Going out of ketosis

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  1. Sarah_P

    Sarah_P Happy to be slim at last

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    As most of you know, I am doing a VLCD with a low carb evening meal. This is one of the Exante plans and is supposed to keep me in ketotis. I am finding though that I am going out of it. Do any of you know if this is quite common?

    My daily calorie intake is around 800, so that should be low enough to keep me in ketosis shouldn't it?

    The carbs in the VLCD products vary. Shakes and soups are quite low, but bars are quite high.

    Do you think it's the combination of too many carbs knocking me out, even thought my calorie intake is still low?

    I have been drinking tons of water today and peeing a lot. Could it be that?

    Sorry for all the questions. I am just a bit confused as to whether it's an issue or not or if I just shouldn't worry about it. :confused:
     
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    How do you know you are going out of it?

    Ketosis has nothing to do with calories. More to do with carbs.
    Well, that will depend on how high and how carb sensitive you are.

    Doesn't have anything to do with it, but it does give me a clue as to why you may think you are in and out of ketosis. Are you using the stix to test? If so, ignore them ;)
     
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    Thanks for the reply. Yes am using a stick to test.

    I read that VLCDs put you into ketosis due to lack of energy (kcals) going in and therefore you burn fat due to very low intake. And that low carb diets put you in by using protein first and then burning fat when that's all gone. Will try to find the post that I read it on.

    OK, will ignore the stixs and just get on with the programme and work on the basis that it's designed to work and see how it goes.

    Think I might lay off the bars for a few days though also.

    Thanks
     
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    If you have drank a larger amount of water than normal then the ketones in your wee will be diluted so the ketostix wont how as many of them as they normally would.
    You are right about how ketosis works for VLCD and Low Carb.
    How many carbs are in the shakes, soups and bars? I did W8 for a while and just with shakes/soups this was around 50g carbs a day. This is around about the limit for carbs for staying in ketosis I think.

     
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    Well, it's sort of like that, but not because it's a VLCD. You can be in ketosis on much higher calories. Ketosis your body is drawing on your fat stores for energy instead of carbs.

    The fact that it's a VLCD just means the weight will come off quicker because you are on a low calorie intake. Nothing really to do with ketosis.

    Having said that, it would be hard to do a VLCD without being in ketosis (and possibly unsafe), as ketosis helps the hunger pangs and the protein levels help reduce the amount of lean mass burned.
     
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    Thanks Rach. The carb contents are:
    Shake 3.45
    Soup 9.1
    Bar 18

    So with the three for the day I am just over 30g. Then I have protein and lower carb veg. I am probably up to 50g per day.
     
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    Just for interests sake, 50g is often the amount low carbers will treat as a magic number but it really varies from person to person.

    To be sure you don't go into ketosis, you need to have a minimum of 100-120g of carbs :)
     
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    I dont know about higher carb levels, perhaps Jim would know more as he is on maintenance.
    I try not to have more than 20 or 30g of carbs a day and am getting on fine at that level.
     
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    Ok thanks guys. I think I will swap a bar for a shake for a few days and see how I get on with that.
     
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    When is your weigh in day? Are you still having ok losses at the moment? If so I wouldnt worry too much. If your losses stall then look at maybe not having so many bars or at possibly what you are having for your meal. xx
     
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    That's your magic number then :)

    I usually have many more as I feel crap in ketosis, so try to avoid it :D

    I know people who are in ketosis on 80-90g of carbs, but we all vary.
     
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    I agree.

    If you are just checking ketosis by the stix, then remember that they aren't accurate.

    Ketosis happens in the blood and only shows on the stix if there is an overflow in the urine.

    I never tested positive on the stix for the 9 months I was in ketosis.
     
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    WI day is Monday. I lost 2lbs last week which is ok considering I had transitioned to AAM.

    I was thinking about it and my net carbs can't be 50, as I am only having veg like cauli, brocilli, mange tout, salad leaves, cucumber etc. Maybe a couple of cup fulls in total.

    I will ignore the stix then and just go by losing weight and see how the next few weeks go.

    Thanks again both of you for your help.
     
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    Good idea :clap: So many things can change the reading on the stix. In fact, in some circumstances it can give you a positive even if you aren't in ketosis.

    Besides, you should only use them in the morning when you first wake up, so any use during the day is very iffy.

    Oh, and people often drop out of ketosis straight after eating...so again, a pointless exercise testing then

    Anyway, best of luck for your next WI.
     
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    Good idea :clap: So many things can change the reading on the stix. In fact, in some circumstances it can give you a positive even if you aren't in ketosis.

    Besides, you should only use them in the morning when you first wake up, so any use during the day is very iffy.

    Oh, and people often drop out of ketosis straight after eating...so again, a pointless exercise testing then

    Anyway, best of luck for your next WI, but whether you are in ketosis or not, wont make any difference to how much you lose. That's all to do with calories.
     
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    It's all making sense now. Thanks

    Out of interest KD, how much do your 810 clients lose on average a month? Mine is a very similar plan and it's said that monthly average loss is 10lbs.

    Rach, did you find that you are still losing around the same by low carbing versus what you lost on W8?
     
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    Yes, it will be about that...depends on how much they need to lose.

    810 is 810 so doesn't really matter which diet it is. The only difference is where the weight is coming off. In a protein sparing diet (like CD..and I assume W8) a higher percentage will be from fat rather than lean mass :clap:
     
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