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Subscribe for videos on becoming superhuman: https://goo.gl/TSDCuv To know whether or not youve entered ketosis you can measure your blood ketone levels. But how to know if you are in ketosis without strips? Nutritional ketosis begins if our blood ketone levels are over 0.5mMol. To indicate that, you can use either urine strips like Ketostix. There are also breath takers. The most optimal range for ketosis is between 0.5 and 3 mMol. But there are a few problems with measuring ketones. 1. Having elevated levels of ketones doesnt mean youre in ketosis. 2. These urine strips are expensive and taking several measurements a day is very costly. Thats why theres another way how to know youre in ketosis without strips. FREE Simple Keto: http://www.siimland.com/get-simple-keto/ What to Eat on the Ketogenic Diet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inBhx... Ultimate Keto Meal Plan: http://www.siimland.com/ultimate-keto... Subscribe for videos on becoming superhuman: https://goo.gl/TSDCuv Join my Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bodym... Stay Empowered Siim Disclaimer I do not own any of the video clips used in this video. The legal rights belong to the legal copyright holders of said content. I have used them under the 'fair use' policy and have done so for entertainment and educational purposes only. #keto #ketosis #Ketogenicdiet #ketones #ketodiet #ketofam Follow me on social media: Blog: http://siimland.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesiimland/ My Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bodym... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siimland/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/inthevanguard Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/siimland/

Measuring Ketosis: What Are Keto Sticks And Keto Strips?

Ketosis is a metabolic state where the liver breaks down fat to produce ketones. Ketones, on a ketogenic diet, are the primary fuel source for the body. If you’re new to the ketogenic diet and you still have questions, consider reading our Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to Keto > There are three main ways to measure the ketones in your body, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages. The most common ways to measure are: Blood Ketone Meter. Very accurate but the strips are extremely expensive. Breath Ketone Meters. More accurate than the urine strips, but can sometimes vary in accuracy. Cheaper than blood strips in the long-run. Urine Stricks. This will answer the question “Am I in ketosis?” but will not provide an accurate measure of blood ketones. Scroll down to read a more in-depth analysis of each, and what we recommend for you. Measuring Ketones with Urine Sticks Urine sticks will always be the cheapest and easiest way to measure ketosis. For beginners, this should cover everything you need – there is no point in getting more complex blood strips so early on when you are still trying to understand the nuances of a ketogenic diet. Ultimately, keto sticks are Continue reading >>

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  1. Desley

    Help! I'm frustrated, I'm into my 2nd week on Induction & I'm still not into Ketosis. I've been keeping my carbs below 20 carbs a day.
    If fact I've been averaging 18. Testing my Urine every 2sd day for the recommended 15 seconds. Anybody got any ideas?

  2. Desley

    Have been reading some old posts (2011) about bringing on Ketosis by upping your fat intake using Coconut Oil. Has anyone got any info on this. What does Atkins think about this?

  3. Helen

    The ketostix are not always accurate. You may be in ketosis when they say you aren't.
    Are you thirsty all the time? Has your hunger gone away? Those are generally the best two ways to recognise that you are in ketosis.
    Saying that, while most people can achieve ketosis in 3-6 days, for some it can take a few weeks, especially if they are insulin resistant.
    Not sure about the Coconut oil (although it is good for you). I have read that it can help in ketogenic diets, but not sure if it will help in the case of Atkins.
    Helen

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Ketone Testing

Tweet Ketone testing is a key part of type 1 diabetes management as it helps to prevent a dangerous short term complication, ketoacidosis, from occurring. If you have type 1 diabetes, it is recommended that you have ketone testing supplies on your prescription. Ketone testing may also be useful in people with other types of diabetes that are dependent upon insulin. Why test for ketones? Ketones are produced by the body as an alternative source of energy to sugar. The body produces ketones by breaking down fats, this process is known as ketosis. Ketones may be produced as part of weight loss, however, it’s important for people with diabetes on insulin to note that ketones can be produced when the body has insufficient insulin. When the body has too little insulin, it means that cells of the body cannot take in enough sugar from the blood. To compensate for this, the body will start to break down fat to provide ketones. However, if a high level of ketones is produced, this can cause the blood to become acidic which can lead to illness and even potential danger to organs if not treated in time. This state is referred to as diabetic ketoacidosis. Where can I get ketone testing kits a Continue reading >>

