What Is Ketosis?
What is ketosis? Being in ketosis is truly a magical thing. Ketosis happens when your body starts producing ketone bodies instead of utilizing carbohydrates as energy. Both can be used as energy sources, but I find that converting to a fat-burner over a carbohydrate-burner to be most favorable. Signs of being in ketosis There are a few signs that could suggest you’re in ketosis: a metallic taste in mouth strong smelling urine random bursts of happiness (it’s weird, but it’s true!) decreased appetite How to get into ketosis The best way to get into ketosis is to immediately drop all major carb sources in your diet and focus on high-quality fats. Some find that going extremely low carb for a couple days will jumpstart ketone production and ultimately reaching a state of ketosis. Initially when you first remove a majority of carbohydrates from your diet, most people experience signs of lethargy and flu-like symptoms. This is what people consider the “low carb flu.” The low carb flu could last anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks. It’s important to stay extremely hydrated on a ketogenic diet, so much make sure you’re getting enough water and electrolytes. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you won’t experience any low carb flu symptoms at all. Carbohydrate tolerance varies from person to person to maintain a ketogenic state. Some report that they can eat up to 80 grams and still be in ketosis. A safe spot for most people seems to be between 20-30 grams. Benefits of being in ketosis You will find it hard to believe that an array of benefits can be obtained from following a ketogenic diet, but the proof is in the research! Some of these include: Effortless weight loss Awesome blood sugar regulation Reduced blood pressure Reduced inflammation Appetite Continue reading >>
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 >>
The Lifestyle Cafe
Ketosis is a state where the body is using fat for energy. During ketosis the body breaks down fat instead of carbohydrates to produce energy (ATP) and in the process it produces ketone bodies. Ketones are used for energy in the blood stream and the heart, brain, muscles and kidneys actually prefer ketones to glucose for energy. It is a good idea to measure your ketone production to check if you are in ketosis. You can measure ketones at home on an empty stomach via a finger prick test. You can also measure your urine ketones if you purchase some urine test sticks. Benefits of Ketosis The obvious and most common benefit of achieving ketosis is effortless weight-loss and absence of hunger, so you won’t find yourself constantly snacking. You will also have balanced blood sugar so you won’t mid-morning or mid-afternoon slumps. Your insulin will be low which means possible remission of insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes. You may also have clearer thinking as the brain prefers ketones as fuel. People have reported better digestion, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Ketogenic diets have been studied for the effectiveness in curing cancer and putting epilepsy in remission. One down side of going into ketosis is the so-called “keto-breath” which results from the increased production of acetone which is excreted via the urine and breath. Luckily this does not last forever and may pass after a few weeks or months. In the meantime you may want to invest in some dragon breath aids. Ketosis versus Ketoacidosis Many people confuse ketosis with ketoacidosis and this gives the ketogenic diet a bad name. Ketoacidosis is actually a state that occurs in type 1 diabetics which couples high blood ketones with high blood sugar because type 1 diabetics cannot produce ins Continue reading >>
Ketosis And Lchf- Must You Be In Ketosis On The Low Carb Diet?
