In this blog post, I outline a strategy for my transition to becoming adapted to nutritional ketosis  adoptng a primarily vegetarian ketogenic diet with no more than 30% saturated fats to achieve this. Ketosis is associated with less lactic acid production which may help climbing performance.
Weeks 2-4:Transition diet to better approximate the right macros and nutrient balance, while staying clear of nutritional ketosis. Measure your daily calories, macro-nutrient percentages, and other nutritional statistics (e.g. The doctor has my blood glucose, HDL and LDL and I’ll get this data when I go for the post-keto adaptation follow up test.
Interesting how much greater risk men have relative to women, just looking at typical scores – close to double. It gives us a period to develop nutrition habits, learning how to count calories and macros and get creative and intuitive with meal plans that match the constraints.
With this kind of macro ratios, we should maintain glucose levels for the brain without a problem.
Then in Week 4, we’ll switch to a full nutritional ketosis, by dropping protein intake and increasing fat. Since we’re already close to this, we can transition to this approximate ratio immediately.
On a vegetarian diet is critical to maintain a balanced ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6, using supplements if needed.
During the transition weeks we’ll do lower-intensity (fat burning) type exercise (staying at lower than 70% of VO2Max if possible). After a couple of weeks of keto-adaptation we can start experimenting with more intense exercise. During this period occasional checks on weight, blood pressure and ketones are advised, with one check of ketones before the workshop. If you’re following the Slow Carb Diet to a “T”, you are likely consuming a lot of beans and lentils. This is a particularly important question for those who have reached a plateau on their weight loss or those who are vegetarians and trying to maximize protein intake. I decided to do a little research on the macro-nutrient counts of various legumes to see how they stack up. The results don’t look staggeringly different on the surface, but there’s a few interesting things to note.
Cannellini Beans have 20g of protein per cup, but they also have about 6 additional grams of carbohydrate which can slow weight loss, especially for us women.
For those of you who are struggling with weight loss on the Slow Carb Diet, I want to make the point that quantity may be the issue that’s causing you to plateau or even gain weight.  While Tim Ferris does not advocate that people track carbs or calories, I do think there is a point where legumes can stall your weight loss. Mark Sisson, the creator of The Primal Blueprint has put together an awesome diagram of what he calls the Carbohydrate Curve. Carbohydrate intake is often the decisive factor in weight loss success and prevention of widespread health problems like Metabolic Syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes. My recommendation would be to cut your serving size to either ? cup with each meal or ? cup but only at 2 meals and see how this impacts your weight loss.
If you’re really looking to drill down to what quantity you can eat without spiking your insulin levels too much, and you’re not keen to test your bloof glucose levels multiple times a day a la Tim Ferris,  here’s another less scientific, but still fairly accurate way to make sure you aren’t overdoing it. I’d also encourage you to see how you feel when reducing beans.  After several months of eating beans, I’ve nearly eliminated them and I have noticed a huge spike in my energy. For further reading on the pros and cons of legumes, check out the Legume Manifesto over at the WholeNine website.
Initially I lost weight steadily with slow carb, until I hit 275 and plateaued for 5 weeks. Michael – Thanks for sharing your experience, and glad to hear you are back to losing. I know for me, I was nervous about cutting out legumes intitially and tried tapering off to smaller, less frequent portions. I have increased my consumption of HEALTHY fats by cooking with healthy oils or organic grass-fed butter, fattier cuts of meat, avocados and nuts.
I should also mention that at this point, I also incorporate a few Slow Carb illegal items into my diet.
I’m not recommending this, but I do want to give the full picture of what I do eat, and what works for me. Was just coming to terms with the fact that the tofu I had in my vegetarian slow carb diet was not a good choice, so I’m now worried after reading this, that even the beans may need a little cutting back too? I think it would be a good idea to look at weight of food rather than how much fits it a cup though when comparing nutritional content. I’ve created a spreadsheet for the types of beans I eat most of the time so I can compare carbohydrate and protein content and it implies different results to yours.
Here in the UK I’m having canned green lentils, kidney beans (red beans) and cannellini beans. You could certainly use grams (it all comes down to preference), but I most cans aren’t portionef out. It’s so nice to find a fellow blogger who doesn’t follow slow carb dieting to the letter!

