First and foremost, let me start off with saying ketosis and ketoacidosis (DKA) are two very different things.
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a potentially life-threatening complication in patients with diabetes, predominantly in those with type 1 diabetes. DKA results from a shortage of insulin; in response the body switches to burning fatty acids and producing acidic ketone bodies that cause most of the symptoms and complications.1 An example of how someone with diabetes, such as myself, can be in a state of ketoacidosis is say when my insulin pump has problems delivering me insulin due to a kink in the site (connection on my body) or blood in the tubing and therefore the needed insulin is not getting in my body.
Ketosis or a ketogenic diet, on the other hand, is a high-fat, adequate protein, low-carbohydrate diet forcing the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates, thus a fat burning mode.
Medical professionals are using ketogenic, carb restricted diets to:
- Drive cancer into remission
- Improve epilepsy treatment
- Help patients with Alzheimers disease
- Treat blood sugar dis-regulation in type 2 diabetes and type 1 (but in type 1, more medical care may be required)
- Relieve food sensitivities
- Help metabolically deranged patients lose weight
- Stabilize blood sugars with diabetic cases
And many people have discovered that a ketogenic diet is a very effective tool for regaining health, losing excess weight and building a muscular, healthy body. Among those having success with ketogenic diets includes low carb advocate, Jimmy Moore, which he has published these 12 foods to serve him well for his nutrition ketosis objective.
Furthermore, a client has agreed to share his regime when he dabbles with ketosis and it looks something like this:
Pre-Breakfast – Start off with a huge glass of ice cold water, along with fish oil, magnesium, Vitamin C, D, and zinc to help with inflammation (this helps a ton with recovery for tough work outs)
Breakfast – Another glass of water to start meal, huge bowl of spinach, some tomatoes (sometimes I get lazy and just eat spinach), 3 slices of bacon, a sausage patty, and 2 eggs.
Post-Breakfast – Cup of coffee, no cream. Stevia.
Lunch* – 1 Large glass of water along with the supplements in Prebreakfast. 2 Salmon patties or some sort of protein, maybe steak or chicken thighs (I don’t use breasts as they don’t contain enough fat). If its a lean piece of meat, I cut up a half avocado to get some fat content in, OR and don’t hate me for this, I put mayo, and a big bowl of spinach.
Snack – Usually some beef jerky or pork rinds… hahahahaha
Pre-Workout Drink – BCAA’s, Protein Whey and Creatine. It helps me with recovery.
Post Workout Drink – Same as above.
Dinner – Same as Lunch*.
Additional comments: IF I work out, the meal immediately after, if its either lunch or dinner, I cut out the spinach, as I’m looking for two sources of fuel at this point: Fat and protein. That’s about it. Its a pretty Spartan diet but not changing it helps me stick to it. I use this mainly prior to competitions where I have to lose weight to make a certain weight class in a healthy manner. My BF percentage goes down a ton and my energy levels go way up.
An important thing to note though is that I don’t stay on this diet ALL year.
If you are interested in implementing a ketogenic diet the Ketogenic Diet Resource website has some detailed advice.
- Kitabchi AE, Umpierrez GE, Miles JM, Fisher JN (July 2009). “Hyperglycemic crises in adult patients with diabetes”. Diabetes Care 32 (7): 1335–43. doi:10.2337/dc09-9032. PMC 2699725. PMID 19564476.