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Ketosis, is it harmful?

Answered on November 09, 2014
Created April 02, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Hi, just a few questions. I've been paleo for 60 days now and have cut my carbs down to 20 to 25 g.. I've been in ketosis now for 6 days. I feel wonderful.. almost too wonderful! I have fibromyalgia and started this lifestyle change to help control my pain, and it has.. I've read about adjustment stages during the transition period and I'm wondering if being wired is also a part of this transition. Plus, just a general, this is too good to be true feeling, has me concerned I'm messing with my brain and the way it functions plus my whole body.. I've read and read.. everything points ketosis being a safe state for my body to be in, just want to reassure myself.. this is normal and okay.. Thanks for any replies..

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on April 03, 2013
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Good to confirm,thanks.

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Lol, that's just what I don't want... I feel so much better! Haven't felt this good in years! Messing up isn't an option, I want to keep moving forward.. I can see it's going to take some tweaking to figure out where I feel the best. I've always felt best with short fasts but never kept track of carb levels or even knew about ketoses. Putting this all together is something I needed to do to manage my health.. thanks for the reply, you've helped answer my concerns..

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I do feel Great! Finding a support system to ask questions is most helpful. Thanks for the reply!

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Great info! Thanks, knowledge is empowerment in healthier choices!

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at 02:13 PM

No, ketosis is not harmful. Neither is glycolysis.

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You are always producing ketone bodies to a certain level, ketosis is not an abnormal situation but part of normal metabolic function. Whether maintaining ketosis full-time is most beneficial is debated (and unknown), but many epileptic children have been on a ketogenic diet for many years without problems. I believe we are yet to know whether maintaining ketosis for very long periods of time produces any issues.

A great blog can be found here: http://www.ketotic.org, and I am currently finishing Lyle McDonald's 'The Ketogenic Diet' book.

"The truth, of course lies somewhere in the middle. While low-carbohydrate diets aren't for everyone and have their pros and cons, the research is clear: they have major benefits under certain circumstances and can be as healthy (and sometimes healthier) than 'standard' carbohydrate based dieting." Lyle McDonald. http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/the-ketogenic-diet

"Some individuals may choose to remain on some form of a ketogenic (or low carbohydrate) diet indefinitely while others will not. For those who remain on a ketogenic diet, there are fewer issues involved in moving from fat loss maintenance. Either calories can be increased (in the form of dietary fat or carbohydrate) or activity levels can be decreased until fat loss stops. Since the long term health implications of ketogenic diets are not known, this book cannot recommend that a ketogenic diet be sustained indefinitely." Lyle McDonald. The Ketogenic Diet. http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/the-ketogenic-diet

"What is Ketosis? Ketosis is the end result of a shift in the insulin/glucagon ratio and indicates an overall shift from a glucose based metabolism to a fat based metabolism. Ketosis occurs in a number of physiological states including fasting (called starvation ketosis), the consumption of a high fat diet (called dietary ketosis), and immediately after exercise (called post-exercise ketosis). Two pathological and potentially fatal metabolic states during which ketosis occurs are diabetic ketoacidosis and alcoholic ketoacidosis. The major difference between starvation, dietary and diabetic/alcoholic ketoacidosis is in the level of ketone concentrations seen in the blood. Starvation and dietary ketosis will normally not progress to dangerous levels, due to various feedback loops which are present in the body. Diabetic and alcoholic ketoacidosis are both potentially fatal conditions. All ketotic states ultimately occur for the same reasons. The first is a reduction of the hormone insulin and an increase in the hormone glucagon both of which are dependent on the depletion of liver glycogen. The second is an increase in FFA availability to the liver, either from dietary fat or the release of stored bodyfat." Lyle McDonald. The Ketogenic Diet. http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/the-ketogenic-diet

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Great info! Thanks, knowledge is empowerment in healthier choices!

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on April 02, 2013
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I feel great in ketosis. Ignore the low carb haters if it works for you.

If you decide to do sprints or some other anaerobic exercise you'll probably need a few carbs before and during the workout. 8 grams before and 16 grams during gets me through weight lifting.

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I do feel Great! Finding a support system to ask questions is most helpful. Thanks for the reply!

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on April 02, 2013
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I do much better in ketosis. I'm high energy, I have a positive mood and I'm strong. Then I go and mess it up by eating!

Kidding aside, I feel my best when I haven't eaten solid food in at least 6-8 hours. I usually eat a meal at mid-day. The next morning I feel fabulous. I'm not truly fasting in the mornings, as I add cream and a little honey to my coffee, but I have no urge to eat solid food until late morning. If I'm busy, waiting until late afternoon is no issue.

Honestly, if you aren't comfortable in ketosis you need to graze constantly and your poor body is carrying the double load of handling what you just ate and supplying your energy needs.

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on April 02, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Lol, that's just what I don't want... I feel so much better! Haven't felt this good in years! Messing up isn't an option, I want to keep moving forward.. I can see it's going to take some tweaking to figure out where I feel the best. I've always felt best with short fasts but never kept track of carb levels or even knew about ketoses. Putting this all together is something I needed to do to manage my health.. thanks for the reply, you've helped answer my concerns..

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on November 09, 2014
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I have Fibro and can't stand the pain and fatigue increase when starting Paleo. I'm never convinced it will ultimately help those two symptoms of Fibro even after getting over the detox/withdrawal period. Does the pain/fatigue ever improve? Any insight?

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