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Hack My Ketosis

by (15) Updated March 04, 2014 at 5:21 PM Created February 26, 2014 at 11:32 PM

I'm almost positive that I'm in ketosis (metallic taste in my mouth, seem to be losing fat) however, I feel like I'm hungry more than when I was just doing a more typical version of Paleo. I've attached what a typical day of food looks like for me. Sometimes my calories are slightly higher and sometimes their slightly lower.

I do not exercise besides walking around/grocery shopping etc because of a surgery, so for right now, I am sedentary.

My gut instinct tells me that I should raise my calories and eat at least 1,500/day, but I'm not sure how to do that without throwing off my ratios.

Also-- I'm not sure if 1,500 is even the right amount for me. I'm 5'6, I weigh somewhere around 125 (I don't own a scale), and right now, I can't really exercise at all, so I'm not burning that many calories from exercise.

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53 · February 26, 2014 at 11:54 PM

I'm not really sure what you're asking, if you're getting enough calories? I am the same, 5'6, sedentary (from surgery), about 125, calorie goal is 1400 and all of my numbers look the same, though I usually get my carbs up to 18-25, sometimes higher. If my carbs are as low as yours, I can't stop eating until I get matter if I want to or not! you'll probably stay in ketosis (I think this is your goal?) at 20-25 grams of carbs, so I would try to bump it up some. My personal choice would be chocolate and nut butter ;)

EDIT: I'm also usually in ketosis, test strips say I either have a small or moderate amount of ketones, I could probably get deeper but my weekend carb count is usually 50-100g per day

15 · March 04, 2014 at 5:21 PM

I wouldn't worry one bit about calories. Just eat until you're full and keep carbs low. If you do that, you'll continue to lose. Calorie counting is pointless.

16858 · February 27, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Your Basal Metabolic Rate (as per is ~1433cals/day. This is the amount of energy you need to stay alive, unconscious, in bed.

You'd need quite a bit more than this to stay alive. So if your just eating 1400 calories, that's too low. Since you don't exercise, you need to multiply this by 1.2x (as per so you need 1719kcals/day. The "Your Goal" column is correct.

So, you're undereating right now. Don't be afraid to eat more. You can keep your carb intake the same, or maybe raise it a bit to at least 50-100g/day if you find it hard to sleep. But your main goal at the moment is to heal from the surgery, no lose fat. That can wait until later. Recover first.

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