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What is Ketosis? (Is Ketosis Bad?)

Ketosis 101 - What is Ketosis?

By now, most people know that low-carbohydrate diets are far healthier and better than low-fat diets for weight loss and weight maintenance.

If you ain't heard-

Professor of Medicine and director of clinical research and exercise physiology at the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, Kerry J. Stewart notes, “After six months, those who were on the low-carb diet lost an average of 28.9 pounds versus 18.7 pounds among those on the low-fat diet.”

That is why all of our weight loss advice is based on limiting your carbohydrate intake. IT IS PHYSIOLOGICALLY IMPOSSIBLE to retain extra body fat if you are not consuming carbohydrates, unless you literally completely inactive or stuffing your face.

For the purpose of this article we will covering "dietary ketosis," defined as an ketogenic state produced by a diet with equal or less than 130g of carbohydrates. This definition of "Low-Carbohydrate" was set by the American Dietetic Association.

Please note that "dietary ketosis" in a healthy dieter is DIFFERENT from diabetic ketoacidosis- a DIFFERENT state unique to type-I diabetics that CANNOT make insulin and experience an unnaturally rapid increase of ketones from excess (uncontrolled) glucagon breaking down fat.

This Kid Told Me the I Will Die From Ketosis is if Follow a Low-Carb Diet, is that true!?

No.

the food pyramidFrom billions of dollars and years of research we have created the food pyramid.

To many, it comes as a gigantic surprise when they hear that they don't "need" carbohydrates to survive, in fact- they are usually way healthier and leaner without exceeding 30-50g/day.

That's right.

You don't eat bread, rice, cereal and grains that the food pyramid swears you should eat 18+ servings of a day. You don't need ANY of it.

Still, a lot of people are reluctant to drop all the carbohydrates because "that is a what they have always eaten," and get further scared off when the completely confusing issue of "Ketosis" is mentioned.

Many people think that Ketosis is a dangerous metabolic state.

It's not.

Per definition, as discussed in "Living Low-Carb" by Dr. Jonny Bowden PhD. CNS., ketosis is-

"the term used to describe what happens when the body switches using fat as its main source of fuel (energy), which is EXACTLY what you want to happen when you are using a low-carbohydrate diet to lose weight."

Ketosis, however, is not required to lose weight on a low-carbohydrate diet, but rather- a preferable state since your body can use/burn body fat as energy throughout the day.

Bowden explains that ketosis from a low-carbohydrate diet is a HARMLESS state, contrary to popular belief. It is not a good state to be in if you are trying to maintain pounds of muscle mass or lifting heavy weight, but it is the EXACT state you want to be in if your #1 goal is to LOSE WEIGHT.

Ketosis is NOT Dangerous, The Reverse is True.

Ketones are a natural part of your metabolism, your body is always producing a certain level of ketones. When your body enters benign dietary ketosis (BDE) you will naturally produce ketones, they are by-product of your body burning FAT instead of carbohydrates.

The good news is- your body LOVES ketones if they are produced in a non-starvation or non-diabetic state.

They can efficiently power your heart. They can efficiently power your brain. Student led research at the University of Southern California (USC) suggests that ketones have a "profound" effect on cerebral function and it is a "stepping stone" to treating Alzheimer's disease.

A strict ketogenic diet has been used for nearly a decade at Children's Hospital of New York-Prebyterian because is it quite successful at treating children's epilepsy. A similar clinical trial is detailed in the 2008 "Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care," performed at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. If the diet was "bad" or dangerous, scholars wouldn't have been feeding it for years to epileptic children that were prone to seizures.

In the Spring semesters at college, I was generally getting ripped for Spring Break and the Summer. I lived on ephedrine, diet coke and ketones. I also got tended to be better grades in the Spring.

Why Does Ketosis Have a Bad Wrap?

There are different types of ketosis. They always confused for each other. Even some doctors can't explain it.

Since it's it not so black-and-white, it's hard for the average person to understand or even begin to look for truth if he is told "Ketosis is bad."

Dietary ketosis (BDC, this type of ketosis) is NOT the same as diabetic ketoacidosis. Dietary ketosis is NOT the same as the ketosis that you experience in legitimate starvation. Dietary ketosis is confused for diabetic ketoacidosis by so many people, even half the doctors you speak to will tell you it "bad" and to follow a balanced diet.

Ask ANY bodybuilder that knows that all he has to do is lower his carbohydrate intake and he'll get ripped as hell. Your body CANNOT physiologically retain excess body fat if you don't eat carbohydrates and make an effort to burn calories.

