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What Does It Mean To Be In Ketosis?

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What Will Happen If I Don't Eat Carbs For 3 Weeks?

In 2012, I wanted to lose weight extremely fast. I had been weight lifting for about a year and I had put on some muscle as well as some fat due to poor dieting choices. This is a photo from 2015 but it’s similar to what I looked like in 2012. Not majorly overweight, but chubby. So, I decided to try and find the shortest way possible to get ‘shredded’. I wanted to look like Zyzz (below). I read somewhere online that to lose body fat, Zyzz would go on a ketogenic diet. I Googled some more and found details about what a ketogenic diet was. After minimal research I discovered that many people had lost weight using a similar approach. I was excited, I had found the method I was going to use to lose weight. My searching told me that a ketogenic diet involved eating practically 0 carbs. So I cut every single source of carbohydrates out of my diet. I said so long to my beloved sweet potato, rice, bread, fruit, everything. I also was led to believe that fat was evil when trying to lose weight, so I cut all of what I knew were sources of fat out of my diet too. So now nuts were gone, milk, cheese, oils. What was even left? A diet of minimal fats or carbohydrates… So my food sources Continue reading >>

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  1. Amy Chai

    Ketosis rash means that your body does not like being in ketosis and it means that you are restricting your carbohydrates too much. That is not healthy.

  2. Jay William Litwyn

    I don’t think ketosis is a state you want to be in continually. It comes naturally with fasting, which is a religious ritual that Muslims observe in a season that varies with the moon. Meanwhile, some Christian sects observe fasting during lent and advent. It is

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What Does It Mean That I Burn Fat Over Carbs?

Your body is always burning a combination of carbs (as glucose, stored in glycogen stores in the body) and fat. At rest, you're mostly burning glucose, with a small percentage of fat. Fat is converted to acetyl sugars through the beta oxidation process and then enters the Krebs cycle like a normal sugar, though it requires oxygen (thus, aerobic metabolism). When you start exercising, you initially burn ATP and ATP-PC for 30 seconds or so, then the glycogen stores take over the load (anaerobic metabolism). As the glycogen stores are used, the aerobic metabolism sources (fats) slowly ramp up. After the glycogen stores are depleted (it's never fully unused, it just ramps down), the aerobic metabolism mostly takes over. When you "hit the wall" while doing exercise it's possibly due to the fact that aerobic metabolism requires oxygen to complete the kreb's cycle. When they mean when they say: "burning fat over carbs" it means that you're utilizing your aerobic metabolism store more than your anaerobic metabolism store. Additionally, when your glycogen stores are low, your body can convert fat to glucose in a process called Gluconeogenesis. If that's what they're referring to, they're mi Continue reading >>

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  1. W. Prins

    On the initial stages of a ketogenic diet you typically keep your carb intake per day ideally less than 25g. Eating one serving of kamut therefore nearly doubles that budget all by itself, so it’s not surprising that it might interfere or disrupt ketosis.

  2. Stephen Thomas

    Hi,
    Kamut is high in carbohydrates and subtraction of its fibre content (which is essentially what the ‘net carbs’ means) does not negate its high carbohydrate contents effect on the body that much.
    To be in ketosis you need to have around 30g of carbohydrates per day (or less but some people can stay in ketosis at higher levels)
    So let’s assume you’re in the average range of needed 30g of carbohydrates to stay in ketosis. Kamut has 70g for one 100g serving. It’s simply too high in carbs for most people.

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  3. John Limansky

    Great question. In general the idea of net carbs is a farce. Net carbs are calculated taking total carbohydrate content and subtracting the fiber portion to come up with a net carb total. Unfortunately, the net carb is usually underestimating real carb intake and thus kicking you out of ketosis. It’s important to understand how the food you are consuming is impacting your body specifically. Some can tolerate 20-gm or 50 gm or 100 gm before being kicked out of ketosis, while others who are quite insulin/leptin resistant will need to significantly reduce their carbohydrate intake to achieve real ketosis. My advice would be to avoid grains in general if trying to maintain ketosis. Hope that helps!

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What Does Dr Tiny Nair Think About A Ketogenic High-fat Diet In Terms Of Its Effects On Health, Especially The Heart?

Human systems use protein, carbohydrate and fat from diet. Fat gives a lot of calorie and is traditionally thought to be the culprit of weight gain and cardiovascular disease. Low carb keto diet means restricting carb to a very low or undetectable levels. This makes little glucose available (which is the primary fuel of the body), leading to breakdown of stored glycogen in Liver. When Glycogen is exhausted, body uses fat to produce energy. In essence, a keto diet changes body’s nutritional pathway from carb to fat (burning more fat). Very Low carb “Keto” diet means the body generates ketones (a acidic metabolic byproduct) which is used as a fuel. Many studies have shown beneficial effects of low carb diet on metabolic disease and weight loss. My View Indian diet is very high in carb (Rice, chappathy), so restricting carbohydrates is good, and I support it. I myself take a very small amount of carbohydrate. Such diet has low carb dose, but does not induce ketosis like a crash keto diet. Crash low carb diets There are problems of inducing ketosis. The resulting acidosis may temporarily disable many enzyme systems and change bodies metabolism. Many people feel down and bad on st Continue reading >>

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  1. W. Prins

    On the initial stages of a ketogenic diet you typically keep your carb intake per day ideally less than 25g. Eating one serving of kamut therefore nearly doubles that budget all by itself, so it’s not surprising that it might interfere or disrupt ketosis.

  2. Stephen Thomas

    Hi,
    Kamut is high in carbohydrates and subtraction of its fibre content (which is essentially what the ‘net carbs’ means) does not negate its high carbohydrate contents effect on the body that much.
    To be in ketosis you need to have around 30g of carbohydrates per day (or less but some people can stay in ketosis at higher levels)
    So let’s assume you’re in the average range of needed 30g of carbohydrates to stay in ketosis. Kamut has 70g for one 100g serving. It’s simply too high in carbs for most people.

    Step Away From The Carbs: The science behind weight loss, the recipes to make it happen. Beautiful colour photographs of every breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and even drinks. Step Away From The Carbs: The science behind weight loss, the recipes to make it happen. Beautiful colour photographs of every breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and even drinks. eBook: Stephen Thomas, Jane Thomas: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

  3. John Limansky

    Great question. In general the idea of net carbs is a farce. Net carbs are calculated taking total carbohydrate content and subtracting the fiber portion to come up with a net carb total. Unfortunately, the net carb is usually underestimating real carb intake and thus kicking you out of ketosis. It’s important to understand how the food you are consuming is impacting your body specifically. Some can tolerate 20-gm or 50 gm or 100 gm before being kicked out of ketosis, while others who are quite insulin/leptin resistant will need to significantly reduce their carbohydrate intake to achieve real ketosis. My advice would be to avoid grains in general if trying to maintain ketosis. Hope that helps!

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