Thank you for this honest post on how Keto affected you. I did Keto for 6 weeks. I did lose 7 lbs but I struggled with depression and not using the bathroom regularly nice I started the diet. I searched and found carbs help with serotonin uptake which explained my depression. Everywhere I look people are pro Keto instead of discussing some the side effects. My gym friend told me she cried the last 4 days she did Keto before saying enough is enough. If it works for others, that’s great, but it’s refreshing to hear that I am not the only one who struggled and stopped Keto.
People (and even some ill-informed doctors) often confuse ketosis, which is a perfectly normal metabolic process, with ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening condition. The latter is the consequence of insulin-deficient subjects having out-of-control blood sugar levels, a condition that can occur as well in alcoholics and people in a state of extreme starvation. Ketosis and ketoacidosis may sound vaguely alike, but the two conditions are virtually polar opposites and can always be distinguished from each other by the fact that the diabetic has been consuming excessive carbohydrates and has high blood sugar, in sharp contrast to the fortunate person who is doing Atkins.
I’m doing keto. My cholesterol is lower, triglycerides lower, LDL lower, HDL higher. My muscle mass increased and thus far, I have lost 26 lbs. Let me assure you that is not all water and most of it was fat. When I reach my goal weight, I will add back in some carbs and go to a maintenance plan. And while loving our bodies is important, keeping them healthy is a form of loving them. The problem lies in why you want to lose weight. Do you want to be healthier or are you hoping for greater value as a human. The later comes from within.
Someone trying to follow the keto diet to a letter may not even go into the much-desired state of ketosis. Sure, you can buy those little piss strips that react to ketones in your urine to reassure you that you’re “in ketosis,” but you’re probably wasting your money. Ketones are present in low levels in your urine even if you’re not on a ketogenic diet. Measuring ketones via blood is far more accurate (if not overly invasive for a diet), but to measure them for weight loss in the first place is borderline useless, especially in urine.
Thanks for your comment. I did in fact state in my post that because I’m writing this on my blog, it is indeed how I feel and I’m sharing my personal experience and personal opinion about keto. I also did say that keto works for some, but not for others. Many people can change their health by cutting out processed foods, but that doesn’t mean we need to cut out complex carbs and all sugar and that also doesn’t mean we need to eat keto. Like I said in the post – do what works for you but also please do your own diligent research because we can always find arguments for each side.
Just like most health issues, many different factors contribute to obesity. The factors most responsible for the obesity epidemic seem to be our genetics and the environment, and how they interact to create our eating behavior. To gain a deeper understanding of how they contribute to obesity, let’s explore the organ responsible for our eating decisions — the brain.
It's worth noting that the review focused on low-carbohydrate diets, which are not always ketogenic. To be sure, there are balanced ways to adopt the ketogenic diet, and it can beneficial to some. In addition to its proven weight-loss effects that can be especially helpful for obese people, the diet is also a proven treatment for children with epilepsy. That's because the state of ketosis produces a natural chemical called decanoic acid, which can reduce seizures.
If you’ve cleared the approach with your healthcare team and weight loss is your ultimate goal, know that keto cycling won’t be nearly as effective as keto, Devine points out. “It can halt your weight loss by taking those days off because during that time you’re not going to be burning any fat and you could be putting more on,” she says. Kieffer adds that the results of keto cycling are never as dramatic as when the body is kept in a constant state of ketosis.
Chasing blood Ketones instead of focusing on hormone signals: "The higher the number means you have more Ketones circulating in your bloodstream, but that does not mean that you are better at burning fat for fuel," Mavridis points out. "You must be in nutritional Ketosis, which is described as being between 1.5 - 3.0 mol/L on the blood Ketone meter. You will know once you are fat-adapted from hormonal signals, and not from higher Ketones on the blood meter," she adds.
Pretty soon, I became scared to eat too much protein for fear that it would turn into sugar via gluconeogenesis. I became scared of fruit and many vegetables. I became scared to eat out for fear of things being cooked in unhealthy oils. I didn’t celebrate my kid’s birthdays with pizza and cake because God forbid I eat that many carbs and get kicked out of ketosis. I became obsessed with tracking my fat intake and trying to get it lower and lower, spending so much time planning my day so I would never go over that 5% carb intake. I started losing energy. I got really, really bloated and couldn’t figure out why.
The ARC exerts opposing actions on food intake responding not only to leptin and insulin, but also to gut hormones (the most studied are ghrelin and, recently, PYY). The neurophysiological pathways suggest that feeding is regulated by a feedback loop, where the hypothalamus provides the long-term regulatory input to the NTS, which acts as a setpoint (Williams et al., 2001).
