What is Gluconeogenesis and Why Do You Care if You’re Keto?

What is Gluconeogenesis and Why Do You Care if You’re Keto?

November 7, 2019 0 By William Morgan


Hi, it’s Thomas DeLauer with Keto-Mojo
and I’m gonna help you understand
how protein can sometimes
kick you out of ketosis.
How many times have you ever
been on a ketogenic diet
and you found that you
get kicked out of ketosis?
And you find that you’re
not really getting
the optimum benefits of
ketosis as you should be.
Well, believe it or not,
if you have slightly too much protein,
you can kick yourself out of ketosis.
You see, what happens is a
process known as gluconeogenesis.
Gluconeogenesis is a very normal thing
that occurs every single
day in our bodies.
It’s where our body takes amino acids
from proteins that have been broken down
and converts them,
sort of in a reverse-engineering fashion,
into a sugar.
You see, ordinarily, we have glycolysis,
where our body takes
carbohydrates out of our muscles
and turns them into a
usable form of sugar.
In this case, our body
sort of works backwards.
It takes the actual proteins
that are already making up the muscle
and reverses them and breaks them down
into a sugar that is used by the body.
But here’s the thing,
if you measured your ketones,
you might see that you actually
get kicked out of ketosis
if you have too much protein.
Simply because your body
is now taking extra protein
and converting it into sugar,
which can blunt the effects of ketones.
Some people find that if
they have too much protein
with lunch or dinner or
sometimes even breakfast,
they’re out of ketosis
a couple hours later.
It’s nothing to be alarmed at.
We all have our bio-individuality,
we all respond differently.
I know some people
that don’t have an issue
with having more protein.
But, if you’re following all
the rules of a ketogenic diet
and you’re still finding
that you’re getting kicked out of ketosis,
and not getting the full benefit,
you may want to take a look at
your overall protein levels.
The other thing that can cause an issue
is actually not having enough fat.
You see, if your body runs out of fat,
to ultimately create ketones,
it will start to tap into your
stored body fat, definitely,
but it will also start
to reverse-engineer that
protein into a sugar.
So, sometimes if you
go for a period of time
without having adequate fats,
or just protein and vegetables,
you will find that your body
starts to break down those
proteins again into sugars,
kicking you out of the ketogenic state.
We all know that the gold standard
to test your ketones is
with an actual blood meter.
So, that’s probably the best way
that you can start to identify
if proteins are kicking you out.
Or if abstaining from food
for a certain length of time
is kicking you out of ketosis.
So, keep sure that you keep it
locked in with here Keto-Mojo
so that we can bring you
all the emerging news
when it comes down to ketosis,
but also help you understand
how your body works
and how ketosis is affecting
you in a positive way
and sometimes those annoying
ways, like gluconeogenesis.
I’ll see you soon.