Nutritional Ketosis

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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 Plan

A ketogenic diet plan improves your health through a metabolic switch in the primary cellular fuel source to which your body and brain are adapted. When your metabolism switches from relying on carbohydrate-based fuels (glucose from starch and sugar) to fat-based fuels and fat metabolism products called ketones, positive changes in the health of your cells occur, and this translates into better overall health. A metabolic process called ketogenesis and a body state called ketosis are responsible. Ketosis is simply a normal metabolic pathway in which body and brain cells utilize ketones to make energy, instead of relying on only sugar (i.e., carbohydrate). In fact, humans developed an evolutionary ability to burn ketones as an adaptation to periods of time when food was unavailable, and being in nutritional ketosis is a beneficial body state. A great deal of research is being done on ketosis as it relates to disease. Ketone bodies have some very beneficial effects on the human body, and elevating one's blood levels of ketone bodies is an effective treatment for many disease conditions because it improves the function of cellular energy pathways and mitochondrial health. Ketogenic di Continue reading >>

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  1. MarkM

    Originally Posted by 10xdiabetic
    ... the units of insulin I am having to take seem excessive. I feel my body is no longer sensitive to the insulin. ... Getting most calories from fat can be expected to reduce insulin sensitivity. There is a whole lot of science behind this, but the bottom line is that when in ketosis (eating low carb, high fat), we need a lot more insulin than the consumed carbs suggests. So you will have to adjust insulin dosing accordingly. Once you have done that, maintaining good control should get a lot easier.
    I gave up on the ketogenic diet because sticking to it was just too hard. Especially in China, where I have been living for a while. After switching back to a 'normal' diet, my control became somewhat more difficult, but my insulin requirements went down. I have become more insulin sensitive, and my TDD is now lower than it has ever been. Using a pump also helps with that, but I suspect that much of the difference is because of less fat in the diet.

  2. hughman

    The only thing constant about insulin dosing for me over the last 40+ years is change. At one point I was taking at least a total of 120 units a day, but that was with massive aspartame consumption. Once I stopped diet pop (soda), I now take a total of around 60 units, and take it totally differently amounts at different times than I used to. I could take less insulin if I ate less carbs, but we all make our decisions on our lifestyle.
    Everyone is different, and our environment and what we consume effects us all differently. And women have it even tougher with those pesky hormones.

  3. 10xdiabetic

    Thank you for that insight. This is what my feeling was also. I tried to find science to confirm my hypothesis. Could you share an article / source where you read about that so I can explore this further?

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Not to be confused with Ketoacidosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body's energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides energy. Ketosis is a result of metabolizing fat to provide energy. Ketosis is a nutritional process characterised by serum concentrations of ketone bodies over 0.5 mM, with low and stable levels of insulin and blood glucose.[1][2] It is almost always generalized with hyperketonemia, that is, an elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood throughout the body. Ketone bodies are formed by ketogenesis when liver glycogen stores are depleted (or from metabolising medium-chain triglycerides[3]). The main ketone bodies used for energy are acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate,[4] and the levels of ketone bodies are regulated mainly by insulin and glucagon.[5] Most cells in the body can use both glucose and ketone bodies for fuel, and during ketosis, free fatty acids and glucose synthesis (gluconeogenesis) fuel the remainder. Longer-term ketosis may result from fasting or staying on a low-carbohydrate diet (ketogenic diet), and deliberately induced ketosis serves as a medical i Continue reading >>

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  1. cfine

    I have noticed that there are a few more people besides me who have this horrible disease. IC actually derailed my LCing back years ago before.
    I'm curious as to what foods makes you have pain on LC? I thought this thread might help us. I also have vestibulitis and pelvic floor dysfunction...fun times
    My triggers are :
    processed meats
    too many nuts of any kind(peanut butter is the worst for me)
    artificial sweeteners(I can do little amounts)
    I still eat most of these foods, I just try to rotate them and eat them sparingly. I still have varying amounts of pain most every day. The foods that don't trigger pain are all of the foods that you can't eat on LC, like bread, potatoes, rice, oats. I am doing ok with it though, and LC helps me keep my diabetes in check.
    Also I don't take any meds for my IC. For about five years I stayed in a fog from all of the meds my doctor had me on. I decided that I didn't want to live that way and quit them all cold turkey. They weren't really helping me all that much anyway.

  2. princessmommy

    I haven't been offically DX'd with IC but I have fibromylgia and my symptoms are spot on from what i've read/heard. I've noticed if I don't drink a lot of water my bladder gets very irritated, as well as if I eat acidic foods like tomatoes and to much coffee. All things I Love lol. I plan on talking to my Dr about it next appt and see what he says. I've gone to the Dr two times thinking it was a uti and it not be.

