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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 >>

Combining Intermittent Fasting And Ketosis

Combining Intermittent Fasting And Ketosis

One of the most frequently asked questions I get – after how can I do so many things in a single day – has to do with combining intermittent fasting and ketosis. Can you do it and whether or not it’s any good? Read this article and you’ll find out. When it comes to nutrition, then the majority of people are on a quest towards finding that one diet or secret hack that would allow them to get everything their hearts desire – delicious meals, bulletproof health, excellent body composition, abundant energy, elevated mood and greater satiety. In order to get them all, you would think you have to sell your soul to the devil. Which brings me to the nutritional strategies of intermittent fasting (IF) and the ketogenic diet (KETO). Both of them have gained a lot of rep in the health and fitness community – some of it is very good, some not so much. IF and keto contradict almost everything that’s recommended by the general public in regards to nutrition. Despite that, there are millions of people getting amazing results from it. However, there are others who can’t seem to make it work. After having coached many clients on how to combine intermittent fasting and low carb eating, I came to the conclusion that it’s indeed a very challenging and difficult ‘nutritionus[i]. The reason why most people fail is that they don’t have the slightest clue of what they’re doing. To mitigate that, I’m going to explain to you how it all works. In a society full of calories, ‘fasting’ has become the F-word that’s associated with images of starvation, obesity, anorexia, asceticism, and horror all at the same time. This is the result of contemporary eating habits based on snacking, refined carbohydrates and low fat bacon (yummm!). What intermittent fasting really refe Continue reading >>

Keto + Intermittent Fasting: The Ultimate Fat Loss Program

Keto + Intermittent Fasting: The Ultimate Fat Loss Program

Summer is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to end the bulking season and enter full on fat loss mode. It’s a task that’s not always easy or all that enjoyable, but the results are certainly worth it come beach season. There’s a ton of information out there on how to get shredded, but none quite like what we’ve developed here. Previously we’ve covered one of the newest and most effective eating protocols around in Intermittent Fasting. And while that can be great for weight loss, when it’s combined with a ketogenic diet, the two will get you shredded like never before. What is Keto? The ketogenic diet, a.k.a. “keto”, is an extremely low carb diet that places a premium on fat intake (as much as 75-90%!) along with a moderate protein intake. There have been a number of keto diets circulating around the fitness industry in recent years as the diet has grown in popularity, but to “standard” ketogenic diet consists of the following macronutrient breakdown: 75% Fat 20% Protein 5% Carbohydrate The benefit of substantially reducing carbohydrate intake forces your body to enter ketosis - a metabolic process stimulated when carbohydrates are severely restricted. This essentially “shifts” your body from a glucose fueled machine, to a fat fueled one that generates ketones. Ketones are synthesized when a person doesn’t consume ample carbohydrates to provide the body with adequate glucose (sugar) to run the required metabolic processes. Upon entering a ketogenic state, the body becomes significantly more efficient in utilizing stored fat for energy. Some may worry that such a drastic reduction in carbs may affect neurological function, as the brain runs on glucose, but don’t worry, a metabolic process called gluconeogenesis can synthesize Continue reading >>

What A Fasting Diet Can And Can't Do For Your Health

What A Fasting Diet Can And Can't Do For Your Health

Google “fasting for health” and you’ll get more than 6.3 million hits, ranging from doctors who recommend it for treating a range of diseases, to spas that promise detoxifying food-free vacations, to bloggers who say that fasting makes them feel clearer mentally and more fit — and, increasingly, to fitness professionals touting diets that incorporate fasting as a method for weight loss. But does medical research actually support those claims? Every day, organs such as the liver, kidney, and spleen work to remove and neutralize toxins from the body to keep our cells healthy, says David Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. “When you fast, you eliminate input of additional toxins from food,” Dr. Katz says — “and there is a potential biological benefit to that.” “Potential” is the key word. While a growing body of research suggests intermittent fasting may have health benefits, much of the evidence is far from conclusive, and there are still a lot of unknowns about how a fasting diet or intermittent fasting diet might affect our bodies, particularly over the long-term. How Intermittent Fasting Diets Work Fasting, or intermittent fasting diets, shift the focus from what you’re eating to when you’re eating. It’s not about restricting calories for days on end, but rather it’s about eating for a prescribed number of hours a day, or a certain number of days per week, and then abstaining or limiting food consumption for another period of time. For example, the Fast Diet, also known as the 5:2 diet, advocates for eating what you want for five days of the week (without too much thought to calorie intake), and restricting calorie intake to 500 calories for women and 600 for Continue reading >>

