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Why Your Ketogenic Diet Isn’t Working Part One: Underfueling And Overtraining

Why Your Ketogenic Diet Isn’t Working Part One: Underfueling And Overtraining

“My training, racing, and health were all great… until I crashed.” For athletes, it’s not uncommon for the transition to a ketogenic diet from a standard high-carbohydrate diet to look something like this: Take all the carbs out of your diet, cold-turkey - feel awful… Build the metabolic machinery to burn fat more efficiently - feel great! Suddenly, out of nowhere - crash. Like a rollercoaster, you went from feeling terrible to feeling on top of the world, and then back to feeling terrible. The question is “why the crash??” You think: maybe I just need to do a few more fasted training sessions each week. Or, maybe I need to drop my carbs from 30 grams per day to 20 grams per day (broccoli just has too many carbs)... Nope. You might just need to train less and eat more. Still here? Good. This is part one of a series of articles examining potential reasons why a ketogenic diet may fail to produce the expected benefits. Regardless of whether things are just now starting to go downhill, or you never saw results in the first place, the most important step is recognizing that something isn’t right. Getting into nutritional ketosis is one thing, but just because you’re registering 2.0mmol/L on the blood ketone meter doesn’t mean the diet is working for you. Ultimately, performance and health are the goals, and they may or may not coincide with high blood ketones. There are many aspects of life as an endurance athlete that must be accounted for in the equation of optimal health and performance. The most important one that we regularly see is people struggling on a ketogenic diet because they’re underfueling and overtraining. So that’s where we’ll begin! Ultimately, performance and health are the goals, and they may or may not coincide with high blood k Continue reading >>

What You Should Know Before Trying A Ketogenic Diet

What You Should Know Before Trying A Ketogenic Diet

Five people have recently told me they were going to “try keto”—the most recent after gushing about a mutual friend who has been doing keto, aka the popular ketogenic diet, and getting awesome-looking results. You’ve probably heard rumblings about keto, but what the heck is it? And is it too good to be true? Let’s first get you caught up on all the hubbub around the ketogenic diet. Keto is an extremely low-carb, moderate-protein, and high-fat diet. You’ll find those on keto gobbling up stuff like fat slabs of bacon, mountains of avocados, and cartons of heavy whipping cream. There’s a lot of enthusiastic fanfare around it, like this comment on Reddit: Awesome. And then there’s this one: Low-carb diets are nothing new for weight loss. And keto is kind of a low-carb diet with a twist in that you emphasize tons of fat. I spoke to Leigh Peele, NASM certified personal trainer who fields questions on all matters of weight loss, metabolism, and nutrition, and is author of Starve Mode; and she told me that the original definition of keto is a 4:1 ratio of fats to carbohydrates or protein. That is, for every gram of protein or carb you eat, you would also eat four grams of fat (hence, the avocados and heavy whipping cream). But you don’t have to stick to that exactly as long as your carbs are low and protein moderate enough to properly be “ketogenic.” Let me explain. Differences Between Keto and a Low-Carb Diet Keto’s trump card against the average low-carb diet is that, after consistently depriving yourself of bread, pasta, donuts, and any carb source, your body goes into ketosis (between a couple of days and a week). Ketosis means your body is breaking down fat and releasing large quantities of molecules called ketones into your bloodstream. Your body t Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet: The Ultimate Guide For Beginners

Ketogenic Diet: The Ultimate Guide For Beginners

The keto diet is a low-carb, moderate protein, and high-fat diet. That’s the gist of it but you probably want to know more so let’s dive into it. Everyone is always looking for a diet that is going to work for them. They want to find the diet that is going to give them results fast. Who can blame them? When you are unhappy with your body or want to make a change you don’t want to wait around for results. That’s the problem with people looking for diets, though. They want results immediately and when they don’t get the results they are looking for right away, they assume the diet doesn’t work. So maybe the problem is with the diets. Unfortunately, most healthy diets aren’t going to make you drop 10 pounds in a couple days. Diets are designed to help you sustain a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, you don’t want a diet that just produces results. You want a diet that you can enjoy. Habits Are Hard to Change When you have been eating a certain way your entire life, it’s nearly impossible to make your body see the benefits of a diet in a couple days. That’s like asking a smoker of 30 years to quit cold turkey and feel the benefits the next day. It’s just not going to happen. You have to give things time to develop and take effect. Yes, there are short duration diets that can give you results fast, but they aren’t going to change your body in the long run because you will go back to your old ways. You want a diet that is going to change your body for the rest of your life because that diet has now become part of your life. This is where a keto diet will come in handy. A keto diet is going to change your body so you’ll be able to have a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. Sugar Burner vs Fat Burner Most people don’t understand that their body is a suga Continue reading >>

Effects Of Cold Treatment And Ketosis Induced By Starvation On Interferon Production In Leukocytes Of Lactating Cows.

