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“What are exogenous ketones and how do I use them?”

Exogenous ketones are a bit of a controversial subject among keto dieters. Are they necessary for ketosis? Can they stall weight loss?

All valid questions and the short answer is: You don’t need exogenous ketones to get into ketosis, but they can help. And they absolutely do not stall weight loss.

Since most people are interested in the ketogenic diet because of its weight loss benefits, it’s important to know the facts about exogenous ketones and how exactly they work in your body.

Read on to learn all the potential benefits and how to take exogenous ketones for energy, appetite suppression, and more. 

What Are Exogenous Ketones?

Exogenous ketones are a supplemental variation of the ketones that you produce in your body during carbohydrate restriction or starvation. 

Ketones, or ketone bodies, are energy molecules produced by your liver when blood glucose is low as a result of fasting, carbohydrate restriction, or the ingestion of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).

Ketones made inside your body are referred to as endogenous ketones (endo- means internal), while ketones made outside of your body are exogenous (exo- means external).

It is important to note that simply consuming this supplement is not the same thing as following the keto diet, but it can provide some support to a healthy keto lifestyle. That might mean boosting your energy before a workout, improving cognitive function, and increasing overall energy.

The main ketone in exogenous ketone supplements is BHB, or beta-hydroxybutyrate. During nutritional ketosis, BHB is the main energy source your body runs on.

How Exogenous Ketones Work

When you take exogenous ketones, your blood ketone levels increase slightly — even if you’re not in nutritional ketosis. This increase in blood ketones provides some of the benefits of actual ketosis, including increased energy, mental clarity, appetite suppression, and more.

However, taking exogenous ketones doesn’t mean you’re in ketosis. And you can’t take them along with a ton of carbs consistently and expect to see the long-term benefits of ketosis. That said, there are many ways that exogenous ketone supplements can support healthy weight loss and more.

3 Ways Exogenous Ketones Help You Lose Weight

Exogenous ketones have three strategical uses:

#1: They Mimic Nutritional Ketosis

The main goal of exogenous ketones is to mimic a state of nutritional ketosis. A common misunderstanding is that ketone salts or esters can get you into ketosis. That’s not exactly true. Instead, they temporarily raise the levels of ketones in your blood, resulting in some of the physical and mental benefits of nutritional ketosis.

By temporarily raising your blood ketones, BHB powder or capsules can:

  • Increase mental clarity and focus
  • Boost your energy
  • Aid in weight loss by suppressing appetite and increasing energy

#2: Supporting Your System After a Carb Binge

Not everyone can follow a very strict, high-fat, low-carb diet 24/7. But anyone who’s been in ketosis for a while knows that when you get kicked out of ketosis, it can take a while to get back in.

Exogenous ketones can help. Because ketone salts and esters can boost your energy and lessen your appetite, taking a scoop or two of exogenous ketones can help mitigate some of the symptoms that come after a carb binge.

If you eat too many carbs or go on a weekend bender, use Perfect Keto Base to support your energy as you transition back into ketosis.

#3: Supporting Keto Flu Symptoms

When your body transitions from using energy from carbohydrates to ketones from fat, there can be a lot of unwanted side effects. This is called the “keto flu” and usually includes symptoms like:

  • Low Energy
  • Bloating
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • And more

This happens for a couple of reasons. One is dehydration and the corresponding electrolyte loss. But another reason is that your body is in between burning carbs and burning ketones and hasn’t become efficient at producing ketones from your fat stores yet.

The good news is that you can use exogenous ketones to bridge the gap. While your body is getting used to making its own ketones, you can supply it with exogenous ketones to lighten keto flu symptoms.

Can Exogenous Ketones Help You Lose Weight?

One common misconception is that taking ketone supplements will induce instantaneous weight loss. The truth is that while they’re helpful, ketones are only one piece of the puzzle in your weight loss journey.

Remember exogenous ketones are supplements, and therefore should be supplementary to a low-carb ketogenic lifestyle.

Exogenous ketones don’t trigger weight loss and they won’t put you into ketosis. Only a low-carb diet or fasting will do that. However, they can temporarily increase your blood ketone levels and provide some physical and mental benefits for the short term. 

Some of these benefits are helpful when it comes to weight loss.

It’s also important to mention that being in a state of ketosis doesn’t automatically mean you’ll lose weight. Before you give up entirely and start binging on bread, read on …

Why You May Not Be Losing Weight With Keto Salts

A ketogenic diet can help you lose fat and maintain or gain muscle. But your weight loss success depends on factors other than being in a ketogenic state.