126: Jimmy Moore – The Ketogenic Diet & The Health Benefits Of Being In Ketosis • Fasting 101

126: Jimmy Moore – The Ketogenic Diet & The Health Benefits Of Being In Ketosis • Fasting 101

Jimmy Moore shed 180 pounds, shrunk his waist by 20 inches, and dropped his shirt size from 5XL to XL in a year by following the Atkins diet. He is now following a ketogenic diet and is dedicated to helping as many people as possible find the information they need to make healthy lifestyle changes. Jimmy spreads his message though a number of podcasts he hosts/cohosts, his blog, and his YouTube videos. He has a new book, The Complete Guide to Fasting. In this episode, we discuss: What is fasting? The health benefits of fasting Intermittent fasting is exploding in the health world As humans, fasting is part of our history Jimmy’s first fasting experience How to exercise during a fast Two ways to heal insulin resistance Myth – fasting makes you burn muscle Fasting doesn’t deprive your body of nutrients Fasting won’t result in overeating Your first meal after a fast How fasting impacts your metabolism during and after a fast Who should not fast, who needs to fast, and who should do it with medical supervision? How to make fasting a (relatively) pleasant experience Jimmy’s diet evolution Losing 180 pounds on the Atkins diet Look at health gain over weight loss The ketogenic diet Your body can convert protein to sugar The health benefits of being in ketosis Exogenous ketones and mct oil Is ketosis right and safe for everyone? Saturated fat is so incredibly healthy for you What Jimmy currently eats in a day The importance of managing your stress What drives Jimmy Moore? Buy KETO//OS exogenous ketones (US/Canada)* Sunwarrior <== 10% off all Sunwarrior products (free shipping over $100)* Raw Elements <== 10% off all Raw Elements products – Apply the code TUHP at checkout (free shipping over $100)* Jimmy Moore – The Complete Guide to Fasting (book)* Jimmy Moore – Continue reading >>

Searching For Your Soul Mate Diet? Find Out If Keto Or If Is Right For You

Searching For Your Soul Mate Diet? Find Out If Keto Or If Is Right For You

Waffling between trying out intermittent fasting or the ketogenic diet? First of all, put down the waffle, because they aren't on the menu for either of these popular diets. Sorry. But now that we've got your attention, let's get down to business. The ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting have pretty much taken over our collective news feeds at this point, and for good reason. They've both been touted for their ability to help people drop weight without restricting calories, improving blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure numbers. The perks sound similar, but these diets differ in how they work and who should be using them. We're breaking down the ins and outs of both diets, as well as how to determine if either of these may be right for you. What Is the Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet, or keto, is all about getting your body into the fat-burning state of ketosis. Basically, by shifting your calorie intake to high-fat, moderate-protein, and very low-carb, your body stops burning glucose for energy and begins burning ketones. This allows your body to turn to stored fat for fuel instead of the sugar in your morning bowl of Froot Loops. The benefits of being in ketosis, according to Jimmy Moore (he literally wrote the book on keto) include better sleep, stable blood sugar, reduced inflammation, improved blood pressure and cholesterol, clearer memory and cognitive function, better recovery from exercise, and maybe even clearer skin. How Does the Ketogenic Diet Work? When we say low-carb, we mean low-carb. If you go this route, you'll be forgoing bread and pasta and replacing them with high-fat foods like avocado, beef, coconut oil, and cheese. It's not all burgers and bacon, though. You'll also be loading your plate with lots of low-starch veggies like greens, t Continue reading >>

Fasting And Ketosis Part I: What Is Fasting And Why Do People Do It?

Fasting And Ketosis Part I: What Is Fasting And Why Do People Do It?

Welcome to Keto Sister. If you have not read my intro series titled Keto Basics, then please click here to review the benefits of a ketogenic (keto) diet, steps for how to get into ketosis and what eating keto looks like day to day. Eating a keto diet, one that is high in dietary fats (65% of calories or greater) with moderate protein intake (15-25% calories) and minimal carbohydrates (5-10%), has many benefits that make fat loss relatively easy. Among the benefits is how easy it is to fast. Nutritional ketosis (defined as having 0.5-3.0 mmol/L of ketone bodies in the blood [Volek & Phinney, 2012]) often creates a feeling of satisfaction with eating less food. The first sign that I was in ketosis was that my usually insatiable hunger went away. I learned from a trainer years ago to keep my metabolism activated by eating three meals with three snacks in between, and it stuck because I was hungry if I did not eat every few hours. But suddenly, after following a keto protocol for a couple weeks, I found myself skipping lunch by accident. I am not the type of girl who skips a meal without having a very good reason not to eat (reasons like strep throat or child birth!). With a keto diet, however, skipping a meal is easy to do. Meal skipping is also called fasting. Fasting or starving? People often confuse fasting with starvation, but there is a metabolic difference. Starvation is a state of metabolic shut down that occurs when a person who does not have any body fat does not eat food, usually because food is not available. Also called starvation mode, a person can induce the symptoms of starvation by undereating by too many calories and/or overtraining despite having plenty of body fat (see Deficit to learn more). Starvation results in the body breaking down essential compon Continue reading >>

