Exhausted and foggy brained on Keto after almost 2 months


I do have one question, and I really like you baytowvin, you are very smart. But I was wondering what is good for the kidneys and how is keto good for the kidneys? Ty answer whenever you not to busy :smile:


And how much protein is bad for the kidneys?


And now heard that on keto we should eat 3 to 6oz of protein per meal is that correct?

(TJ Borden) #26

If your protien is coming from real food (not powders), it would be difficult to get anywhere close to dangerous amounts. Plus, I believe it has to be consistently high for the damage to occur… basically don’t sweat it. The general recommendation is 1-1.5 grams per kg of lean body mass. That’s a big range and there’s plenty of debate about what the ideal level is.

It’s actually better to err on the side of over versus under. As far as timing, I don’t think it’ really matters. Many people on this forum regularly only eat one meal a day, and get their while hit of protein at one shot.

(Bunny) #27

Lightheaded on Keto & Intermittent Fasting? Do This…

Today Dr. Berg explains why you might be light headed on keto and intermittent fasting plan. The reason is a low blood volume and pressure issue so now that your not retaining fluid from the carbs any longer the new way to keep the fluid is to add sea salt to your water. Make sure you keep taking your potassium and electrolytes then the light headed feeling will go away.

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Dr. Berg talks about what it means when you get up too fast and feel dizzy. This indicates possible adrenal weakness, because the adrenal are not recovering.

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(Karen) #28

No,my nephrologist asked why I had so many ketones in my urine and I said I was on the ketogenic diet. He said oh OK is that working for you? I said yes so far I’ve lost 35 pounds that was back before I was closer to 40. He didn’t caution … he didn’t seem to be worried about it at all. It’s not a high-protein diet. Just higher fat


I usually eat 3 meals no matter what be if I don’t I feel like I’m skipping meals, and I just like to eat I guess, and intermittent fasting I might try eating enough calories in a 8 hour window, but regular fasting can’t do it


You are lucky because my doctor and his nurses and the Nutritionist are all against it, so until I find a doctor the won’t demonize it I’m not going back, only in an emergency

(Bunny) #31

I have some questions about this HPA-axis thing and those circadian rhythm like hooks, and all those biophysio-psychosocial (emotional) and physical environmental stressor thingies so broadly disscussed on the net about adrenal stress/fatigue:

  1. I went on the ketogenic diet for X reasons?
  1. What was I eating before I went on the ketogenic diet? e.g. diet consisted mainly of carbohydrates (heavily processed?) and limited in fat and protein?
  1. How often (randomness/snacking) did I eat and why did I eat?
  1. How much did I eat until I was satieted or satisfied?
  1. Feeling hungry & Adrenal stress/fatigue on intermittent fasting (IF), leptin, ghrelin & glycogen stores!


Let’s say we start a ketogenic diet and our source of information tells us eat this many times and this much of that?

Heavily armed with that information on what to eat I take that information and eat when I am hungry but at the same time I am practicing intermittent fasting in ratios and not purposely restricting my intake, I eat when I feel hungry (glycogen stores start depleting; liver/muscle), and I take my blood sugar readings, I write it down before I eat to make sure my hunger signaling is not simply psychological, then I watch how long it takes until I get hungry again and take the blood sugar readings again, then I start spacing my eating window out little by little so I am not stressing my metabolism (HPA-axis, circadian hooks etc.)? What I am in effect doing is graduating in increments the ability to adapt and not shock the body into (hyperglycemic?) dysregulation?

In other words you are not ‘starving yourself,’ it has to do with the neurological signaling or nueroplastic conditioning of the ‘reward centers of the brain’ that can induce adrenal stress?


