- Here's a write up I've been working on -
When I tried to explain nutritional ketosis to my family recently I was met with a lot of blank and confused looks. I incorrectly assumed that my family knew as much as I did regarding regarding nutrition, biochemistry, and physiology and forgot that no one else in my family has a science background (I have a degree in physiology and work in healthcare).
To understand how nutritional ketosis works you have to understand a little bit of biochemistry. So I wanted to type up something that my family and anyone else who doesn’t have a science background can refer to.
Here are a few basic topics that I think will help someone have a better understanding of nutritional ketosis (and any other diet). I know this is extremely simplified and is extremely NOT comprehensive, but it’s as good a place to start as any. I hope you find this helpful.
The BJJ Caveman’s Primer on Basic Biochemistry
A key point to remember is that your body is very efficient in storing energy. It has the ability to convert any excess carbohydrates, proteins, or fats that are consumed into stored body fat.
The Importance of Blood Glucose
I'll post a primer on nutritional ketosis too.
Again, I hope you find this helpful. I know this is very simplified, but I had to strike a balance between oversimplification and accuracy/completeness.
Here is a post I did years ago along this same line of thought with a bit more about keto sticks. Just more info to add to your thoughts.
Thank you both for your primers. I will admit that I am not a science person, so anything that makes it a little easier for me to understand and explain helps a lot.
I read once a post by darkginger on these boards that helped me a lot. I have used it as a jumping off point in how I now visualize the whole process. I will share how I now visualize it all. My science may be off a bit. If it is, please let me know and I'll try to come up with something more accurate. Anyway, first the post that got me started....
Protein comes in quietly and goes where it needs to go. However, when we get to much protein some of it has to hang out in the bloodstream (hall) until it can go into the muscles. As more protein hangs out in the halls, they start to act like glucose and get louder and louder -- eventually waking up the insulin dogs. So, we need to eat enough protein to power our muscles but not so much that we leave it hanging out in the hall.
Meanwhile, the glucose that was chased into the fat cells cling to each other. Now, they are actually too big to fit back through the door of the fat cell. The only way they will be able to get back through is to relax enough to let go of each other and come out to see if the dogs are still there. To do that, they have to go quite awhile without hearing the dogs barking and chasing other glucose. Once the dogs are allowed to sleep for awhile. The do let go of each other and start to come out of their shelter and eventually make their way to the cells they were supposed to be fueling.
So, some of us have insulin dogs that sleep a bit sounder and don't wake up for every little bit of carb that comes through the bloodstream. That's why some people can eat more carbs and not gain weight. Others of us have dogs that are very light sleepers and wake up at almost any noise coming through the bloodstream (hall). Also, it is not unusual for the dogs to start out as heavy sleepers and become light sleepers as we age which is why the low fat diet that worked in our younger years doesn't work now.
Anyway, that is how I have been visualizing this whole process. I'm sure the science may not be exactly right, but I hope it is fairly close. Please feel free to add or correct anything to it. I'd love to be able to accurately explain how this works using a visual like this. I'd love to add in triglycerides and everything else, too, but I'm afraid that is beyond my understanding at this point. For us non-science types, something like this does help us understand things better.
Excellent analogy beachy. My dogs are very light sleepers, that is why I'm here. Seems like even one protein molecule that hangs out in the hall, wakes them up. It is so frustrating!
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