Ketosis and LCHF- Must you be in ketosis on the low carb diet? Today on the Ask Prof Noakes Podcast we discuss ketosis and the role it plays on the LCHF diet. Is it vital to be in a state of ketosis in order to get the full benefits of the Low Carb High Fat/Banting diet? The simple answer is no you do not. To be in complete ketosis is hard to achieve, and you also don’t need to be in this state to benefit from the LCHF diet. Ketosis is a metabolic state where most of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood. This is in contrast to a state of glycolysis where blood glucose provides most of the energy. What is Ketosis and what role does it play During the usual overnight fast the body’s metabolism naturally switches into ketosis, and will switch back to glycolysis after a carbohydrate-rich meal. Part of the benefit of Low Carb High Fat diets is that you reduce the amount of carbohydrate from your system, thus forcing the body to use fat and not glucose for energy. For this reason ketosis is sometimes referred to as the body’s “fat burning” mode. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. It is very extreme, even by the LCHF diets standards. Ketosis is not required For this reason, unless you are looking to use it to treat epilepsy, it really isn’t required and shouldn’t be a diet you should look at. You don’t need to be in a permanent state of ketosis. Continue reading >>
10 Golden Rules Of Banting (high Fat Low Carb Diet)
Tweet The website Health24 has an interesting summary of Professor Tim Noakes’s low-carb ‘banting’ diet including ten golden rules and an overview of what Tim Noakes eats… 10 Golden rules of Banting Banting has become synonymous with the Tim Noakes Diet which refers to going on a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. Here are some rules to guide you. Tim Noakes’ eating plan was first prescribed in 1861 by a Harley Street surgeon Mr William Harvey with great success to a corpulent London undertaker, Mr William Banting, thus it is more appropriately named the Harvey/Banting diet. In time the term to ‘bant’ was introduced into the English language. It referred to the use of this low carbohydrate diet for weight loss. Indeed ‘Banting’ was the standard treatment for weight loss in all the major European and North American medical schools for nearly 100 years until it suddenly went out of fashion after 1959 when it was written out of all the major medical and nutritional textbooks, to be replaced with its polar opposite, the currently popular low fat, high carbohydrate, ‘heart healthy’ diet. Here are the 10 golden rules… 10 golden rules of Banting 1. Remember: this is not a high protein diet. It’s a high fat, medium protein, low carb way of eating 2. Choose real foods that look like what they are, and cook them from scratch 3. Fat is not the enemy. Enjoy it! 4. Eat only when you are hungry; eat until you are satisfied – then stop 5. Don’t eat when you’re not hungry. You won’t die if you occasionally skip a meal you don’t feel like eating. 6. Stop snacking. You won’t need to – it’s just a habit. 7. No sugar. It’s an addiction, and it’s probably best to go cold turkey. But if you need to make it a transition, substitute with Stevia, Zyli Continue reading >>
24 Benefits Of The Ketogenic Diet
You may have heard the term ‘ketosis’, ‘keto’ or ‘ketogenic diet’ thrown about in various health, weight-loss and sports performance blogs. The ‘keto diet’ is growing in popularity – especially in the circles I just mentioned. If you haven’t heard of these terms, or you’re still confused as to what exactly ‘ketosis’ is then have a listen to this podcast - -and make sure you tune in to the online keto summit that is happening right now at www.ketosummit.com Otherwise in a nutshell ketosis can be defined as a “metabolic state that happens when you consume a very low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet (or fast for extended periods) that causes your body to switch from using glucose as it’s primary source of fuel, to running off ketones. Ketones themselves are produced when the body burns fat, and they’re primarily used as an alternative fuel source when glucose isn’t available.” (Keto Clarity) In other words, you switch from being a sugar burner to being a fat burner. But I should point out that simply going on a low carb diet is often not enough to reach nutritional ketosis. Why would one want to do this? Well there are a lot of reasons, and I’m going to share 24 of them below. Note: If you already understand all the benefits of ketosis and want to delve into the nitty gritty of the how, why and what be sure to check out my article 'Everything You Ought To Know About Ketosis' and be sure to download my FREE one page Ketosis Cheat Sheet guide by clicking HERE. 1. Weight Loss Low carb, high fat diets have been used for centuries by doctors when working with obese patients. William Banting published the widely popular booklet titled ‘Letter on Corpulence Addressed to the Public’ in 1863. In this booklet he explained how he had sli Continue reading >>
What Is The Effect Of Ketosis On The Brain?