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  1. Alan

    This is a long post (my first on this forum) and I'm NOT looking for medical advice but I'm hoping to get some information from someone who may have had a similar experience about high total cholesterol and LDL numbers on results on my first post-keto blood work. I had the blood work done for an upcoming physical this week.
    I've been eating Keto for almost a year. I haven't methodically tracked what I've been eating, but can say that for the most part I've been very conscientious what I've eaten. I've experienced many positive results including better mental focus and acuity and less anxiety and depression. About 3-months ago, I was feeling better than I had emotionally in a long time, and weaned myself (very slowly) off anti-depressants which I'd been taking for decades.
    Although I wasn't particularly overweight when I started the Keto diet (I'm 6' 2" and weighed 180-lbs or so), but after I hit an all time high on the scale at 185 and was starting to carry some new belly fat, I wanted the trajectory for my weight to improve.
    After almost a year of Keto, while weight loss wasn't really a primary goal of the diet, I'm back down to around 170 pounds which I consider to be a much better weight for me. Before I started doing a sedentary job 20+ years ago, I weighed around 165 which I'm guessing is where my body may reset if I continue on this Keto journey which I very much want to do.
    I have a history of cardiovascular disease in my family with both my dad and his Dad dying from heart attacks, although both were overweight and smokers so I've always tried to maintain a healthy diet, but the definition of healthy has shifted for me over the past year.
    My total cholesterol for the recent blood work was 341 mg/dL where it's almost always been under 200 in my past results. The calculated LDL result was 249 which was 100 mg/dL higher that it's ever been. So, I was rattled and upset when I saw those unexpected numbers.
    Before he ordered the tests, I thought about asking my doctor to order a more detailed lipid panel for particle counts and for Lipoprotein(a) and Lipoprotein(b) which from what I've read would be good to know, as well as the particle counts, but I wasn't expecting my LDL's to be so out of whack. In retrospect, I wish I had done that and will discuss this with him next week as an option.
    Interestingly, other markers look good. My triglycerides were 63 mg/dL, and HDL was 79 mg/dL which is almost 30 points higher than what I've averaged over the years. And finally, while this isn't a lipid panel result, my C-reactive protein result was under 3 mg/L which is significantly lower than what had been in previous blood work.
    I'm trying to stay calm, but I started the diet without consulting with my doctor (in retrospect probably not a great idea) whom I like very much , but I'm concerned that rather than partnering with me to try to figure out what's going on, he may push me to drop the diet, or worse still, push statins or other drugs.
    I think it's far more likely that I'll figure this out with the support of my doc once we get to talk, but I'm hoping to find some information here to help point me in the right direction. And to be honest, I'm hoping someone can help talk me off the ledge a bit and deal with the anxiety surrounding the results.
    This isn't a question that can be answered definitively on a forum, but I'm wondering if I might be one of the small percentage (1-2%?) of people who don't do well with a high fat / low carb diet. I hope that's not the case because there have been so many great benefits that I've experienced, but it's a little scary right now...
    Any similar experiences out there? And if so, what did you do and what were the results?

    Thanks all!