Effects Of Cold Treatment And Ketosis Induced By Starvation On Interferon Production In Leukocytes Of Lactating Cows.

Effects of cold treatment and ketosis induced by starvation on interferon production in leukocytes of lactating cows. Department and Clinic of Animal Internal Diseases, Agriculture Academy, Lublin. The production of interferons in blood and milk leukocytes of three groups of cows was measured to determine the effect of 6-days cold treatment (-2 degrees to -8 degrees C) and/or starving. The first group (cold) was treated with low ambient temperature (-2 degrees C to -8 degrees C) 11 hours every day for 6 days, the second (cold and starved) was treated with low temperature and starved for 6 days. The third group (controls) was fed normally and kept in a barn at room temperature (18 degrees to 20 degrees C). The leukocytes of the control and the cold treated cows responded normally to interferon induction with Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV) and mitogens: phytohemagglutinin (PHA) and concanavalin A (ConA). The cows treated with low temperature and starved for 6 days developed biochemical blood changes of ketosis. Leukocytes of these cows with ketosis produced less interferon (p less than 0.05) than before starvation and less than leukocytes of the control cows and the cold treated cows. It can be assumed that ketosis caused by starving decreases the ability of a cow's leukocytes to produce interferons. Continue reading >>

Ketosis And Cold Hands

Ketosis And Cold Hands

Just trying an experiment and I am 3 days into a ketogenic diet. Planning on sticking with if for 30-60 days and longer if I dig it. So I know it is "normal" to have cold hands in ketosis but I had two questions - 1- What is the cause/mechanism behind this? 2 - For those who have been keto for a long-time, with NO re-feeds does this go away after adaptation? Edit - This is not a starvation diet, I am not significantly hypo-caloric, I am not suffering from a disease and I am not looking for a diagnosis. At 75gm + I have warm hands no matter what. On a ketogenic diet, so far, I feel great and am having no issues other than my hands being cold (not numb). Due dilagence on google shows this is common in Ketosis. However, it doesn't say A - Why people in ketosis have this symptom or B - Whether this symptom abates as keto-adaptation occurs. So for those who have been keto- or are keto- do you have this? Did it go away? Is there any study or consensus on the cause. For instance - Light-headedness on Keto- is almost always related to Potassium and Sodium issues. That is the sort of data I am asking about. Continue reading >>

Cold Water Therapy | Paleo Leap

Cold Water Therapy | Paleo Leap

Every New Years Day in Chicago, several different groups of arguably insane swimmers plunge into the icy depths of Lake Michigan if it isnt frozen over, in which case they lie on the ice and make snow angels in their bathing suits. And its not just Chicago: Polar Bear clubs seem to pop up wherever theres a body of water cold enough to make jumping into it an event, mostly as an eye-catching way of raising money for charity. The Polar Bears might not know it, but their freezing fundraiser may actually be benefiting their health, as well as their chosen cause. Hydrotherapy, or improving health by applying water of different temperatures, has a long history, from the temperature-controlled baths of ancient Rome to the healing spas of Switzerland. It fell out of favor in the United States in the 1900s, as pharmaceuticals started to become more effective, but almost a century later it might be making a comeback. There are really two groups of advocates for cold water therapy, each claiming a slightly different set of benefits. Some people point to to an intriguing metabolic advantage thanks to the cold-induced production of a special kind of body fat, while others tout the hormetic benefits of cold stress for the immune system, exercise recovery, and overall health and resilience. Heres a look at both sets of claims. The most publicized benefit of cold-water exposure is the metabolic advantage of activating a unique kind of fat tissue known as brown fat. Unlike the more familiar white fat that collects around our hips and stomachs, brown fat burns through calories at quite a high rate, because it has a very important job: raising body temperature. This has been studied for a long time in human babies. Since they cant shiver nearly as much as adults, babies need a different Continue reading >>

