It's been a long road to find what my body responds to in regards to abdominal inflammation, being weight loss resistant and balancing hormones.
My belief is understanding WHY our body is reacting a certain way to begin with, not manipulating it to get a result we desire. Which is why I'm not a fan of diet pills, HCG, Keto OS or anything to promote weight loss - over FIXING health. I realize that not everyone feels as I do. It's important to me to naturally regulate my hormones and reduce inflammation.
I've gotten my results not through supplementation but through daily:
- Intermittent fasting, usually an 18/6 window
- Eating a mostly plant based low carb high clean fat and (not Atkins and not keto)
- Eating gluten and mostly dairy free
- Drinking shakeology (this part was KEY, to get my nutrients, adaptogens, digestive enzymes and probiotics I'd otherwise be lacking)
- Exercising 4-5 times a week.
And that has reduced my insulin resistance, reduced my bloating, started regulating my hormones and has helped me come a fat burner compared to a sugar burner, NATURALLY.
I personally don't believe in consuming something that your body produces naturally, for weight loss.
But since people will approach you to sell their supplements...
I'd like to add when that people are talking about ketosis/ketogenesis and the "exogenous ketones" there's KETOSIS and then there is KETOGENESIS.
Ketosis: blood levels show ketones. This does NOT mean you are burning fat, using fat for fuel etc. Just that you have elevated ketones in your blood (or urine etc).
Yes, ketones can curb appetite, increase mood, decrease inflammation, give energy etc. but all that does not = fat loss and is not scientifically shown to do so other than making you feel better, less hungry, thus maybe consuming less or working out more.
Also, exogenous ketones WEAR off within a few hours. So if your body is not NATURALLY in ketosis through ketogenesis, crashes happen after and for myself, ravenous hungry and tired. Very much like an insulin spike/crash IMO.
It can feel super unnatural. That is also why companies that promote "buying their exogenous ketones" recommend drinking it like 2-3 times a day 🤦🏼♀️👀
Ketogenesis: YOUR liver converting your own fat (whether consumed or stored) into fuel (ketone bodies).
Thus, "fat loss" and the natural effects of ketosis --- ketones in your blood.
So, fat loss and all the positive, sustained (no crash effects) naturally and for free 🤷♀️ and your body regulates just how much it "needs" instead of you dumping a 💩 ton into your body, and your body working hard to regulate. 👈🏼that's no good.
What are the longterm effects of giving your body MORE than it needs 🤷♀️ I think we can all see what insulin issues people have from too much sugar right? I think that the body could do the same with exogenous ketones.
Also, something to keep in mind. MCT oilS etc are also kind of "exogenous ketones" because they are directly converted to ketones in the liver for energy instead of stored as fat.
We all know that when you consume too much MCT oil that your body has to burn through all that first before it taps into your stored fat, just like if there's glucose - it will need to burn through that first before tapping into your own stored fat. But there's evidence that MCT oils themselves can increase metabolism as well as thermogenesis and can provide all the other amazing benefits.
Keto//OS has BHB and MCT oils - which is why they can say all the fat loss and metabolism claims (even though their own product has not released any scientific/clinical evidence on their proprietary blend.)
Know this: anytime you consume extra exogenous ketones=your body is HALTING USING ITS OWN fat to produce them itself.
Now, if you're already in a "fat for fuel" state, then you might experience more energy etc but if you are also consuming carbs = all those carbs that aren't being used for fuel because you're also consuming exogenous ketones that need to be used first = fat storage 👀👀👀👀
Sure you might not eat as much later and have more energy buttttt I would be careful about people telling you to go out and drink wine and then "drink your ketones."
Sure you might feel good but no clue what's going on inside your body combining the two. So it is inane seeing these people saying "eat this and just drink your Ketones" 🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ without knowing what it could be doing to people's bodies.
Here's my concern. As we all know, when you consume high doses of something your body can produce naturally on its own ---- overtime you need MORE to get the same effect. If you stop taking it - you have withdrawal symptoms and feel like 💩 because your body stopped producing what you were giving it.
Why? Because your body didn't need to make it so it shuts those receptors off. Soooo, longterm, will you forever have to take this to stimulate ketone production? No one knows 🤷♀️ but I'm not willing to be a guinea pig for it....