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    RE: Why am I in Ketosis?

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    I had a doctors visit today and she mentioned that there were a lot of ketones in my urine. I assume this is because I'm in ketosis from PB? But I am a little surprised by this. I don't count calories or carbs, and while I have lost a fair amount of weight and am no longer overweight by CW standards, I am now really just losing a couple of pounds per month.

    I had breakfast at 9:00 which was garlic/orange pulled pork on lettuce wraps with an avocado, two squares of dark chocolate, and about 4 oz of orange juice. I had coffee with cream at noon. The test was at 4 pm.

    So can someone explain to me how I could be in ketosis? I'm clearly not understanding something about the process

    Thanks!!!

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    You will be in ketosis at under 50g carb per day. There have been days that I have not particularly limited my carb intake, and ended up in the ketosis range, as long as I didn't each much fruit. I have now added a bit more fruit and a starchy veg or rice and I am only at 70-80g carbs, just because I don't eat tons in general now. I would say it is easy to dip into the ketosis range without even trying to for some of us.

    As a sidenote, my stalled weightloss started up again since I added more carbs.
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    Hmmmm....interesting. So just eating below 50 g of Carb for this morning bumped me in to ketosis? I am trying to remember what I ate yesterday - but I double I was below 50 g of carb. I guess I didn't realize it was that easy to go in and out of ketosis?

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    It is for me providing I have hardly any fruit and no sweet potatoes, potatoes or rice
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    I think it has too do with your glycogen stores. Normally, if they are full, your body will run on them for 8-12 hours. Eating LC and moving a lot will decrease your stores, making it very easy to be in ketosis on a regular basis.

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    Can you share some of your ketosis? Even at 20g a day, I can't seem to get there. Consider yourself lucky & enjoy the ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    I think it has too do with your glycogen stores. Normally, if they are full, your body will run on them for 8-12 hours. Eating LC and moving a lot will decrease your stores, making it very easy to be in ketosis on a regular basis.
    That explains some, I think. I did walk the dog this morning and added in some "sprints" (very, very loose use of that word ). I also fast overnight, so maybe my glycogen stores were low.

    I'm not sure I care one way or the other, it's just interesting to me. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
    Can you share some of your ketosis? Even at 20g a day, I can't seem to get there. Consider yourself lucky & enjoy the ride!
    Oh no! 20 g/day - I don't think I could ever have the discipline for that! Are you sure you're not in ketosis and just not excreting ketones in your urine?

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    Of course you are in ketosis if you are only eating 20g of carbs--but given all the cooking/baking you do, I do find it hard to believe you are actually only eating 20 g/day, lol!

    As Jammies said (& I have told you before) ketostix only measure excess ketones. If you are using them all up, then the ketostix will not change color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammies View Post
    Hmmmm....interesting. So just eating below 50 g of Carb for this morning bumped me in to ketosis? I am trying to remember what I ate yesterday - but I double I was below 50 g of carb. I guess I didn't realize it was that easy to go in and out of ketosis?
    Once you get into it for a week or two, you could even have a high carb day (say 150g) and the next day be right back into Ketosis. You're body becomes much more effective (brain too) at using Ketone bodies the longer you stay under 120g of carbs (which is the min. needed by you're brain to function, but afterwards it will call for ketones). Its not a bad thing (just watch the urine acidic pH). Ketosis certainly doesn't mean you have to be losing weight btw, you can gain weight on ketosis (the metabolic process itself only requires an extra 100-150 calories at best to perform gluconeogenesis) if you eat more than your base level - exercise. <--- I, and the rest of us just find it harder to due to the lack of choice, elimination of bad foods, and the satiating nature of protein and fat.

    I show trace levels of ketones (test within 4 hours after eating) up to about 60-80g of carbs per day.

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