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Of Glucose and Finger Pricks — Is Personalized Nutrition Possible?

Individualized Nutrition

With the publication of the latest book of our friend Robb Wolf: Wired to Eat”, the concept of individualized nutrition has quickly become a hot topic around fitness groups.

I sincerely think that personalized nutrition constitutes the binary that nutritional science should follow to instruct humans on which is the “best diet” for them and how to manage it.

The fact is that personalized nutrition, to be “personalized”, requires a much higher degree of quantification than most people are capable, or more so willing, to do.

In Wired to Eat, the reader learns about how a…
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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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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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Chase Results, Not Ketones

In their myopic “chasing of ketones”, a lot of low carbers have been decieved into chasing ketones, instead of results.

They forget why they even started Keto in the first place, and in most cases, they did so to lose weight (yes, there are other valid approaches such as increased mind focus, treating a neurological illness, etc… but those are not the topic here). You don’t need to “eat fat to burn fat”… even on keto, you still need a negative energy balance.

Fat Bombs / Fat Coffee have become the bane of ketogenic diets.

The correct formula to apply…
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