FAQ

 
What Is Ketosis?

Ketosis merely means that our bodies are using fat for energy. Ketones are molecules generated during fat metabolism, whether from the fat in the cake you just ate or fat you were carrying around your middle. When our bodies are breaking down fat for energy, most of it gets converted more or less directly to ATP. (Remember high school biology? This is the "energy molecule.") But ketones are also produced as part of the process. When reduce carbohydrate intake, their bodies turn to fat for energy, so it makes sense that more ketones are generated. Some of those ketones (acetoacetate and ß-hydroxybutyrate) are used for energy; the heart muscle and kidneys, for example, prefer ketones to glucose. Most cells, including the brain cells, are able to use ketones for at least part of their energy. But there is one type of ketone molecule, called acetone, which cannot be used and is excreted as waste, mostly in the urine and breath

Am I In Ketosis?

If enough acetone is in our urine, it can be detected using a dipstick. Even though everyone is generating ketones continuously, this detection in the urine is what is commonly called "ketosis. Sometimes ketones are present but the test doesn't pick them up. Levels can be very low in those who are drinking very large amounts of water or have quite small amounts of weight to lose. We recommend that if you wish to test using this method you do so first thing in the morning before you start drinking. Don’t get too hung up on what the sticks say if you follow our plan you will go into ketosis even if the dip stick shows a negative result.

What Are The Side Effects Of Ketosis?

Ketogenic diets can have temporary side effects for some, these are normal and will disappear when returning to conventional food. Most side effects are experienced in the first few days.

Withdrawing from Carbohydrates itself can cause headaches. We recommend you take an over the counter painkiller and ensure you are drinking adequate water.

You may experience halitosis (bad breath). Ketosis causes acetone to be released in the breath which can cause a horrible metallic taste in the mouth. Drinking plenty of water, brushing your teeth regularly or using breath strips can help with this.

When in Ketosis the metabolic rate slows which can cause you to feel colder than normal. This is temporary and we recommend wrapping up warm and having plenty of warm drinks until it passes

Constipation is a common side effect of being on VLCD There could be a number of reasons for this. Firstly you are eating a lot less food than usual so probably won’t need to go as often as usual. If it becomes difficult or painful to go it could be because you are not drinking enough water and are dehydrated.

Cramp is another common side effect and is generally caused by fluid imbalances and dehydration in the body's tissues. The remedy is to drink more water and regularly move your muscles. Possibly adding a few grains of salt to soups or put in water at bedtime might help.

A woman's hormone balance can alter when she loses weight. Although most are not aware of any changes, for a few periods may change in flow, duration or frequency.

Hair shedding can sometimes occur. A single hair follicle grows in three phases: the active phase (anagen), the resting phase (catagen), and the shedding phase (telogen). In the telogen phase the hair sheds because the root has returned to the active phase and the growth starts again, pushing the old hair out. The growing phase requires lots of energy. So, when energy intake is reduced, the body prefers to shut down the growing phase in order to conserve energy. This means more follicles go from growing into resting. Not everyone on a ketogenic low calorie diet will experience hair loss

Gallstones are most common serious side effect seen with very low-calorie diets. Gallstones are more common during rapid weight loss. It’s unclear whether very low-calorie diets directly cause gallstones or whether they happen because of the amount of weight lost.

Will Medication Bring Me Out Of Ketosis?

Some medications, particularly those containing sugar may have an effect on ketosis.We recommend you discuss this with your pharmacist or GP if taking prescription medication as they may be able to offer an alternative. DO NOT stop prescribed medication under any circumstances without talking to your healthcare provider

Why Do I Still Feel Hungry?

When you start on the Slim2bTrim Diet programme, you may experience some initial hunger in the first few days. Sugar and carb withdrawal may cause cravings that can be confused with hunger. You will usually go into ketosis in the first few days. After which time hunger ceases for the majority of people. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger therefore while following the Slim2bTrim you need to increase your usual water intake to compensate for the water usually contained in food. You need to consume between 2 - 4 litres a day. It is important to space this throughout the day, as it can be harmful to consume large amounts of water in a short space of time.

I Am Pregnant Or Breast feeding Can I Follow The plan?

Very low calorie diets are not suitable if you are pregnant, given birth or miscarried in the previous 3 months. When pregnant or recovering from pregnancy your body requires adequate energy for mother and baby. The low calorific values of a low calorie will not provide this. You should not be on a VLCD whilst breastfeeding as breastfeeding provides energy to your baby from the mother’s calorie intake. VLCD is very low calorie and both mother and baby will be lacking in the nourishment needed.

Can I Exercise On Plan?

You can safely carry on with or partake in moderate exercise while on plan. If you intend to partake in high intensity activities we recommend eating back an extra 150 calories of lean protein from the allowed list on exercise days. If you are unsure of the intensity of your exercise plan please use the following guidelines. Moderate intensity aerobic exercise is where you're working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break into a sweat. You're working at a moderate intensity if you're able to talk but unable to sing the words to a song. Vigorous intensity aerobic exercise is where you're breathing hard and fast and your heart rate has increased significantly. If you're working at this level, you won't be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath

Can I Have More Than The Recommended Amount Of Food Packs?

We do not recommend you have more food packs than the recommended amount on your plan; the packs contain a measured amount of carbohydrates to keep you in ketosis.

Can I Abstain From All Normal Food?

Our high protein packs can not be used as a sole source of nutrition. You can replace your lean protein allowance with an extra pack but it is essential that you have your daily Vegetable or salad allowance and your daily dairy allowance.

What Is Ketosis?

Ketosis merely means that our bodies are using fat for energy. Ketones are molecules generated during fat metabolism, whether from the fat in the cake you just ate or fat you were carrying around your middle. When our bodies are breaking down fat for energy, most of it gets converted more or less directly to ATP. (Remember high school biology? This is the "energy molecule.") But ketones are also produced as part of the process. When reduce carbohydrate intake, their bodies turn to fat for energy, so it makes sense that more ketones are generated. Some of those ketones (acetoacetate and ß-hydroxybutyrate) are used for energy; the heart muscle and kidneys, for example, prefer ketones to glucose. Most cells, including the brain cells, are able to use ketones for at least part of their energy. But there is one type of ketone molecule, called acetone, which cannot be used and is excreted as waste, mostly in the urine and breath

Will I Need to Take Any Extra Supplements?

It is essential to take a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement whilst following our plan. You may also take up to 3 of our fat burners a day but these are optional.

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