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Scary 1st time ketosis. help!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 10, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Hey guys. I ate a large meal 2 nights ago, then fasted for 24 hours for the first time. After 24 hours, I was hungry and had a small meal (no carbs). But now on day 2, I am drinking a lot of water, but have no desire for food at all.

Literally, I feel like I could fast for 40 days. I have absolutely no appetite and it's scaring me.

Should I continue like this, or ease myself out of ketosis? If so, how would I do this given I have NO appetite?

Just eat some carbs?

Thanks a lot.

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on February 11, 2012
at 08:14 AM

It is always OK to end a fast. You can start a new one soon enough. If you ever panic or have doubts go ahead and break the fast.

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on February 11, 2012
at 05:04 AM

Woah. Harsh, but probably on the money.

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on February 10, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Yep. It's "intermittent fasting", not long term famine. You've done good. Your body started adapting to using ketones for fuel instead of digested sugar. You've reaped the bennefits, you're re-programing to become a fat burner; to prolong the fast now is just punnishment. Now do it again same time next week.

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on February 10, 2012
at 03:53 PM

Yes, I found it very liberating. Eating is just another choice now and hunger is just another sensation rather than a directive.

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on February 10, 2012
at 03:29 PM

Funny. It is like you just said, "But Man, being in control is scary."

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on February 10, 2012
at 01:59 PM

You don't have diabetes, do you?

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on February 10, 2012
at 07:48 AM

Hi,

loss of appetite is completely normal. Just make sure to get enough fat and moderate protein, otherwise you would be starving yourself. Actually it's a good sign b/c ketosis is starting to work, and your body is going to adapt. This will usually take 3-4 weeks. Again, enough fat is important. Just keep in mind: 100g fat = 900kcal. And moderate protein, in order for your body to produce enough glucose via gluconeogenesis.

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on February 10, 2012
at 07:46 AM

I would start eating again. 24 hours is enough for a first time fast. You don't have to be hungry to eat.

Bd496c213379272a040e2bdd8f8f66bc

(23)

on February 10, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Yep. It's "intermittent fasting", not long term famine. You've done good. Your body started adapting to using ketones for fuel instead of digested sugar. You've reaped the bennefits, you're re-programing to become a fat burner; to prolong the fast now is just punnishment. Now do it again same time next week.

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:32 AM

You are scared because you aren't hungry? Are you afraid of your shadow, too? Does thunder frighten the hell out of you or what???

Seriously. Fasting and ketosis should probably be lower on your list of priorities, and proper mental health treatment should probably jump up to the top...

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on February 11, 2012
at 05:04 AM

Woah. Harsh, but probably on the money.

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on February 10, 2012
at 02:29 PM

It may have felt strange, but I think that's kinda the point. That's how we should feel. Our stomach's shouldn't be active 24/7. You would have got hungry eventually though, and eating anything would likely reawaken your appetite. Being able to survive without food being available constantly is a good thing though.

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on February 10, 2012
at 03:53 PM

Yes, I found it very liberating. Eating is just another choice now and hunger is just another sensation rather than a directive.

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on February 10, 2012
at 07:47 AM

No to low appetite is normal going into ketosis. Whether to stay in it or not depends on your goals. We can't answer that based on what you posted. But yes, eat carbs and it'll knock you back out of ketosis. Bottle or two of gatoraide, cup of rice, etc. multiple ways.

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on February 10, 2012
at 09:03 AM

Just ate around 100g of carbs. Feeling immensely better within 45 minutes to 1 hour of that.

I am pretty sure it is the carbs, and not just food in general.

But man, ketosis is scary. Having a ravenous appetite usually...to then thinking I could subsist on less than a meal a day. Feeling more like myself now, thankfully. :) My stomach is feeling more sensitive and alive.

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on February 10, 2012
at 03:29 PM

Funny. It is like you just said, "But Man, being in control is scary."

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460aa8ab36e71c083546cfc59f0d7f26

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on February 10, 2012
at 08:05 AM

Thanks a lot guys, much appreciated. I am not the healthiest individual, and when I make any diet change, the positive changes seem to come on quite fast. It seems ketosis symptoms definitely began after 24 hours of fasting. It is quite shocking for me, as I usually have a huge appetite. It is definitely not normal for me or my body. So, I am eating some carbs now and will hopefully lift out of it.

Merci

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