loss. The leading nutrient in the final weight loss battle is L-carnitine, which is a Continue reading >>

14-day Keto Diet Plan

14-day Keto Diet Plan

What should I eat? That’s probably the most common question from people who want to try a keto diet. Our goal is to make a keto diet simple, so we have just the answer for you. Either use our free two-week keto challenge for a step-by-step guide, including shopping lists etc., or just check out our 14-day keto diet plan below. Cook 1, 2 or 3 times per day Below you’ll find 42 recipes – breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for two weeks. Perfect, if you like variety. But if you instead want less cooking there are two things you can do: Simplify lunch: Cook two servings for dinner, and refrigerate the second serving for lunch the next day. Voilà: no need to cook for lunch! Simplify breakfast: You could choose one keto breakfast you like, and eat it every day. Like scrambled eggs. Or, if you’re not hungry, you could skip breakfast completely, perhaps only having a coffee. This not only saves you time and money, it also raises your ketone levels. More on intermittent fasting Whatever option is right for you, find all the recipes below. But first a few words about getting ready. Get ready A ketogenic diet is safe for most people, but in the following three situations you may need extra support: If you’re not in any of these situations you should be good to go. Just remember one final thing if you’re just starting out on keto: you need to drink enough fluids and get some extra salt during the first week, to avoid the keto flu 1 and feel your best. A cup of bouillon 1-2 times per day, for example, really helps. That’s it, let’s move on to the actual 14-day keto meal plan. Week 1 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Week 2 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Note Feel free to adjust this diet plan to your liking. We off Continue reading >>

Lchf – What To Expect For The First Couple Of Days

Lchf – What To Expect For The First Couple Of Days

Keto flu or carb crashing. There are many names for what happens when you stop eating carbohydrates and start fueling your body with dietary fat instead. On this page I will tell you what to expect for those first couple of days and also give you my best tips for an easy transition. If you’ve been eating the standard Low Fat High Carbohydrate diet for your entire life, it’s safe to say that your body is probably a sugar burner. This also goes even if you’ve managed to keep your diet healthy in terms of low in sugar and junk foods. Grain products, potatoes and starch in general are all converted to glucose (blood sugar) in the body. And your body is a clever machine that tries its best to adjust to whatever you provide it with. By feeding it plenty of carbohydrates, it has enough fuel and never really have to rely on fat for energy. Over time your body has slowly downregulated the hormones and enzymes used for fat burning, for the simple reason that they weren’t all that necessary. And then, all of a sudden you stop eating carbohydrates! For the first couple of days, your body relies on stored carbohydrates (glycogen) for energy but after 3-4 days, the storage is empty. You’re feeding your body dietary fats but your body isn’t familiar with what to do with it, so now it starts complaining. Or even crashing! Also called the keto flu. This is how you feel: COMMON SYMPTOMS OF KETO FLU – CARB CRASH ¤ Headaches ¤ Fatigue, feeling exhausted, heavy legs ¤ Dizziness, nausea, feeling lightheaded ¤ Problems concentrating ¤ Mood swings, feeling irritable ¤ Constipation or diarrhea ¤ Bad breath – metallic taste in the mouth ¤ Crazy appetite or cravings or no appetite at all These symptoms are all your body telling you that it does not have access to enough fu Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Results | I Lost 30lbs In 6 Weeks

Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Results | I Lost 30lbs In 6 Weeks

My Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Results Before I talk about the ketogenic diet, I would like to give you a little background about myself. A few years ago I had manage to eat and drink my way up to 280lbs. Even though I have a goofy smile in the picture below, it was a very depressing time in my life. The only thing I was worried about when I got off work was beer and unhealthy foods. I could go to Long John Silver’s and eat eight pieces of fish, eight shrimp, a large box of fries and still look for more food to eat. The last thing on my mind was any type of diet or exercise. I was about 265lbs in the photo below… Uhggg!! Fast forward a few years, I went through a separation and ended up homeless. I decided to quit drinking, start working out and of course, find a job… At the time of this next photo I was about 250lbs and had been sober for two months. I had been working out for about a month, doing a total body workout three days a week. When I would workout, I would do three sets of ten reps per body part. That’s all I remembered from high school when I played football…lol About 250lbs As far as my diet goes, I just did what I was taught in the past about eating healthy. It was basically high carbs, low fats, fruits and veggies. I remembered the old food pyramids back when I was a kid and all I could think of was… “Fat is Bad”… It made sense… Why would I eat fat if I was trying to lose fat? As you notice at the top of the pyramid, Fats and Oils are to be used sparingly. And from looking at the bottom of the pyramid, I can eat all of the bread, rice, cereal and pasta I wanted. So that’s exactly what I did. I was eating tons of bread from sandwiches because most of the deli slices were low fat. I’m talking loads of spaghetti, lasagna, mac and chees Continue reading >>

