Ketosis - what is the best way to try this?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 27, 2012 at 3:11 AM

I have been reading a lot about Ketosis/ Ketogenic Diet and how is is a good way to boost fat loss. BUT there are so many different ways to do it, for all sorts of different reasons/issues. I am looking to boost my fat loss for a couple of weeks. What is the best way to go about doing Ketosis? How long is too long to do it? How has it worked for any of you?

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on March 27, 2012
at 06:00 AM

Eric and Corbab are right, but you'll need to stick with it for at least 2 weeks for your body to fully adapt to keto. The first two or three days are probably going to be the roughest, since you're transitioning to using fats instead of glucose. What I'd suggest is that you calculate what macros you want to eat, pretty much how much protein and fat, and then make sure to eat that every day. It's actually quite easy to undereat on keto, so make sure to eat your fat.

Also, if you're doing weightlifting, or endurance exercise (or Crossfit for that matter), your performance will drop when you're keto, so keep that in mind.



on March 27, 2012
at 05:18 AM

You can try it for a few days by eating only meat and green leafy vegetables/brocolli. This should be more than enough to do it. You should also eat some fat with each meal. An egg yolk or a pat of butter or some coconut oil will do it. You can also simply eat the whole egg...



on March 27, 2012
at 04:33 AM

The most popular way of inducing ketosis I've found is simply to severely restrict carbohydrate intake. Search VLC (very low-carb) for some more specifics, but basically when your body cannot find glycogen to burn from carbohydrates, it begins manufacturing ketones to use for powering your systems.

The "sweet spot" maximum carbohydrate intake seems to be 50-70 grams/day. It is possible to live with zero carbs whatsoever, but it's only recommended to severely restrict carbs for 2-3 days at a time, at least to start.

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on March 27, 2012
at 06:56 AM

if you workout you should consider a cyclical ketogenic diet, which is just a period of time usually 5-6 days of low carb/no carb, high protein, high fat, then 1-2 days of high carb, high protein, low fat. i don't really have the energy to post why this works but there's a lot of great info on the web about this. i believe Mario Di Pasquale was one of the founding fathers for this style of eating so you might want to read his stuff if you are interested

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