  2. camtosh

    Just a quick response to ask if you have read @DaveKeto 's blog about cholesterol? It explains how the tests are affected by your fat intake in the three days prior to testing. He was on the 2KD podcast too: https://www.ketogenicforums.com/t/episode-63-cholesterol-code-update-with-dave-feldman/10635
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  3. Sheri_Knauer

    The same thing happened to me. I had always been an exerciser and healthy eater (well, what I believed to be healthy eating but like you, that has shifted in the last year). I was always proud of my low total cholesterol(average was under 180) and low ldl(well below 100) numbers. I started keto Aug of 2016. In Nov of 16, I had to get blood work done for insurance purposes. My total cholesterol was 318 and my ldl was 215. My doctor, who was new (my husband insisted I get a primary care doctor since I didn't have one that I liked very much so never went to) immediately freaked out when he saw that number and wanted me to start taking a hefty dose of statins. I refused. From everything I had read about keto and cholesterol and cholesterol in general in regards to heart disease, I was absolutely confident in my decision to refuse to take statins. He had his office assistant call me and try to push them on me, no come in so we can discuss anything. He had no interest in having a discussion about any reason why my cholesterol levels increased so dramatically from previous years (we've had to get a cholesterol panel done every year for insurance so he had data from the last few years).
    I told my husband I was not going back to this doctor but my husband convinced me to give him another try. He had to get some blood work done 4 months later and convinced me to get mine done again since cholesterol levels are know to be wonky in the first 6 months of keto (my first blood draw was when I was only 3 months keto) so I agreed. Went to Dr in March 17, husband got blood draw and had convinced the dr to have blood drawn on me so a VAP test could be run so we could determine particle size, not just general numbers. So the doctor seemed open to that, his assistant came back in the room 10 minutes later and said they can't find a lab that does the VAP test so if I want it done, Im on my own. Alrighty then. Strike 2 on this doctor.
    So, on my own, I find a lab that will run and NMR test and that test still came up with high total cholesterol (353) and high ld (229) but it determined the particle size was primarily type A, my HDL was 113 and my triglycerides were 54. I felt those numbers were awesome.
    Then I get the call from the doctors office (his assistant again). Apparently the doctor had never seen results from an NMR test and in the hours of research he put in to try to interpret the results, his conclusion was that my total cholesterol and ldl were still high and since I refused to take statins, he wants me to go see an endocrinologist.
    Strike 3 and he is definitely out!
    So I would re listen to the podcasts from the 2 keto dudes regarding cholesterol, check out the links they provide on their website. There are also podcasts that discuss cholesterol (Ketovangelist and Keto Talk). Listen to those. There are a lot of videos out there on You Tube regarding understanding what the cholesterol numbers mean presented by doctors and researchers who understand and are familiar with cholesterol and the keto diet. Then I would go back to your doctor to discuss armed and ready with the studies, knowledge and data that you can discuss and share with him. Who knows, maybe your doctor will take a renewed interest in learning updated research regarding cholesterol.
    Both of my maternal grandparents died of heart attacks and my paternal grandfather died of a stroke, paternal grandmother died in her 90's but she had dementia due to atherosclerosis.
    Good luck and don't let those numbers freak you out because its really not cut and dry, your numbers say this so it equals this. Request the VAP or NMR test to get particle size. You can request also a heart calcium scan which will tell you if there is any kind of plaque buildup on the coronary arteries.

