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Being Fat Adapted Versus

Being Fat Adapted Versus "in Ketosis" (pt.1/3)

UPDATE!! (9/20/2017) I have a new post that explains how and why the body produces ketones, It will help you understand much better the difference between burning fat and having a fat-based metabolism, versus being "in ketosis." It's very long, but I think it's worth reading if you'd really like to understand this -- and if you want to stop freaking out about your ketone levels. (If you click over to that post and want to read only the section that explains the difference between ketosis and running on fat, scroll way down to where it says Ketogenesis: How and Why Do We Make Ketones? Also: Fat Adaptation versus Ketosis.) Happy reading! If I never hear or read those six words, in that order, ever again, I’ll be one happy individual. Based on what I come across on low-carb forums, blogs, and videos, there is a lot of confusion about the correct use of urine ketone test strips (which I’ll sometimes refer to as ketostix, since “ketone test strips” is a mouthful, even when you’re only reading). So allow me to ‘splain a little bit about how to interpret these things, and what role they should play—if any—in your low-carb life. First and foremost is the most important thing you will read in today’s post. (And it is so important that I will likely repeat it in all the posts to follow in this little series. Plus, you can tell it’s important because it’s red, bold, in italics, and all caps, hehheh.) You can be in ketosis and not lose body fat, and you can lose body fat without being in ketosis. Here is an exhaustive, comprehensive list of everything urine ketone test strips tell you: There is acetoacetate in your urine. That’s it. Nothing more. Nada más. Game over. Finito. The fat lady has sung, and Elvis has left the building. Your worth as a human being Continue reading >>

What Your Pee May Be Trying To Tell You

What Your Pee May Be Trying To Tell You

During your lifetime, your kidneys will work very hard to filter over one million gallons of water. Urine is about 95% water and 5% uric acid, the stuff that your body does not need – including minerals, enzymes and salts that are dangerous if they accumulate in your body. Urine can fluctuate in color and odor depending on what you are eating and drinking, how active you are, the time of day or what supplements you are taking. However, urine color and odor can also be an indication of something more serious. Would you have ever thought that great things could be learned from your pee? Urine should be pale yellow or clear – not glow-in-the-dark yellow or dark yellow. It should not be cloudy or have a knock-you-over odor unless you have been eating asparagus! Anything apart from the clear and odorless could be a sign of trouble. Urine is made up of excess water and waste that your kidneys have filtered. Urochrome, a pigment found in blood, gives urine its natural light yellow tone. Depending on how hydrated you are, you urine color can fluctuate from clear to darker yellow or even orange tinted. Here is a quick pee primer to fill you in on what you should look for and what your pee may be telling you. Super Clear Urine Yep, there is such a thing as urine that is too clear. If your urine is super clear it may mean that you are drinking too many fluids. Be careful not to over-hydrate. The best rule of thumb is to aim for half of your body weight in ounces each day. This means, if your weight is 120 pounds, you should be drinking 60 ounces of water per day. More serious conditions such as acute viral hepatitis or cirrhosis can also cause your pee to turn very clear. However, you will also have other symptoms such as skin yellowing, nausea or vomiting with these condition Continue reading >>

Ketosis Plan

Ketosis Plan

What Is A Ketosis Plan? Are you considering going on a ketosis plan? Under a ketosis plan, the goal is for your body to use fat for energy instead of carbohydrates which is the usual fuel that the body uses. This is one of the biggest things attributed to the weight loss success that people see when they go on a weight loss diet like the Atkins diet or the Dukan diet. Ketosis works for weight loss because when the body is using fat that it has stored for energy, that “storage space” within the body gets smaller and smaller resulting in weight loss. How Does Ketosis Work? Our bodies first turn to carbohydrates for fuel. If there are no carbohydrates to burn for energy, our bodies turn to our fat for fuel. In the process of our bodies breaking down our fat for energy, ketones are produced. If this continues, it generates a high level of ketones in our blood, resulting in a state called ketosis. There are certain muscles in the body that actually prefer ketones over carbohydrates (glucose) when it comes to fuel. A couple of the biggest of those muscles are the heart and the kidneys. Even the brain can use ketones for their energy needs. Some diet plans like the Atkins diet encourage the monitoring of ketones within the body by using testing strips to test urine. Acetone, which is a particular type of ketone, is not usable by the body so it is expelled as waste. This is the ketone that is detected in the urine with the help of these testing strips. Again when a large number of ketones are found present in the body, it is referred to as ketosis. Is A Ketosis Plan Safe? Experts cannot agree on whether a ketosis plan is safe or not. Some claim ketosis may harm the kidney and other organs. Others claim that historically human beings were hunter-gatherers and lived primarily Continue reading >>

