Do ketogenic diets give you more or less energy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 04, 2013 at 9:24 PM

I'm wondering if I should try it, or if I should include potatoes.

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on July 05, 2013
at 05:51 AM

I agree with Dragonfly. How you define keto is important, of course. I was on a pretty strict keto plan (around 25g of carbs out of a daily 1600 cal intake), and it wiped my behind. My problem was that I lift a few times a week, and walk quite a bit.

So now I'm back on a modified keto plan (40g carbs/126 fat/90 protein). In fact, I increased my carb,s following a suggestion from Dragonfly and others, and it's made a world of difference. Not only am I not dragging about all day, my energy level, especially after one of my two meals, is through the roof.

In fact, I'm trying out boosting my carbs to about 60g on the day before I go to the gym and on the days I go. My ketostix levels are still above 15 (usually 40, in fact), so--depending on the inches and weight lost--I may continue.

Know, of course, that YMMV. But this is all about finding the food plan that works for you. Good luck.



on July 05, 2013
at 02:28 AM

Depends. If you are sedentary or gently active then yes.

If you are doing Crossfit, lots of heavy lifting or are an athlete, then maybe it's not the best choice.

It can take 6 weeks to 6 months for full keto-adaptation. Most folk need to be fully adapted to feel the energy boost.

I only needed 3 weeks, but I was already pretty low carb before I went keto.

If you do decide to go keto, then read these links:



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