What is Keto Adapted?

Many of you may be asking what the difference is between ketosis and being keto adapted. The answer the simple answer is time. Ketosis means your body is breaking down fats to the point that there are ketones in your blood and often your urine. Typically you get to this point by limiting your carbohydrate intake or by fasting.

After a individual lengths of time varying from two weeks to a month (roughly), one starts to become keto adapted. This means your body has adjusted to using fats as the primary source of energy and is funcitoning well with very little glucose. After a certain period of time, your body builds up more fat converting enzymes, thus making the process easier and your cells can convert the fat to energy faster. Once this has taken place, fats and ketones are the preferred fuel by the body. The liver and muscles store less glycogen, and less water is carried in the cells.

An easy way to tell if you are keto adapted is to try an activity that you can normal do without difficulty, such as climbing a flight of stairs, jogging a block, lifting weights for 15 minutes, ect… usually when you are NOT keto adapted, these tasks can become tiring and difficult. You may feel out of breath, dizzy, and have a higher than normal pulse rate. This is because your body is struggling to convert fat to energy quick enough to supply for the activity you are performing.

Tired after working out

There are some supplements that some feel help the body get keto adapted faster. These are  L-carnitine and CoQ10. L- Carnitine  {affiliate link} is an amino acid that helps breakdown fatty acids  by putting them into the mitochondria in our cells. The mitochondria is where the fat burning and oxidation occurs. CoQ10 {affiliate link} helps to build more mitochondria within the cells, therefore making the fat burning more efficient .

Once you are keto adapted, increasing carbohydrates would give the opposite effect. First  one would experience more water retention. This is why after a cheat day or meal you may see a few pounds “gained overnight”. Your insulin will also rise to convert the carbohydrates to energy for quick consumption. Once it is deplete, ketosis resumes. This process is generally faster when keto adapted vs just starting ketosis.

Some people have concerns about adding carbohydrates for workouts. After all we are often trained to think we need trail mix and energy bars on workout days. A successfully keto adapted individual generally does not need anything but water for fuel for a workout, be it cardio or weight training. Endurance can still be built and muscle building can be done while keto adapted. If the workout exceeds 2 hours, some experts suggest a small boost (10-20 carbohydrates) the day of. Others have done well without this. If you feel you MUST have a pre or post workout supplement, a great option is a low carb protein shake.

I use Body Fortress 100% Protein Isolate {affiliate link} Which has 2g carbohydrates and 30g protein per scoop. It also has other great nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

Have you experienced “keto adaption”? Share your story below!

~HealthyGirl

 

 

Should you Stay in Ketosis While Sick?

Sick woman with fluThis is a tough question for those low carbing out there. There is no doubt that ketosis is a fat burning state that forces your body to metabolize food differently. But what about staying in keotsis while sick? Should you call it quits for the week? The month? The answer is a bit more complex.

How sick are you?
“sick” can mean a variety of different things. If you are having a cold for instance, staying in ketosis should be okay. Symptoms of runny nose, sore throat, cough, mild congestion, mild fever, are all generally manageable with over the counter meds and hydration. Generally if you feel you are up to the task, staying in ketosis when you have the common cold is usually safe and reasonably easy to manage. Some tips and tricks…

Sugar Free Cough Drops. Dont forget that cough drops are loaded with sugar, which can throw you out of ketosis. I like to get HALLS Sugar-Free Cough Drops {affiliate link}  and only use them when absolutely necessary

Other great foods when your sick is homemade chicken zuchini noodle soup, scrambled eggs, pot roast, egg drop soup or basically any low carb soup you can make. Noatmeal is another low carb hot cereal option. Some people prefer to make bullet proof tea instead of bullet proof coffee. Even plain tea is a great option, just try to avoid the honey if you can resist. For a sore throat, sugar free jell-o with whipped cream is always an option for food.

