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Ketogenic Diets

By July 29, 2013

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high-fatThese days I'm getting more questions about ketogenic diets. Although ketogenic diets are always low in carbs, the reverse is not true -- a low-carb diet is not necessarily ketogenic. We could call a ketogenic diet a very low-carb, adequate protein, high-fat diet. Additionally, some people are refining things even more and testing the level of ketones in their blood, aiming for so-called "nutritional ketosis". Some people have been having success in breaking stalls in weight loss and finding other benefits by doing this. To answer some of the questions, I'm putting together information about ketones and ketogenic diets. So far I have: If you are intrigued with learning more about the benefits of ketogenic diets, you must check out this fascinating interview with researcher Dr. Nannette Yount on Jimmy Moore's Ask the Low-Carb Experts podcast. She explains the benefits researchers are learning about ketogenic diets, and also how it has helped her own brain function better! She and Jimmy also go into a lot of the ins and outs of getting into nutritional ketosis.

Have you tried this approach to low-carb eating? Tell us about it in the comments section, or in our Low Carb Forum.

P.S. On July 30, I also added this definition of Nutritional Ketosis to the Glossary.

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July 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm
(1) Angela Ursery says:

I’ve been following a (mostly) keto plan for the last three months and highly recommend it. For a while I was eating 20-25g carbs/126g fat/90g protein, but was getting really tired all the time. I then increased the fat, but eventually had to boost the carbs because I am pretty physically active. I’m now eating 40g of carbs on my non-lifting days (60-70 on lifting days) and averaging around 115-120g fat daily.
One of my only challenges is that I am not hungry very often, and sometimes (particularly on non-lifting days) have to force (almost) to eat. That’s quite the switch!
Thanks for posting this info. I’ve been following you for a while, and consider you one of my “go to” sources for excellent low-carb info.

July 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm
(2) Peggy Holloway says:

I have been low carbing for almost 14 years with excellent results. As I get older, I find I do better the lower the carbs and the higher the fat. After reading both of the Phinney/Volek books, I became convinced that a ketogenic diet was optimal for me. My retired-physician partner is also “sold” on the idea of using a ketogenic lifestyle for optimal physical performance. I have found being in nutritional ketosis to be somewhat miraculous. I won’t belabor the story, but my favorite aspects are 1. The ability to go for long stretches without eating and not feeling hungry, low in energy, or “out of sorts.” (I discovered I was also unknowingly doing IF – intermittent fasting, which, according to Wolverine himself in his Letterman show interview , is the hottest new thing). 2. As a long distance cyclist, I love getting what I call my “ketone kick.” At about 15 to 20 miles, I get a surge of energy that I imagine is what happens when I am completely off glycogen burning and totally into fat-burning mode. It’s the opposite of “hitting the wall.” I have biked as much as 75 miles without eating anything, just drinking water.
P.S. I am a 60-year-old female with a major family history of obesity, Type II Diabetes and all the other conditions of insulin-resistance/metabolic syndrome. My biking partner is 71 and can ride rings around guys half his age. I call us the “keto-geezer-biking-phenoms.”

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