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Week long carb/alcohol binge. Only one day back on track and registering moderate on ketostix? How?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 22, 2012 at 7:27 AM

I literally ate pizza and had either wine/rum every day for almost a week. This is not normal for me but lets just say the circumstances were very abnormal. Moving on. I am back on track and its been literally just 24 hours of eating clean. I bought some ketostix for fun (curiosity) and tested myself today. Trace this morning and moderate in the late afternoon. HUH??? I did some housecleaning today but I doubt it was enough to burn through the fully topped off stores of glycogen I must have.

*I do eat coconut oil, but it is only a small part of a varied fat diet. As in I drizzle some over raspberries because its delicious. I eat low carb 50-80 ish not vlc. I find that that is a sustainable amount for me and I hate the idea of limiting my kale or other veggies.

Anyway I am very curious how this is possible.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on May 22, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Yeah, you'll gobble them up in no time on a low-carb diet. Seriously dude, don't beat yourself up, we all fall off the waggon sometimes. There are a lot worse things than beer and pizza.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on May 22, 2012
at 03:21 PM

why is it awesome? I feel like an idiot lol.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on May 22, 2012
at 03:21 PM

Thank you for this I will listen to it asap=)

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on May 22, 2012
at 03:21 PM

Ugh. So will I burn off these fatty liver deposits?

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:26 PM

This is totally awesome, just return to eating Paleo and everything will be fine.

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on May 22, 2012
at 07:52 AM

I'm not sure, but your liver was probably so busy processing all that alcohol that it buffered all those pizza carbs as fatty liver deposits instead of making glycogen. This is the reason that alcoholics get scelrosis of the liver, I think.

Again, because your liver was busy processing alcohol, it wasn't dripping glucose into your system (which is why your blood glucose drops during an alcohol binge - sometimes leading to alcohol induced hypoglycaemia), you were probably pretty glucose hungry after you'd finished, emptying your liver further.

Good work!

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on May 22, 2012
at 03:21 PM

Ugh. So will I burn off these fatty liver deposits?

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on May 22, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Yeah, you'll gobble them up in no time on a low-carb diet. Seriously dude, don't beat yourself up, we all fall off the waggon sometimes. There are a lot worse things than beer and pizza.

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on May 22, 2012
at 07:55 AM

Ketostix results can be misinterpreted. You want to be "burning" ketones, not "expelling" them. That is the ideal keto-adapted state.

This is a very good (and interesting) point made by Mark Sisson in the "ask the low carb expert" podcast. You can find the whole thing here:

http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/ask-the-low-carb-experts-episode-5-ketosis-devil-or-angel-mark-sisson/13269

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on May 22, 2012
at 03:21 PM

Thank you for this I will listen to it asap=)

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