  1. Starving Yourself Feels a Lot Like Adrenal Fatigue: To the body, not getting enough calories is a very important signal. It means there’s a problem, some kind of starvation is happening. And it should begin preparing for the worst. So, as the body does this it has your back and it anticipates a future food shortage. It down regulates things like muscle building, fertility, energy, and immunity through many ways. At the cellular level, the metabolic processes that keep you alive begin to slow down, your hormones down regulate and blood pressure drops. Basically, your body slows everything down in an effort to keep you alive. Adrenal fatigue is very similar in terms of change in hormone production. In adrenal fatigue, as in starvation, your cortisol, DHEA and thyroid hormones are all out of balance. The two conditions feel almost the same. And from a measurement standpoint it would take not only a highly skilled practitioner but likely one who’s seen this before (a rare combo) to tell the difference. Unpacking the idea of starvation a bit more, let’s get into eating at a macro and micro level. If for instance you’re starving yourself of micronutrients like magnesium, then at least 300 processes in the body will be negatively affected. How would you know? Next time you’re having some blood tests done, ask for a Magnesium RBC blood test. This would do a lot to tell you where your levels are. There’s too many micronutrients to cover in this post and it might not even be something you should worry about. …More
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  1. In conclusion, the present data indicate that starvation-induced enhancement of cortisol secretion in young healthy men is mediated by an increased glucocorticoid secretory burst mass, rather than changes in secretory burst frequency or duration or in cortisol half-life. In addition, fasting modifies the diurnal secretory pattern of cortisol by delaying maximal serum concentrations to the early afternoon. The inverse relationship between serum cortisol and GH responses to fasting suggests differential regulation of the corticotropic and somatotropic axis by the metabolic stress of fasting and/or feedback interactions between these two axes when they are both activated. (J Clin Endocrinol Metab 81: 692-699, 1996)
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(Marion ) #32

Thanks for these links and info! Fabulous.


What was that all about? To complicated for me to understand, just eat, it’s easier and not worry about the science :v:t2:


I was on another forum and a lady said 120g of protein is too much, so how the heck am I supposed to know how much is to much? Ppl say just eat till full but I did that and 121 is where I ended up :man_shrugging:t2:


Btw, have you noticed that if I try to set the carbs fats and protein to the number I want it has to come out to 100% ? That’s I big reason I don’t like apps for this sort of thing and the pie chart lol just eat :nerd_face:

(Mic Cullen) #36

Basically, you have to decide which theory you believe and go with that. I’m in the “not worried about too much protein #becausecarnivores” camp, but plenty of others are not.

(TJ Borden) #37

Then go with 121…or just don’t count and end up at …???

As near as I can tell, the fear about protien stems from two things:

  1. Gluconeogenesis. That’s where the liver converts protien to glucose for the few systems in our bodies that actually need glucose and can’t efficiently use ketones. The fear is that excess protien will end up as excess glucose, through gluconeogenesis, and then end up being stored as fat. That’s not how gluconeogenesis works. Gluconeogenesis is demand driven, not supply. It’s happening constantly on a keto/low carb diet, but it happens based on your need for glucose, not based on having extra protien floating around.

  2. Excess protien can stall ketosis. This freaks people out that are trying to constantly stay in ketosis and/or chase specific ketone readings. In this case, they’re correct that it can boot you out temporarily, but so what? If you’re using a ketogenic diet for therapeutic reasons where specific readings are needed, that’s different. For weight loss/metabolic repair, the ketone levels don’t really matter, and cycling in and out isn’t really a big deal either. In fact it’s natural, so long as you remain fat adapted.

The fact is, the SAD diet had the carb to fat balance thrown out. Protien was about right, and it seems most will eat what they need to intuitively.

PS- if it seems like I used the term gluconeogenesis a lot. It’s because I did. It’s the biggest word I know how to use correctly so I like to through it around to make myself sound smarter than I really am.


Seems like 80 to 100 might be a good range to be, I just wish I knew what fat adaption feels like so I know if I’m in or out lol

(Mic Cullen) #39

For me it’s like not being hungry very much, but n=1. I clearly didn’t eat enough yesterday because I skipped lunch because I was on the XBONE and not hungry, then only had a steak by itself for dinner :wink:


Oh ok, I’m just getting frustrated because my weight goes from 226 to 222 back in forth, I drink 135oz of water a day or more if outdoors in the heat, total carbs under 20, I don’t cheat, I play golf and seem to have pretty good energy for only 20 carbs so my energy has to be coming from somewhere so maybe fat adaptation is starting but not fully or the darn mosquitoes wouldn’t be eating on me :crazy_face:

(Mic Cullen) #41

This is not a fat-adaptation marker I’ve come across before :slight_smile:

Also, that’s LOT of water. You need to be careful you’re not leaching essential salts, etc, out as a result.


Well I drink more because my pee stick is medium in color so that means drink more water to flush ketones, I weigh 226 so that’s 113 oz of water but if I am sweating I need more right?