Keto diet to lose fat not muscle / weight?

(Karim Wassef) #61

Urine tells you how many ketones you’re wasting
Breath tells you how many ketones you’re using
Blood tells you how many ketones your body is creating in excess of use but keeping for future use.

All are byproducts of fat oxidation. I prefer blood because it shows where enough fat oxidationis taking place to create a surplus - along with glucose, they indirectly indicate the hormonal state of glucagon to insulin.

(BuckRimfire) #62

Don’t. I got a cheap one, which sometimes gave me a modest reading, but other times a zero when I couldn’t understand why that would be. I didn’t really trust it.

Then I asked for a Ketonix for Xmas since at least it would head off my wife from getting me a present I wanted even less. I get REALLY high readings most of the time. Either I’m a keto champ or I’m eating too many carbs. “Wait, what?” you say? How can a high reading mean both of those things? Well, my daughter, who lives only on carbs, blows high numbers. They even have a FAQ answer to the question “Why is my daughter/husband/neighbor blowing red?”

And it says:

"They eat pizza, fries and drink beer, is the simple answer!! When you received your KETONIX, you are likely to test it all the time. When doing so, a normal reaction from others is to see if they are are burning a lot of fat (even if they don’t follow a low carbohydrate, high fat diet).

Eating carbohydrate rich food and looking for ketones does not make sense. The body does not produce that much ketones while there is available circulation carbohydrates, unless you have diabetes type 1 and have very high blood sugar values.

However, the KETONIX reading may be high on high carbohydrate diets, but that is not from ketones metabolism. It will be from the process of breaking down those carbohydrates. This process is done via bacteria, called probiotics in your gut. If too much of this bacteria could cause a slowdown of your metabolism. There are studies that connects the probiotics to obesity and other metabolic issues relating to brain chemistry.

So, use our KETONIX for the intended use. For example: If you eat pizza and drink a beer then look for ketones … you are not using it as intended."

So, the Ketonix is a terrible false-positive generator! If you get a high reading, EITHER you are in heavy ketosis, OR you are eating too many carbs. So, if it shows a zero reading, you have zero ketones (and you can trust that interpretation), but if you have a high reading, either you have high ketones OR zero ketones. You don’t know which. Real helpful, right?

The cheap ones at least have the virtue of being cheap.

(Empress of the Unexpected) #63

That’s hilarious! That is the one keto gadget I have always shied away from. Just didn’t trust them based on some posters’ reviews.

(Alex R) #64

I have been eating the Keto way now for 2 weeks and I feel great, my stomach is less bloated and slimmer ! I know this from my belt and not having to hold my belly in all the time (Well as much !)

I weighed 84Kg at the start and now I way 80Kg. because I lift weights I am heavier than normal. As my initial post read I do not want to lose weight, just improve my shape i.e lose the belly ! So far it is going very well 4lbs lost ! thanks for the tips

(Alex R) #65


8 weeks now from starting Keto and very positive news!

Without trying, I have lost weight, although it was not my goal to lose ‘mass’ I wanted to lose the belly fat and from my original weight of 83kg I now weigh 77.5kg, thats 11lbs which equates to 1.3lbs a week!!!
I have gone down a notch on my belt which tells me thats where I have lost the fat, I find I dont have to hold my belly in (as much!)/

Keto is not a diet, its a lifestyle change, understanding that for years we have been eating incorrectly. All I have done is cut out carbs as much as possible, e.g. bread, sandwiches, reducing pasta and adding more meat and veg instead. I’ve never felt hungry and would say the hardest part is finding ‘clean’ good portions of protein meat that has not got sulphates, nitrates and additives etc.

I work away from home all week and if I can manage on a small electric grill then living at home with a fridge full of good clean food is easy !

I try to eat as much protein and vegetables as I can as I got to the gym 3 times a week, aiming for 150grams a day of protein which is hard to keep up ! I eat about 4 chicken thighs a day without skin.

As for alcohol, yes I do not really cut back either, I tend to find spirits or red wine is better than beer for keeping carbs low !

(Susan) #66

Congrats, Alex, excellent progress, keep up the good work =)).