Why I Stopped Testing my Ketones on a Ketogenic Diet

On measuring Ketones.

Like many people, when I first started a Ketogenic diet in early 2014 I bought the Ketostix and just couldn’t wait to see the color change.

And change it did!

It was neat, and it provided motivation for me to continue.

Eventually, I got a blood meter, a breath meter and spent lots of time (and money) testing ketones. Between a Ketonix Breath Ketone Analyzer, as well as dozens of blood ketone test strips, I’ve probably spent well over $500 testing ketones. The main thing I learned from my extensive ketone testing regimen is that…
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Podcast: Luis Villasenor with Guillermo Ruiz of 30/30Health.com

On this podcast, Guillermo Ruiz of 30/30 Health interviews Luis about various topics:

 

Luis’s beginnings and “hero’s journey” The importance of questioning current dogma The “why’s and hows” of everything The importance of salt and electrolytes Some common low carb / keto pitfalls The current state of low carb science
And more!

You can listen directly HERE

 

My Eulogy For Keto Sanity

No clever titles. No fancy graphics.  No amusing anecdotes.  No fancy SEO tricks.  Just my heart and some raw emotion this one.

I used to believe that what would kill the ketogenic movement would be the quick fix mentality and the “give me a pill” culture of western society. I’ve recently come to the jarring realization that what is going to kill the ketogenic movement has nothing to do with pills and powders, but rather runaway pride.

My concern is that the ketogenic diet, a dietary intervention which has aided so many people in getting a grasp on their…
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Podcast: Luis Villasenor with the KetoDentist, Matthew Standrige (part 2)

Here is the 2nd half of the interview Matthew Standridge the KetoDentist did with Luis Villasenor.

For part 1, go HERE.

In Part 2 we cover:

Why you need to tailor your dietary protein amount to your personal needs, and how to do it Why strength training will give you the best bang for your buck when transforming your body Why some of the studies that show ketogenic diets could be harmful aren’t very applicable (ie poor controls and methods) Why you should be focusing on eating whole foods rather than supplements or shakes When you SHOULD take supplements
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Ketogains Kitchen – On “Rapid Fat Loss” and Making the Process Enjoyable

On Rapid Fat Loss and its Implications

 

Rapid fat loss could for a small sized man or woman implicate a daily caloric intake as low as 800-1200 Kcal.

In this case, adherence to the diet can be challenging and going for a whole food based PSMF (Protein Sparing Modified Fast) has been found to help people achieve a higher sense of satiety. However, humans are subjected by a multitude of external stressors (a sense of deprival due dieting, your job, family, etc.) that can compromise the compliance to a low calorie diet, raising the probability to start a binge…
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Podcast: Luis Villasenor interviewed by Matthew Standrige, the KetoDentist (part 1)

On this podcast, Matthew Standridge the KetoDentist chats with Luis about:

This is part 1 of a 2 part interview.

For part 2, go HERE.

In Part 1 of 2 we cover:

How Luis got started in health and nutrition Why he gravitated toward ketogenic diets and why he has stayed in ketosis for over 15 years Why resistance training is the most optimal form of exercise to transform your body Why you can lose weight eating tons of calories on keto…. To a point Why if you carb load you might not be able to get your skinny…
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Podcast: Luis Villasenor on the KetoGeek Podcast

On this podcast, Fahad Ahmad from KetoGeek interviews Luis about:

his journey into keto, the advent of Ketogains, the success behind their protocols, entering ketosis, realistic expectations and benefits of the keto diet, misconceptions about gluconeogenesis, how the body is a big puzzle, benefits of resistance training during weight loss, what is ‘fat adaptation’, exogenous ketones

and then some rapid fire questions regarding fats in coffee, caloric deficit, bulking, supplementation and the anabolic window.

Direct Listen: http://ow.ly/lM7k30bE8Vh
iTunes Subscription: http://ow.ly/QTN030bE98B

Learn more about Fahad and his awesome KetoGeek products HERE!

www.ketogeek.com

On Energy Balance, Macros and Nutrient Density

 

ENERGY VALUE OF FOOD

The food that we eat contains what’s known as potential energy. Potential energy, by definition, is energy that’s stored in a physical system and has the potential to be converted into energy.
With most energy systems, the standard unit of measure for potential energy is the joule. Although some scientists use joules to describe the amount of potential energy in food; it’s still most common to measure this energy in Calories.

CALORIES: THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY REQUIRED TO RAISE THE TEMPERATURE OF ONE KILOGRAM OF WATER BY ONE DEGREE CELSIUS AT 1…
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On Keto Flu and Electrolyte Imbalances

The “Keto Flu”

During the induction phase of a Ketogenic Diet, or even a Low-carb, Paleo Diet, some people may experience “flu” like symptoms (tiredness, lethargy, shortness of breath, even arrhythmia) that often makes one believe that what they are doing is not right for their bodies.

This “flu” is a manifestation of both mental and physical dependence on carbohydrates as the body is essentially going through a phase where it has to learn (or better said, re-learn) to use fats as fuel.

 

Tiredness and Lethargy

Most people who do a Ketogenic or Paleo Diet, initially end up cutting…
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Luis Villasenor (Ketogains Founder) on The Keto Summit

Late last year, I participated in a fantastic event that you definitely don’t want to miss: The Keto Summit

 

As you know, Ketogains goal is to Educate, Empower, and help people Achieve their health and fitness goals.

My vision is to help empower as many people as possible, so that they can take health into their own hands.

So when Christopher Kelly (from the Nourish, Balance, Thrive podcast) asked me if I would participate in the Keto Summit, I felt honored and obliged.

Along with over 34 of the world’s best researchers and practitioners…
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