Low-carb Side Effects & How To Cure Them
Are you struggling while starting out on a low-carb or keto diet? Do you get headaches, leg cramps, constipation or any of the other more common side effects? Use the information on this page to avoid them – and feel great while losing weight. The main solution to most common problems when starting low carb is to increase the intake of water and salt. It’s even better to do it preventatively during the first week. If you do, you’ll most likely not experience any of these problems, or they’ll only be minor. Use one of the shortcuts below for specific problems – or just continue reading for all of them. Top 6 common problems when starting Less common issues on low carb Low-carb myths Leg cramps Leg cramps are not uncommon when starting a strict low-carb diet. It’s usually a minor issue if it occurs, but it can sometimes be painful. It’s a side effect of the loss of minerals, specifically magnesium, due to increased urination. Here’s how to avoid it: Drink plenty of fluid and get enough salt. This may reduce loss of magnesium and help prevent leg cramps. If needed, supplement with magnesium. Here’s a suggested dosage from the book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Drs. Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney: Take 3 slow-release magnesium tablets like Slow-Mag or Mag 64 a day for 20 days, then continue taking 1 tablet a day afterwards. If the steps above are not enough and the problem is bothersome, consider increasing your carb intake somewhat. This should eliminate the problem. The more carbs you eat though, the weaker the impact of the low-carb diet. Bad breath On a strict low-carb diet some people experience a characteristic smell from their breath, a fruity smell that often remind people of nail polish remover. The smell is from acetone, a ket Continue reading >>
Vlc Coconut/macadamia Smoothie For Efficient Ketosis Induction?
Hi, I'm trying to get back into ketosis after a week of horrible binging. I normally stay in ketosis with under 50g of carbs a day--it really helps me shed fat and control my appetite, as I'm about thirty pounds overweight. I can jump-start ketosis by limiting myself to only meat and cheese and not a lot else, and it only takes two days. I thought that this time, though, it might be fun to try something different: like a high-fat, very low carb smoothie made in my Vitamix using full-fat coconut milk, macadamia nuts, coconut butter and coconut oil with lots of ice. I could add whey protein, and make enough of it so it's my only food for the day. Does this sound good? Just thought it would be fun to mix things up a little. I've been really disciplined, but fall off the carb-wagon every five or six weeks. Continue reading >>
How Do I Speed Up Ketosis?
Source Putting your body in a state of ketosis is useful in some cases, especially if you suffer from seizure disorders or epilepsy, says the University of Maryland Medical Center. Ketosis can also lead to weight and fat loss and occurs when ketone bodies (made from fat instead of glucose from carbohydrates) are your body's primary fuel source. Regardless of the reason you want to speed up ketosis, following a few simple tips will point you in the right direction. 1. Eat Primarily Fat Eat 1 to 4 grams of fat for every 1 gram of carbs plus protein as part of a ketogenic diet, suggests the Epilepsy Foundation. Keep in mind strict ketogenic diets should be medically supervised when you first begin the diet and be monitored periodically. These diets generally consist of 4:1 or 3:1 (fat to carbs/protein) ratios. Less restrictive medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) diets typically have 1:1 fat to carb/protein ratios. So, your meals will mainly consist of dietary fat: Choose coconut, palm kernel, olive, canola, and other plant-based oils. Other fats that can help fuel your body when following ketogenic diets include butter, mayonnaise, and heavy whipping cream. Sidney Kimmel Medical College provides some sample ketogenic diet menus. Some suggestions they offer include: Adding heavy cream to orange juice Cooking eggs with butter or other fats Mixing heavy cream into diet soda Adding cheese and mayonnaise to increase fat Low-carb diets can also lead to ketosis, but are generally less restrictive. For example, try a 1,200-calorie, low-carb menu. 2. Know Your Carb Allotment Following ketogenic diets can be tricky as lots of math and numbers are often involved. The Charlie Foundation provides a quick reference for carb allotment recommendations to achieve and maintain ketosis. 4:1 Rati Continue reading >>
The Ketogenic Diet Vs The Atkins Diet: Is Ketosis Better Than Atkins?
