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will losing weight on a ketonic diet be easier to keep off than on a non ketonic low carb diet?

Commented on September 20, 2013
Created September 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Will my body fat set point be restet on either of these diets? Keeping the weight off long term is my major problem.

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not really. I was able to stay in ketosis while upping my carbs to 80g. But around 60-70g was where I could maintain deep ketosis levels without much fluctuation. Ketosis is not all about carbs.

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+1 to this, most important thing long term is consistency. note that "diet" may not be an appropriate way of thinking about it.... this is how your going to live, if you cant live on the food you eat long term you need a new "diet".

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Lost weight is lost weight. If you switch off a ketogenic diet you will gain weight immediately (~5 lbs) but that is primarily intramuscualr fluids and glycogen -- NOT FAT.

The real question is why did you have extra weight. If you have insulin resistance issues that are not corrected by the weight loss, then you will gain the weight back for that reason.

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on September 20, 2013
at 05:16 PM

I've found it MUCH easier to keep my weight low on a ketogenic diet. BUT. I have high blood sugar and am following a ketogenic diet to keep myself from becoming diabetic. So my motivation is high. I doubt that the average person would reduce their carbs to 20-30 g a day if they didn't have to.

Having said that, it is hard to keep weight down regardless. Deciding to eat healthier, unprocessed foods because they are better for you will limit what you eat. But it's certainly possible to eat a lot of these and be overweight. So this is not THE answer.

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on September 20, 2013
at 12:26 PM

No it will not.

Keeping your body in a ketogenic state requires effort - there are carbs everywhere (even in vegetables) so constant vigilance is required. Obviously on the long term, that's something that will be harder and harder to adhere to.

So, if you want to go for the long term, pick up a food list that you know you will enjoy years from now, and is not too restrictive.

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on September 20, 2013
at 01:49 PM

+1 to this, most important thing long term is consistency. note that "diet" may not be an appropriate way of thinking about it.... this is how your going to live, if you cant live on the food you eat long term you need a new "diet".

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 20, 2013
at 07:18 PM

not really. I was able to stay in ketosis while upping my carbs to 80g. But around 60-70g was where I could maintain deep ketosis levels without much fluctuation. Ketosis is not all about carbs.

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