I Tried The Keto Diet For A Week, And This Is What Happened

I Tried The Keto Diet For A Week, And This Is What Happened

Americans are always finding the “best” way to lose weight, hence the wide variety of diets we have available to us. There’s “raw-til-4,” Paleo, juice cleanses, the blood type diet, cabbage soup diet, and more. Now, another diet, or as people like to call it now, lifestyle, is emerging called keto, which is very comparable to the popular 1970’s Atkins diet. Keto requires you to severely limit your intake of carbs to 25 grams net carbs a day, have a moderate intake of protein, and a high intake of fats. This will set your body to run on ketones instead of glucose. There are so many pros and cons to this diet, and no one can seem to come to a definite conclusion, partly because it hasn’t been studied long enough. As a society, we go through waves of fearing a certain macro nutrient, to all of a sudden praising it. Keto could just be another phase, or maybe it actually provides the health benefits it claims to from simple weight loss to curing cancer. I decided to try it out myself for one week to see what would happen. My goal wasn’t to lose weight, or to reinforce the health claims. I just wanted to experience what it would be like, and what people go through when practicing keto. The Night Before I did my research, calculated my macros, and prepped some meals that I can have. The amount of eggs I have in my fridge right now is ridiculous. I also got avocados, Earth Balance vegan butter, low-carb vegetables, and cheese. My goal is to hit 25 grams carbs, 75 grams protein, and 137 grams fat. I love peanut butter, eggs and cheese for sure, but…yikes. I dragged my boyfriend to do it with me so I’d be encouraged to finish out the week. He was ecstatic for it, though, and kept talking about how much butter and steak he was going to eat. I joked about how I Continue reading >>

Am I Just Losing Water Weight? [+ How To Lose Fat Instead]

Am I Just Losing Water Weight? [+ How To Lose Fat Instead]

Whenever we start a new diet for weight loss, whether it’s Paleo, keto, low-carb, vegetarian, Mediterranean, or something else, it’s always really exciting when you drop a bunch of weight in the first week of starting the diet. But are you actually losing fat, or is it just water weight that you’re dropping? In this post, I’ll explain what is water weight, what causes water retention in your body, ways to check if you’re just losing water weight, and how you can start actually losing fat rather than just water. Check out our table of contents below if you want to jump straight to a section. Table of Contents – Am I Just Losing Water Weight? What Is Water Weight? Water weight is exactly what it sounds like…extra weight that you’re carrying around due to excess water retention in your body. In general, most human adults are around 65% water weight, which means that you’re mostly water! The amount of water our body retains can change with a variety of factors (including age – older people tend to retain less water). For women, being on your period can often cause you to significantly retain more water! What Causes Water Retention? If you’re retaining more water than your body needs, then that simply means there’s more water molecules in between your cells (also called extracellular fluid) or sometimes inside your cells too, and it’s causing you to feel uncomfortable. This phenomena is often called bloating, and it can result in puffy ankles, fingers and toes, as well as when your weight jumps 0.5-4 lbs overnight. Gaining water weight is definitely not a pleasant sensation – you feel big, your clothes feel tight, and you’re wondering what the heck happened. There are various reasons why you might be retaining more water. Here are some of the to Continue reading >>

