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Created January 28, 2011 at 6:03 PM

I have been in ketosis for three days now, in the low-medium range according to the stix (mostly low). It feels like a low-grade LC flu, but not terrible (except it feels like the tank is empty when I workout). I am eating below 50 g of carb everyday, but just below. My carbs are mostly leafy vegetables, 1/4 of wild bluberries, and some in unsweetened almond milk.

My question(s): Mark Sisson says that one should remain in ketosis for "a couple of days," but I have seen people here recommend staying in until I reach my fat loss goals. Is there a reason to NOT stay in it? Also, will workouts get better as my body learns to use fat/ketones for energy? As I do come out and push my carbs up into the 50-100 range, should it be in the form of more veggies? Some fruit? Anything else, or just vggies and/or fruit as I add back (when I finally decide to do that).

That seems like all the questions I have for now, but Im sure I'll think of others as soon as I submit this. :)

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on January 28, 2011
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I meant 1/4 cup of bluberries, daily.

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on January 28, 2011
at 06:13 PM

Mark Sisson says that one should remain in ketosis for "a couple of days," but I have seen people here recommend staying in until I reach my fat loss goals. Is there a reason to NOT stay in it?

I have not seen any real reason to not stay in ketosis, though if you are having a hard time staying that low carb, then carb cycling is also an option. Once you have been in ketosis, it is my understanding, that it is easier to get right back into it when you re-lower the carbs. I don't think being in ketosis is necessary for fat loss either though it can help speed the process along in some people.

Also, will workouts get better as my body learns to use fat/ketones for energy?

Yes, they should! Keep plugging away.

As I do come out and push my carbs up into the 50-100 range, should it be in the form of more veggies? Some fruit? Anything else, or just vggies and/or fruit as I add back (when I finally decide to do that).

This is entirely up to you and what you want to eat and how it affects your body. Veggies and fruits and possibly dairy should be your carb sources. I personally don't lose weight if I eat a lot of fruit. One serving a day or every other day should be a nice change of pace from all the veggies.

Good luck!

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on January 30, 2011
at 03:45 PM

A few points:

  • You don't have to be in ketosis to loose weight, but it can speed things up.
  • Ketosis is a normal and often desirable metabolic state and you can stay in it as long as you want. There is some debate as to the viability of long-term ketosis, but we're talking many months and years here, not weeks.
  • When you decide to add more carbs, starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes or yams might be a better idea than fruits because of the fructose content of fruits. Of course having fruits here and there is perfectly healthy. Most vegetables in the leafy greens category are not good sources of calories or carbs as you would have to eat a ton of them. Eat them, but don't try to up your carb content with them.

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on January 28, 2011
at 07:23 PM

Just remember that once you become fully fat adapted your Keto sticks will be useless as you will not be pissing out the ketones in your unrine any more as they will be your primary fuel source.

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