It’s not uncommon for the ketogenic diet and the famous Atkin’s Diet of the 1990’s to get lumped into the same conversation as one and the same. But are they actually different, and is one healthier than the other? Which is more impactful over the long term? There are definitely differences between the two diets, and the real comparison might surprise you! But first, let’s step back and look at them individually. The Ketogenic Diet The ketogenic diet was founded all the way back in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder at the famous Mayo Clinic. The diet was initially used because it was discovered to be highly effective in treating epilepsy. The principles of the ketogenic diet are based on eating a specific percentage of macronutrients: high fats (60%), adequate protein (35%), and low carbohydrates (5%), to force the body to use what are called “ketone bodies” for energy. In the absence of carbohydrates for an extended period of time, our liver converts fats into fatty acids and ketone bodies, also just simply called “ketones.” Ketones can then be processed into ATP, which is the energy currency of the cells. Now, an elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood leads to a state known as nutritional ketosis. Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet There are several ways the ketogenic diet can help the health and lifestyles of those who follow it. Here are some of the biggest advantages: Blood Sugar Stabilization The ketogenic diet actively helps to lower glucose levels and improve insulin resistance. Without having frequent carbohydrate intake, blood sugar levels can stabilize more rapidly. Trigger Fat Burning Ketogenic diets can also be very effective for fat loss because they ultimately reset your body’s “enzymatic machinery” to burn fat as its primary fuel source Continue reading >>
Day 15 Of Atkins Induction – Now It’s ‘nutritional Ketosis’
The Atkins plan – at least the 1992 Atkins plan I started with – recommended a 2-week induction period with a slow and steady increase in carbs which, while it might slow weight loss a bit, was supposed to be much more tolerable – or so I imagine the reasoning was. I’m going past that, baby. Now it’s ‘Nutritional Ketosis’. There are some people who live in this state constantly. Perhaps not many, but there’s some. I think in the past I’ve gotten to 6 to 8 weeks before I flubbed it, but there’s nothing that says you can’t go right back into it. If you’ve allowed yourself enough variety of low carb-high fat, healthy food, in my opinion there is nothing wrong with this. When I started this I was 212 – I’ve been as low as 204. My weight has inched up a bit, but that’s to be expected when you weigh yourself daily – and nothing to be concerned with. I find that of you have variety and keep the rules and regulations to a minimum, it can be an awfully pleasant way of living. The simple rule I followed for the first week: eat whatever quantity I want – but try to keep the level of fat above 70% of calories – and make sure that fat comes from quality sources (see my post on fats for more on that). Eating the quantity I wanted, though perhaps high, helped stave off carb cravings. I also allowed myself Splenda in the form of EZ-Sweetz – liquid Splenda with zero calories (the packets have carbs though they don’t have to state it on the label). I still don’t drink soda, though I have indulged in a few zero carb energy drinks as of late. My drink of choice is coffee (with and without cream) and water. What did I eat? Bacon Heavy whipping cream Whipped cream (the sugar amount is so small that I think it irrelevant – I consider it low carb and Continue reading >>
Four New, Cutting-edge Ways To Easily Shift Your Body Into Fat-burning Mode & Ketosis.