How To Get Into Ketosis In 24 Hours

How To Get Into Ketosis In 24 Hours

So you want to get into Ketosis in 24 hours? This is not as simple as some people think but it certainly is possible. The other thing is also that everyone reacts differently. Some people enter the state of ketosis faster than others. People with a higher or faster metabolism will enter ketosis faster, this are the same people that are already thinner so no luck for you if you are more than just a couple of pounds overweight. Here is an article that describes what ketosis is on Wikipedia. And what is the main reason to enter Ketosis as fast as possible? Well I saw some articles stating that people want to lose excess fat fast but this is just silly. A couple of hours of difference won’t make any difference to how much weight you lose in one month. You must be realistic, yes you can lose weight fast on a keto diet but it will not happen over night and first couple of days you will be mostly losing water weight. No the main reason to enter ketosis fast is because it is not pleasent to be glycogen depleted and not yet be in the state of ketosis. You feel sleepy, without energy, some people even have headaches or mild flu symptoms. How ever you look at this it is not pleasant until your body starts producing ketones and you can effectively start using fat as the primary energy source. So you want to progress through this period as fast as possible and not be stuck in this middle place for days or even weeks. One other thing I must point out is also that we are talking about being in ketosis and not being fully keto adapted. You enter ketosis when your body starts producing ketones above a specified level, being fully keto adapted means that your body is full adapted to use fat as your primary energy source and that production of certain enzymes in your body adapted. This Continue reading >>

Keto-adaptation (on A Zero Carb Diet)

Keto-adaptation (on A Zero Carb Diet)

For a comprehensive page on keto-adaptation and performance by the experts visit this page, or just read The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living which covers this subject in depth and many others: According to Owsley “The Bear” Stanley This is not a dedicated nor complete article, this page is an extract from Owsley’s correspondence with others. See this page for more info. Keto-adaptation on zero carbs should be complete in 3-4 weeks. Ketosis is the situation in which ketones are voided in the urine. It takes place within a few hours of blood glucose stabilising and no glucose entering from the diet. At this point many of the body-structures, such as the brain and deep dense tissues like cartilage and tendon will still require glucose and will not take up the ketone by-products of fat metabolism. So the excess ketones are voided and the necessary glucose is obtained from glycerol and liver glycogen. If carbs continue in small amount, this condition will persist. If however carbs do not reappear in the diet, then the body begins to adapt to using the ketones as food hence the term keto-adaptation. During the period of adaptation, energy levels are subjectively low. As the body begins to run most of the glucose-dependent tissues on ketones, energy increases several fold and some additional benefits are realised, such as a lack of ‘hunger pangs’, increased endurance time, increased strength, a feeling of well-being, and rapid bodyfat loss. Keto-adaptation takes time, from a very minimum of about 2 weeks in a very remarkable person, to from three to six weeks in most people. This is a very hard but very important first hurdle to overcome in getting comfortable in the all-meat dietary path. A person in permanent ketosis will feel tired, lacking in energy mo Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet: Is The Ultimate Low-carb Diet Good For You?

Ketogenic Diet: Is The Ultimate Low-carb Diet Good For You?

Recently, many of my patients have been asking about a ketogenic diet. Is it safe? Would you recommend it? Despite the recent hype, a ketogenic diet is not something new. In medicine, we have been using it for almost 100 years to treat drug-resistant epilepsy, especially in children. In the 1970s, Dr. Atkins popularized his very-low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss that began with a very strict two-week ketogenic phase. Over the years, other fad diets incorporated a similar approach for weight loss. What is a ketogenic diet? In essence, it is a diet that causes the body to release ketones into the bloodstream. Most cells prefer to use blood sugar, which comes from carbohydrates, as the body’s main source of energy. In the absence of circulating blood sugar from food, we start breaking down stored fat into molecules called ketone bodies (the process is called ketosis). Once you reach ketosis, most cells will use ketone bodies to generate energy until we start eating carbohydrates again. The shift, from using circulating glucose to breaking down stored fat as a source of energy, usually happens over two to four days of eating fewer than 20 to 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. Keep in mind that this is a highly individualized process, and some people need a more restricted diet to start producing enough ketones. Because it lacks carbohydrates, a ketogenic diet is rich in proteins and fats. It typically includes plenty of meats, eggs, processed meats, sausages, cheeses, fish, nuts, butter, oils, seeds, and fibrous vegetables. Because it is so restrictive, it is really hard to follow over the long run. Carbohydrates normally account for at least 50% of the typical American diet. One of the main criticisms of this diet is that many people tend to eat too much protein and 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 >>