The history of keto goes much farther than an attempt to stem weight gain during our fat-fearing era. In 1921, it was observed that fasting decreased incidence of seizure in epileptic patients. The same year, reports noted cognitive improvement and reduced seizure activity in epileptics who fasted for two to three days (fasting has been used as far back as 500 B.C. to treat epilepsy).
It is possible that you don’t have as much fat to lose as you think. There are several ways to measure body fat, which will give you an accurate gauge of how much you need to lose. A DEXA Scan is an x-ray that measures bone mineral density and body fat percentage. While it’s most accurate, it’s also expensive. You can also use skinfold calipers at a gym or your doctor’s office to get a body fat percentage estimate. This information gives you a good indication of your body fat stores and how much you have to lose healthfully. The silver lining in this case — the more fat you have, the more you have to lose.
I see a lot of people say that ketosis is great for insulin sensitivity. BUT, in my experience ketosis causes physiological insulin resistance whereby the muscles and liver are sparing glucose for the brain. Hence, glucose tolerance actually goes down during ketosis. As such, is it possible that post workout carbs could do a lot more damage than they would on a non-ketogenic diet? Or maybe, as Kiefer suggests, glucose uptake post workout is not moderated by insulin at all i.e. muscles soak up glucose regardless of their insulin sensitivity? Or maybe cyclical ketosis doesn’t allow liver glycogen to get low enough to trigger physiological insulin resistance?
Awesome… I am a newbie to this i took the keto os for 2 months for weight loss and did well. It a bit pricey. I try hard to conform to lchf diet daily but see no change other than I crave sweets. In 5’7 270 and stuck! My highest weight was 390 had gastric band put in 10 years ago but its just keep me from consumption of large amounts at on time. Is there a more economical way to stay in ketosis? I wAnt more energy… In not an exercise person usually have no energy. In willing to try other ideas.
Problem is you referred Keto as a Diet and not a lifestyle that you choose to live bye. When you relax and just eat a ketogenic lifestyle for an extended period of time meaning at least 4 months or more you don’t need to count everything so closely as you did and really when I look at my fellow co workers and kids that my children go to school with it’s easy to see how that slice of bread, bowl of pasta and piece of cake is destroying American Health.
However, the researchers noted that it was still substantial and noted that “Evidence from this systematic review demonstrates that low-carbohydrate/high-protein diets are more effective at 6 months and are as effective, if not more, as low-fat diets in reducing weight and cardiovascular disease risk up to 1 year.”  They emphasized, however, that more research needs to be done to evaluate the long-term effects of the ketogenic diet on weight-loss.
Without peer-reviewed clinical trials, many of the benefits remain anecdotal. For instance, Weiss himself has been on a low-carb high-fat (though not strictly ketogenic) diet for more than six months, and claims he does feel much better. But he’s clear about what he knows and what he doesn’t. He’s lost weight and his borderline pre-diabetes is gone.
I have also been doing 16:8, but not everyday. If You eat too few calories for too long you may lower your basic metabolic rate which you don’t really want to do. I eat something around 10 or 11 in the morning such as 3 deviled eggs, then a decent size meal at about 12:30 and my last meal at about 6. This seems to work well for me. I also use my fitness pal( free app), which is awesome and tracks all your macro ratios. It is important to keep it as Keto as you can. 70%fat, 5%carb, and 25% protein. I found at first that I just wasn’t eating enough fat, and my protein levels were too high. I think most people run into that same trap at first. Good luck!
Ketogenesis is the pathway that forms ketone bodies from fatty acids. Starvation (specifically low levels of blood insulin and glucose) triggers ketogenesis in the liver cells’ mitochondria. Two molecules of acetyl-CoA from the breakdown of fatty acids are condensed via acetyl-CoA transferase to form acetoacetyl-CoA; a third is added to form 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA (HMG-CoA) in a reaction catalysed by HMG-CoA synthase. HMG-CoA lyase then splits this to re-generate acetyl-CoA and form one molecule of AcAc. Beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) is formed from reduction of AcAc by BHB-dehydrogenase enzyme, and acetone results from spontaneous, non-enzymatic decarboxylation of AcAc. Acetone is a volatile molecule which is primarily excreted in the breath, although some evidence suggests that a small amount can be metabolised and oxidised4.
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What is the link between ketones and diabetes? Ketone is a chemical produced by the body when fats are broken down for energy. Ketone testing is important for people with diabetes, because high levels can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), when acid levels become too high in the blood and the person loses consciousness. Find out when and why to do ketone testing. Read now
We can say that no species, including humans, could have survived for millions of years without the ability to withstand brief periods of hunger or starvation (Amen-Ra, 2006). These periods of fasting are themselves ketogenic (McCue, 2010) during which the concentrations of insulin and glucose decrease while that of glucagon increases in the attempt to maintain normal blood glucose levels. When the body passes from a condition of food abundance to one of deprivation (or else via VLCKD simulated deprivation), there is, with a slight delay, an increase in the concentration of free FAs as well as KB in the blood. Thus, from this point of view KD could be compared to caloric restriction for fasting. These manipulations of nutrients, both in quantity and quality, seem to not only act on blood glucose/KB level but also to promote changes in metabolic pathways and cellular signaling. How this kind of metabolic condition (ketosis) can affect satiety and hunger mechanisms is still a matter of debate.