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FREE 6 Week Challenge: https://gravitychallenges.com/home65d... Fat Loss Calculator: http://bit.ly/2O6rsdo The carb cycling diet is one of my favorite diets because it is one of the fastest way to burn fat while retaining as much muscle as possible. Most people don't know that carb cycling is actually a form of ketogenic dieting. The ketogenic diet is a diet that is lower in carbohydrates, which makes our body convert more dietary fat and body fat in to keytones in the liver. Which it then goes on to use for energy. Like I've said in many of my videos the human body prefers to use carbs as its primary source of energy. You're body won't produce too many keytones on a high carbohydrate diet, because your body won't need extra energy from fat due to the fact that its getting its energy from the more preferred carbohydrates. The only way for our body to use more fat for energy is by not having its preferred source there all the time. Eliminating carbs completely, however can have many drawbacks on our health and well being. Protein, carbs, and fats are all important and necessary for our body. So in comes the cyclical ketogenic diet aka carb cycling and also known originally as the anabolic Diet. There are many different approaches to carb cycling, but the general idea is that At some points of the week you're going to have a high amount of carbohydrates, and at other points of the week you're going to have a low amount of carbohydrates. Setting up the high carb and low carb splits will vary from one plan to the next. Some people may have very small changes in the amount of carbs they have from day to day. An example of this would be to set up a low carb, medium carb, and high carb day. Let's say 300 grams of carbs on high carb, 250 grams of carbs on your medium carb, and 200 grams of carbs on your no carb day. Another more advanced approach would be to do a High carb, low carb, and no carb day. The way that I like to set this kind of split up is by having a high amount of carbs on my high carb day, which for me would be somewhere around 400 grams, I would have one third or at the most half that amount for low carb day, and then try to get as close to 0 grams as possible on my no carb day and then repeat. An even more advanced approach would be to just cycle between high and no carb days. Or take it even a step further and do high, no, no. I don't really recommend having any more than two no carb days in a row. Make sure you don't jump to any extreme carb restrictions. An example of this is doing a 800 calorie diet when you could lose weight and maintain a better body composition with a 1500 calorie diet. Jumping to an extreme will not help you lose weight faster, in fact it'll probably backfire. Also in case you're wondering what kind of food you can eat on your no carb day, some great options are fish, chicken breast, ground turkey, protein shakes, Steak occasionally, and you can also have healthy fat sources like avocados, coconut oil, olive oil. and fatty fish like Salmon. For carbs make sure you are eating good sources of carbs like oats, brown rice, and sweet potatoes and avoid the junk food carbs. You can incorporate one cheat meal on one high carb day in the week, but that's it one cheat meal. You may notice that your strength and energy levels may go down while dieting like this. In fact you may feel like straight up garbage in the beginning. Understand that a lot of people feel this way when creating any kind of a calorie deficit. You're body will take a little while to adapt to using fat for energy instead of carbs. So the first 2 weeks can feel miserable. Give your body some time to adapt. A good idea is to plan your high carb days the day before a heavy lifting day, because this way you have stored glycogen available for your heavy lifts the next day. If you have no idea how many carbs to have on each day, try using a calorie calculator to find your maintenance macros and then add at least 50 grams of carbs to get the number for your high carb day. I'll include a calorie calculator in the description. Once you have your high carb number you should be able to figure out your low carb day. No carb day is obviously no carbs. After doing a carb cycling plan you may need to do some reverse dieting

Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet (KD) is a therapeutic diet, which has been shown to improve seizure control in patients with drug resistant epilepsy, and is used in some patients with metabolic conditions for example, glucose transporter type 1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1) and pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency (PDH). The treatment of metabolic conditions with the ketogenic diet will be provided by the metabolic team and their specialist dietitian. Referrals should be addressed to the consultant in the metabolic team. The ketogenic diet requires the close supervision by a team compromising of a of physician (paediatric neurologist, paediatric metabolic consultant) and a trained dietitian. The types of ketogenic diets currently supported at GOSH are: Classical (fat: protein + carbohydrate ratio) Medium chain triglyceride (MCT) Modified ketogenic diet (MKD) For further information about clinical aspects and anticonvulsant mechanisms see References 2-10 and especially References 4 and 5. Background Indications and patients eligible for the service The ketogenic diet is indicated: For those patients whose seizures fail to respond to antiepileptic medication (at least two antiepileptic medications in Continue reading >>

