is ketosis dangerous?

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  1. nomoremuffintop

    nomoremuffintop Gold Member

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    im sick of people telling me that im harming my body and ill put all my weight back on within 6 months blah blah so i was just browsing the net and thought id google the question "Is Ketosis Dangerous?"
    i thought this article i found might help me for when im at goal and want to maintain my weight, any one want to add anything?

    Ketosis has earned a bad name, though. For one thing, your body enters a ketogenic state when it starts starving itself. Ketogenesis doesn’t destroy muscle tissue, but is rather the process by which stored fat is turned into ketones — a perfectly usable energy source for every major body system. Others object to ketosis because it gets confused with ketoacidosis, a dangerous state in which the body not only becomes ketogenic, but also causes the blood to become too acidic. If you’re still getting your limited carbohydrates, you need not fear ketoacidosis.​
    Finally, ketogenic diets, which are generally lumped together by critics, have gotten a lot of bad press. While experts have generally recognized their effectiveness for weight loss, very low carb diets that result in ketosis (like the Atkins) have been criticized on health grounds. The problem with these criticisms? They’re based on diets that allow for 20 grams or less of carbohydrates a day. While I believe we are not meant to run primarily on carbohydrate energy, I do believe we depend on the nutrients offered by low carb vegetables and even some low glycemic fruits. A diet of 20 carbohydrate grams simply can’t allow for the plentiful intake of nutrient-rich vegetables.
    When your carb intake is low enough, say 50-80 grams a day, ketosis kicks in when it needs to. Over time, this process becomes efficient as the body “unfolds” in its genetic expression. Yet this carb intake is high enough that you can freely include copious amounts of nutrient- (including potassium) rich vegetables to offer the body sufficient nutrition, fiber, and alkalizing minerals.​
    In other words, when you cut your carbohydrate intake to 50-80 grams per day and still include plenty of vegetables and fruits in your diet, then your body can safely enter into ketosis when it needs to.
    Once you’re at your desired weight and you don’t hope to lose anymore body fat, then sticking to anywhere between 100-150 grams of carbohydrates per day will help you maintain your new body fat setpoint.
    The glory of thinking this way is that you absolutely never have to count calories! In fact, you probably don’t even have to count grams of carbohydrates. Just avoid grains, sugars, and sweet fruits. If you start craving those foods, eat more saturated fat from traditional sources like ghee, coconut oil, tallow, and lard. (I swear this works!) When you reach your desired weight, give yourself more grace to eat sweeter fruits and the occasional properly treated grain, tuber, or legume.
    When you’re in your “maintenance” mode, what you’ll discover is that you’re eating a diet much more in line with traditional cultures around the world — a diet devoid of artificial and processed foods, a diet full of healthy fats from quality sources, a diet rich in fermented and living foods, a diet absent sugar, you get the picture. The exact quantities of meats, vegetables, and fats you eat can vary greatly depending on your cravings and preferences, but one thing will be sure: you won’t ever want to go back to how you ate before.

    sounds good to me :D
     
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    Good thread. If it was so harmful then why do we not hear more about people dying from it? I think people hear someone say something and pass it on and gets arms and legs. My dad is the worst for believing what hes told if he thinks that person is an expert. Only yesterday he says i drink to much water. Just bcoz my mum was told that excesive amounts is dangerous. Excesive anything is dangerous, even eating. Rant over.
    Good post!
     
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    Fab post, thanks for all that info, makes me feel I am more armed for the constant 'attacks' I get from well meaning friends when they tell me how dangerous this type of diet is. As of yet, I haven't told them but, will have to 'own up' when the weight goes down rapidly....as it does with this diet!
     
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    A very good post.
    I will never understand why some friends try to sabotage your weight lose :(, but it seems, we all have them :(
     
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