Upping the yogurt and cheese a little to balance things out (once I had gotten over my unhealthy cheese addiction by going cold turkey for a few months), has made all the difference. Beans are generally a wonderful slow-burning carb, which won’t make your insulin levels go up. Reactive hypoglycemia is a condition in which the body reacts to a perceived catastrophic drop in blood sugar. Transient hypoglycemia normally happens when most people who have been eating a high carb diet drastically reduce carbohydrate intake for the first time. Insulin, a hormone, is secreted from the pancreas in response to eating food, especially foods high in carbohydrates. FITNESSLow-Carb Ketogenic Diet Treats Brain Cancer: Keto Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth Says ScientistBy Samantha Chang, June 5th, 2015The ketogenic diet can be a powerful adjuvant to radiation therapy to treat brain tumors, say cancer scientists.
The low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet can be an effective tool to manage deadly brain cancer, said Barrow Institute scientist Dr. Scheck said both mice and human studies have shown the ketogenic diet can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. So by limiting carbohydrates (which turns into glucose inside the body), we can limit glucose availability to starve cancer cells.
This phenomenon was first observed in the 1920s by German physiologist Otto Warburg, who won a Nobel Prize in 1931 for discovering that cancer cells have defective mitochondria and thrive on sugar. The “Warburg effect” can be exploited by the ketogenic diet, but this approach has historically not been used to fight cancer. Scheck said the ketogenic diet enhances the cancer-fighting properties of radiation, which further buoys the diet’s importance in the war on cancer. The patients all had advanced cancers and agreed to follow a ketogenic diet (which for limited daily carb intake to less than 50 grams) for 28 days. The results showed that 6 of the 10 patients responded well to the ketogenic diet, meaning their cancers stabilized or showed partial remission. While many people dismiss ketogenic diet therapy for cancer because much of the research so far has been done on mice, Dr. Ketogenic diet can treat cancer because cancer is a metabolic disease, says researcher Thomas Seyfried of Boston College. Seyfried, a pioneer in the nutritional treatment of cancer, said the ketogenic diet is the best treatment for glioblastoma (the most common and malignant form of brain cancer) because his research shows cancer is a metabolic — not a genetic — disease. Meanwhile, there are many anecdotal success stories of cancer patients fighting the deadly disease with the LCHF ketogenic diet.
Joe Mancaruso, a 57-year-old Texas man, is battling Stage 4 lung cancer without chemotherapy using the LCHF ketogenic diet. Similarly, Elaine Cantin discussed how she used the ketogenic diet to manage her son’s type I diabetes and her own aggressive breast cancer in her book, The Cantin Ketogenic Diet. Today, there are about a dozen studies that are investigating the use of the ketogenic diet to manage all kinds of cancer.
In her own research, Adrienne Scheck’s team discovered that animals fed a ketogenic diet survived longer than those on a standard diet.
Scheck joins a growing number of cancer scientists (including Thomas Seyfried and Dominic D’Agostino of the University of South Florida) who say the clinical implementation of the ketogenic diet as a viable treatment should be seriously considered. Cancer researchers say a major advantage to ketogenic diet therapy is it’s not expensive like chemo, nor does it drastically reduce the patient’s quality of life. Commitment to diabetes care - smart eating, physically active, and diabetes medications or insulin as directed.
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Ketosis is a metabolic state where most of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis where blood glucose provides most of the energy.
This can be calculated using a Garmin runners watch, or using the activity-based measures here.
There would be different programs depending on the starting point. We want to end up at percentages on the right by the end of week 3. MUFAs and SFAs are the fats that we burn for fuel in ketosis, so we need to keep those stocked up. In other words, these prevent our bodies from absorbing proteins and amino acids in our foods.  In addition, soy beans contain Phytic Acids which block the uptake of essential minerals in the intestinal tract – blocking absorption of these minerals by our bodies.
These average daily intake levels assume that you are also getting sufficient protein and healthy fats, and are doing some amount of Primal exercise.