You can be in deep nutritional ketosis (>3.0mmol/dL) and experience an increase in body fat percentage. You can also be in deep nutritional ketosis and have a decrease in body fat percentage. It all depends on your activity levels, macronutrient ratios, and calorie intake.

Exogenous ketones are an effective tool to temporarily raise your blood ketone levels and boost your energy. More energy and a decrease in appetite (another happy side effect of exogenous ketones) can help you lose weight. 

But they aren’t a one-stop-shop. In order to lose weight sustainably, you’ll need to follow a healthy ketogenic diet, focus on nutrient-dense foods, exercise, and manage your stress levels and sleep quality.

If you’re doing everything right, taking exogenous ketones, and still don’t see any weight loss, you may want to try tweaking your macros:

  • When gaining body fat on a ketogenic diet: Eat less dietary fat or look at your caloric intake.
  • If you are not in ketosis and not losing weight: Eat fewer carbs and increase fat and protein.
  • You’re losing weight but feeling fatigued: Eat more protein and fat and make sure you’re getting enough calories.

Supplementing with exogenous ketones can also help by increasing energy levels and curbing cravings.

The bottom line is, when you understand how exogenous ketones work and have realistic expectations about them, they can help you lose weight and be healthier.

How to Use (and Not to Use) Exogenous Ketones for Weight Loss

5 Steps to Using Exogenous Ketones for Weight Loss

Ketones help with your transition into ketosis because they mitigate some of the nasty symptoms of the keto flu. But they won’t “get you into ketosis.” Instead, use ketone salts and esters to support your healthy transition into nutritional ketosis.

Here’s how it works:

  • You start by restricting carbs and adopting a ketogenic diet.
  • As you’re transitioning into ketosis, you can take an exogenous ketone supplement to support your energy levels and help suppress appetite.
  • Once you’re in ketosis, it’s likely you’ll start losing weight — a lot at first due to water weight loss, then a steady amount of stored body fat over time.
  • If you’re not losing weight, you can try tweaking your macronutrient ratios.
  • When you start losing weight, it’s because your body is burning through your fat stores, making ketones for energy.
  • When you’re in ketosis, you can still use exogenous ketones in between meals, as a pre-workout drink, or for more mental clarity.

The Takeaway: Exogenous Ketones to Keto Diet Support

Exogenous ketones can support your ketogenic diet and your health goals, but they’re not a quick fix or a complete solution in and of themselves.

Use them in addition to a properly formulated, healthy ketogenic diet, not as a standalone supplement.

  • Don’t take assume taking ketones will induce weight loss by itself.
  • Do use ketones to help you on your ketogenic diet if you’ve done your homework.
  • Do make a plan of what and how much you want to eat for your goals–and stick to it.
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  1. How long does your body stay in ketosis after using exogenous ketones? I have read that you get into ketosis within an hour after consuming, but cannot find how long you stay in ketosis?

  2. Would it be beneficial for my 11 year old picky eater with Aspergers and behavior issues to take your product? Is it safe? My husband and I eat keto but he refuses, so I’m looking for alternative options for his brain health and blood sugars.

  3. I still need to know exactly WHEN to take my scoop? In the am? Before a meal? How to incorporate them into fasting?

  4. Can you take ketones and follow a clean eating diet which includes carbs like sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa, etc., and still lose weight?

  5. I went over this website and I think you have a lot of
    good information, saved to fav (:.

  6. If you are intermittently fasting, will taking exogenous ketones during the fasting portion of your day mess with your fast, or will it actually improve it? I ask this because my ketones have 5 g carbs – so I would think this would actually reverse the benefits of my fast…

  7. If you are eating carbohydrates what does your body do with the glucose when you take ketones? It can burn both so does it store as fat because your in ketosis and using ketones for energy instead of the glucose?

  8. I practice a Cyclical Ketogenic diet where I incorporate a higher carb day once a week. The day following a higher carb day, I follow an intermittent fasting day where I do not eat anything (no fats either) for 20-24 hours. I do this as a cellular cleanse (autophagy) as well as a way for my body to get back into ketosis. Would it be helpful to add an exogenous ketone on this particular “fasting” day to get into ketosis quicker? Would I notice better results or is my own nutritional ketosis enough? I am relatively fit with a pretty low fat percentage for my gender and age, but I am always striving for an even leaner “more chiseled” look.

