What is a ketone?
A ketone is a byproduct of fat being burned. It is basically an alternative source of energy (fuel) from glucose. Ketones are the preferred fuel for the body and more efficient for the brain and the heart.
How long before I start losing weight?
A lot of times, people want this to start happening right now. Your body has been running on glucose for your entire life, though. Your cells have to build new enzymes a whole new cellular machine, to break down fat as a new source of fuel. It may happen in a month, but more likely, it will take at least six weeks. But once you do get there you won’t have sugar cravings anymore. You’ll have better blood sugar. Your memory will be sharper and you’ll urinate less at night and sleep better because your blood sugar won’t be plummeting during the night after sugar spikes.
Okay, I “fell off the wagon” and cheated. How long will it take me to get back into ketosis now?
It can take 48–72 hours if you’re lucky, but it could be up to a week. Now, if you’re in your twenties and pretty healthy, you’ll bounce right back in a day. When you’re older and working on repairing a broken metabolism, it will take longer.
I started the keto diet about a week ago. Now I’m tired constantly. What do I do?
As your body adjusts to fat burning, you will need more B vitamins. The nutrient you need a lot of to keep the fatigue away and help your adrenals and metabolism is B5. A sodium deficiency could also produce fatigue and weakness.
How can I avoid (or get over) the keto flu?
The symptoms of keto flu are headaches, body aches, cravings, brain fog, and fatigue. Just think about what you’re trying to do. You’re converting your ENTIRE cellular machinery to fat burning. What you need to do to avoid or heal the keto flu is get more electrolytes and B vitamins.
These are the cofactors that help in developing the machinery to burn fat effectively without draining your body. For the B vitamins, try nutritional yeast. However, nutritional yeast does not have B5 so you may have to take a B5 supplement. I recommend my electrolyte powder.
It has 1,000 mgs of potassium and will help you get to 4,700 mgs you need to create this machinery to burn fat faster and get into ketosis!
Will too much protein throw me out of ketosis?
Yes, especially too much lean protein—like turkey and chicken and even lean fish. Egg white without the yolk is lean protein and will trigger insulin more than the whole egg. Normally three to six ounces of protein is sufficient, and 10+ ounces is going to kick you out of ketosis.