  3. marriedtothearmy

    I've actually had far less flares since starting low carb. I did gain about 20 lbs after being diagnosed last year because, as you said, it seems at first that all the carb things are the friendliest to the bladder.
    Based on the fact that this seems to work better for me, I've come to the conclusion that processed foods and my bladder just don't agree. I also have to stay away from all artificial sweeteners, all fruits and anything with any type of acidic level to it.
    I can handle some onions as long as they're cooked and the same seems to go for tomatoes. My list of foods that I can't eat is MUCH longer than what I can but doing low carb has been relatively easy with the restrictions. The only thing that frustrates me is the large number of recipes with artificial sweeteners (and usually a LOT of them!). But my husband is also a chef so that helps.
    I can get away with drinking unsweet tea (nothing added) but that seems to be the only drink that doesn't bother me other than water. For a while, I had to even be careful about the types of bottled water I was drinking but that seems to have gotten better since I changed my diet.
    It took me nearly ten years to get diagnosed with IC. It was such a relief to finally know what it was and that I was not really getting UTIs one right after the other for all of those years. At first, they tried me with all the medications (Elmiron, Amitrypline (sp?) and a few others). They caused MAJOR side effects for me and I really didn't see any improvement so I stopped them all. I've been controlling it with diet ever since.
    I was recently prescribed a TENS unit and I love it for IC! I also use the instills at home if it gets really bad. But honestly I have to be in a LOT of pain to put myself through that one!

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How The Vegan Ketogenic Diet Works

The vegan ketogenic diet is a variation on the standard ketogenic diet. It works in the same way, the only difference being we obtain our carbs, protein and fats from non-animal sources. The goal of this diet is to force the body to change it’s primary fuel source from carbs and glucose to fats and ‘ketones’. The ketogenic diet all but eliminates carbs from the diet, and comes with many benefits including weight loss, lower blood sugar, stable energy levels and more! The purpose of this article is to explain exactly what happens to your body when you start following the rules of vegan keto. And so without further ado, let’s begin! How Exactly Does a Low Carb Ketogenic Diet Work? Carbohydrates are one of the main types of nutrients your body uses for energy, along with fats and protein. On a normal, western, carb heavy diet your body uses carbohydrates as its primary fuel source, followed by excess protein, and finally stored body fat. Normally, the liver synthesizes carbs and converts it to glucose for fuel. The left-over glucose gets stored in the liver as glycogen (glycogen makes up 10% of liver mass) and a small amount in the muscles for easy access. When you are fasting Continue reading >>

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  1. celiacgirls

    This past weekend, my 8 year old daughter was complaining that she was always thirsty. Then on Tuesday, my husband noticed she had acetone breath. She has had it before, last January, and they did the blood sugar test in the pediatrician's office and it was fine. They said her bad breath could be from not brushing her teeth properly. I don't really buy that but it did go away until now. She had just brushed her teeth when my husband noticed it. Because of the increased thirst and the acetone breath, I have her scheduled for the blood test again on Monday, when her doctor gets back from vacation.
    Are there any other causes of acetone breath that aren't related to diabetes? Even if her blood sugar is ok, could this be a sign she is at risk of diabetes?
    I'm already expecting the doctor to think I'm just an overzealous mom. I did tell her the girls are on a gluten-free/CF diet due to Enterolab and she didn't seem overly interested one way or the other, so maybe there is hope she will be ok with this.

  2. CarlaB

    I don't know about acetone breath, but I notice my kids get very bad breath even right after they've brushed if they have loose teeth, even slightly loose, it's like you can smell the root rotting away.
    I'd still have her checked out to be sure, but it's not unusual for a kid to have bad breath.

  3. 2kids4me

    This is an excellent link that discusses why a non-diabetic child may have acetone breath.
    a bit from that link:

    My six year old adopted son has had acetone breath consistently for several weeks. I've tested his urine with the strips for glucose and ketones twice, and they are both negative. He has had this previously only when he was slightly dehydrated from bouts of nausea and vomiting. He is otherwise perfectly healthy and active and has no symptoms of diabetes. We have a dog with diabetes which is why I am familiar with the signs and the breath odor and have the urine strips. Are there other causes of acetone breath in an otherwise normal six year old? In view of the negative strips should I still have his blood glucose tested?
    Not everyone can smell acetone, but if you can, the most sensitive vehicle is the breath which may explain why urine testing has been negative. Ketosis in children can occur when the body is unable to get sufficient basal energy needs from the metabolism of carbohydrate and resorts to the breakdown of fat stores with the production of ketones. This can occur because of diabetes, but, as you have noticed, this is most likely to occur when appetite is diminished by intercurrent illness. The same can happen if energy consumption is increased and a child is too busy to eat sufficiently.

    I think it very unlikely that what you describe has anything to do with diabetes, but if you have a diabetic dog and the means of measuring blood sugars you might test your son after a period of energetic activity to see if it is low because the phenomenon I have described is called ketotic hypoglycemia.

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