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Is VLC/Ketosis a lifestyle?

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Created March 07, 2013 at 2:18 PM

The reason I'm asking is because I'm wondering if people who eat very low carb ever increase their carbs, or if they are always kept very low, even once goal bodyweight is reached. I also want to know what works for different people and what exactly you manipulate when transitioning from weight loss to weight maintenance, and even to weight (muscle) gain for some folks. What macronutrient ratios do you use for weight loss vs weight maintenance?

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627 · March 07, 2013 at 8:34 PM

+1 for the last paragraph in particular!

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4218 · March 07, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Amen. Great answer.

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11682 · March 07, 2013 at 3:28 PM

I do about 75 gr of net carbs per day, on average, these days. I went under ketosis for a couple of months too, but I decided that 75 gr is best for me. Sometimes I eat less than that, sometimes over it, but on average, it's about there.

As to if this is something I will follow for life, the answer is "yes". Not because I don't like cake, but because if I eat cake, all my health issues come back at me. It's not really a choice per se, but a necessity.

Basically, people who came to Paleo for health issues, will stay Paleo for life. People who came for the [temporary] weight loss, will abandon Paleo within a few months.

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627 · March 07, 2013 at 8:34 PM

+1 for the last paragraph in particular!

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4218 · March 07, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Amen. Great answer.

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11254 · March 07, 2013 at 3:14 PM

VLC/Ketosis is like Alcoholics Anonymous. We fall off the wagon, we get back on. Carbs tend to be tasty. When transitioning from weight loss to weight maintenance I felt like crap because I wasn't any hungrier, but I didn't have enough calories. It took a while for it to dawn on me I needed more food. This is where hypothyroidism and 'eat more carbs' starts to sound like reasonable advice. I am not saying 'eat more carbs' isn't reasonable advice, but I've got my own issues, and the more general advice is eat more of whatever macro you want to burn. You do not want to burn protein, by the way. That is a bad habit to get into. It isn't bad to eat protein, but it is always good to give your body fat or carbs with it.

So, I am probably getting like 60g of carbs right now, mosty in 20g servings. I may change that soon, or I may not. I tend to experiment with different things over time, though currently I am going through something pretty stressful and I may end up trying for ketosis again just because of that.

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4218 · March 07, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Amen. Great answer.

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