Intermittent Fasting On A Keto Diet

Intermittent Fasting On A Keto Diet

Intermittent Fasting, or “IF”, is a relatively new craze that is used as a supplement to your diet. It revolves around the timing of your food intake, and can have some benefits in the long run. There are quite a few people misinformed on fasting, so we’ll clear that up and explain how intermittent fasting can be useful. On your ketogenic journey, it’s important to know that your success is not only dictated by eating enough fat and protein and restricting carbs. When you eat, how often you eat, and how much you eat have a substantial impact on your health and function as well. If your results have plateaued or you are thinking of starting a ketogenic diet, this article will provide you with a way to lose more fat and improve energy levels called intermittent fasting. If you need to learn how to calculate your macros, visit our Keto Calculator. Fasting isn’t required to lose weight on a ketogenic diet. If it doesn’t work for you, then do not force yourself to fast. Restricting yourself unrealistically is pointless – it’s not worth it if it makes you unhappy. There are 2 basic terms we need to understand here first: feeding and fasting. Your body is in a feeding state when you are eating your food, and you are in a fasting state when you are between your meals. The Approach Skipped meals. This is when you skip over a meal to induce extra time of fasting. Usually people choose breakfast, but others prefer to skip lunch. Eating windows. Usually this condenses your entire macronutrient intake between a 4 and 7 hour window. The rest of the time you are in a fasting state. 24-48 hour cleanse. This is where you go into extended fasting periods, and do not eat for 1-2 days. I don’t recommend that you go straight for a 1-2 day fast, but begin by restricting you Continue reading >>

Intermittent Fasting And Weight Loss

Intermittent Fasting And Weight Loss

Intermittent Fasting For Beginners! Intermittent fasting or IF is a pattern or schedule of eating. It’s not a diet, meaning it doesn’t change what you eat, just when you eat. Intermittent fasting can help with fat loss along with many other benefits which we’ll cover in a moment. Interestingly, many people will eat the same amount of calories and still reap the benefits. It’s a great way to get lean and retain muscle mass. How Does Intermittent Fasting Cause Fat Loss? When it comes to digestion, the body has 2 states. They are the: Absorptive State (Fed State) – the period in which your body is digesting and absorbing food. It starts when you begin eating and continues for about 4 hours as you digest and absorb everything you just ate. Post-absorptive State (Fasting State) – the period in which your body isn’t processing a meal (digestive tract is empty) and energy comes from the breakdown of your body’s reserves. Once your body has entered the fasting state, the body begins to use its available stores to provide energy, especially glucose for the brain. The first reserve of glucose is the liver’s stores of glycogen which will maintain blood sugar levels for about 4 hours. After these 4 hours (about 8 hours after the last meal), fatty acid oxidation (fat burning) generates the energy needed for the brain and body. The longer the fasting state lasts, the longer the fat burning continues (source). This is why it is beneficial to hold fasts daily for as long as possible. Benefits of Intermittent Fasting Accelerated fat burn during fasting period – once the body depletes the liver’s glycogen stores, it taps into the glycogen stored in your muscles and then breaks down fat. The more time away from food, the more time you break down stored fat for energy Continue reading >>