Brad Brown: Welcome to another edition of the LCHF podcast, got a question in from Heidi today. Joining us from Tasmania in Australia is Dr Gary Fettke. Heidi’s question, an interesting one, it’s about ketosis and ketones in particular. She wanted to know, are there any studies that have been done in the effect on ketosis on the brain, both short and long term. She’s been following a LCHF for about 12 days now, she says it’s going fairly well. She just feels that she’s getting a bit slower mentally, so to speak. She also performs worse at mental exercises since she started the LCHF diet and she wants to know, does it take some time for the brain to adapt to this new way of eating? The last thing she wants to know is will it compromise her long term mental health? [membership] Giving up sugar will naturally have an initial impact on the brain Gary Fettke: I think the most important thing you stated there is that Heidi has been doing this for 12 days. So presumably she’s going through a whole transition of low carbohydrate. It’s hard to work out exactly how far she’s actually going and how hard she is at it. But a lot of people when they first give up sugar feel that whole state of agitation and they may get irritability, but that’s probably coming off the sugar. The long term effects of ketosis are very, very good for the brain. If she hangs in there she will probably find that her concentration will improve quite significantly. There are quite a few studies out there and a lot of research being done on exactly what Heidi is questioning. That’s the role of ketosis in brain function and in particular in relationship to dementia, Parkinson’s and epilepsy. A long standing method of management of epilepsy and in fact was the original management of epile Continue reading >>
A Farewell To Ketosis: Banting, Dickens And The Roots Of Atkins
The skeptical cardiologist spent an interesting week in ketoland, counting carbs, and turning ketostix purple, but ultimately decided this was not a world he wanted to inhabit long term. During that week I paid 1.99$ to download William Banting’s “Letter on Corpulence”(available here for free.) Banting, writing in 1869, first popularized a low carb, high fat diet for obesity with this pamphlet. He starts it off with these words: “OF all the parasites that affect humanity I do not know of, nor can I imagine, any more distressing than that of Obesity, and, having emerged from a very long probation in this affliction, I am desirous of circulating my humble knowledge and experience for the benefit of other sufferers, with an earnest hope that it may lead to the same comfort and happiness I now feel under the extraordinary change,—which might almost be termed miraculous had it not been accomplished by the most simple common-sense means.” The pamphlet was enormously popular and sold over 60,000 copies. Banting donated his 225 £ of profit to various charities, including: “£ s.d. To The Printers’ Pension Society, at the Anniversary Dinner, in March, 1864, per Chas. Dickens, Esq. .. .. 50 0 0″ In my last post, I closed with a paragraph describing the benefits I had experienced of consuming a really high fat, very low carb diet: more energy, less sleep needed, asthma cured, wrinkled skin “melting away. This was supposed to be a humorous parody of how enthusiastic supporters of fad diets feel after they have jettisoned their bad eating habits but apparently most readers, unaware of my dry sense of humor (or perhaps not familiar with David Cronenberg’s The Fly) took this seriously. Certainly, if I had felt significantly better on the Atkins diet I, like Will Continue reading >>
About The Banting Chef Community
Ketosis is a state at which the body has an extremely high fat-burning rate. Even the brain runs on fat, via ketone bodies. These are energy molecules in the blood (like blood sugar) which become fuel for our brains after being converted from fat by the liver. To encourage ketone production, the amount of insulin in your bloodstream must be low. The lower your insulin, the higher your ketone production. And when you have a well-controlled, sufficiently large amount of ketones in your blood, it’s basically proof that your insulin is very low – and therefore, that you’re enjoying the maximum effect of your low-carbohydrate diet. That’s what’s called optimal ketosis. Today, there are reasonably-priced gadgets available for measuring ketone levels at home. One needle prick of the finger, and in just a few seconds you’ll know your blood ketone level. Blood ketones are best measured on a fasted stomach in the morning (before breakfast, that is). Here are a few pointers on how to interpret the result: Below 0.5 mmol/L is not considered “ketosis”. At this level, you’re far away from maximum fat-burning. Between 0.5-1.5 mmol/L is light nutritional ketosis. You’ll be getting a good effect on your weight, but not optimal. Around 1.5 – 3 mmol/L is what’s called optimal ketosis and is recommended for maximum weight loss. Values of over 3 mmol/L aren’t neccessary. That is, they will achieve neither better nor worse results than being at the 1.5-3 level. Higher values can also sometimes mean that you’re not getting enough food. For type 1 diabetics, it can be caused by a severe lack of insulin Ketone levels can also be measured in a more old-fashioned way, with urine test sticks (sold prescription-free in pharmacies). Ketone sticks give less reliable result Continue reading >>
What Is Ketosis?
