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Do you need more carbs at lower body fat %?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2013 at 9:16 AM

I was reading this article (probably not the best source for information), but it mentioned that towards the low end of the spectrum that carbs would be beneficial.

I've had some difficulty with maintaining keto, as I get a little hypoglycemic feeling and tend to need to bring my carbs up to around 50g (or maybe I just need to eat more frequently.)

Is this due to being in the sub 10% zone, or from me not giving my body adequate time to adjust?

Instinctively, I've just been staying right above keto, and adding more meals. (There's probably no need for me to go keto, but I'm curious the relationship it has with low body fat.)

I can feel good for a week or so on very low amounts of carbs, but I crash hard between meals and get a little bit of the chills and other symptoms, then bring myself out of it with some starches / fruit. I sort of dialed my carbs down slowly over a couple months, never completely keto-adapted (just wasn't getting there or feeling it), then brought myself back up just above it.

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on July 30, 2013
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Hmm, interesting. Lately, I've been doing 3 meals a day with more starches and everything seems to be working great. Perhaps I hit it too hard going from my previous care-free diet to strict zero carb, to <50 carb. Right now I'm at around 100-150g/d and feeling good. I hear a lot about how keto helps you switch to energy from stored-fat -- what if you don't have much stored fat?

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on June 15, 2013
at 07:41 AM

Blood work came back after I got really sick. Turns out, I've been fighting a particularly nasty staph infection which got into my bloodstream. At the peak, I was eating like 5 meals a day with extreme hypoglycemic symptoms amongst other symptoms. I'm wondering if my body was trying to get more energy from food to fight the battle.

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on May 29, 2013
at 09:28 AM

In a few weeks I'm going to get some blood work done (just basics / thyroid) and see how everything is looking.

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on July 30, 2013
at 09:29 AM

Sounds like you're not fat adapted and your still a sugar burner. You shouldn't be crashing between meals...that's the best thing about being paleo, it really stabilises your blood sugar. I used to crash and almost shut down every day 2 hours after lunch. Now I am consistent throughout the day. Become fat adapted first, then worry about ketosis.

Sisson's posts:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fat-adapted/#axzz2aR3lnFrX

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fat-adapted-part-2-qa/#axzz2aR3lnFrX

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on July 30, 2013
at 11:33 PM

Hmm, interesting. Lately, I've been doing 3 meals a day with more starches and everything seems to be working great. Perhaps I hit it too hard going from my previous care-free diet to strict zero carb, to <50 carb. Right now I'm at around 100-150g/d and feeling good. I hear a lot about how keto helps you switch to energy from stored-fat -- what if you don't have much stored fat?

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