I was in Ketosis for bit of time, then I dropped out of it for maybe 3 days while having a few drinks and about 3 bites of candy. What I mean by few drinks is one Baileys and milk a day over a three day period, making 3 drinks in whole and 3 bites of candy. It knocked me out of ketosis.
Now here's the part I wonder about. Today and yesterday I have been working towards getting back into ketosis. Yesterday I felt sick to my stomach from the fat and threw-up and today I feel depressed, tired, angry, and stressed/anxiety.
What is making me react like this? It never happened before. Please hack!
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on August 05, 2011
at 03:39 PM
I think it's probable that dipping in and out of (deep) ketosis is suboptimal. Stephan Phinney, whose research focuses on ketogenic diets, says adaptation to deep ketosis can take three weeks or longer:
The most obvious of these is the time allotted (or not) for keto-adaptation. In this context, the prescient observation of Schwatka (that adaptation to "a diet of reindeer meat" takes 2???3 weeks) says it all. None of the comparative low-carbohydrate versus high-carbohydrate studies done in support of the carbohydrate loading hypothesis sustained the low carbohydrate diet for more than 2 weeks , and most (including the classic report of Christensen and Hansen ) maintained their low-carbohydrate diets for 7 days or less.
There are to date no studies that carefully examine the optimum length of this keto-adapataion period, but it is clearly longer than one week and likely well advanced within 3???4 weeks. The process does not appear to happen any faster in highly trained athletes than in overweight or untrained individuals. This adaptation process also appears to require consistent adherence to carbohydrate restriction, as people who intermittently consume carbohydrates while attempting a ketogenic diet report subjectively reduced exercise tolerance.
He and his co-author Volek offer a little more detail regarding why that might be in their new book, The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living:
Within a few days of starting on carbohydrate restriction, most people begin excreting ketones in their urine. This occurs before serum [blood] ketones have risen to their stable adapted level because un-adapted renal tubules actively secrete beta-hyroxybutyrate and acetoacetate [two forms of ketones] into the urine. This is the same pathway that clears other organic acids like uric acid, vitamin C, and penicillin from the serum.
Meanwhile the body is undergoing a complex set of adaptations in ketone metabolism. Beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate are made in the liver in about equal proportions, and both are initially promptly oxidized by muscle. But over a matter of weeks, the muscles stop using these ketones for fuel. Instead, muscle cells take up acetoacetate, reduce it to beta-hydroxybutyrate, and return it back into the circulation. Thus after a few weeks, the major form in the circulation is beta-hydroxybutryate, which also happens to be the ketone preferred by the brain cells (as an aside, the strips that test for ketones in the urine detect the presence of acetoacetate, not beta-hydroxybutyrate).
Even though most people are slightly ketotic while they sleep, deep ketosis clearly sets off a cascade of fairly major changes in the body's fuel supply flowchart. I'm not sure why it hasn't happened to you before, but my hunch is that if you're going to do VLC, you should do it pretty consistently.
on August 05, 2011
at 04:17 PM
I usually just fast for at least a day when I want to recover from coming out of keto. Usually for me all the food I would eat just isn't as appealing as before, and I don't really feel that hungry, although this is the day after drinking beer/eating some carbs. By the next day my appetite has usually returned, and I'm back enjoying my high-fat meals.
on May 17, 2014
at 01:57 AM
It's possible that your liver is weak, not being able to deal with the fat and maybe it has to deal with some toxins so it's overloaded. I strongly recommend turmeric tea for this. It has helped me a lot. Try not to eat much fat for a couple of days, but keep your protein moderate and low carb (that means a low calorie diet for few days), drink turmeric tea (a big mug) at least 3 times a day (first thing in the morning). I hope this helps.
on May 16, 2014
at 08:44 PM
Well this is not much of an answer except that I am experiencing something similar. I have been in ketosis for about 2 weeks or so. Mother's Day came and I ate a little of this and that. I have not attempted to get back into ketosis since then (about 4-5 days) The last 2 days I have been sick with nausea, headaches, irritability. I believe my body wants to go back to the ketosis mode. I had a lot of energy and clarity while I was there. So, I'm going back.