How To Tell If I’m In Ketosis? Signs And Symptoms

How To Tell If I’m In Ketosis? Signs And Symptoms

One of the questions we most often get from the Keto Diet Living community is How can I tell if my body is in ketosis? Or How can I check my ketones? If you have just started keto or have been on your keto journey for months, you probably know that when your body changes from relying on carbohydrates for energy to metabolizing fats, it produces molecules called ketone bodies. Following a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet will reduce insulin and increase the breakdown of both consumed fat and fat stores on your body. When this occurs, your liver begins creating vast quantities of ketones to supply energy to the cells throughout your body and brain. Ketosis usually happens when ketone levels are present at 0.3 to 0.5 mmol/L and can happen in as little as just a few days. Becoming fully keto-adapted often takes longer and of course, varies for everyone. If you are unfamiliar with the symptoms or how to test for ketones, it can be difficult to know whether you’re “in ketosis” or not. Rest assured there are some telltale signs and symptoms to tell if your carb cutting efforts have been sufficient enough to result in ketosis. First, let’s take a look at some signs you may see that don’t require testing for ketones with the various blood, breath, and urine testing methods available. Is your breath smelling fruity or metallic tasting? If so this may be a good sign that you’re in ketosis. This change in breath is pretty common on the keto diet especially when starting out and is caused by elevated ketone levels specifically acetone which is a ketone waste product that exits the body in your breath and urine. The bad breath usually goes away after a while, and you can deal with the issue by drinking lots of water, chewing sugar-free gum, using mouthwash or brushing yo Continue reading >>

What Is Ketosis, And How Long Does It Take To Get Into Ketosis?

What Is Ketosis, And How Long Does It Take To Get Into Ketosis?

Ketosis is a natural state of the body in which it is fueled almost solely by fat. This happens when a person fasts or adheres to a very low carbohydrate diet. The exciting thing about ketosis and ketogenic diets is that you can lose a lot of weight while eating a normal quantity of food. You don’t have to suffer through skimpy portions. There are other benefits of keeping a ketogenic diet as well. These will be explained in the following article. An Explanation of Ketosis The root “keto” in the word ketosis comes from the type of fuel that the body produces when blood sugar is in low supply. The small molecules that are used as fuel are called “ketones.” If you consume very few carbohydrates and only a moderate amount of protein, then the body begins to produce ketones. Ketones are made by the liver from fat. Both the body and the brain can use them as fuel. The brain cannot directly function from fat. It must convert the fat into ketones. Legionella Testing Lab - High Quality Lab Results CDC ELITE & NYSDOH ELAP Certified - Fast Results North America Lab Locations legionellatesting.com When you go on a ketogenic diet, your body almost solely runs on fat. Your insulin levels become rather low as well. Since you are burning so much fat, this is a great way to lose weight. Studies show that ketogenic diets result in greater weight loss. The fastest way to get into ketosis is by fasting. However, you cannot fast for very long, so you need to start a low carb diet. The Brain and Ketones Many people think that the brain needs carbohydrates to function. This is not really true. The brain can work well simply by burning ketones. The reality is that many people feel like they have even more energy and focus when they are fueled by ketones. Benefits of Ketosis There ar Continue reading >>

Why You Need To Stop Worrying About The Color Of Your Ketostix

Why You Need To Stop Worrying About The Color Of Your Ketostix

Yeah, I know you like to use them, but there are so many misconceptions about what they are telling you, that I need to intervene and make sure you get it. But before I go there, let me urge you to just buy The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, and read pages 164-165. Phinney and Volek have the best description of this that has probably ever been written, and you should really just read it from them. If I could copy these pages verbatim and paste it here, I would. Seriously, it’s only a few bucks and it’s quite literally the book you want to own if you’re interested in low carb ketogenic diets. OK, while you wait for your book to arrive, let’s dig in… What ketostix measure First off, we need to understand what ketostix actually measure, and more importantly, what they don’t. Generally speaking, ketostix measure excess ketones in your urine. They are considered excess, because they are removed from your serum and shunted to your urine by your kidneys. Their caloric content is thereby wasted. Of the three types of ketones (acetate, acetoacetate, and beta-hydroxybutyrate) produced by your body, ketostix only measure acetoacetate. This is extremely important to understand, because it turns out that your body produces different quantities of these different types of ketones depending on how long you’ve been in ketosis. If you’ve been in ketosis for a while, you’re going to see a reduction in the “intensity” of what you register on your ketostix for two reasons: A change in the relative volume of the ketones produced/present in your body A reduction in the volume of ketones in your urine as your kidneys reduce the amount they secrete Both of these are covered below. Changes in the types of ketones you produce When you first start your ketogenic Continue reading >>