Juice Fasting For Ketosis

Juice Fasting For Ketosis

Ketosis — when your body burns primarily fat for fuels — requires a very low dietary carbohydrate intake. A juice fast requires you to consume practically nothing but carbohydrates. A ketogenic diet, such as Atkins or other forms of low-carbohydrate diets, remains completely incompatible with any juice-based diet. If you wish to lose fat, you must select one or the other. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any dietary program. Video of the Day Your body can run on several types of fuel: amino acids, sugar and fat. When your body burns primarily fat, or free-floating fatty acids called ketones, you are in dietary ketosis. To achieve this, you must severely restrict your intake of all non-fibrous carbohydrates. Exercise will allow you to further deplete your glycogen reserves; over time, your body will shift from running on sugar to running primarily on ketones. Sugar and Ketosis If you consume sugar while in ketosis, you will shift back into burning glycogen or sugar. It will take time to achieve ketosis again. The volume of carbohydrates that you consume will have the most bearing on this; however, consuming carbohydrates and fat together is even worse. This is because your body will generate a great deal of insulin in response and you will continue to run on glycogen while your body stores the fat you just ate. While juice contains no fat, it usually contains fructose. The juice may be predominantly fructose, depending on its type. Fructose is ordinarily a good energy source, largely due to its limited ability to cause a large spike in insulin levels; however, it is far less than ideal if you wish to remain in ketosis. Unlike many other types of sugars, fructose is broken down primarily in the liver. While your body is metabolizing fructose, your a Continue reading >>

Intermittent Fasting While In Ketosis As Beneficial?

Intermittent Fasting While In Ketosis As Beneficial?

I am about 3 weeks into a ketogenic diet, following the framework outlined by Volek and Phinney in their books. They recommend that protein is a set amount based on your height and ideal body weight. For me this is around 90g per day minimum. Carb intake is minimized, and for me its less than 20g net carbs (Atkins calculation) per day. Based on this approach, the rest of my energy needs come from fat. If I am active, I eat more fat. The protein and carbs remain consistent as total amounts, not % based. I have been monitoring blood ketones twice daily and have been in the recommended range for some time now. I may not be fully keto-adapted yet (as they say it can take 4-6 weeks), but I am definitely generating enough ketones to provide adequate fuel for my brain and other organs once my body does largely adapt. On the 'Ask the Low Carb Experts' podcast a few months ago, Jimmy Moore had Dr. Phinney on the show. It was a long show with a ton of great info, but there was one thing that Phinney said that didn't make sense to me and he didn't really explain. What he said was that fasting is a bad idea because one will lose lean mass when not eating for an extended period of time. He said skipping lunch might be OK, but he wouldn't recommend going longer than that. There was no real further explanation or discussion on the topic. Since the context of this show was ketogenic diets, I am under the impression he was speaking of fasting while in ketosis. Alas, I could not tell if his statement was general or specific. Many people here are familiar with the Lean Gains (18/6) and the Eat Stop Eat approaches, in which you have fasting windows of 18-24 hours, but never actually have an entire day where you do not eat (well for most people most of the time). There are many supposed ben Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Dieting And Intermittent Fasting – It Really Works!

Ketogenic Dieting And Intermittent Fasting – It Really Works!

I’ve been combining ketogenic dieting and intermittent fasting for quite some time now. Two weeks ago a colleague of mine, who is trying to lose weight herself, put me up to a challenge. Starting on Friday the 15th of January, we both had until Friday the 19th of February to lose as much weight as possible and whoever has lost the most by then wins $50. The rules are: Weight loss must be safe, ie. healthy eating, low calories and moderate exercise. No going days on end without food and trying to exercise for hours every day. If neither of us lose at least 5kg by the end date, neither of us win. Important afternote: I ended the challenge losing a whopping 7.2kg (15.8 lb) of FAT (a total loss of over 10kg when counting the initial 3kg of water weight lost before starting the competition). I did this entirely through ketosis fasting. Read on if you want to lose weight as fast and easily as I did! My Secret Weapon As I have a trip to Japan coming up shortly after the end date and had wanted to lose a lot of weight before then anyway (I gained 5kg in 3 weeks last time I was in Japan!), I accepted the challenge. We’re now 2 weeks and 1 day into the challenge and I’d like to share my results, as well as some weight loss tips I’ve learnt in these short 2 weeks. Ketogenic Dieting and Intermittent Fasting really works! Of all the people in the world, it was my gastro-enterologist who introduced me to “the 5-2 diet“. For those who don’t know what the 5-2 diet is, it’s basically a form of intermittent fasting where you eat normally for 5 days, and eat 1/4 of your usual target daily energy expenditure on 2 days. Using the TDEE calculator I just linked, I found that for weight maintenance (neither losing nor gaining weight) I would need to consume (note: consume. Not Continue reading >>