If you have more of a flu like sickness,  or If you are having more of a stomach upset with nausea and vomiting, then perhaps keeping down what foods you can is better strategy. Sometimes when it is hard to keep anything down, it is better to eat something rather than nothing at all. The tried and true method of ginger ale and crackers is probably one of your best bets. There are options for diet ginger ale and keto crackers if one absolutely insists on staying in ketosis. Paleo Thin Crackers would be a good choice in this instance. 6 crackers have 5g of net carbs. You can check them out here. {affiliate link} Paleo Thin Crackers
Other useful tips for my keto friends who are sick, are back to the basics. Try a warm bath with epsom salt. Get plenty of sleep. Stay home from work or school if you can, and wash your hands often. Try not to get other around you sick, and make sure they are washing their hands constantly too. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. When I am sick I always like to up my vitamin game. I usually take a multivitamin, my b vitamins and I take vitamin C and Zinc. Studies have shown that vitamin C and Zinc can be effective in reducing the length and severity of colds.  You can check it out here. {affiliate link} Nature’s Bounty Vitamin C Plus Zinc
If you want to check out an article talking about the power of zinc and vitamin C, read here about a recent 2016 study by HA Mousa. Here is another study by M. Yacoot and A. Salem in 2011. You can check out the full article here.

Hopefully I have answered some of your questions about being sick while on Keto! If you end up falling off the wagon, focus on getting better and dont beat yourself up! Just set a date to get back in your groove!

Get well soon,

~HealthyGirl

 

How to Get Back into Ketosis Quickly After Cheat Day

Get Back into Ketosis

For those of you on a low carb diet (LCD) who are actively trying to stay in Ketosis, cheating is a BIG deal. Unlike other diet plans, you cant simply make up for that piece of cake or bowl of spaghetti with an extra workout for the week. A cheat day takes much longer to recover from and it cab be quite frustrating to recover from.

 

Some people need to plan scheduled cheat days. It helps them stay on track and not go stir crazy trying to be strict. Some plan it every 40 days, 90 days or after a certain amount of weight loss. This is a perfectly acceptable method to try if you are truly missing your carbs and treats. Just be aware that it can take days or weeks to recover at times and get back into ketosis quickly. Some people start to feel ill and have to re go through “carb flu”, fatigue, and hunger issues. Others do just fine carb cycling. Some just don’t want to cheat at all because of these issues.

Get Back into Ketosis Calendar

So whether it is a planned cheat day, and accidental carb overdose, or a part of your fat burn/muscle building cycle, here are a few tips to help get back on track after throwing yourself out of ketosis.

Get back into Ketosis Scale

1. Hide your scale
You are almost guaranteed to make the scale go up after a big cheat. I typically experience a 3lb weight gain when this happens. It is not necessarily weight gain but more water weight. Your best bet is to hide your scale for a week and not even bother to check it until your back into ketosis for a few days.

2. Fast
This is going to be the tough part, but hear me out. Your body needs to deplete those carbohydrates it just stored for fuel. Fasting is a decent way to get that done. If you cheated around dinner time, try skipping breakfast and lunch the next day. The most effective fast would be a 24 hour fast, but even a half day will help.You are going to be hungrier, and it is going to suck but you can do it! Watch out for cravings! If you must snack, try high fat or protein items such as heavy cream, cream cheese, ect..
Get back into ketosis with Exercise

3. Exercise
Another great way to get rid of those stores quickly is to exercise. Try a HIIT type of exercise that will push your body harder and use up energy quicker like CIZE Dance Workout by Shaun T. {affiliate link} Burn up those glycogen stores and get down to business. If you are going to be fasting as well, try to get this done early in the morning so its not so difficult on an starving cranky stomach.

4. Induction
For the next few days (after your fast) you will still want to restrict your carbohydrate intake to an induction level. (roughly 20 carbs a day). If you chose not to fast, you would want to use this method. Restrict your carbs as much as possible the first few days to get the ball rolling.

Get back into ketosis with induction

5. Fat Fast
For some people who truly struggle getting into ketosis, there is a last resort type of option known as a fat fast. This is ONLY recommended for people who are on a weight loss stall for 2 weeks or greater, or those trying to get into ketosis quicker. The idea is to eat between 1000 and 1200 calories a day, where 80% – 90% of your calories come from fat, and only fat. The 1000-1200 calories break into 4 or 5 meals a day,or 200-250 calories per meal. To learn more about the fat fast you can check it out at ruled.me. Some people have tried doing a meat fast instead. For more information on what a meat fast is, check out my other article here.

6. KETO//os
There is some recent internet buzz going around about KETO//os {affiliate link}, a powder you mix in water. It has ketones in it, making you show up positive for ketones in 1 hour and will have you producing your own ketones in about 12 hours. I’ve heard many rave reviews from fellow keto people and I personally just ordered some myself, so i’ll let you know how that goes!
Get back into ketosis KETO/os

 Check out my other article on how to use ketone strips to see if you are in ketosis here. What tricks have you tried to keto convert faster? Comment below!

~HealthyGirl