How To Know If You’re In Ketosis: A Guide To Testing Ketone Levels

How To Know If You’re In Ketosis: A Guide To Testing Ketone Levels

Ketosis can be a powerful way to use your metabolism for fat loss, mental output, physical performance as well as many other health benefits. But how do you know if you’re actually in ketosis? As the old adage goes “test, don’t guess” when it comes to your health. In this guide, we’ll show exactly how to test your ketone levels to know if you’re in ketosis so you can make sure you’re getting all of the benefits that ketosis has to offer. There are three primary forms of ketones in your body, acetone, acetoacetate, and beta-hydroxybutryate. Each of these compounds do different things in the metabolism of ketosis and can be tested individually with differing techniques. Not all measurement is created equally, however, and some can be better than others for different purposes or times. The three different ketone bodies can be measured when they spill over into three different areas of your body: your breath, urine or blood. The good news is that all of these ketone level measurements can be done at home, by yourself. You don’t have to go to any lab or use any fancy high tech equipment. Tracking diligently, at least when you’re getting used to ketosis based diets, is important so you know how much you react to different variables like exercise, type and amount of food, and amounts of exogenous ketone supplements. Also, the optimal level of ketones for specific goals can vary per person. Knowing the amount where you thrive in the goal you want to achieve (and consistently checking if you’re hitting that amount) is the fastest way to reach your goals. Testing levels of ketones with urine strips (acetoacetate) One of the ketone bodies, acetoacetate, can be measured directly in the urine if they are in excessive levels. The way metabolic substrates get into Continue reading >>

Ketosis Strips

Ketosis Strips

Source Many low-carbohydrate dieters utilize ketosis strips as a way to determine whether their body is reacting to the low-carb or low glycemic diet appropriately. The small strips test urine and measure whether or not you have achieved ketosis. Ketosis and Low-Carbohydrate Diets The father of the low-carbohydrate diet, Dr. Robert Atkins, brought the concept of ketosis to the popular consciousness when he penned his first book, Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution, in 1972. At the time, Dr. Atkins suggested that in the process of a low-carbohydrate diet, the body achieves a process known as ketosis. When you are in ketosis, your body is burning stored fat as its primary source of fuel, causing ketones to enter your urine. Ketosis strips allow you to measure whether you are in ketosis. If you aren't in ketosis when low-carbohydrate or semi-low-carbohydrate dieting, then you may need to reduce carbohydrates further or look for hidden sugars in the foods you're eating. Signs of Ketosis Aside from using ketosis strips to test for ketosis, you may also notice other signs indicating you have entered this metabolic state, including: Bad breath Metallic taste in your mouth Increased energy, or even jitteriness Increased thirst and urine output Is Ketosis Dangerous? Many people fear ketosis is a dangerous physical state. It isn't. It merely means your body is utilizing its own fat as its primary source of fuel. The result is weight loss. Ketosis Strips Ketosis strips, also known as Ketostix, are small plastic strips that have a chemically-reactive indicator pad on the tip. You use the strips to test your urine to determine whether you are in ketosis. How to Use Using ketosis strips is relatively easy. You can either hold it in the flow of urine and take a reading after about 15 seconds, Continue reading >>

Ketosis And Gout.

Ketosis And Gout.

Page 9 of 10 about the Atkins diet for gout Referenced studies and study abstracts, the numbers in brackets, are listed on page 10 of the gout and the Atkins diet section The Gout and the Atkins diet articles are across ten pages. Navigation for these pages - Use the links at the bottom of the articles to go to each page, or return to a formerly viewed page. WHAT IS LIPOLYSIS - KETOSIS? Lipolysis means fat burning, and ketosis is the generation of ketone bodies caused by lipolysis. A central feature of the Atkins diet is that when the body is starved of glucose from carbohydrates, after a couple of days or so, it turns to burning fat for energy as its primary source of fuel. Hence the weight loss. The human body, and the brain, use ketone bodies for fuel too. Ketones circulate in the blood and they are eventually excreted in the urine, (mainly) but also in perspiration and in breath. The lipostix or ketostix you can purchase from pharmacies (chemists) or online, measure the amount ketones your burning fat produces by indicating the amount in urine. The greater their volume of in urine, the more fat you are burning. The ketosis test is easy to do. The beauty of the stix is that they tell you whether you really are limiting your carbohydrates sufficiently, and they should tell you in advance whether you're losing weight. They would also warn if you are "burning" too many ketones. If so they would be at their maximum purple colour (color), and you would probably be losing weight too quickly on Atkins, which may trigger a gout attack. They aren't expensive. Do ketones raise uric acid? One criticism of ketosis is that, like elevated insulin, ketones inhibit uric acid excretion which causes raised uric acid (UA). So are ketosis and gout connected? A study did demonstrate rais Continue reading >>