My Story: How I Lost 77 Pounds

My Story: How I Lost 77 Pounds

My story begins many years ago. I started my health improvement and weight loss journey in 2008 after a series of health scares forced me to look at my bad diet and non-existent exercise habits. My blood pressure and fasting blood sugar were both elevated, and I started having issues with blurred vision and pain in my feet. That really scared me, as my mother had been diabetic before she died at the age of 63, and I did not want to end up dying young and in pain as she had. So I started paying attention to how I felt after I ate. Armed with my observations, I began to change my diet. At first, I cut out the obvious processed junk foods, and started choosing real foods instead. Out went the boxed and canned stuff, and I started eating fresh meats and vegetables instead. Although my diet was much lower in carbs at this point, and I had removed many of the problematic foods, I still got my chocolate fix in every week, and I was eating bread or corn chips occasionally. Legionella Testing Lab - High Quality Lab Results CDC ELITE & NYSDOH ELAP Certified - Fast Results North America Lab Locations legionellatesting.com Six months into these changes, I felt so much better, I decided to write a website and share the information I had learned about what constituted real food and the difference it can make in your health. I called the website Healthy Eating Politics, since what I had learned about “healthy eating” was the direct opposite of what the federal government and mainstream medicine was saying. I discovered that the low fat, whole grain, high carb diet being pushed by the USDA was making people sick, and that cholesterol and saturated fat were NOT evil foods. The lie that cholesterol and saturated fat cause heart disease was doing a lot of damage to the average America Continue reading >>

5 Days Of Egg Fast | My Sweet Keto

5 Days Of Egg Fast | My Sweet Keto

A lot of people, especially those on LCHF and keto diets , do 5 Days ofEgg Fast to break their weightloss stall. Surprisingly, it works for a majorityof them if we are to believewhat they report on social networks and forums. I havent been able to find any real scientific explanation to why it works but have my thoughts (that might change in the future if I get more clues). Basically, on an Egg Fast, you only eat eggs , healthy fats, and full-fat cheese for 3 to 5 days in a row. You are supposed to eat at least 6 eggs a day, and 1 Tbsp of fat for each egg consumed. The number of ouncesof cheese eatenshould not exceed the number of eggs eaten on each day. If you follow these simple guidelines, you get macronutrients nicely balanced outat the end of the day: Extremelylow carb, high fat, and moderate protein. Thats what the keto diet is all about, except that on Egg Fast, theres practically no fiber intake (no greens, seeds, meals, etc.). Because of this, in my personal opinion, thediet should be kept short-term. Additionally, I think magnesium , potassium , and vitamin supplements should be taken daily. And plenty of water drunk (10 cupsa day, at least).But I am no doctor, so take my advice as an opinion. So, why does the diet work? I think, most of all, one gets rid of plenty of water on Egg Fast. But peoplekeep reporting successful weight loss or weight maintenance for a prolongedperiod, following the fast.So, it is possible theres some hormonal stuff going on in the background, which influences bodys metabolism. Or the other way around. Anyhow, Ill be quite glad once I get to read some research on this (if ever). In case you havent been familiar with Egg Fast, Im listing the rules that one should supposedlyfollow on the diet if they want to break their stall: One has Continue reading >>

What To Expect From Your Weight Loss Journey On The Keto Diet

What To Expect From Your Weight Loss Journey On The Keto Diet

You have decided that you’d like to give the keto diet a try, have figured out your macros and are now ready to embark on your weight loss journey, but are unsure what to expect from it? In this article, we will give you a preview of the typical schedule of weight loss on keto and what you can expect. We’ll give you a clear (and realistic) outline of the stages that you’ll likely go through. The first week – achieving ketosis In the first couple of days after you start following a ketogenic diet (by limiting your net carb intake to 20g/day and consuming sufficient fat and protein), your body will be using the glycogen that is stored in your liver and muscles as its primary fuel source. Once the glycogen gets depleted, your body will need to switch to burning fat as a primary fuel (instead of glucose), which means that you’ll enter a state called nutritional ketosis. Depending on your previous diet and how dependent on carbs you were, this might be a huge change for your body, and it will need some time to get used to it. Once ketosis is achieved, a lot of people experience something called the keto flu – a transitional flu-like state where you might have one or more of the following symptoms: dry mouth fatigue & dizziness headaches insomnia irritability carb cravings. To relieve these, make sure that you’re taking in enough electrolytes (sodium, potassium and magnesium) and that you’re well-hydrated. You might want to skip the high intensity workouts for a couple of days and give yourself some rest (and enough sleep). The weight loss during the first week During the adjustment phase, you can expect to lose a lot of weight, usually between 3 to 7 lbs. Most of it will be water weight, as each gram of glycogen is bound to at least 3 grams of water, and you Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Plan – Weight Loss Results Before And After Reviews