Ketosis is the name for a state achieved in a low-carbohydrate diet. When you are in ketosis, it means your body is burning fat for energy. When you eat a low-carbohydrate diet, you minimize the amount of blood glucose present after you eat. In the absence of blood glucose, the body does not release insulin to return to normal blood sugar levels. With no insulin (which is a fat storage hormone) present, your body burns stored fat as its primary fuel. When that happens, your body releases ketones into your bloodstream, and you are in ketosis. This state may cause a host of temporary symptoms. It will also show up in your urine as ketones. Understanding Ketosis Symptoms Many dieters develop ketosis symptoms that let them know ketones are present. For many people beginning a low-carb diet, ketosis kicks in after a few days with minimal carbohydrate intake. In fact, most low-carbohydrate plans have an initial phase in which dieters take in extremely low amounts of carbohydrates (usually less than 25 grams per day) in order to kick start ketosis. You can test for the presence of ketones in the urine using ketosis strips. Many symptoms may also indicate that your body is in ketosis. Early Stages Ketosis symptoms change depending how long you've been in the state. In the early stages of ketosis, the symptoms may be a bit unpleasant. However, as your body adapts to the presence of ketones in the bloodstream, symptoms lessen and change. Early ketosis symptoms usually last for several days or up to a week in some people. This typically continues until the body is used to burning fat instead of glucose. After the several days, the levels of ketones in the body will lessen, but that does not mean you are no longer using fat. It simply means your body has found a balance and is no l Continue reading >>
Breastfeeding Mom On Banting (lchf) Diet Almost Dies
A Swedish mother developed a dangerous condition called ketoacidosis as a result of a low-carbohydrate diet (LCHF) - or Banting diet - while she was breastfeeding. In a medical report, published on 1 October 2015 in the Journal of Medical Case Reports, authors Louise von Geijer and Magnus Ekelund discuss the case of a 32-year-old woman who arrived at a Swedish hospital suffering from nausea, vomiting, heart palpitations, trembling and extremity spasms. Read: Patrick Holford warns that Banting is dangerous Ketones can be poisonous The woman, who was breastfeeding her 10-month-old son, had no family history of diabetes. She had started a strict LCHF diet (aka Banting diet), with an estimated carbohydrate intake of less than 20g per day, 10 days before admittance, lost 4 kilograms and had felt growing malaise. Ketoacidosis normally affects people with diabetes and occurs when sugar cannot be used by the body because of a lack of insulin. Fat is then used for fuel, and acidic waste products called ketones build up in the body. High levels of ketones in the body can be poisonous. Read: Diabetic ketoacidosis According to the authors, ketoacidosis can on rare occasions be caused by a low-carbohydrate diet. This was, however, to their knowledge “the first reported case in the literature of ketoacidosis in a non-diabetic patient, associated with a combination of low carbohydrate, high fat diet and lactation”. The report mentions that “ketosis during lactation is a well-known phenomenon in lactating cattle and is well described in veterinary literature”. In humans, however, non-diabetic ketoacidosis is usually caused by starvation where “lack of glucose can force the body into ketogenesis, causing a metabolic acidosis”. Read: Why you may not lose weight on the Tim Noa Continue reading >>
Tim Noakes: Idiot’s Guide To Lchf And Banting
Some doctors and dietitians will still tell you a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet is dangerous. That’s despite compelling evidence to show safety and efficacy of LCHF for weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even dementia. LCHF is a global phenomenon. In South Africa, there are more than three million “Banters”, as fans of LCHF regimens are known in that country. Banting pioneer is University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes, a world-renowned scientist and medical doctor. Here, in a Q&A, Noakes gives the basics and an Idiot’s Guide to getting started on the LCHF path. Is LCHF a diet? No, it’s a lifestyle. Is your diet’s right for everyone – a one-size-fits-all? There’s no such thing. No diet is right for everyone. LCHF is best for people with insulin resistance (the inability to tolerate carbohydrate). Is it correct to call your diet “Banting”? It’s probably more correct to call it Ebstein – after German physician Dr Wilhelm Ebstein who first made it high-fat. That was the diet Sir William Osler promoted in his monumental textbook: The Principles and Practices of Medicine, published in 1892. Click here for full coverage of The Trial Of Prof Tim Noakes Is LCHF a fad? Anyone who claims Banting or Ebstein diets are fads knows nothing about medical nutrition history. Nutrition did not begin in 1977 as our students seem to be taught. Is LCHF the same as Paleo? The Paleo diet is slightly different. It promotes consumption of only those foods that would have been available to Paleolithic man from about 2.5 million years ago to the Agricultural Revolution starting about 12 000 years ago. Foods allowed on Banting but excluded on Paleo are dairy. Paleo allows fruits but Banting excludes many. What about Atkins? The Atkins diet is simil Continue reading >>
