How to start ketosis?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 30, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Hey there! So I'm an on-and-off-paleo for a while now, but I'd like to lose some weigh (well, 40 pounds actually) and I'd like to do it with ketosis. How do I start? Which food, how long, and what can I expect? And, the most important: How can I not go back to my old weight? I have a friend who lost 60 pounds in a month (!, it's true, I've seen her) on ketosis but gained everything back as soon as she ate carbohydrates again. Any help?

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on June 30, 2013
at 02:20 AM

Basically ketosis is a state your body goes through where it is burning off more fat for energy. Most do this by very low to no carbohydrate intake each day, instead focusing in on a perfected amount of calories coming from a Fat/Protein/Carb daily ratio. There is an overwhelming amount of information about keto diets here on this site and all across the internet, I suggest you do a search and start researching for yourself, then deciding what is best for you through trial and error.

Your friend probably did a type of keto diet referred to as PSMF (Protein Sparred Modified Fast) where you cut out most fat as well, and eat mostly hight protein meat and leafy vegetables. Some say this can be hard to adhere to depending on your willpower, dangerous, and easy to quit and put the weight back on very quickly.

It would be recommended to do a healthy keto diet that makes you feel good, then switching to paleo when you hit your target weight. You can remain paleo in a keto diet as well. If you do decide to go PSMF then I would suggest refeeds once a week, and switching back to paleo only after you hit your target weight.

You can lose the same amount of weight with pure paleo, it just may take a little longer and you will have to figure out a few things that do and don't work for you specifically.


on June 30, 2013
at 04:36 AM

As with all major dietary changes I recommend getting your lipids and broader blood markers checked beforehand so you can easily see the impact and what does/doesn't work for you.

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