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A Quick Guide to Ketogenic Diets

A ketogenic diet (keto) is a very low-carb diet, that turns the body into a fat-burning machine. It has many potential benefits for weight loss, health and performance. But there are also potential drawbacks and side effects.

A ketogenic diet is similar to other strict low-carb diets, like the Atkins diet or LCHF (low carb, high fat). These diets often end up being ketogenic more or less by accident. The main difference between strict LCHF and keto is that protein is restricted in the latter.

A keto diet is designed specifically to result in ketosis. It’s possible to measure and adapt to reach optimal ketone levels for health, weight loss, or for physical and mental performance.

On our brand new guide page you can learn all you need to do that.

A Quick Guide to Ketogenic Diets

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A Year of Self-Tracking in Nutritional Ketosis


4.6 out of 5 stars5 star70%4 star22%3 star1%2 star4%1 star0%62 ratings2,630 viewsWhat would happen if you spent a year eating a very low-carb diet, a ketogenic diet, while tracking all kinds of blood tests and other things?

Dr. Jim McCarter did just that and presented his findings at the recent Low Carb Vail conference. You can watch a segment above (transcript).

The full longer presentation is on our member site:

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Using Ketone Breath Analysers


4.6 out of 5 stars5 star70%4 star22%3 star1%2 star4%1 star0%62 ratings2,630 viewsMichel Lundell managed to get his epilepsy under control using a ketogenic diet (this is now an accepted and proven treatment).

To make it easier to track his ketone levels – and being an engineer – he then developed the first ketone breath analyser, called the Ketonix.

In this short talk from Low Carb Vail he tells his story, and describes different ways of tracking ketone levels in the body.

You can watch a segment above, about his personal journey. Transcript

The full 21-minute presentation on our member site:
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The Top 5 Videos About Ketosis

Do you know everything about ketosis, the state that you can achieve on low carb? Where the body and brain are fueled primarily by fat, turning you into a fat-burning machine?

Here are our top 5 videos about it, with some of the world’s foremost experts.

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Using Ketone Breath Analysers

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Michel Lundell managed to get his epilepsy under control using a ketogenic diet (this is now an accepted and proven treatment).

To make it easier to track his ketone levels – and being an engineer – he then developed the first ketone breath analyser, called the Ketonix.

In this short talk from Low Carb Vail he tells his story, and describes different ways of tracking ketone levels in the body.

After that Alison Gannet talks about being diagnosed with a massive malignant brain tumor in 2013. She had surgery to remove it and has then used a ketogenic diet to hopefully reduce the risk of relapse – so far so good. Here she talks about her journey, including tips and tricks for how to stay in optimal ketosis.

The full presentation is now available on our member site:

Using Ketone Breath Analysers – Michel Lundell and Alison Gannett

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A Year of Self-Tracking in Nutritional Ketosis

A Year of Self-Tracking in Nutritional Ketosis – Dr. Jim McCarter4.6 out of 5 stars5 star70%4 star22%3 star1%2 star4%1 star0%62 ratings6210:20


What would happen if you spent a year eating a very low-carb diet, a ketogenic diet, while tracking all kinds of blood tests and other things?

Dr. Jim McCarter did just that and presented his findings at the recent Low Carb Vail conference in this 10 minute talk. The complete presentation is now available on our member site:

A Year of Self-Tracking in Nutritional Ketosis – Dr. Jim McCarter

Get instant access to it and more than 120 other presentations, video courses, interviews and movies as well as Q&A with low-carb experts with a free trial.

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The First Disposable Breath Ketone Test Has Arrived

The Metron breath ketone test

Do you want a simple way to check for ketosis, without a urine or blood test? It’s also possible to check you breath for ketones (acetone). This has already been possible for some time with the Ketonix reusable breath analyser (costing $149).

Now the Ketonix is joined by the just-launched disposable test Metron, which can be ordered via Amazon ($28 for 10 tests).

Metron is cheaper if you only want to do a few tests (up to 50 tests), but the reusable Ketonix is cheaper if you want to do more tests than that – testing is free once you have one.

At some point we may do a test of Ketonix vs. Metron. Would you find that interesting? Or do you already have your own experience comparing these two devices? Please leave a comment.

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How a Diet Change Can Free People from Epilepsy

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Can you cure your epilepsy without medication? Yes, this seems possible for many. At least you can keep the disease in remission long term with a change in lifestyle – without the need for strong drugs or their side effects.

Here’s Michel Lundell’s story:

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Happy Ketones

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Here’s low-carb blogger Jimmy Moore at the recent obesity conference. He’s smiling about soon hitting two consecutive years in deep ketosis (and 80 pounds or so lost).

The gadget he’s holding up is a new breath analyzer for acetone (i.e one of the two main ketone bodies). Yellow light means plenty of acetone.

The gadget is $99 and is good for any number of measurements. It seems to work pretty well. Better than urine strips but not quite as good as the gold standard: blood measurements.

You can read more about the Ketonix breath analyzer and order it here.

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Final Report: Two Months of Strict LCHF and Ketone Monitoring

Note: This experiment was done six months ago and initially only reported on my Swedish blog. This is a somewhat delayed translation!

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What happens if you hugely digress from a low-carbohydrate diet and suddenly eat a whole load of carbs?

Here is my final report following two months of a very strict LCHF diet, and daily measurements of four parameters:

  • Blood ketones (the red curve)
  • Urine ketones (yellow)
  • Weight (purple)
  • Waistline (purple)

To get familiar with the experiment design, I recommend reading my first report. For results from the first month, have a look at my second report. Here’s the third and final one, discussing the second month.

As you can see from the above graph, I took the opportunity to conduct a side experiment. The pink vertical column marks one weekend where I conciously completely deviated from the low-carbohydrate diet. I was on the Swedish archipelago “Koster” for the year’s lobster premiere, and simply had the same food as everyone else.

So, what happens if you totally veer off the low carb lifestyle after a long period of strict LCHF? Is complete havoc wrought in your body? Do you have to start from scratch again? Here’s the answer: Continue Reading →

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