Great article. You actually answered my question as to the ratio of the 3 BHB salts which is quite helpful for me. For me, I had Keto O/S and found it quite good – my favorite was the chocolate swirl. But it was and is very expensive. Only 15-20 servings and would break the bank. So I turned to KetoCaNa and I’ve tried two flavours. Both of them were so salty that I almost threw up every time. Like flavoured sea water. Also only 15 serving per bottle. Then I turned to Ketond which is okay – Tigers Blood and Caramel Macchiato. What I like about Ketond is that it has a full 30 servings and is very transparent with it’s ingredients. It’s also the same price as Keto OS but you get 30 servings. But still, not the best taste. So in the end, I ordered 1kg of pure BHB Magnesium from a supplier in China and I will be developing my own Ketone product with 30 servings as a lower price than all the competitors, and with more Magnesium, and Calcium in it than Sodium so that it tastes the best and actually helps with weight loss (which Magnesium is proven to do at the right amount). What the companies don’t tell you is that actually Sodium BHB is the cheapest, then Calcium BHB and then Magnesium BHB to source so I would be interested in knowing if what you wrote is actually true or just an excuse to make the product cheaper. Probably a mix of both. So I have 2 questions Ben: 1. If you had to split the 11.7g of BHB into Sodium, Ca, and Mg, what ratio would you do for the best health results and potential weight loss? The current products on the market are about an 80/12/8 split. I would think it should be the other way around. 2. When I develop my own product and sell it, would you be up for sampling it and reviewing it on your website here? What flavours do you like/would Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Diet Faq: All You Need To Know
Below is an list of the most commonly asked questions about the ketogenic diet. Simply click on the question you're interested in and it will take you right to the answer. If you have any more questions, please let me know by leaving a comment and I'll add it to the list! KetoDiet Basic Facts Foods & Diet Plans Health Concerns Troubleshooting 3 free diet plans to help you kickstart your diet, lose weight and get healthy Recipes, giveaways and exclusive deals delivered directly to your inbox A chance to win the KetoDiet app every week KetoDiet Basic Facts Why is it that conventional diets don't work? Most of us would say we get fat simply because we get lazy and eat more. But what if it's the other way round? What if we just get fat and as a result we eat more and become lazy? For the last decades we have been given wrong advice about nutrition and effects of fatty foods on putting on weight. What if the main problem is that due to our modern diets we cannot satisfy our appetite? A study on this subject concluded with a surprising result: the fatter people get, the more inactive they become, not the other way round. And what if the interests of the authorities offering advice are influenced by economic reasons? To learn more about this, I recommend you watch The Food Revolution on Youtube Ketogenic diets are, in fact, closely related to the Paleolithic diet. Both exclude carbohydrates and aim at eating real food. Today carbohydrates make the majority of our diet and have significant implications for our health including hormone balance. For example, insulin, which is responsible for storing fat in our body, is greatly affected by excessive carbohydrate consumption. Carbohydrates are without doubt the most fattening element in our diets. Based on studies performed over th Continue reading >>
A Guide To Ketosis
Here is the guide to ketosis. The contents of this article can be located here. If you're currently wondering what on earth ketosis even is, then you're in luck for I plan not only to befuddle but also to enlighten. All you have to do is read on. I've personally had fantastic results on keto, and I really believe in the validity of this diet - not only in terms of fat-loss, but also in terms of health-gain. There is a lot of understandable skepticism and tons of misconceptions about keto; I want to let newcomers know, however surprising it may be, that keto (or at least a diet low in grains/sugars and high in fats) is a very healthy diet with numerous benefits. This guide is very long so I've partitioned this post into subsections. The links contained within the contents are 'clickable' and will transport you directly to that section. You