Since the birth of my daughter 32 years ago, I have struggled with my weight. I remember when “fat free” was the only way to go. So for a year, I avoided fat like the plague and ended up with hair loss, gray dry skin and just an overall unhealthy look despite the fact I was at my healthy weight. Now we are suppose to eat massive amounts of fat according to the professionals. I have since learned that going from one of extreme to the other is not the answer and your blog has helped me to realize that I need to do what works for my body. It is as if you gave me permission to not listen to all the so called experts. I have started eating natural, If God made it I eat it. I no longer eat foods that come out of a box or that was created in a lab. I completely agree with your blog. Thanks for speaking out!
While guest starring on the Rachael Ray Show, the actress opened up about how she stays motivated through intense workouts: “No carbs. No dairy. No refined sugar. [It’s] eating real foods. It’s honestly high-fat, high-protein. I think that we’ve been brainwashed to think that fat is bad, but really, it’s what going to make you feel fuller longer. And your body can burn it and use it as fuel.”
Diarrhea can also be due to a lack of fiber in the diet, says Kizer, which can happen when someone cuts way back on carbs (like whole-grain bread and pasta) and doesn’t supplement with other fiber-rich foods, like vegetables. It can also be caused by an intolerance to dairy or artificial sweeteners—things you might be eating more of since switching to a high-fat, low-carb lifestyle.
Beginner’s Tip: A low-inflammation keto diet that includes healthy fats and protein resets your leptin levels. Aim to eliminate all sugar from your diet as well as remove refined and processed foods. For most people, it takes approximately 6-8 weeks to restore leptin sensitivity, after which, the scale will start to budge. Read here for more hacks to reset your leptin sensitivity and master your metabolism.
When you burn key tones as a funeral, whether they are from a supplement or whether they are the ones that your body makes, you do indeed become more efficient utilizing ketones. So that is one advantage. You are correct in that if you simply use these and you do not restrict carbohydrate intake then you're not going to get quite as much benefit. I am a fan of combining these with intermittent fasting, MCT oil, and a high-fat diet.
No and yes. The liver can make ketones out of alcohol, so technically, when you drink you'll continue to produce ketones and so will remain in ketosis. The problem is ... alcohol converts more easily to ketones than fatty acids, so your liver will use the alcohol first, in preference to fat. Thus, when you drink, basically your FAT burning is put on hold until all the alcohol is out of your system.
Blood tests often report the level of total cholesterol (HDL + LDL) as well as the levels of each type independently. It is possible that the relative abundance (ratio) of HDL: LDL is more important to predict the occurrence of cardiovascular disease that the total cholesterol level109. Whilst the ketogenic diet can cause an increase in total cholesterol, the ratio of healthy HDL : less healthy LDL generally increases (i.e more HDL)110 whilst following a ketogenic diet. In contrast, whilst total cholesterol tends to be lower whilst following a low fat diet, the ratio of HDL:LDL tends to be lower (i.e more LDL)21.
I read your blog on the keto diet and at the end, I cried, because your story is amazing. I dieted all my life, from Atkins, Paleo, keto And Many other diets. I always thought losing weight, would make people love me more or be impressed by my weight lose. Finally at the age of 64, I realize I need to just love myself and not worry what others think of me. I Truely Thank You for your story , it is very inspiring I do follow the Clean Eating program now and do have my sugar fix once a week in celebration of my life, my happiness and mostly my health. I have never felt happier, then how I live my life now. Thank You for your inspiration.Pinterest .
Why is the keto diet good for you? A keto diet is one that prioritizes fats and proteins over carbohydrates. It can help reduce body weight, acne, and the risk of cancer. Find out about the mechanisms through which it achieves these benefits and the research that supports it. This MNT Knowledge Center article also discusses the risks of the diet. Read now
It’s estimated that over 50% of people are deficient in Vitamin D worldwide[*]. Although Vitamin D doesn’t play a major role in whether or not you are in ketosis, it is responsible for regulating immunity, inflammation, hormones and helping with electrolyte absorption[*][*] — all factors important for weight loss and overall health. Additionally, studies support the direct benefits of vitamin D for weight loss[*][*][*]. You can check your Vitamin D levels with a simple blood test and then supplement accordingly. When supplementing, choose Vitamin D3 as it is the form that’s best absorbed by your body[*][*].