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Ketosis: What Is Ketosis?

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body. Some people encourage ketosis by following a diet called the ketogenic or low-carb diet. The aim of the diet is to try and burn unwanted fat by forcing the body to rely on fat for energy, rather than carbohydrates. Ketosis is also commonly observed in patients with diabetes, as the process can occur if the body does not have enough insulin or is not using insulin correctly. Problems associated with extreme levels of ketosis are more likely to develop in patients with type 1 diabetes compared with type 2 diabetes patients. Ketosis occurs when the body does not have sufficient access to its primary fuel source, glucose. Ketosis describes a condition where fat stores are broken down to produce energy, which also produces ketones, a type of acid. As ketone levels rise, the acidity of the blood also increases, leading to ketoacidosis, a serious condition that can prove fatal. People with type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop ketoacidosis, for which emergency medical treatment is required to av Continue reading >>

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  1. stardustshadow

    So, long story short, I got an infected gland under my arm and had to have it surgically removed (ow!). Because these things often are staph infections, the surgeon prescribed me antibiotics.
    It was that time of the month, so I was already really swollen up with water weight.
    Well, the antibiotics kicked me totally out of ketosis and now I am *sigh* struggling to get back in and FINALLY get rid of the water weight, which did NOT go away after my period.
    I am on another antibiotic, since I had an allergic reaction to the first one.
    One day left! I can't wait to be finished!
    Has anyone else had this happen? Did the weight go away? I fought to lose these pounds and I am sad that they seem to have come back literally overnight!

  2. Leo41

    For many people (I am one of them), the body tends to retain a lot of water during illness or infection. It's part of the immune system response. My body dumps the water as soon as I'm well again. It can be a significant number on the scale, as water weighs more than fat.

  3. stardustshadow

    That may have something to do with it...the thing is, I have had the infection for months, just had it removed last week! But yes, it IS a significant amount. But I can also tell that it is water...my electronic 'body fat monitor' shows no change in body fat % and my hands are all swollen. But seriously, I am getting tired of it now!
    Something certainly did knock me out of ketosis. I don't know if it was the antibiotics or the antihistames I had to take for the allergic reaction, but something sure did and I didn't eat any differently!

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