Once you’ve arrived at your goal or ideal body composition, you can maintain it quite easily here while enjoying abundant vegetables, fruits and other Primal foods. Most health conscious eaters and unsuccessful dieters end up here, due to frequent intake of sugar and grain products (breads, pastas, cereals, rice, potatoes – even whole grains). All but the most extreme exercisers will tend to produce excessive insulin and store excessive fat over the years at this intake level. If you’re eating 1 cup of beans at approximately 40g of carbs per meal, 3 meals a day, and you’re consuming a reasonable amount of veggies that also contain some carbs, unfortunately my friend, you are likely in the Maintenence Zone or the Insidious Weight Gain Zone.

Eventually I began to suspect the amount of carbs I was taking in through legumes with each meal was the culprit. Also, the reference to the Primal Blueprint is worthwhile for people who want to get more into fine tuning things, or trying to diagnose plateaus. I think most come with 400g (including the liquid which is drained off.) I think more people who are inclined to measure would reach for a measuring cup of some sort rather than weighing out 100g. I think I’m starting to get on the right track though and this blog post is a great help.
I worry a little about people (myself included) relying too much on canned pulses as the sugar and salt content can be scary. I say perceived because during an episode, the blood sugar readings may be in the normal range, but still "feel" like low blood sugar to the person having the reaction.
Scheck told Examiner her research suggests the ketogenic diet can be a powerful adjuvant to radiation therapy to treat brain tumors. Scheck, associate professor in neuro-oncology research and the Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute. Nearly all the cells in our body can use both ketones and glucose (a carb) for energy, but cancer cells thrive on glucose and cannot survive on ketones. Scheck doesn’t think the ketogenic diet can replace the standard of care (which includes chemotherapy and radiation), but said this may be the case in the future if optimal ways to alter metabolism for anti-cancer therapy can be found.
Eugene Fine conducted a 10-patient pilot study at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. The best results occurred in patients who had a suppression of insulin secretion and elevation of ketones because of their low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet.
Those results will determine whether the medical community will adopt metabolic therapy to treat cancer in the future. The diet can also easily be added into current brain tumor treatment without the red tape of FDA approval. Scheck is currently conducting clinical trials to explore the efficacy of ketogenic diet therapy. RAVIKUMAR MUPPIDI DM EndocrinologyAdvanced Endocrine Hospital & Research Centre KPHB Hyd. It may also help stabilize moods, clarify and enhance cognition, and result in performance gains in sports and other practices. It changes respiration and the respiratory quotient (a greater oxygen in : carbon dioxide out ratio), which may be work in synergism with yogic or diving breathing practices.
Despite trying to “do the right thing” (minimize fat, cut calories), people can still gain an average of 1.5 pounds of fat every year for decades. Jason from Finding My Fitness has recommended your blog so I decided to take a look and stumbled on your post! I realize that some feel the need to eat them in order to feel full, but could you replace them with something else?
In my experience, hypoglycemia happens to most people when first beginning a low carb, ketogenic diet. And it is associated with more efficient fat-burning energy consumption during endurance events such as marathon running, or extensive traditional climbing or hard trail walking. Not recommended for prolonged periods (except in medically supervised programs for obese or Type 2 diabetics) due to unnecessary deprivation of plant foods. Now I’m consistently dropping at least two pounds each week, as well as enjoying increased energy.
More protien or meat at each meal?I eat pinto beans the most, but that is the one bean I seem to be able to get down.
So I try to use home cooked lentils (mixed with lemon juice onion slices and plenty of chilli to pep it up) regularly, since they are quick to cook. It may be especially strong in people who have already developed insulin resistance or pre-diabetes from a chronic excess of carbohydrate intake.
Very good stuff and really gets into some new ideas about fructose, carbohydrates and the heightened levels of uric acid causing obesity and metabolic syndrome.. Though still fall back onto canned chick-peas regularly, and have to be strict with myself not to make addictive humus too often with them! Be aware that mainstream physicians arena€™t generally knowledgeable about this condition because it is rooted in nutritional causes.
Doctors arena€™t taught about the power of nutrition, and so he or she may minimize your concerns about it.
However, when first starting the diet, your body might still be in high carbohydrate, high insulin mode.
Peter Attia at the Eating Academy blog uses this product and he's pretty savvy about ketogenic diets and exercise. Meanwhile, during this adjustment phase, your pancreas is still secreting enough insulin for the older, higher level of carbohydrate consumption.

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