Keep Yourself In Ketosis

Keep Yourself In Ketosis

When talking about a Grain Brain lifestyle, and the very similar ketogenic diet, it’s frequently mentioned that we are aiming to keep our bodies in ketosis. However, if you’re new to my work, it may be that you’re not exactly sure what ketosis is, or why we should be worrying about getting our body into this state. Allow me to explain. Ketones are a special type of fat that can stimulate the pathways that enhance the growth of new neural networks in the brain. A ketogenic diet is one that is high in fats, and this diet has been a tool of researchers for years, used notably in a 2005 study on Parkinson’s patients finding an improvement in symptoms after just 28 days. The improvements were on par with those made possible via medication and brain surgery. Other research has shown the ketogenic diet to be remarkably effective in treating some forms of epilepsy, and even brain tumors. Ketones do more than just that though. They increase glutathione, a powerful, brain-protective antioxidant. Ketones facilitate the production of mitochondria, one of the most important actors in the coordinated production that is the human body. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our bodies are said to enter ketosis at the point when blood sugar levels are low and liver glycogen are no longer available to produce glucose as a fuel for cellular energy production. At this point, not only is the body doing the natural thing, and burning off fat, it’s also powering up the brain with a super efficient fuel. We can jump start ourselves into ketosis with a brief fast, allowing our body to quickly burn through the carbs that are in our system, and turn to fat for fuel. A ketogenic diet is one that derives around 80% or more of of its calories from fat, and the rest from carbs and prote Continue reading >>

Remedies For Keto Flu Sore Throat

Remedies For Keto Flu Sore Throat

My throat started hurting a couple days ago. Until today, I considered a sore throat as a sign of success. I’ve gone through keto induction four times. Every single time I’ve gotten a rotten, awful sore throat. It’s pretty much like, “oh! my throat hurts! must be in ketosis!” Pee on a keto stick. Confirmed. But it still hurts like hell, and today I connected the dots and realized that it’s a symptom of a bigger keto problem. Searching through the internets will give you a bunch of people who will ask “does keto give you a sore throar?” Followed by a bunch of keto-ers and low-carbers who will tell you going on keto won’t give you a sore throat, and neither will keto flu. I can’t blame them, they’re just speaking from their personal experience. But they’re a little wrong, and that’s the puzzle piece I figured out today. A keto diet naturally lowers your pH, which can do a whole host of bad things to your body. Last year I went to a natural health clinic where they tested my blood and pH. This was about a month after being in ketosis. One major red flag that came up was my pH. My pH was around 6 when it’s supposed to be between 6.4 and 7.4, ideally closer to the 7.4. In fact, they say Cancer dies at a pH of 8. A pH of 6 might not look far off, but it is. A reading of 5.5 is acidosis. Guess what one of the side effects of having a pH around 6? Oh you know, just a SORE THROAT, amongst lots of other issues, like being a magnet for infection and sickness. Did you know that when your pH is low, you also absorb 20% less oxygen, too? So regardless of whether your sore throat comes from your low pH balance directly, or because you got sick based on your low pH balance – this is something to watch. It’s not healthy, in fact I think eating bread and s Continue reading >>

