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Ketosis - What exactly is it?

Hi there,

The only other time I had heard of Ketosis is in conjunction with my diabetes! And it was apparently a bad place for a diabetic to be... I am now in day 4 and I presume I am in Ketosis.

I've read about smell and taste - and I imagine I'll be tested by the pharmicist on Friday, but what would I notice about my self, and what exactly is Ketosis?

It was my GP who suggested LT - although my diabetic consultant doesn't know... yet. My sugars are high but stable and I have had NO insulin since I started... I am checking it - and will take insulin obviously if it remains too high for too long.

Anyway - Day 4 - going steady - weighed on Friday! - Still 100%. :D
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Hi Brian. I asked the same question on a number of occasions because I simply couldn't get my head around what exactly 'being in Ketosis' actually meant. I guess it means you get to a certain day, could be day 4, could be day 5,6 or even 7 when you wake up and you've got a furry tongue and a terrible metal like taste in your mouth....why?.....I don't know. But this is when you've passed that hunger pan stage and you don't require to 'eat'.
I hope this helps but if there is anyone else out there that can elaborate on this then please do so. Good luck.


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Ketoacidosis is a state of toxicity in which there are elevated levels of acids called ketones in the blood. This condition occurs when insulin levels are too low and the liver attempts to restore energy by metabolizing fats and proteins due to a lack of available carbohydrates. Since ketone acids slowly degrade into acetone, the breath often smells fruity or similar to nail polish remover. Without immediate medical attention, this condition can induce a diabetic coma and, possibly, death.

Ketosis also occurs as the result of the liver burning fat for energy and producing ketone acids as a by-product. However, this state is often facilitated by the intentional withdrawal of carbohydrates as a primary fuel source in favor of proteins. In fact, many members of the medical community refer to diet-induced ketosis as an act of willful starvation. If a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet sounds familiar, it’s because this is the basis of a very popular weight loss program known as the Atkins Diet. Such diets call for 30-50 percent of the total calorie intake to come from protein in order to kick the metabolism into gear to burn fat.

Source: What is the Difference Between Ketosis and Ketoacidosis?

Question: I have diabetes and my condition is controlled by diet. Must I see a doctor before going on the Diet?

Yes. Nobody with diabetes should attempt to lose weight without being supervised by his or her doctor. The Cambridge Weight Plan programmes are not usually used for patients with type 1 diabetes (insulin requiring) or type 2 diabetes (usually treated with diet and/or oral drugs) when they require insulin, except in specialist units with tight supervision. The customer must have the full agreement off their doctor or health care professional to say that they are willing to adjust medication and monitor the customer throughout the weight loss process. Again, adopting the maintenance programme is a good long-term health strategy.
Source: Cambridge Weight Plan: Consumer FAQs: Medical Queries: I have diabetes and my condition is controlled by diet. Must I see a doctor before going on the Diet?

The advice for doing Cambridge Diet Sole Source is the exactly same as for Lipotrim TFR.


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"When glycogen stores are not available in the cells, fat is cleaved to give 3 fatty acid chains and 1 glycerol molecule in a process called lipolysis. Most of the body is able to utilize fatty acids as an alternative source of energy in a process called beta-oxidation. One of the products of beta-oxidation is acetyl-CoA, which can be further used in the Krebs cycle. During prolonged fasting or starvation, acetyl-CoA in the liver is used to produce ketone bodies instead, leading to a state of ketosis.
During starvation or a long physical training session, the body starts utilizing fatty acids instead of glucose. The brain cannot use fatty acids for energy because the fatty acids cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. However, the ketone bodies produced in the liver can cross the blood-brain barrier. In the brain, these ketone bodies are then incorporated into acetyl-CoA and used in the Krebs cycle.
Excess ketone bodies will slowly decarboxylate into acetone. Acetone is excreted in the breath and urine."

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