The Importance Of Electrolytes On A Ketogenic Diet

The Importance Of Electrolytes On A Ketogenic Diet

Many people who start a ketogenic diet often experience the dreaded “keto-flu”, which is the name for the experience of one or a combination of the following symptoms: Even if you are following a well-formulated ketogenic diet, with a low amount of carbohydrate, moderate amount of protein, and high amount of fat as suggested, it is likely that you may still experience some of these symptoms. The reason being while your macronutrients may be in line, there is another important factor to consider, ensuring you keep your body properly nourished and functioning well. That key factor is the balance of electrolytes in the body. In this article, we will cover the importance of electrolytes on a ketogenic diet. What Are Electrolytes? Electrolytes are minerals found in the body that are the electrical signaling molecules used for maintaining functions within the body such as regulating your heartbeat and allowing muscles to contract for functional movement. The most relevant electrolytes in this context are sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and calcium. Why Monitoring Your Electrolytes is Important. When you shift to a ketogenic diet, your body tends to release more water as opposed to storing it. The reason being that there is less insulin produced as a result of the composition of the diet. This leads to hormonal signals via the renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system, signaling your kidneys to excrete MORE water and retain LESS. Along with increased excretion of water, the minerals found in that water are lost at a higher rate (1,2). In the end, you can quickly become depleted of the key electrolytes that your body needs to function properly. As a result, you can experience some of the negative symptoms associated with the “keto flu”. Getting The Right Amount o Continue reading >>

How To Identify Ketosis

How To Identify Ketosis

Expert Reviewed Ketosis is a normal metabolic process by which your body breaks down stored fat for energy, which can also result in a dangerous buildup of ketones in the body called ketoacidosis.[1] Ketosis is often the product of a low-carbohydrate diet that people use to lose weight and gain muscle or it can also be a product of malnutrition. Although the long-term risks of ketosis are not clear, there is some evidence that it can increase your risk of heart disease and certain cancers.[2] By recognizing the signs of ketosis, you can help minimize your risk for developing ketoacidosis.[3] Continue reading >>

How Do You Know When You're In Ketosis On Medifast? I'll Tell You

How Do You Know When You're In Ketosis On Medifast? I'll Tell You

I often have people email me wanting to know how they can tell if they've reached ketosis or not. Because one of the goals of medifast is to consume a low enough amount of carbs and calories and a high enough amount of protein to get your body burning fat rather than carbs. Most people want to get to this state as soon as possible because this is when you begin to see the results. So how can you tell if you've reached these levels? Well, you can look at your physical symptoms, you can test yourself, or you can do both. I will discuss this more in the following article. The Physical Symptoms You Might See With Ketosis Once You've Been On Medifast Longer Than 3 - 4 Days: First of all, if you follow along pretty well and you're careful with your lean and green meals, you should be able to get into ketosis within the first week. Many people see this happen sometime around days 3 - 5. But, sometimes, it takes a little longer if you are working out a lot. The first thing that you might notice is that you're having an easier time on the diet. The cravings might become less and you might find that you're just not as hungry. You might also find that you have a bit more energy. I've also heard people say that they noticed a change in their breath. They've said that their breath had an almost fruity, sweet smell and / or taste. Using Strips To Test If You Are In Ketosis Or Not: If you doubt these symptoms or just want to be sure that you've finally reached this state, you can use little strips that test for ketones in your urine. These are often sold under names like ketostix or ketone strips. Basically, you urinate onto the end of the stick and then wait for the amount of time indicated in the directions. (This is usually anywhere from 15 -30 seconds. It does not take long to get Continue reading >>

Can A Low-carb Diet Make One's Urine Smell Bad?

Can A Low-carb Diet Make One's Urine Smell Bad?

