Why am I in ketosis while eating fruit and non leafy veg?

Answered on June 04, 2014
Created June 03, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Today I had coffee and coconut oil for breakfast , a can of tuna for a snack.

a mixed berry smoothie after my workout.

I then had chicken, garlic and pepper dish slow cooked with coconut oil in a slow cooker and seasoned with herbs and spices.

I am just about to have a snack of tuna and strawberries and before i ate it I thught i would use some ketosis strips my brother is using. I was deep into ketosis despite the fruit and couple peppers I ate recently (few hours ago)

Is this normal?

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on June 04, 2014
at 07:07 AM

Coconut oil is 60% medium chain triglycerides, which metabolize into ketone bodies (even with sugar on top.) If you're starting the day in ketosis, then consume your breakfast calories as a fat source which readily metabolizes into ketone bodies, combined with a diuretic stimulant, then exercise, which produces more ketone bodies as fat is burned with some light dehydration, followed by a meal that is lacking carbohydrates consumed with more medium chain triglycerides, then you eat low glycemic fruit like strawberries, I would say it's very normal to turn a ketone stick purple. The less water you're peeing out and the less your body is able to make use of the metabolites, the darker the shade will be.

Ideally, you want to test serum levels of glucose and BHB and not the randomly diluted excess AcAc in your urine if you want to measure your true depth into it.


on June 04, 2014
at 01:51 AM

That's not a lot calories. Ketosis is a starvation mechanism meant to preserve body fat so you live longer when access to food is limited. It happens not just when you reduce carbs, but also when calories are extremely low. Given he combination of not a lot of carbs, not a lot calories, and exercise, it's not surprising your body would enter into ketosis- it thinks there's a famine.



on June 04, 2014
at 01:01 AM

Urine strips are not very reliable indicators of ketosis. It depends on multiple factors, not just diet, but also whether or not you're well hydrated.

However, you probably are in ketosis. None of the foods you mentioned is very high in carbs. With adequate intake of protein and a good amount of fat, I find I can remain in ketosis even if I have more carbs than I thought I could. I'm even eating some cooked and cooled rice and potatoes and remaining in ketosis.

I've been low carb for 3 years, I'm very "fat adapted". My carb tolerance is better than I thought these past three years.

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