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Eating 49 Net Carbs- Think I can stay in ketosis?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 29, 2012 at 1:56 AM

So, this week I've been really careful with my carb consumption and not going above 35-40 grams. I feel weird, like a dryness at the back of my throat (making me a bit sensitive to some apparent mucus back there) and some body smells have been... less than desirable? (Insert lol for awkwardness factor)

Anyway, so I'm pretty sure I'm (or I was) in ketosis even if I didn't get a ketostix or blood test done. Today was a higher carb day as I was eating with the family. This included some battered fish and .65 cup of potatoes. And some frozen berries. My overall carbs were 60 g but my net carbs were 49... do you think this is high enough to toss me out?

Thanks!

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on November 29, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Awesome to hear another person's experience. Thank you!

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on November 29, 2012
at 03:10 AM

Well, I haven't been that high on the protein. About 66 grams. Maybe my body will leave it for muscle mass.

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on November 29, 2012
at 03:10 AM

That's interesting. I had 35 of them all at once at dinner, 16 this morning, and will have 9.9 before bed. I guess I'll just have to see what I feel like tomorrow.

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:36 AM

excess protein can be converted into glucose by the liver. I suppose any protein at all *could* be converted to glucose, but a healthy body will prefer to go into keotisis and use the protein to maintain muscle mass.

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Thanks for all of that. So... what do you mean with the Protein? Does it have to be too little protein, or too much? Or does the presence of any protein at all run the risk of being converted into glucose?

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:04 AM

It's not just the carbs you eat, it's also protein. Protein is gluconeogenic and can be converted by our liver into glucose which will prevent you from going into ketosis.

The only way to know for sure is to use a blood test, the ketostix are terrible.

Everyone is different so putting a number out there is tough. Usually <50g total carbs is good. Some people have to stay below 30g to get into ketosis.

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(1097)

on November 29, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Thanks for all of that. So... what do you mean with the Protein? Does it have to be too little protein, or too much? Or does the presence of any protein at all run the risk of being converted into glucose?

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(1097)

on November 29, 2012
at 03:10 AM

Well, I haven't been that high on the protein. About 66 grams. Maybe my body will leave it for muscle mass.

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:36 AM

excess protein can be converted into glucose by the liver. I suppose any protein at all *could* be converted to glucose, but a healthy body will prefer to go into keotisis and use the protein to maintain muscle mass.

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on November 29, 2012
at 09:33 AM

In order to get into "deep" ketosis (getting a good purple on ketostix) I need to:

  1. Eat less than 25g of carb a day
  2. Keep my protein intake below about 100g
  3. Do some high-intensity exercise about 3 times a week.

Some people manage to "get purple" on 50g, but that'd blow the socks of my ketosis every time.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/128437/someone-tell-me-the-truth-about-ketosis/128486#128486

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on November 29, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Awesome to hear another person's experience. Thank you!

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on December 03, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Don't worry too much. Anything under 100 grams you'll generally hit ketosis at some point during the day. Most likely a few hours after you ate the majority of your carbs.

Think of being in ketosis as a roller coaster. Right after you eat your carbs you will be going up, or out of ketosis. But, if you don't have carbs for a bit, you will dip back down into ketosis until your next carb rich meal.

As for the dry throat, start drinking more water. The smell i can't really help you with. It's the acetone that results from being in ketosis. The smell is kind of inevitable with this diet.

Good luck!

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:57 AM

Ketosis is pretty much an all or nothing state, but it varies from person to person what the tipping point is.

All 49 grams at once is going to knock almost anyone out of Ketosis. Spread it out over an entire day and you're very likely going to be fine.

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on November 29, 2012
at 03:10 AM

That's interesting. I had 35 of them all at once at dinner, 16 this morning, and will have 9.9 before bed. I guess I'll just have to see what I feel like tomorrow.

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