Quick Start Keto

Quick Start Keto

Low carbers know ketosis is the superhero of fat-burning. But what is ketosis? And how do you get into ketosis quickly? Keto FAQs and why it makes a difference in fat loss. 6 techniques to get into ketosis fast 3-Day rapid reach ketosis technique Try a few rapid keto techniques and eat specific low carb keto foods. Our quick start guide covers everything you need to reach ketosis fast. If carbs are limited to small amounts in your diet, your body relies on fat for energy. When you reach ketosis, fat burns rapidly and muscle tissue is spared. Why Does Keto Burn Fat Faster? To get into ketosis you’ll avoid sugar, leading to low insulin levels. Low insulin curbs hunger and accelerates fat-burning. Metabolizing fat and producing ketones burns more energy than metabolizing carbs. The result is a much higher calorie burn. How Do I Reach Ketosis? Ketosis happens when carbs are very low – usually when eating 20 to 50 grams of net carbs or less per day. (Carb grams from fiber are NOT counted in daily totals.) Everyone is different. Some low carbers must eat very low carb to reach ketosis. Typical Keto Ratio Getting into ketosis requires eating meals that are high in healthy fats and low in carbs. Protein grams should not exceed 20 % of total daily calories. Keto Calculator This free online keto calculator determines your ideal nutrient ratio for weight loss or maintenance during ketosis. The keto calculator recommends the optimum daily calories, fat, carb and protein amounts to help you get into ketosis – and meet your weight loss goal. How to Know You’re in Ketosis Keto Symptoms During keto, low carbers experience bursts of energy and heightened mood – just two of the big benefits of ketosis. Some dieters notice a temporary, sweet taste in the mouth or a mild, sweet b Continue reading >>

Fasting Ketosis Symptoms: Common Side Effects

Fasting Ketosis Symptoms: Common Side Effects

Ketosis is one of the natural, physiological effects of the body when fasting. When we’re eating a ketogenic diet or have gone on an extended period of time without food, our bodies will enter ketosis. This is because the body no longer has glucose available and begins breaking down the body’s fatty tissues for energy. With the ketogenic diet, we’re inducing ketosis by “starving” the body of carbohydrates so that it must turn to fat burning, which has many benefits. Simply fasting by not eating any food can have the same effect. Many people on the ketogenic diet will incorporate fasting to speed up ketosis and also reap the benefits of fasting on keto. Whether you’re eating a ketogenic diet, simply fasting, or combining the two, your body is entering ketosis. Since the symptoms can be similar, this article covers the common fasting ketosis symptoms, as well as how to deal with them. Fasting Ketosis Symptoms It’s important to note that most of these symptoms are temporary as your body is getting adapted to being in ketosis and can be remedied by the tips we cover below. Ketosis Flu If you’re using fasting as a way to get into (or get back into) ketosis, you might experience what’s commonly known as the “keto flu” as the body adapts to fat burning. The keto flu typically includes symptoms like: Water Flushing As your body burns through its glucose and stored glycogen during a fast, a lot of water is released. Your kidneys will also excrete more sodium as insulin drops. This is why people who start low-carb often experience a big initial loss of water weight and reduced bloating. Fatigue With the loss of excess water, the body also flushes out electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium. This can cause you to feel lightheaded and fatigued more Continue reading >>

How To Get Into Ketosis In 24 Hours: Practical Tips And Tricks

How To Get Into Ketosis In 24 Hours: Practical Tips And Tricks

Some people need to be in ketosis for medical reasons while others need to be in a fat-burning mode for athletic competitions. Whatever the reason, I’ve conjured up tips on how to get into ketosis in 24 hours. Before I begin… These tips are purely from experience. While a lot of it has been backed by research, always take things with a grain of salt. There is no one size fits all diet that will turn you into superman. Anyways.. When I first adopted the low carb high fat keto lifestyle a couple years back, I became obsessed with it. To me it felt like I just struck a goldmine. It felt like some sort of esoteric subculture that no one knows about and those that do, have a leg up on their competition. With this newfound obsession, I spent hours on researching, implementing, and documenting how to get into ketosis as fast as possible. The science is out there. Study after study showing how beneficial being in ketosis is. Through trial and error, I’ve conjured up these tips on how to get into ketosis in 24 hours. Some of it is probably obvious and common sense but that doesn’t mean it isn’t effective. Starting Tips On How To Get Into Ketosis In 24 Hours Start Intermittent Fasting (IF) I’ve mentioned it in a previous post, here. Intermittent fasting is like peanut butter and jelly, like batman and robin, like a fork and spoon, like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (just kidding). But seriously. By prolonging the time in which you eat your first meal, your body begins to enter a fat-burning stage (ketosis). I emphasize intermittent fasting with the ketogenic diet because it speeds up the whole process in depleting your glycogen storages. My recommendation is to skip breakfast completely. A popular protocol that many people praise is the 16:8 hour fast. This means y Continue reading >>

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