Again, dietary ketosis is a "good" preferable state if you want to LOSE WEIGHT. But it a "bad" state if you are trying to get stronger, get faster, get bigger or maintain large amount of muscle mass.

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  1. Me

What are your thoughts on those raspberry keytones

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  1. Good Looking Loser    Me

lots of promise actually. I can't say for sure however. In the springtime I'll give you an answer for sure.

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  1. Stefan

Hey Good Looking Loser, love your site. I've been following Scotty's diet plan to get ripped for some time now and I have to say the results are PHENOMENAL! I did cut down on the portion sizes a bit though (I just can't eat 5 eggs in the morning,...

Hey Good Looking Loser, love your site. I've been following Scotty's diet plan to get ripped for some time now and I have to say the results are PHENOMENAL! I did cut down on the portion sizes a bit though (I just can't eat 5 eggs in the morning, or two chicken breasts, etc) simply because I don't actually want to get bigger, I actually want to lose some of my beefyness and get more ripped. So I recalculated the diet plan a bit to fit to the caloric intake I'm meant to have each day if I want to lose weight. And boy, is this working! As each week goes bye I look like a new man.
I wanted to ask though: I think this Ketosis is constantly making me nauseous. On the one hand I have zero appetite which is great since I'm able to stick to the diet with no problem and don't find myself giving in to temptations. However sometimes I just feel so grossed out and nauseuous and almost need to force myself to eat my next meal of the day. Is this alright? Will I adjust eventually? It's also such a challenge to eat eggs and chicken every day... I love eggs, and I love chicken, but doing it every day starts getting so disgusting and I have to sometimes control my gag reflex just as I'm making them! The one thing I look forward to is the fish and small salad at the end of the day. That's the one meal I enjoy lol. And the protein shakes are fine too. Are there any other alternatives besides the eggs and chicken I could eat? Or any interesting ways I could cook my chicken (sauces etc) that don't add extra carbs or 'bad' fats? I've noticed if I pepper my eggs a lot (no salt) they're bearable, and if I eat the chicken with mustard it's also more bearable. I just sometimes wish there was a little more diversity. At least the results are worth the nauseating pain... lol
Thanks again for all these resources!

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  1. Good Looking Loser    Stefan

Hey man- your trying to get ripped (lose fat) right?

Here ya go-
http://gll-getalife.com/2012/11/18/list-of-foods-to-eat-weight-loss/

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[...] state of health. However, those less informed people who promote this misinformation are confusing natural ketosis with the pathological state ketoacidosis. The latter is very different to ketosis, usually only [...]

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  1. Peter

Great article, great site.
There a few people saying that a long low or no carbs diet may cause diabetes.
Is there such a chance?

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  1. Good Looking Loser    Peter

Hey Pete- thank you.

I've never heard that, in fact- it's just opposite - sugar/high carb diet is a notorious catalyst for diabetes

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  1. Brandon    Peter

There is little to no chance of diabetes on a low-carb diet. In fact, because one is not consuming carbs and sugars (simple carbs) blood sugar levels in the body stabilizes. Insulin sensitivity can be improved on a low carb diet. However, during...

There is little to no chance of diabetes on a low-carb diet. In fact, because one is not consuming carbs and sugars (simple carbs) blood sugar levels in the body stabilizes. Insulin sensitivity can be improved on a low carb diet. However, during a ketogenic state, insulin resistance might be present to allow the brain to use the glycogen as fuel instead of muscles. This does not adversely affect stable blood sugar levels.

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  1. Christian

Hey man, I got a question

Is this diet safe to do if you already have diabetes? If I am on a sliding scale for carbs (taking the correct amount of insulin based on the amount of carbs I eat per meal) is there any risk of developing diabetic...

Hey man, I got a question

Is this diet safe to do if you already have diabetes? If I am on a sliding scale for carbs (taking the correct amount of insulin based on the amount of carbs I eat per meal) is there any risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis (not sure what this is). Also, will any of the supplements have a negative effect, like cause a blood sugar crash?

Thanks for the info!

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  1. Good Looking Loser    Christian

I'm not sure, this is something you'd have to speak to your doctor about

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  1. Alix Fortune

Chris is there a food list on Ketosis diet I can use?

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  1. Good Looking Loser    Alix Fortune

CHeck out the lists here -
http://www.gll-getalife.com/get-ripped/best-foods-to-eat

scroll to the older posts

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