  9. I do intermittent fasting and find that a scoop of the Chocolate sea salt with my coffee makes a great mug of keto “Hot Chocolate”. This helps me stay alert and feeling full until I decide to eat…. at least 20 hours fasting. I also feel like my brain is on fire. I’m a believer.

    Am I doing this right? I am using this to lose weight and even though I have only had this a couple days I feel like it will help.

    Any other advice?

  10. I am following a low carb diet and have purchased urine ketone dip sticks. It has the colour chart on the side of the container but I’m not sure what I should be looking for to ensure I am keeping the carbs low enough. Can you help?

  11. What should I look for when purchasing ketones? How do I know I am getting what I want instead of some fake? Surely there are ketone imposters just like everything else. And can I get them at the local health food store such as GNC?

  12. Does taking inosito for PCOS interfer with ketones? Is it OK to the both inositol and perfect keto?

  13. soooooo .. am I burning fat (aka like I would be in nutritional ketosis) or am I just adding a bunch of ketones to my body to make it seem like i’m in ketosis? I don’t get how putting exogenous ketones has anything to do with the level of glucose in my body and then switching my primary fuel source to fat?

  14. I’ve purchased the salted chocolate perfect keto supplement and I can say it’s quite delicious. I drink it 2 times a day and have for 3 days now . I eat a ketogenic diet counting macros with MFP .
    But my body is resisting nutritional ketosis . I register ketones in my urine a few hours after consumption but then they disappear until the next drink…I have been eating a ketogenic diet for several weeks but not in ketosis .I’m looking for any help you can provide for me….
    Thanks

  15. I’ve been doing this woe 3 days(2nd try). Very low carb, with no sugar, assuming I’m doing keto correctly, will using Perfect Keto help me get into ketosis? Asking because I see this product helps you get back in keto after a cheat or helps you maintain but I’m unclear if it will help you get into keto ? TY

  16. Since starting exogenous ketones I have stopped post menopausal facial hair growth..why?

  17. what does your body do if you consume ketones directly after a carb meal? how does it interact with that insulin spike? just curious. Thanks

  18. If you are already in ketosis and not cheating, what benefits would perfect keto or a supplement/ Ketone drink provide? I see a lot of hype around these products but don’t know how you would use them when on plan. Would they help speed fat loss further?

  19. Study after study is showing that cells absorb ketones in proportion to the availability in the blood. This indicates that supplementing with ketones will increase the body’s propensity to use the ketones. I use it as a nice energy boost at work or working out! 🙂

  20. The insulin spike will cause carbs to be cleared from the blood and stored as fat. Ketones are shown to be used preferentially to glucose when they are both present. The purpose of taking ketones after a carb heavy meal would be to bridge your way back to nutritional ketosis (which will take time and carb restriction).

  21. After 12 days of supplementing with ketones drink and a low carb diet, I haven’t seen any fat loss. Is this normal? Can it be that my body just doesn’t respond to this?

  22. Go lower on the carbs, try less than 20g per day (total, not net). If that does not work also try reduce protein, but I like to keep it at minimum 80g per day (to prevent muscle loss).

  23. I am on low carbs diet for last 12 days eating about 20 to 25 g of carbs and urine test shows my ketone level is around 15 mg/dl. I have lost about 18 lbs. If I increase my carbs to 50 g per day, will I still be in Keto stage loosing weight. My goal is to loose 15 lbs more? Please advise. Thank you

  24. If I have large ketones in my body and have stalled …what should I do? Meaning what is the answer eat more protein more carbs less fat or less protein more carbs I just know that I need my body to be having low ketones to put me back to where I will be burning fat !
    Thanks

  25. Hi Samantha! There’s no danger to taking Perfect Keto multiple times per day and multiple scoops. Most people use Perfect Keto between 0-3 times per day and find it best to start slowly and go from there to see what is most beneficial for you.

  26. Hello Amy. Drinking Perfect Keto varies by person. There’s no danger to taking it multiple times per day and multiple scoops. Most people use Perfect Keto between 0-3 times per day and find it best to start slowly and go from there to see what is most beneficial for you.

  27. You can take it in the morning or between meals to put your body into an effortless fat-burning mode. You can also try it before/during exercise as an energy drink. It’s also best to take on an empty stomach for peak mental performance and sharper focus. (PK Pro Tip: Mix it in your morning coffee or tea). After eating a meal will also do, to help you boost yourself back into ketosis.