Urine usually has little odor to it, so you may be puzzled if yours smells stronger than usual. A restrictive low-carb diet can put you into a state of ketosis, a side effect of which is a fruity-smelling urine. Moderate low-carb diets are unlikely to give your urine an unusual odor, however, so consider other causes and, if still not sure why your urine smells, consult your medical provider. Video of the Day It's unlikely that you'll reach the state of ketosis with moderately low-carb diets. You'll need to follow a restrictive plan, such as the Atkins 20™ diet, which only allows 20 grams of carbs per day, with virtually all high-carb foods off your plate. You focus on moderate amounts of protein and large amounts of fat. No added sugar, fruit, grains or starchy vegetables are allowed in a ketogenic diet. Meals consists of meats, cold-pressed oils and leafy, watery vegetables. Nuts, eggs and cheese serve as snacks. After several days or weeks of following this extremely low-carb plan, your body starts to produce ketones. You don't have enough carbs for energy, so, to fuel activity, your body becomes efficient at burning fat and the liver produces ketones to fuel the brain. This production is normal, but not regularly experienced by people that consume the 225 to 300 grams of carbohydrates recommended on a standard American 2,000-calorie diet. Benefits of the ketogenic diet include stabilization of blood sugar and insulin levels and the weight loss that results from your body reaching into your fat stores for energy. The diet may also help alleviate symptoms of a number of diseases, including neurological conditions and some cancers. Your Urine on Ketosis One of the first signs that you've reached a state of ketosis is frequent urination. As the diet stabilizes your in Continue reading >>

What Everybody Ought To Know About Ketosis

What Everybody Ought To Know About Ketosis

Recently I wanted to explore the world of Ketosis. I thought I knew a little bit about ketosis, but after doing some research I soon realised how wrong I was. 3 months later, after reading numerous books, listening to countless podcasts and experimenting with various diets I know have a sound understanding of ketosis. This resource is built as a reference guide for those looking to explore the fascinating world of ketosis. It is a resource that I wish I had 3 months ago. As you will soon see, a lot of the content below is not mine, instead I have linked to referenced to experts who have a greater understanding of this topic than I ever will. I hope this helps and if there is something that I have missed please leave a comment below so that I can update this. Also, as this is a rather long document, I have split it into various sections. You can click the headline below to be sent straight to the section that interests you. For those that are really time poor I have created a useful ketosis cheat sheet guide. This guide covers all the essential information you should know about ketosis. It can be downloaded HERE. Alternatively, if you're looking for a natural and sustainable way to improve health and lose weight head to this page - What is Ketosis? What Are The Benefits from being in Ketosis? Isn’t Ketosis Dangerous? Ketoacidosis vs Ketosis What Is The Difference Between a Low Carb Diet and a Ketogenic Diet? Types of Ketosis: The Difference Between Nutritional, Therapeutic & MCT Ketogenic Diets Is The Ketogenic Diet Safe? Long Term Effects Thyroid and Ketosis - What You May Want To Know What is a Typical Diet/Macro Breakdown for a Ketogenic Diet? Do I Need to Eat Carbs? What do I Eat On a Ketogenic Diet? What Do I Avoid Eating on a Ketogenic Diet? Protein Consumption a Continue reading >>

Ketone Urine Test

Ketone Urine Test

Diabetes patients are often instructed by their doctor to consistently tested for ketone levels. It is a very important urine test as it shows indications of worsening diabetes condition and possible kidney ineffectiveness which can lead to a number of complications and even kidney failure and even death if the body is not helped to recover its proper insulin metabolism. Legionella Testing Lab - High Quality Lab Results CDC ELITE & NYSDOH ELAP Certified - Fast Results North America Lab Locations legionellatesting.com The test can be done by taking a urine sample, but also a blood sample. There are over-the-counter tests available at general pharmacies. Blood glucose levels are good indicators to have the test done if the glucose levels are abnormal. Other indicators are frequent urination, thirst, rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, fatigue, a fruity smell to your breath, muscle aches or stiffness, and confusion. Pregnant women with diabetes should regularly check their ketone levels before eating in the morning. What Are Ketones Ketones are chemicals produced when the body does not have enough insulin in the blood. When ketones build up in the body for a long time, the body is forced to burn fat to get the energy it would have gotten from insulin. Over time, serious illness or coma can result involving problems with the kidneys. Ketone buildup is especially dangerous to diabetes patients as complications can result in Diabetic Ketoacidosis. If you suspect you may be at risk of having increased levels of ketones, you may want to do a urine ketone test. More general urine tests (urinalysis) can usually tell a bigger picture about urine composition. Monitoring Ketone Levels As mentioned earlier, there are over the counter urine tests that measure the k Continue reading >>

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