can also right click and select "copy link address" of a particular section/section title, and you can either bookmark it so that you can return to a specific section easily or you can give the link to a friend if you want them to read a particular section. If you want to return to the contents of the page simply click on the 'upwards' arrows that are next to each of the section titles within the main article. Contents I. Why You Should Care About Ketosis: The Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet 1A. Ketosis Increases Neuronal Stabilization and Mental Focus 1B. Ketosis Promotes the Loss of Body-Fat and LDL Cholesterol 1C. Ketosis Eliminates Various Ailments such as Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension 1D. Ketosis Treats Several Diseases such as Alzheimer's and Various Cancers 1E. Ketosis Promotes Cardiovascular Health 1F. Ketosis Preserves Lean-Body Mass 1G. One Will Lose Body-fat More Quickly on Keto Than Not 1H. Ketosis Blunts Appetite and Incre Continue reading >>
Foods For Induction Phase Of The Atkins Diet
The first phase of the Atkins program, known as the induction phase, is designed to jumpstart your weight loss and boost your fat burning metabolism. You will cut back your carbohydrates to 20 grams per day and get most of your calories from fat and protein. Learn what food is allowed and what is restricted during this phase. Induction Phase of the Atkins Diet Induction is the strictest phase of the Atkins diet. This phase is meant to force the body to convert from using carbohydrates for energy to using fat. There is a list of acceptable foods that shouldn't be deviated from, but portions of most foods are unlimited. This is the phase of the most rapid weight loss. However, that loss won't come easy given the very limited foods available during this phase. Foods allowed include most proteins, vegetables, cheese, and fats and oils. For foods with carbohydrates, you will limit your total intake to 20 grams of net carbs. Protein Foods Most non-vegetable and non-dairy protein foods, such as meat, fish, seafood, and eggs, have little or no carbohydrates. You are allowed to eat them freely. There are just a few restrictions: Bacon, ham, and other cured meats are allowed as long as they are not processed with sugar. Nitrate-free cured meats are also preferred. There are some shellfish to limit, like mussels and oysters, which are a little higher in carbs. Imitation crab or imitation shellfish are prohibited. Vegetables The bulk of the carbohydrates in the Atkins diet comes from vegetables. It is important to know the carbohydrate counts of the vegetables you are eating. Twelve to 15 grams per day (not counting fiber) should come from vegetables. Vegetables that are not allowed in the Atkins induction phase include corn, potatoes, green (English) peas, and other sweet or starc Continue reading >>
How To Get Into Ketosis In Less Than 3 Days
Do you need to get into ketosis super fast? Don't think you can handle the deprivation and hunger of a water fast? The good news is that you don't have to. You can rev up your metabolism, escape hunger, and be on your way to fat burning in one or two days! All it takes is a ketogenic diet that is lower in carbs than standard keto. This will cut your cravings to the bone and switch you from a glucose burning metabolism to burning fat faster than anything else! Ketogenic diets work by reducing basal insulin levels, lowering blood triglycerides, and setting up conditions that will move you into the state of nutritional ketosis. Getting into ketosis is important because when the body produces ketones, your hunger level goes down, your energy goes up, and you experience a state of well-being. All of these benefits will make it easier for you to stick to your low-carb diet plan. On a typical keto diet, it takes 3 to 5 days to enter into the state of ketosis. But how quickly you do that depends on how many carbohydrates you were eating per day before you started restricting them. In addition, if you're looking for the urine testing strips to change colors right now, that only occurs once ketosis is well under way. Most low-carb diets start you off at 20 to 30 net carbs. Atkins 20 and the Reddit version of Keto begin at 20 net carbs, and the Protein Power Lifeplan begins at 30. These amounts are low enough to get the job done within a few days. If you're coming from a carb-heavy diet, it might take a little longer to switch metabolic pathways than if you're merely switching from a low-calorie plan to Atkins, Keto, or LCHF. However, there is a much quicker method that you can use right now instead of these standard Keto diets. The quick-start method I'm going to share with you i Continue reading >>
