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How do you know? Healthy Gut, Ketosis, Fat Burner

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I know there are many great recommendations on this site regarding healing your gut, getting into ketosis, switching to burning fat as your preferred source. But seeing as though everyone is different, are there DEFINITIVE tests or ways to KNOW you have acheived any of the above referenced states.

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:46 PM

What evidence do you have that prolonged ketosis drives up cortisol, Dr. K?

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on April 21, 2011
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I assume you could get a serum ketone test, but that seems like overkill. As long as your carb intake is lowish (<50g per day) you are probably in some degree of ketosis most of the time. Even at higher levels, you probably drop into ketosis between meals or while fasting.

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on April 21, 2011
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the longer you are in ketosis and the more glycolytic exercise you do the higher you drive your cortisol and you create a bigger problem. You either back off the exercise of eat more carbs post work out.

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actually ketostix only show that youre spilling ketones, if youre using all of them, you can still be in ketosis and not turn the stick.

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at 09:35 PM

If you're in ketosis for an extended amount of time, the body would start using most of the ketone bodies (exercise or not) instead of excreting them in the urine, right?

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Which would not be a definitive test then. This is one of the reasons I asked this question, because my Ketostix often come up negative, but I feel like I'm in ketosis more often than not.

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on April 20, 2011
at 07:46 PM

I agree with Dave. I think I'm in ketosis even though Ketostix say I'm not (or am barely).

I go largely by what's happening with my body - am I losing weight, seeing my body lift up from my waist to my shoulders and arms, etc.?

If you are going to use Ketostix, keep in mind that exercise may cause your body to burn ketones, causing them to not show up in your urine. Also, they're more likely to be there first thing in the morning than later in the day.

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:46 PM

What evidence do you have that prolonged ketosis drives up cortisol, Dr. K?

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on April 20, 2011
at 09:35 PM

If you're in ketosis for an extended amount of time, the body would start using most of the ketone bodies (exercise or not) instead of excreting them in the urine, right?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on April 21, 2011
at 03:39 AM

the longer you are in ketosis and the more glycolytic exercise you do the higher you drive your cortisol and you create a bigger problem. You either back off the exercise of eat more carbs post work out.

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on April 20, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Ketostix allow you to test for ketonuria (ketones spilling into the urine) which is positive proof of ketosis. But just because they are negative, doesn't mean you are not in ketosis.

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on April 21, 2011
at 12:43 PM

I assume you could get a serum ketone test, but that seems like overkill. As long as your carb intake is lowish (<50g per day) you are probably in some degree of ketosis most of the time. Even at higher levels, you probably drop into ketosis between meals or while fasting.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on April 20, 2011
at 08:46 PM

Which would not be a definitive test then. This is one of the reasons I asked this question, because my Ketostix often come up negative, but I feel like I'm in ketosis more often than not.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on April 20, 2011
at 10:07 PM

actually ketostix only show that youre spilling ketones, if youre using all of them, you can still be in ketosis and not turn the stick.

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