A: (Published July 01, 2003) Ketosis is a condition that occurs when carbs are limited so severely that the body begins to break down fat for fuel. In otherwise healthy overweight individuals, I am aware of no evidence that ketosis is a danger. But it is associated with a decrease of fluid volume and some dehydration, which can be a problem in people with kidney disorders or those on antihypertensive medications.
The South Beach Diet recommends enough low-glycemic carbs to prevent ketosis. Still, there can be some dehydration during Phase 1, and it is important to keep up with fluids. We suggest eight glasses of water or decaffeinated beverages per day. Ketosis-induced dehydration should definitely be avoided in people with established kidney problems or a predisposition to kidney problems (such as high blood pressure or diabetes). If there is any concern about this, you may begin with Phase 2 of the diet.
Jun-15-2004 12:14 pm ...This should not happen on phase 1. Are you drinking 2 cups of milk per day, and eating the recommended amount of veggies? I recommend that you include some beans/legumes in your plan and make sure that you are eating the recommended amounts of foods so that you are not in ketosis.
By restricting carbohydrates drastically to a mere fraction of that found in the typical American diet, the body goes into a different metabolic state called ketosis. Normally the body burns carbohydrates for fuel -- this is the main source of fuel for your brain, heart and many other organs. A person in ketosis is getting energy from ketones, little carbon fragments that are the fuel created by the breakdown of fat stores. There can be some health problems associated with ketosis, so the SBD does not recommend ketosis.
taterpatch wrote:Ok-I started SBD yesterday and am wondering what the advantages of starting with phase 2 are. I want relatively quick results-I weigh 190 now and would love to be at 135 by this summer. I am 41 years old.
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