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Wanderlustrous 04-10-2013 11:00 AM

Ketosis and Protein
If you are eating too much protein, will you still be in ketosis? I have been reading dark purple since I started over two months ago.

I was eating around 90 grams-120 grams per day. My doctor suggested I lower it to 70-90 grams with an equal amount fat.

highvibes 04-10-2013 08:29 PM

I regularly eat about 120g. Depending on your lean body mass and activity level(there's online calculators) 70 may be too low for you. I would not follow doctor suggested nutrition advice unless you have a medical reason for it. Doctors don't study much nutrition :|

Wanderlustrous 04-11-2013 08:53 AM

Hi Highvibes,

She took the calculation from the book "Protein Power" based on my free fat mass. She's admitted that she's new to learning about low carb. She's an OBGYN who has recently taken an interest in the endocrine system, and has a weight management clinic based upon low carb eating.

I was eating 90-120 grams. She just wants me to tweak it to 70-90 grams.

I was just curious if anyone had a solid answer as to: Whether or not eating too much protein will kick you out of ketosis? I haven't found a solid answer on the web, so I reached out to message boards to see if anyone can guide me.

I have been a deep purple for more than 8 weeks,strictly following Atkins, no artificial sugar, drinking 8+ glasses of water per day, getting enough sleep, no stress (my cortisol levels proved that), ect. but I'm not losing weight (or inches). She's stumped. It doesn't seem like she's had a patient like me before.

I probably have a hormone imbalance of some sort (I take Armour Thyroid for hypothyroidism) that she hasn't discovered yet. She thinks I have PCOS but doesn't want to put me on metformin just yet. There's more tests to be run first.

Thanks for the support! I appreciate the help.

reddarin 04-11-2013 11:47 AM

The answer is yes.

Excess protein cannot be stored so it is converted to glucose and that might kick you out of ketosis.

If I am following the chemistry correctly, the excess is converted to glucose. Too much and that provokes an insulin response which, at least temporarily, stops the break down of body fat for fuel which lowers your ketone levels.

reddarin 04-11-2013 11:49 AM

70 to 90 grams sounds okay to me unless your ideal weight is very high. My ideal weight is around 170 and I try to eat about 100g a day.

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