This week was a bit hectic because my wife and I are moving, she is preparing for an art show , and my car broke rather unexpectedly. This required me to frantically search for a new one while trying to move and help my wife transport art materials . I was grateful for the high and sustained level of energy that I find in ketosis but inconvenienced by the odd dietary requirements of eating that much fat. Because of my cooking materials being split between two locations and the disorder of moving, I was not able to test, perfect, and photograph any recipes this week.
Instead of giving you recipes as promised, I’ll address the most common question I have received over the week.
What About Ketoacidosis?
Ketoacidosis is a potentially deadly state in which too many ketone bodies build up in the blood. This becomes dangerous because the ketone bodies being produced in the body are acidic and an accumulation lowers the blood pH. Additionally, fluid loss increases due to increased urine production via the kidneys trying to clear some of the ketone bodies from the blood. Important electrolytes are lost at the same time as the ketones which can lead to dangerous electrolyte imbalance.
In healthy individuals, ketoacidosis is not an issue. This is because insulin regulates the storage (and by extension breakdown) of fat. In people with adequate insulin production, when energy needs are met by ketone production insulin shuts that production down. This prevents excessive build up.
The issue comes when insulin production is inadequate. People with Type I or advanced Type II diabetes are unable to produce insulin and therefore cannot manage the producing of ketone bodies. Insulin is also the hormone that allows glucose entry to the cells that use it for energy. When there is no insulin, the body is not being told to hold on to fat, so it is being converted to ketones, and the existing glucose can not be used. This leads to an accumulation of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia) and an accumulation of ketones.
I hope that helps clear up the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis and tells you why I am not endangering myself with this experiment. Now, on to the charts!
As you can see, I had a spike in carbohydrate intake on the 12th but still kept my total intake relatively low. I also noticed that some days I was not interested in eating more even though I had not made it to my caloric limit for the day.
I am not finding the magical weight loss properties of ketosis that are so often touted on the internet to be true. I am losing weight, but I am also maintaining a pretty big caloric deficit so some weight loss makes sense independent of ketosis. It is incredibly easy to maintain the caloric deficit because of how much fat and protein I am eating. Protein has been shown to leave one feeling full for the longest and the presence of fat in the stomach triggers the release of a hormone that slows digestion.
Welcome the most boring chart ever.
My energy level has been high and sustained this entire week. This has been very beneficial and, to some degree, unusual because I have been sleeping poorly and not enough due to the move.
I’m sure there is something to be said for starting the day with a fat-filled 16 oz coffee, as well.
Hopefully as things settle down for me I will be able to experiment more with recipes and come up with some good vegetarian ketosis meals.
As always, let me know of any questions by commenting below.