Ketogenic Diet Plan – Weight Loss Results Before And After Reviews

You may have heard of the ketogenic diet plan, but have no idea what it means. Or you’re looking for a new diet low in carbs that will actually give you results. Here’s our all-inclusive guide to this low-carb dietary lifestyle which includes ketogenic diet reviews from REAL people at the end. The ketogenic diet plan is a low-carb, high-fat diet that aims to alter your metabolism so that your body relies primarily on fat for an energy source instead of quick-burning carbs. Whenever you eat something high in carbs (a doughnut), your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose – Almost everything we eat can be converted into glucose. Carbs are sugars, and all sugars are easily converted to glucose. Since glucose is the easiest source for your body to convert to energy, it will be chosen over any other energy source to fuel the body. If you consume more sugar than your body needs to function, the excess glucose your body generates then gets stored as fat. Insulin – Insulin is released while eating. It notifies your body to start taking glucose out of its bloodstream, which then lowers blood glucose levels. If not for insulin, you would go into hyperglycemic shock from something as simple as eating a few slices of pizza. Since glucose is used as the primary energy source, fats aren’t needed, and instead they’re stored. Hence, people become overweight and increase their chances of health issues. The idea behind the ketogenic diet is to change your body’s main fuel source from carbohydrates to ketones, which are the products of fat metabolism. What are Ketones? When you deprive yourself of glucose, the liver will begin to break down fat into glycerol and other fatty acid molecules. The fatty acid is then broken down even further into what’s called ketogenes Continue reading >>

How Quickly Can You Expect To Lose Weight When You Eat A Keto Diet?

How Quickly Can You Expect To Lose Weight When You Eat A Keto Diet?

This is one of those questions that gets asked a lot so I wanted to address it in this post. I know that one of the things that excited me about starting the ketogenic diet in the beginning was reading about all these crazy weight loss success stories that some women seemed to experience. You know, the ones where they lose 14 pounds in the first three weeks and then continue to lose 4 pounds a week for the next 6 months and voila they’re at their ideal weight. I loved the thought of getting into a fat burning state and just watching the excess pounds melt away. In actuality, it took me about a year to lose 30 pounds. However it didn’t take a year for me to start feeling and looking a great deal better, though. This actually happened in a matter of weeks. Every Woman is Different The thing about losing weight on the keto diet is every woman is different. Those who have a lot of excess fat will find that it comes off more quickly. Those who have a lot of metabolic derangement or hormonal healing to do will find that it takes longer. Your body’s main goal is always survival and health. It doesn’t care about how it looks, it cares about how it’s functioning. When you start eating keto with weight loss in mind, you kind of have to trust the process. What you are doing is feeding your body all the nutrients it needs to heal, build, release and do whatever it needs to do in order to move towards optimal health. Some women will experience this as a fairly drastic weight loss, and others will experience this as a slow weight loss. If you have a great deal of healing and balancing to do internally, you may even experience a little weight gain in the beginning. (I know, few women want to hear this). Embarking on a journey of health is a little like embarking on a journey Continue reading >>

Why Am I Not Losing Weight During Second Week Of Ketogenic Diet?

Why Am I Not Losing Weight During Second Week Of Ketogenic Diet?