Banting For Beginners
1. What exactly is Banting? Banting is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet, named after William Banting, the first person to do it. It’s been made popular by Professor Tim Noakes in his book The Real Meal Revolution. The idea is that this way of eating makes your body switch from burning carbs for energy to burning fat. 2. So is Banting just another a high-protein diet like the Atkins Diet? No. This is a common misconception. The focus is on increasing fat and decreasing carb intake in your diet. Your protein intake should be moderate. 3. Everyone says I won’t have to weigh food and I can eat as much as I like. Is this true? As long as you eat the right types of fats (mostly animal fats) and minimal carbs (avoid anything with a carb content of more than 5g per 100g; sugary food is a no-no) then you can eat until you’re full. However, use your common sense, and don’t overeat! With meat, stick to no more than 80g with any meal. 4. What ratio of vegetables, fats and proteins should I be trying to stick to? This is tricky, but the rule of thumb is 50/50 meat/veg. Your fat should be included in that. As fat suppresses the appetite, you’ll know if you’re eating enough by how soon after a meal you get hungry again. If you eat breakfast and are hungry again before lunchtime, you need to up you fat intake at breakfast. Ideally, you shouldn’t need to eat more than twice a day, but that does take some getting used to. Related: 5 Key Results from Banting Study 5. How am I supposed to know what I can and can’t eat? Of course: just follow the green, orange and red lists in The Real Meal Revolution. Green-list items contain less than 5% of carbs per serving, orange-list items contain less than 25g of carbs per serving, and red-list items are all no-nos. These webs Continue reading >>
Ketosis – What Is That All About?
What’s it all about? Is it good for you? Is it bad for you? What’s it like? How do I ‘do’ ketosis? How do I know I’m in ketosis? The questions everyone who’s Banting wants the answers to. Ketosis, in chef speak, is quite simply a state your body enters once it has been deprived of glucose. Your body switches to burning fat for energy (stored fat or fat that you have eaten) instead of glucose. A side-effect of that process is the release of ketone bodies into the blood stream. When you’re starved of glucose, your body has no choice but to burn fat for fuel, so it needs little explanation as to why ketosis works at melting fat like a blow heater on an ice sculpture. Ketosis comes with some added extras, namely a commonly noted sense of euphoria or lucidity and increased energy levels. A downside includes toothbrush-proof halitosis, which stems from the secretion of ammonia through the lungs as a side effect of burning all that fat. Some people on low-carb diets have reported kidney stones, gallstones and a number of other ailments. Scientific research on both sides of this debate is being done all the time, but in our experience from talking to the members of our community and tracking their data, it is generally a case of what was done before they started Banting and not Banting itself. But, this post isn’t here to debate that, it serves as a ‘how to’ and not as a ‘you should’. Eat more buttery or creamy sauce on your steak and eat less steak. Your body can convert protein into glucose so too much meat will hinder your progress. What doIdo? Theoretically it is very easy. Avoid anything with high carbs in it. If you’re not sure what those might be, consult the Real Meal Revolution ‘Red List’. Even dipping your toe into the red list will ruin Continue reading >>
Prof. Tim Noakes On Banting And Lchf
A revolution by definition is a fundamental change that takes place in a relatively short time. I know the team behind the book’ The Real Meal Revolution’ never expected their revolution to be so big and go viral in the way that it has. Prof. Tim Noakes is behind the science of the book and he says, ‘the beauty of this lifestyle is that you can find out if it works for you in the first few weeks and you can make the decision to stay on it for yourself. You can’t always believe the power of the anointed, the professor telling you this is the only way to do it. You have to find this out for yourself. I can’t tell you 100% why this diet works so effectively but it cuts out messaging to the brain that is trying to make you eat too many calories and that is carbohydrate driven and we know that. Carbohydrates drive hunger so if you are always eating carbohydrates, you will always be hungry.’ We gathered some burning questions from members of the various banting groups and posed these to the Prof. Here are his answers. ON KETOSIS Q What is ketosis in simple terms and does everyone on the banting lifestyle go through it? Ketosis is when you cut out carbohydrates and protein dramatically. Your body starts to produce and release more fat and the liver turns that into ketone bodies which are a replacement fuel for glucose. It is a better fuel so your brain and muscles start burning ketone bodies instead of glucose because you are not getting much glucose in. This is a starvation response without which humans would not have survived. You don’t have to be ketotic to benefit from this diet. Most people will go through mild ketosis. As soon as you eat more protein you will get rid of the ketosis. We are all a bit different. It is very difficult to stay in ketosis on this Continue reading >>