I had finally crossed over to the other side and made the transition from carb burner to fat burner. It took me 2 months to get keto adapted because I had several stumbles along the way but once I got there it was glorious! Energy, appetite control and an overall feeling of accomplishment and reward. I don't know what happened but somewhere along the way I got too comfortable and thought I could play around with cheat days and lose focus from time to time. Soon enough the carb cravings took over and I was done for. I completely gave up and ate crap for about a month and a half and gained all my weight back. So, now I'm back at this with valuable lesson learned. My question is this; If I've already been fully keto adapted before does it take as long to get it back? I'm in it for the long haul this time no matter what. I'm just curious if anyone has had to start over before and if it was any easier becoming keto adapted having been there before.
asked byHillary_1 (80)
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on June 12, 2012
at 07:40 PM
I switch back and forth from a very low carb ketogenic diet to a high carb diet every other day between weight lifting sessions. On days I go to the gym, I load up on starchy carbs and attack the weights like a mad beast. On rest days, I barely eat 50g of carbs and focus on grass-fed meats and healthy fats likes omega 3s, coconut oil, and olive oil. I never have cravings for carbs on rest days because my mind is focused and sharp and my body is trained to use either fat or sugar equally well.
The first time I went on a ketogenic diet, it took 2 weeks to adjust, But now I can turn the fat burning on and off on a day to day basis.
on June 14, 2012
at 06:50 PM
Ketosis is not what I'm referring to. Sorry for any confusion in my question. What I'm asking about is Keto-adaptation which takes about 4 weeks on average for the typical person in ketosis to get to. I'm just curious if it takes less time if you have already been keto-adapted previously to become keto-adapted once again. Not simply in ketosis which is just a few days. Thanks again :)
on June 13, 2012
at 02:41 AM
The time to get back into ketosis can vary. If I eat a lot of carbs for one meal, it usually takes me about 24 hours of eating very low carb to get back into ketosis. Being active will speed up the process. When you consume more carbs than you can use for immediate energy, your body stores them as glycogen in your liver and muscles. Once this stored glycogen is depleted (used for energy), your body will start burning fat again and you'll go back into ketosis.