  28. What GI complications? I drive a bus all day with limited stops. I really want to try it, but If PK causes upset stomach / diarrhea, that could be a serious deterrent. I’ve been doing low carb for about 2.5 months and down 30lbs. I’d like to go full keto but am concerned about digestive issues.

  29. So if one were to ingest exogenous ketones and raise blood ketone levels (say after a heavy carb meal) to say over 0.5mmol artificially – are you in nutritional ketosis?
    and if not, how do you know if you are in nutritional ketosis.

  30. Thank you for the information provided in the site. I have ordered perfect keto and I look forward to incorporate it in my keto diet.

    Two questions please:

    Would exogenous supplementation with ketones during say intermittent fasting, result in a decreased endogenous ketone production (is there a negative feedback mechanism in place)?

    What is the calorie/energy intake per ketone supplement serving? This will need to be added to the daily calorie intake and would be especially relevant to those on a calorie restricted diet.

    Many thanks

  31. Does anyone know if taking the aromatase inhibitor Exemestane causes slower weight loss or a low ketone reading on a meter?

  32. I have been eating low carb for 2 months. Have lost 11 pounds and building muscle. My urine will show no ketones after several hours after the drink even if I have had no food???

  33. I have the same question and don’t fully understand your answer. If you have both glucose and ketones in your blood, and the ketones are what gets used for energy, what happens to the glucose? Does it remain in your blood? Thanks.

  34. Being in ketosis actually creates inositol in the body. That’s why when going into ketosis and/or fasting regulates your hormones right away. When I started intermittent fasting, my period showed up in 4 days. Prior to that, I hadn’t seen it in months

  35. I was resistant, looked at all things to do with carb creep. Just broke my heart. I picked up the book 30 day keto cleanse. I’m not selling any book but it’s a very clean keto plan. Three days in I’m deep into ketosis. Found out heavy cream is not my friend. Just a thought

  36. I have been on ketogenic diet for a month now. I have a blood meter and I seem to stay in the light ketosis range (typically 0.5-0.7). Will exogenous ketones boost me into the suggested ‘Optimal Ketosis’ range?

  37. If you are already on a low cab diet to maintain ketosis…how should this be used in conjunction with that diet.

    Like how often should this be used during that diet for balance

  38. I have heard that people experience hair lose when following a Keto diet, if already following a Keto diet and have stop the hair lose time frame will taking the supplement cause hair lose again?

  39. I am eating Keto and have lost 30 pounds (50 to go), but don’t count carbs religiously and cheat occasionally, usually at social events. Would it be a good idea to use Perfect Keto every morning to help maintain ketosis to make make up for my lack of discipline?

  40. I have a headache, but I don’t know if it’s due to keto flu or a food intolerance (as I regularly get bad headaches from reactions to food). I got some Perfect Keto exogenous ketones to help with the transition, but I’m nervous that they could make my headache worse. Any ideas?

  41. I am in ketosis already because I’m stringently following the ketogenic diet. Would it be dangerous to drink ketones if I’m already in a heightened state of ketosis?

  42. Hi there, you can certainly do that but make sure you are still testing your ketone levels often to see if you are actually in ketosis.

  43. Hi there! We highly recommend consulting with your doctor first to see if taking our products or any other supplements would be okay for her .

  44. Hello Melissa! We highly recommend consulting with your doctor first to see if taking our products or any other supplements would be okay for you .

  45. I have been eating Keto for two months now. I feel great and I can see a difference in my body compostition but I am not losing weight. I only want to lose 5-7 pounds. I am 54 and in great shape bu the middle age middle fat is my challenge! Is my change mostly water loss? Sometimes I worry I am eating too much fat. Can you eat a lower fat diet, low carb and supplement with Ketones and still lose weight? I dont want to stay Keto forever….but would like to transition back to a healthy balanced, low carb ( not no Carb) lifestyle. I am very active and exercise almost daily.

  46. Hi all,

    Any idea on how to take the Vanilla exogenous ketones?
    I was super stoked to see that my goodies arrived today at work so tried the Vanilla in my morning coffee with unsweetened almond milk and heavy whipped cream as usual. But I could not get over the taste and the smell. Any other suggestions on how to take it as I don’t know if I can take it in my coffee again, had to force myself to drink it. It has a very specific smell and overwhelming taste. But I don’t want to let it go to waste. Help?

    The unflavored Collagen in my other coffee was amazing btw. Creamy, jum!

