Today's Sunday Supp addresses the issue of running low on energy during ketogenic nutrition? Is it really an effect of ketosis? Or is something else going on...
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Chad: 00:06 So we're getting a lot of questions regarding the proper way to live life in ketosis. We have you covered in our midweek mini series called Sunday suppss. Every Sunday we have a quick supplemental episode where we answer your questions on all things keto and today our question, our question comes from Maisha is my best guess at pronunciation. Sorry if I mispronounced it. It's Maisha. Oh, okay. Maisha uh, great. Um, and Maisha asks, what should I consider if I've been on keto with intermittent fasting for six to seven months but continued to have low energy a few times a week. Am I missing any supplements? Do I need more calories or maybe even more fat? So, Eric, it sounds like Maisha is struggling with the energy obviously, and I'm sure you have a little bit of a baseline to know in some places to start to start, try to start getting this energy back a thing.
Eric: 01:03 Of course you would. I would, I would look at on the low energy would be, um, sodium will be the first thing that I would look at, uh, to make sure that your showed him his up. Anytime I'm, I'm losing energy during the day and I know my carbs. You're right. I know my protein, my fats, I'm in Ketosis. Everything looks good. Blood sugars are down. First thing I'll start to analyze, just start to look at my electrolytes. Uh, I'll make sure that my, um, uh, sodium is air potassium, magnesium, uh, those are especially sodium. Uh, specially if you're really low on your sodium, your, you're going to feel a little fatigued. Even cognition could be down a little bit due to that. So first thing I would look at is sodium. Uh, obviously, um, uh, on, on calories. Um, you know, if you're maintaining enough, uh, most people do, they have enough calories. Sometimes you might want to pick up your carbs a little bit just to give you a little extra glycogen if, if you're, you know, dumping those, um, uh, carbs really well, your insulin sensitive. Um, it's nice. I'm always trying to tweak people's glycogen up a little bit, cause some of it will stay at 20 carbs or less or 30. Sometimes your body just, you know, if you're going to utilize that glycogen, uh, as an energy source, sometimes it's, it, it helps to pick up your glycogen a little bit. So, and that area, sometimes if you're making ketones, you have plenty of fat. Obviously you either going to dietary fat or you're going to take your indogenous and fatty acids from your, your body itself to make those ketones. So sometimes the adjustment of fat doesn't play a big role in that. Um, uh, normally you want to burn your own fatty acids as a fuel source, but if you're in Ketosis, that means you're getting plenty of a fuel. Uh, it's just basically that tiredness can come from the brain and it's usually sodium related.
Chad: 02:59 Awesome. Well, thank you so much for biohacking with us today, Eric, and I want to thank all of you for joining us on this quest for optimal fitness. If you're ready to begin your own journey and live your life in Ketosis, be sure to check out biofitcoaching.com or biofit coaching on Instagram that handles @keto.biohacker and until next time, stay keto.