Okay so I have been reading some articles on here regarding ketosis and forum posts as well. I think I am finally ready to begin it, however I have a few simple (I think) questions that maybe I have either missed or have gotten loss in all the reading I have done. I was wondering if someone out there can help.
If I am wrong in any of my questions please correct me as I may be missing something.
When under ketosis I have read that both muscle and fat are used as “fuel” due to not finding glucose in the blood and no glycogen in the liver. Then I read that fat is considered the last option to be used as fuel. But why is it, under ketosis, that fat is used before muscle? What is it about ketosis and the body not finding any glucose to use or glycogen to use in the liver that causes a last option to all of a sudden jump to the first option in front of muscle for breakdown? Maybe this is a stupid question, I just am looking for clarification I guess.
I understand that ketosis requires something like 60% fat calories, 35% protein, and 5% carbohydrate calories. This is what I have read from some people in the forum. If this is incorrect or a better ratio is found, please tell me. However my main question deals with making it easier to do this ratio on a daily basis. Is there some sort of program or android app that I can use to make this easier to figure out. As in a list of foods that contain accurate nutritional content that I can enter to make sure I am upholding this ratio on a daily basis.
There’s a post on another website that members on this forum often refer to others when one wants to enter ketosis, but we are not able to link to it. However, the post explains the “quick, easy, reliable” way of entering ketosis, and I am quite confused by some parts of it. It says to start on day 1 to not eat anything after 6 pm. Day 2 start with HIIT before you eat, then begin a strict keto diet 0-2% calories given to carbs. Then Day 3 do HIIT again before you eat, then eat 5% of calories of carbs, which is considered “normal keto”.
My first question is why is day 1 even considered a day if we arn’t specified any specific dietary restrictions in the form of keto other than not eating after 6. Should not eating after 6pm be considered a constant throughout the whole diet? Also, why do you eat so few carb calories on the second day then start a normal keto on the 3rd day? Why not just simply start a normal keto diet and excercise regimine on day one? Basically whats the purpose of the first two days?
I have found conflicting information regarding “keto strips”. Some say they are great, my ex-girlfriend who had type 1 diabetes had to use them in the doctors office, yet I constantly hear from others that they are unreliable. I ordered some from the pharmacy yesterday and I pick them up tomorrow. First, when should I begin using them (like the first day to begin making sure I’m in ketosis) after I begin the diet and what is the correct way of using them? Some say to pee in a cup and put the strip in the cup while others say that doesn’t even really matter and just pee on the stick directly. Some advice here would help greatly.
Medications. I am on a number of medications that I don’t know or haven’t seen in any of the posts talked about, if they may affect the ability to go through ketosis. I guess I’m just making sure I am not doing anything negative to my body and wanted to double check to see if anyone else has been on similar medications and still done ketosis sucessfully or if these medications can be conter-productive in any way. First, I am on adderall 10mg a day. Not a very large dose but I have read some discussion around here that it is catabolic. Does this mean that it would burn muscle as well as fat if I was to do ketosis or should I not worry about it and keep my ADD under control? Second, I am on androderm 4mg. I have low testosterone that hasn’t responded to either gels or the patches. I have some gain in testosterone some months, but I hover around the 280-300 range currently as a young man in my early 20s. My neurologist wants me to see an endocrinologist to get shots. Anyways, will this have any affect on the diet at all in terms of keeping muscle from being destroyed?
Maybe my biggest question. Once I get the ratio of fats-protein-carbs down, how should I determine the amount of calories to eat? Is there a good calculator for this? I don’t know where a good calculator for this is, however, the one I did find on the post on the other website didn’t seem to make much sense. Maybe I misunderstood the wording. I wasn’t sure if we could link it here so I didn’t to be safe. In addition, to the calorie question, is there a rule regarding how many times to eat per day, like 6 small meals that is advocated by others to keep metabolism up?
I’m sorry for writing such a large post. But I really want to lose fat and better my health. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read and answer some of my questions and correct some inaccuracies I may have.
Thank you very much and have a great day.