  47. Hello Renee! It depends on the benefits you’re looking for and the health goals you’re trying to achieve. All of our Perfect Keto products are quality Exogenous Ketones supplements that can help you get in and maintain ketosis. If you search for each product in the search bar, you’ll be directed to some blogs and guides on when and how to use each product. Let us know if you have any questions along the way 🙂

  48. I was wondering why after about an hour of drinking exogenous Ketones they wouldn’t show up in a blood test? Could you shed some light?

  49. Hi,
    Can you please tell me the difference in products, and which one is best for beginner to lose weight.
    Thank you,

    Patty Phillips

  50. Hi Patty! Exogenous ketones help raise your ketone levels to help you get into ketosis. You can then use ketosis as an approach to losing weight. Keto Collagen is great for recovery and soft tissues. MCT powder is a great source of fat for fast energy or a snack 🙂 Good luck!

  51. Hi Alexander – I’m still a bit confused about the artificially raised ketone level from the exogenous ketones. If your body has “temporary artificially raised ketone levels then how does the body use these ketones if you’re not in nutritional ketosis? does it tell your body to get into ketosis faster? is the body now using fat for energy vs. glucose?

    I don’t understand if it’s an actual benefit or a perceived benefit to getting into ketosis if it still takes me 2-4 days to get into nutritional ketosis. Am I actually using fat or just drinking ketones? does that make sense?

  52. Hi Benita, this could be due to a number of different reasons…are you following a ketogenic diet? if so, for how long? Have you taken exogenous ketones before? Are you sure the monitor/strip is valid – may need to do a second check. Could possibly need to check again in another hour. I’d advise testing again tomorrow and see what happens 🙂

  53. Hey Danae, I think it just depends on the individual and how your body tolerates it. It’s best to start with smaller doses and work your way up. GI distress would be a indication to take it back a notch. Hope that helps 🙂

  54. Hi Lilie, I would recommend starting with a small dose (maybe 1/3 to 1/2 scoop) to assess your tolerance and then go from there 🙂

  55. Even with a ketogenic diet, taking the exogenous ketones only raises ketone level to 0.4. I don’t have a high level of ketones even after a 5 day fast. What would cause this?

  56. The main reason to be using Perfect Keto, it’s to take it as complement for my diet, Atkins Modified to avoid epilepsy, it’s a complement and also could give me some open spaces with the food too; but I don’t have enough info yet, and will appreciate your recommendations. My only restriction are carbohydrates, 10% of the total.

  57. If I’m in ketosis at .9 will this ramp up my ketones and kick me into fat burn? I’m watcging macros and eating keto.

  58. Hey Jess, yes exogenous ketones will elevate your ketones and are a great supplement to eating keto!

  59. Hi Rhonda, this is actually very common after being keto for a few months and becoming keto-adapted. It just means you are better utilizing the ketones for energy instead of dumping them in your urine.

  60. Hey Ali, everyone has a different carb threshold and tolerance so you’d just have to test it out and see!

  61. I’m usually back out of ketosis within 24 hrs. I can’t stay in ketosis. Need to figure out if I’m still eating too many carbs, not enough fat or too much protein.

  62. Hey Anita, your body actually can use both ketones and glucose for energy but your heart and brain actually prefer using ketones over glucose whereas your muscles and other organs go back and forth. Check out this podcast that was recently done with our founder Anthony Gustin – it will help clear a lot of things up! https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/podcast/e59/

  63. Hey Susan – the darker the purple color on the urine sticks means the more ketones you are producing. As long as you’re starting to turn that stick purple, you are on the right track!

  64. Jackie, yes it sounds like you’re doing it right! If you’re feeling great and your brain is “on fire” as you mentioned, those are great signs!

  65. Nutritional ketosis has been shown to be safe and effective for children with epilepsy. And with all of the supplements available there is an increased interest in using exogenous ketones for seizures. Maybe try searching for clinical trials that are using them for children with epilepsy. Or contact one of the teaching hospitals that specialize in this and see if they have any experience using it with their patients? Good luck.

  66. Would this be useful for someone without much fat to loose who is cutting to look as lean as possible for a swimsuit photoshoot a month out?

    I’m a 125lb female at 20% bodyfat and I’ve been doing keto for roughly a year (although there were a couple of sugar filled months in the middle there, opps)

  67. Try the App Keto Simple Stupid, it’s a Red circle with a yellow pig, with a red scale inside of the pig! I love it!

  68. I have hypothyroidism from chemical exposure, I am on natural thyroid and T3. It has been a real struggle, My doctor told me most people in my condition would be severely obese at this stage, but i’m not. I’ve been using perfect keto trying to stay in ketosis, I currently weigh 164 lbs. down from 174. I should weigh 120 but would be content with 135. any suggestions would be great !