Low Carb Food List (induction, Keto)
Use this allowable low carb food list for Atkins Phase 1, (the Induction phase of Atkins) to help you start your low carb keto diet the right way. Included are fats, meats, eggs, dairy and the lowest low carb vegetables. As one loses weight, other higher carb foods are added such as nuts/seeds and lower carb fruits. These foods are systematically added back in Phase Two of Atkins. Over time, higher carb foods can be added back to the diet if eaten sparingly and if they fit within one’s daily carbohydrate intake. These foods are the foundation of low carb diets. Acceptable Food List for Induction (Atkins Phase 1 Food List) Acceptable Fats for Atkins Cold pressed oils are best because they never exceed 120 degrees F. This keeps nutrients intact and avoids oxidation. Some nut oils are suitable for cooking and others are not. Nut oils Olive Oils MCT Oil Saturated Fats (tallow, schmaltz, lard, duck fat, bacon grease, etc.) Mayonnaise Butter, Ghee Acceptable Meats for Atkins Induction All meats are suitable for Induction, but beware of processed meats. Many processed meats are cured with sugar or injected with flavorings that contain sugar. Look at the carb counts before buying or cosuming.* Beef, beef products* All Fish All Fowl, fowl products* All Game, game products* Lamb, lamb products* Pork, pork products* Shellfish (mussels and oysters are higher in carbs, so eat in moderation) Veal Acceptable Eggs for Atkins Induction Eggs contain all the essential building blocks for life. They are a healthy and inexpensive form of protein. All eggs Chicken Duck Geese Ostrich Quail Acceptable Dairy for Atkins Induction Choose full fat dairy. Some people are sensitive to the sugar content in dairy and for them, weight loss may stall. Because dairy has some carbohydrates, limit cheese Continue reading >>
Induction Of Ketosis In Rats Fed Low-carbohydrate, High-fat Diets Depends On The Relative Abundance Of Dietary Fat And Protein.
Abstract Low-carbohydrate/high-fat diets (LC-HFDs) in rodent models have been implicated with both weight loss and as a therapeutic approach to treat neurological diseases. LC-HFDs are known to induce ketosis; however, systematic studies analyzing the impact of the macronutrient composition on ketosis induction and weight loss success are lacking. Male Wistar rats were pair-fed for 4 wk either a standard chow diet or one of three different LC-HFDs, which only differed in the relative abundance of fat and protein (percentages of fat/protein in dry matter: LC-75/10; LC-65/20; LC-55/30). We subsequently measured body composition by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), analyzed blood chemistry and urine acetone content, evaluated gene expression changes of key ketogenic and gluconeogenic genes, and measured energy expenditure (EE) and locomotor activity (LA) during the first 4 days and after 3 wk on the respective diets. Compared with chow, rats fed with LC-75/10, LC-65/20, and LC-55/30 gained significantly less body weight. Reductions in body weight were mainly due to lower lean body mass and paralleled by significantly increased fat mass. Levels of β-hydroxybutyate were significantly elevated feeding LC-75/10 and LC-65/20 but decreased in parallel to reductions in dietary fat. Acetone was about 16-fold higher with LC-75/10 only (P < 0.001). In contrast, rats fed with LC-55/30 were not ketotic. Serum fibroblast growth factor-21, hepatic mRNA expression of hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA-lyase, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1α, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1β were increased with LC-75/10 only. Expression of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase and glucose-6-phosphatase was downregulated by 50-70% in LC-HF groups. Furthermo Continue reading >>
- Ultraviolet Radiation Suppresses Obesity and Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome Independently of Vitamin D in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet
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- Relative effectiveness of insulin pump treatment over multiple daily injections and structured education during flexible intensive insulin treatment for type 1 diabetes: cluster randomised trial (REPOSE)
Is Ketosis Necessary On A Low-carb Diet? Let’s Ask The Experts!