A2A Really at two weeks in it is too early to tell why you are not losing. It may be that you need to add some roughage (fiber) to your day, even if it puts you over the 20 carb limit. You might also be experiencing the “whoosh effect.” I stalled for a few weeks (Yes weeks, 5 weeks in fact) due to not eating enough carbs. I know that because my sleep was interrupted at well. Once I had a “carb up” day I suddenly dropped 6 pounds and continued losing about 2 pounds a week. You might just be holding onto water as well, or it may be that you are eating to much dairy, it could also be that you are not moving around(exercising) enough to get your digestive system operating optimally. Really there are a lot of factors in play and all you can do at first is wait and see for at least a month. If nothing changes after a month, make an adjustment. Some adjustments are: -Cutting out dairy, no cream, cream cheese, cheese, whey, or cottage cheese, ice cream or yogurt. -Fasting overnight and not eating till about noon or at least 14 hours, not that hard of most of that time is spent sleeping. There are a lot of resources that go into more detail. Google “Fasting on the Ketogenic diet” -Having a carb up day where you eat healthy options, like a sweet potato, or some fresh carrots to sit you around 50 carbs for that day then resume eating as normally. -Participating in an egg or Fat fast. I won’t go into detail here there are many resources available by googling “Keto Egg fasting” OR “Keto fat fast.” - Do some easy yoga that focuses mainly on your core, pelvic floor and back. This will help encourage your insides to “wake up” and get things moving properly. You will probably work out some gas that was trapped in you as well so expect a bit of farting (it helps Continue reading >>

Macro’s: My First Week Review

Macro’s: My First Week Review

This past week, I started doing something new! I decided to track macros. I was getting really discouraged by an 18 day stall and decided I needed a change. So I switched from Lazy Keto to tracking Macro’s. But before I get too far into my experience, lets talk about the pro’s and con’s of Lazy Keto and what exactly it is! Lazy keto, is a way of eating a ketogenic diet that does not require tracking calories or macro’s. Lazy keto removes the complication of counting fat and protein, and simply requires you to track your net carbs. This is so much easier for people who aren’t used to tracking anything, let alone exactly how much fat, protein, and carbs they’re taking in everyday. Add the complication of completely turning their world upside down by saying carbs are bad, but fat is good!? It can be totally overwhelming. Hence, Lazy Keto! When people ask me how to start a ketogenic diet, this is the way I immediately recommend. Implementing a ketogenic diet is a daunting task — you’re removing a ton of foods that you were used to eating with every meal for so long. While you’re learning exactly what foods you can and cannot have, I personally believe that adding an extra layer of complication (AKA: Macro’s) can totally deter someone from a ketogenic diet. Not surprisingly, this is why when I restarted my ketogenic journey, I started with Lazy Keto. In my opinion, there are a number of benefits to lazy keto. Those include: Simplified tracking: this is particularly true for people who have never tracked before, or for people like myself who find it tedious and exhausting to track everything everyday. No Ratios/Macros to worry about: Again, this kind of goes with the above, but having to worry about fat/protein/carb ratios or macro nutrients can be overwhe Continue reading >>

Gaining Weight On Your Healthy Diet?

Gaining Weight On Your Healthy Diet?

Do you dare to trust the process when you experience a weight gain on your new healthy diet? One of the most destructive patterns I see is when women start panicking because they experience weight gain on their new healthy lifestyle when they were expecting the opposite to happen. It often doesn’t take much of a weight gain before they’re ready to give everything up – and this goes especially if we’re dealing with a high fat diet like LCHF or keto since it’s difficult to believe that the old dogma about fat making you fat isn’t true after all. I get it! I do. I really truly get it! No woman enjoys seeing the number on the scale going up! And there’s nothing as discouraging as seeing that not only didn’t your hard work pay off – it actually brought you further from your goal. LCHF/keto is often easy on this part since you empty your glycogen stores within the first week and with them, you lose quite a lot of water weight. Most people therefore experience significant weight loss within the first week. But not all. Some experience that the weight stays the same or that it even goes up a bit. It makes it easy to conclude that LCHF/KETO didn’t work anyway! For most people, starting up on LCHF/keto is a radical change and it puts pressure on the body to adjust to the new source of fuel (fat). Try to not step on the scales for the first few weeks. Your body may respond to the lack of (known) fuel with an increase of appetite but once your body has fully adapted to LCHF/keto, it will be no problem what so ever to go 5-6 hours (or even more) between meals. And this is where the magic starts to happen. And by magic, I mean that you can now be in a daily calorie deficit without feeling hungry. Read more: LCHF & ketosis IF YOU EXPERIENCE WEIGHT GAIN, BEFORE YOU Continue reading >>

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