Ketosis Symptoms | Lovetoknow

Ketosis Symptoms | Lovetoknow

Ketosis is the name for a state achieved on a low-carbohydrate diet. According to WebMD , when you are in ketosis, it means your body is burning fat for energy. When that happens, your body releases ketones into your bloodstream, and you are in ketosis . This state may cause a host of temporary symptoms. Many dieters develop symptoms that let them know ketones are present. For many people beginning a low-carb diet , ketosis kicks in after a few days of strict adherence to the diet. In fact, many low-carbohydrate plans, such as Atkins and paleo, have an initial phase in which dieters take in extremely low amounts of carbohydrates (usually less than 25 grams per day) to kick start ketosis. You can test for ketones in the urine using ketosis strips , or rely on symptoms to tell you ketosis has been achieved. Symptoms of ketosis vary, depending how long you've been in the state. In the early stages, the symptoms may be a bit unpleasant. However, as your body adapts to ketones in the bloodstream, symptoms may decrease. Early symptoms usually last for several days or up to a week in some people. This period of symptoms is sometimes called the keto flu . It may continue until your body is used to burning fat instead of glucose. Afterwards, the levels of ketones should lessen, but that doesn't mean you aren't losing weight. It means your body has found a balance and is no longer producing excess ketones. According to Diet Doctor , early stage symptoms include: Flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue and headache Better brain function and clearer thinking Sometimes, low-carb dieters never reach ketosis, or at least never have the urine test strips indicate excess ketones. This could be because exercising has used up the excess ketones or the urine is diluted from drinking a lot of w Continue reading >>

How To Get Into Ketosis For Optimal Cognitive Performance

How To Get Into Ketosis For Optimal Cognitive Performance

How To Get Into Ketosis For Optimal Cognitive Performance SelfHacked has the strictest sourcing guidelines in the health industry and we almost exclusively link to medically peer-reviewed studies, usually on PubMed. We believe that the most accurate information is found directly in the scientific source. We are dedicated to providing the most scientifically valid, unbiased, and comprehensive information on any given topic. Our team comprises of trained MDs, PhDs, pharmacists, qualified scientists, and certified health and wellness specialists. All of our content is written by scientists and people with a strong science background. Our science team is put through the strictest vetting process in the health industry and we often reject applicants who have written articles for many of the largest health websites that are deemed trustworthy. Our science team must pass long technical science tests, difficult logical reasoning and reading comprehension tests. They are continually monitored by our internal peer-review process and if we see anyone making material science errors, we don't let them write for us again. Our goal is to not have a single piece of inaccurate information on this website. If you feel that any of our content is inaccurate, out-of-date, or otherwise questionable, please leave a comment or contact us at [email protected] Note that each number in parentheses [1, 2, 3, etc.] is a clickable link to peer-reviewed scientific studies. A plus sign next to the number [1+, 2+, etc...] means that the information is found within the full scientific study rather than the abstract. Heres a sample protocol. Ive given more options below for you to tinker with, but if you just want clear and simple instructions, here you go. I think this is simple enough and doable Continue reading >>

Benefits Of Keto Diet And Therapeutic Ketosis For Body Oxygen Levels

Benefits Of Keto Diet And Therapeutic Ketosis For Body Oxygen Levels

Module 11-6. Nutrients and diet for better body oxygenation The ketogenic diet (definition) is a high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein diet that is used with the purpose to use fats as the main energy source due to the metablic state called "ketosis". This diet relates to LCHF (low-carohydrate high-fat) diets. Keto-adaptation (definition) is a transitional period that allows the body to metabolically adapt to using fats as the main fuel for the brain, heart and other tissues of the body. It usually lasts about 2-4 weeks. Keto-adaptation can be reduced to less than 1-2 days for people with 60+ s MCP and is probably present naturally for those who have 90+ s CP 24/7. Ketosis (definition) is a metabolic state where body cells use energy supply that comes mainly from ketone bodies in the blood rather than blood glucose. Ketosis and reliance on fats as the main energy source had been the most common physiological metabolic features during evolution of human beings. Dramatic increase in consumption of grains became possible due to evolvement of agriculture to its modern aggressive forms. Who will benefit from ketosis: overweight, type 1 and 2 diabetes, cancer, leukemia, heart disease, any neurological disorder (including epilepsy, Parkinson, Alzheimer, MS or multiple sclerosis, senile dementia, schizophrenia, and depression), any digestive disorder (including IBD or Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, gastritis, IBS, liver cirrhosis, and hepatitis), any respiratory problem (asthma, bronchitis, COPD, emphysema, etc.) and any other inflammatory condition - or about 90% of overall population. If we measure the total amount of glucose in human blood, it would be about 5-10 g or only 1-2 teaspoons. When eating an ordinary meal, a person often consumes 10-30 times more carbs tha Continue reading >>

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