Low carb - insulin resistance and ketosis

Answered on November 20, 2013
Created November 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

This morgning I was talking to a friend who do LCHF. I do low carb paleo since I discovered that I feel sooo much better on low carb (have pcos). I begun to track everything I eat since I have PCOS (and is insulin resistant due to it) and have to make sure not to miss out on any nutritients. Thing is she's in ketosis all the time eating around 50gr of carb a day. Sometimes more. I'm between 15-20 and not in ketosis. Is that perhaps due to my condititon? Not getting to ketosis is not a problem for me I'm just curious why it's such a difference. Maybe should add that I'm a way more active person than she is.

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on November 20, 2013
at 04:04 PM

Too much protein can easily inhibit ketosis. If you want to be safely in ketosis aim for a ratio of 3:1 or better yet 4:1 ratio of fat calories to carb+protein calories (about 75% to 80% calories from fat). I find that if I exceed 100g of protein, I can get kicked out of ketosis. Remember that protein, in excess, can be converted into glucose via gluconeogenesis, which ultimately has the same effect as eating too many carbs. If you find yourself eating two steaks a day, or multiple large servings of protein, this could be a problem. Check out this useful calculator to get an idea of how much fat/carb/protein you might need: http://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/ And one more thing, don't be afraid of fat. I know people are afraid of it and they think a spoonful or two is enough, but this is not the case. Eat a lot of fat, at least a lot relative to everything else you are eating. Otherwise you will feel like crap and I guarantee it. This is the reason why people flat out fail at it, fear of fat from years of indoctrination and bias against it.


on November 20, 2013
at 12:51 PM

Everyone is different. I won't be in 'strong' ketosis as long as I eat 20 grams of carbs in my breakfast. My father also went paleo and feels terrible if he eats less than 60 grams. There's not a concrete answer to the question - it differs depending on the person.

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