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  1. lucid

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    Hey guys (and ladies!),
    I'm a 28 yo male.
    Weight: 235
    BodyFat%: 12%
    IGF-1: 231 ng/ml
    Insulin (Fasting): 7.6 uIU/ml
    Having bad cholesterol, I decided to switch to a very low-carb diet. I was <50g carb/day and was deep in ketosis for about 4 months. Big changes happened. Triglycerides went from 300-400 down to 80-95 (-70%). HDL went from 26->40 (+55%). LDL+VLDL went from 136 -> 130 (-4%). Lipid profiles (so far as I can tell), don't change that rapidly so I expect the results to improve over the next year.
    For the first time in my life, I have blood work that indicates I'm not at risk for diabetes or heart disease. In the "before" era, I was in OK shape (16% bf). I didnt drink sodas, eat dessert or candy etc. I ate normal 'balanced' meals that included rice, whole grain etc.. So I maybe I just had bad genetics, maybe thats why my bloodwork sucked. WELL, nurture > nature.
    Now there are some downsides to being in ketosis:
    1. Fatigue: You muscles lose all their glycogen stores and replace them with triacylglycerol - triacylglycerol isn't as oxygen efficient in its metabolism. This means that you can't excercise close to your aerobic threshhold for very long at all.
    2. Insulin Resistence: When you first start going into ketosis, your fasting blood glucose is AMAZING. My fasting glucose went into the high seventies. However, prolonged ketosis causes insulin resistence & increased fasting blood glucose. By 4 months in my blood glucose was mid/high nineties. This isn't normal insulin resistence -> it exists to route all existing glucose to the brain instead of the muscles and is reversed once you start consuming carbs (oddly enough).
    For these reasons, I have stopped trying to be in ketosis and instead am doing just a low carb diet. Still no grains, no sugar (except that found in fruit), and few starchy veggies. What's the difference you might ask? Well I have added things like beans and fruit back into my diet. I'll post results in a month or two and we will see how that impacts the above results.
    As I was reading up on ketosis and its effects. I found that the ketogenic diet was invented a long time ago (100 years) to treat epilepsy. The reason that it helps with epilepsy is that the brain starts consuming ketone bodies instead of glucose when in ketosis. This prevents seizures! So as a result lots of epileptic children were put on ketogenic diets. And... they found that when kids were put on ketogenic diets their height and weight velocity (increase / year) was very significantly slowed. This will start sounding very familiar to you dwarf mice fans -- Now guess what was happening...? Their IGF-1 levels dropped significantly from being in ketosis and it became evident that their growth was stunted. (Can provided references)
    Ketosis causes IGF-1 to drop because a ketogenic diet isn't just a low carb diet, its a HIGH FAT DIET! Don't think 'Atkins' where you are eating steak and veggies. You have to control you protien intake as well (though it should be up a little bit). In a ketogenic diet, 75+% of your calories are going to come from fat! It might be starting to dawn on you how ludicous it felt: I was eating cheesy eggs & bacon to improve my risk for heart disease!!!! The reason that I mention that the ketogenic diet is really a high fat diet is because fat is the only macro-nutrient that doesn't stimulate insulin. Carbs stimulate insulin and to a lesser exent protien does as well. The picture should be pretty clear at this point how ketosis should impact IGF-1: High fat, medium protien and low carbs should radically lower the IGF-1 levels. And (as I'm hoping this audience already knows), IGF-1 levels dramatically effect aging in almost every animal its been studied in!
    Now on to my question!!!
    So I (kind of) screwed up. I didn't get a 'before' IGF-1 test. If you are going to do the same protocol, do this one thing. Get a complete 'before' test before you start - I was too axious to start, and boy I wish I had gotten it done. So here is my predicament:
    I don't have a baseline for my before 'IGF-1', now as a secondary problem I went out of ketosis and switched to just being low-carb about a 3 days before my blood work.... I know, I know. Ughhhh. To make matters worse, the baseline for IGF-1 is very ambiguous and every single source that I have read has a different reference interval for IGF-1 for my age group. Some show its sex dependent some show its not. So are my IGF-1 and/or insulin levels low?
    Anyways, thanks for reading. Please post if you found this interesting, would like to know more or think you can help answer my questions!!!

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