I know the keto stix arent that accurate so I have not tried those yet.
I have followed a strict diet for the last 7 days and have not had any of the side effects others report about ketosis. Other than a headache last week after a good workout at the gym.
My macros have been a constant 65/30/5 everyday and my weight hasnt dropped any either.
I am 5'8" 192 lbs and my calorie intake has averaged 2200-2400 a day and I have worked out 40-50 minutes 3 days a week with 2 days of light cardio and still I can not tell if I am in ketosis.
I did start at about 196 last Monday but I attribute that to loads of carbs the Sunday before (ice cream, candy bars, cakes).
Any insight would be appreciated! TIA!
03-16-2009, 08:16 AM #1
How can I tell if I am in ketosis
03-16-2009, 08:22 AM #2
You may or may not be in ketosis. The best indication is that the feeling of having really low blood sugar (fatigue, headaches, general malaise) goes away. Some people also experience a change in the smell of their breath and the color of their urine. It may take 3-7 more days, but you might be in already. I would suggest getting the ketostix to see if you register.
03-16-2009, 08:26 AM #3
03-16-2009, 08:33 AM #4
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It feels like you are in a bit of a brain fog, you're not "all there" - once you make it through this stage, you will begin to adjust and feel somewhat more "normal".
I found that it took me a while to get to the ketosis stage and I ate almost 0 carbs - it took a full 3 and a half days. The ketostix worked for me.
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03-16-2009, 08:33 AM #5
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You start to feel better as your body shifts to making its own glucose. Then you drop some water weight as your body stops dumping lots of insulin with all your meals since carbs are pretty much absent. Insulin makes you hold water. Cravings for carbs goes down considerably. Watch your protein intake if it's too low you will start losing muscle since protein is where your body gets materials to make its own glucose.
Here is a reference showing some of the amino acids conversions to intermediates en-route to gluconeogenesis.
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03-16-2009, 08:36 AM #6
03-16-2009, 08:38 AM #7
I'm one week into keto and my breath doesn't really taste likle a barbell and I haven't felt like absolute ****. Yet I have lost 10 pounds and seem to be doing pretty well. I always get under 30g net carbs per day probably 30-40 including fiber.
Should I get ketostix just to see if I'm at least trace?
Would it be possible that the symptoms are less pronounced in some people?
03-16-2009, 09:52 AM #8
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I used the strips when i first started just because I wanted some reassurance that my diet was correct and my body was adjusting. Now I just occasionally check after a carb-up just out of curiosity and i have no other use for these sticks.
03-16-2009, 01:13 PM #9
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