One of the most asked about aspects of livin’ la vida low-carb has got to the issue of ketosis. There is so much misinformation about there about this very natural state that the body goes through when you are on a low-carb diet (primarily confusing it with a serious condition that diabetics must be careful of called ketoacidosis–NOT the same as ketosis). As such, there may be confusion that lingers out there among my readers who are just learning about this way of eating. In this recent blog post where I provided some “quickie one-liner” responses to some e-mails, I made the following statement: Being in ketosis is like being pregnant–you either are or you’re not; regardless of what the Ketosticks show you, if you are eating less than 30g carbohydrates a day, then you ARE in ketosis.? One of my readers named Charles Fred decided to respond to my statement which he disagreed with and it gets to the very heart of this issue about ketosis. Here’s what he wrote: Your statement reflects today?’s informed opinion, but my article in work, ?Unified Physiology of the Metabolic Syndrome,? has given me an unusual perspective which for the sake of brevity I?’ll state dogmatically. Ketosis need not and should not be part of low-carb eating. Low-carb diets should never be labeled as ?ketogenic? diets. Ketosis appears to be an ?Induction? phase of low-carb eating, but in fact it is a last ditch response to inadequate glucose. As such it is either temporary or avoidable. Low-carb eating is the evolution-derived diet of humans (unlike other primates). Humans are carnivores, hunters, because human evolution happened pre-fire and pre-agriculture when very few carbs were edible. For carnivores, gluconeogenesis in the liver supplies all necessary glucose. But if someone a Continue reading >>
7 Tips To Get Into Ketosis
Ketosis is a normal metabolic process that provides several health benefits. During ketosis, your body converts fat into compounds known as ketones and begins using them as its main source of energy. Studies have found that diets that promote ketosis are highly beneficial for weight loss, due in part to their appetite-suppressing effects (1, 2). Emerging research suggests that ketosis may also be helpful for type 2 diabetes and neurological disorders, among other conditions (3, 4). That being said, achieving a state of ketosis can take some work and planning. It's not just as simple as cutting carbs. Here are 7 effective tips to get into ketosis. Eating a very low-carb diet is by far the most important factor in achieving ketosis. Normally, your cells use glucose, or sugar, as their main source of fuel. However, most of your cells can also use other fuel sources. This includes fatty acids, as well as ketones, which are also known as ketone bodies. Your body stores glucose in your liver and muscles in the form of glycogen. When carb intake is very low, glycogen stores are reduced and levels of the hormone insulin decline. This allows fatty acids to be released from fat stores in your body. Your liver converts some of these fatty acids into the ketone bodies acetone, acetoacetate and beta-hydroxybutyrate. These ketones can be used as fuel by portions of the brain (5, 6). The level of carb restriction needed to induce ketosis is somewhat individualized. Some people need to limit net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) to 20 grams per day, while others can achieve ketosis while eating twice this amount or more. For this reason, the Atkins diet specifies that carbs be restricted to 20 or fewer grams per day for two weeks to guarantee that ketosis is achieved. After this point, s Continue reading >>
Ketosis is a metabolic state that occurs when the body has used up its available glycogen stores, and starts burning fat to provide energy to the brain. Dietary ketosis typically happens on low-carbohydrate diets, or when you've eaten an insufficient amount over two to three days. Ketosis was originally used in the treatment of epilepsy, but it can contribute to weight loss in overweight or obese people. Video of the Day Ketosis has been used to treat seizures since the 1920s. It is a particularly useful method of treatment for children, or those with poorly controlled seizures. Research reviewed in the journal "Current Treatment Options in Neurology" found that inducing ketosis could also be beneficial from a variety of other conditions. Ketosis appears to slow the growth of malignant tumors and cancers, and may correct metabolic defects, such as diabetes or obesity. It also appears to have a protective effect on degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. You must severely restrict carbohydrates to induce ketosis. For context, the Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 130 grams of carbohydrate per day, whereas ketogenic diets call for very little carbohydrates, usually based on a ratio of fat, carbs and protein depending on calorie needs. This generally means removing all grain products (including bread, pasta, rice and seeds), fruit, and most dairy from the diet, and relying on nonstarchy vegetables, lean meats, eggs, hard cheese, and oils for daily caloric intake. Before going into ketosis, your body usually has a small amount of energy available in the bloodstream as glucose, and glycogen in the liver. When you don't eat, or eat only fats and protein, your glucose and glycogen are not replenished sufficiently to provide energy to the b Continue reading >>