  69. Try 70% fats 15%protein 15%carbs. I consume 3Tbs. olive oil, avocado, or coconut oil per meal. Also use ghee to fry eggs in. Females use 2Tbs of the above oil. If your over 50 yrs. Dr. Don Colbert recommends a Lipase supplement to help break down fats. He has a book titled The Keto Zone I highly recommend it if you are doing a Keto Diet. I started out weighting 256lbs. lost 22lbs and 17inches in 4weeks. I eat 6oz. protein, 20grams carbs and 70%fats from above fats.

  70. Does this product actually put your body into ketosis or just put ketones into your body? I’m trying to understand how I can benefit from exogenous ketones. It just seems to my “uneducated” mind that the only benefit would have to come from a natural state of ketosis. Please help me understand.

  71. Hi I need a little bit of help. I’m not sure how much of the shake I can drink and how much food I can eat. It’s not breaking it down for me . Like if I drink 2 shakes for breakfast and lunch, what can I consume for dinner especially when it’s telling me to stay less the 50grams per day. Can you help me to understand it a little better I would truly appreciate it thank you in advance

  72. I’ve been instructed to take my ketone supp 15 minutes after a meal, also time it out to be 30 min before you workout (if you’re planning to use it as an energy boost) It’s also recommended to not consume carbs, starches, or sugars 4 hours after taking the ketone supplement.

  73. I really respect how they are looking out for the consumer over trying to push their product. They are honest and informative in the explanation of how this works, two thumbs up for that! That being said I do really like this product a lot. Its been a huge help in maintaining this lifestyle.

  74. Lipase is a digestive enzyme made by the pancreas that helps to break down certain fats. Most people do not need to take lipase supplements because our bodies naturally make ample lipase, but some people with cystic fibrosis or celiac disease may benefit from taking lipase.

  75. I’ve been trying a keto diet for a couple of months now and only show 5-15 mg/dl on the urine stick. I received my Perfect Keto today, took 1/3 scoop and registered 80!! I’m finally in the purple! Thanks!!!

  76. You have to be careful with what mineral the ketones are stabilized in. The ketones won’t hurt you. The potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sodium, might! If you are a heart patient, I wouldn’t do it without monitoring your electrolytes very very closely with a cardiologist!

  77. Hi
    I’m at that same point as Mia, haven’t loss much weight.
    Would like to know same question?

  78. Exogenous ketones break yourfast,but its also up to you. Ico sider andythingwithcalories breaking a fast…but some people do fat fasts, egg fasts, and many different types.

  79. coffee doesnt effective ketosis. its actually encouraged. Add coconut oil or even tablespoon of butter to coffee to increase mental clarity and focus in morning (old military trick)

  80. what exactly are you asking? Do you mean 50g of carbs? There are tons of keto recipes and such online. Think large portions of leafy greens and veggies, small portions (1 chicken breast or 5oz steak) mixed in with various plant-based fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado or dairy fats like heavy whip or dense cheeses and cream cheese.

  81. too much protein is often a common problem since your body will break down muscle (protein) before it goes to fat. body is looking for path of least resistance for energy, carbs are easiest, then protein, and fats being hardest to breakdown. For myself i found staying between 20-35g of carbs a day was most effective. Careful with fruits and berries as they have tons of carbs (fructose) and though nuts are great for healthy fats, a lot of them still have a moderate amount of carbs too. hope this helps

  82. I experienced hair loss/thinning. I found adding some targeted carbs (half of a small, boiled sweet potato) two nights a week slowly fixed it. I’m female and 44 years old for context if concerned about specific hormonal needs.

  83. I have a BS in Biochem, and have been a Medical Lab Tech for several years.

    Can you please explain to me the mechanism proposed for stimulating Ketois by consuming Ketones? The very presence of ketones (a product) inhibits forward reactions of ketosis to generate ATP…

    1. Are you suggesting there is a up-regulating function or positive feedback from ketones and ketone production?
    2.Can you cite any peer-reviewed literature I can read up on?

  84. I ordered the pills and need to know how to use them – I am understanding this is a low cart high fat diet but I need to know what to and not to eat and when? and what?

  85. Can I just use your meal replacement shake to stay in ketosis and lose weight or do I need to make keto meals daily or a few times a week?

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