How to Safely Implement the Ketogenic Diet, Part 2

How to Safely Implement the Ketogenic Diet, Part 2

  • Wrong ways to do a ketogenic diet. 
  • What is Ketosis and how it works? 
  • Is Ketogenic diet Really For You?
  • What the risks associated with the diet?

This is a guide for the newcomer or season dieter to addresses and understands the big picture, any confusions and myths around this diet concept. There are more supposed ways to do a ketogenic diet than there are ways to shuffle a deck of cards.

Ketogenic Diet Groves Naturopathics

Wrong Ways To do a Ketogenic diet

This diet has evolved from science and over the last 95 years with its roots in ancient times. Remember the goal of the ketogenic diet was originally to provide a treatment option to children who suffered from epileptic seizures in the 1920s-1930s. As a spin-off, Dr Atkins modified the diet for weight loss, introduced in 1972. Ketosis for weight loss can be a contentious subject. And opinions vary a lot from radical approaches to claims that it’s not healthy at all. It is by far one of the most popular solutions for weight loss today with millions of people turning to the ketogenic concept each year. 

There have been a lot of modifications since Dr Atkins published his findings in 1972. If you were to follow the recommended proportion illustrations in the pie charts, you would get in ketosis, but you may not lose weight. From my clinical experience if you are using ketosis for weight loss in my mind most ketogenic diets have the proportion of fat and protein ratio out of proportion. Most people think that they are going to solve all your problems with this very simplistic approach and you are perhaps setting themselves up to fail.

The main reason fad diets don’t work is because they don’t meet your energy and nutrient requirements that your body craves. I have practised and devised a way of harvesting the ketogenic diet to lose weight and maintain it once you have lost it. Right now you might be thinking. I am in, show me the program. However, it’s not a one size fits all. Tailored to the individual each program is based on your history, metabolism, hormones and lifestyle, and that’s why it’s so successful. If you can’t wait for need or want to do it call me to discuss the possibilities.  

95% of diets fail unless they: 

    • Follow a proven system 
    • Tailored the diet to your needs, unfortunately not one size fits all
    • Can practically be implemented
    • You have a good reason that motivates you  
    • And you are accountable to someone 

If you have been on a diet before and you were frustrated that it wasn’t producing the results you wanted. I will show you a system that works, call me, and we discuss the possibilities.

What is Ketosis and how it works?

Ketosis is a state when your body has used up the available blood glucose and has turn to burn Free Fatty Acids as an energy substitute. The liver is the main organ that liberates the free fatty acids into the bloodstream where every cell in the body can use it. To have the best possible outcome I clinically access your suitability. We may need to support some metabolic imbalance first and then tailor a program along with a monitoring and reporting system so you and I can continually access your progress. Insulin allows muscle, fat and liver cells to absorb glucose from your blood. The glucose provides energy to cells, or it can be converted into free fatty acids FATS for longterm storage as body fat. 

However, insulin is not used to reverse engineer the fat back into glucose… instead, ketones bodies are produced from the fats when carbohydrates are glucose is low. Insulin also helps in metabolising the breakdown of fat or protein. In healthy individuals. Insulin is a tightly regulated process, allowing the body to balance its energy needs. In ketosis, insulin demand is a lot less as there is less glucose to stimulate the release of insulin into the bloodstream.

Is Ketogenic diet Really For You?

Generally, most people can do the diet. However, if you have any of the following conditions, it is not wise to do a ketogenic diet unless you are under supervision by a health professional. If you are in any doubt, it would be wise to consult with your doctor.  

DO NOT DO the ketogenic diet if: 

  • You have a chronic disease illness or feel unwell without consulting, or you are  under supervision by a health professional: 
  • Type 1 diabetes. In diabetic ketoacidosis, is a high concentration of ketones and lack of insulin in the bloodstream, this can occur mainly in people with type 1 diabetes the cannot produce enough insulin in the blood and prevents glucose absorption. It is a serious condition and can be a life-threatening illness. Ketoacidosis is very different from ketosis. It rarely occurs in a person with type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes, please seek medical advice before starting a weight loss program.
  • Damage liver and kidney patients have difficulty breaking down ketones
  • Liver transplant patients
  • Kidney transplant patient


What the risks associated with the diet?

  • Constipation is the most common side effect in about 30% of keto dieters, easily managed if you increase your fibre intake.
  • Light headiness can occur if don’t drink enough water
  • Loss of electrolytes is a real concern, low levels of sodium and potassium may put the dieter at risk of cardiac arrhythmia.
  • Low blood sugar. It takes a few days to get into ketosis, for most people they adjust well and are stable and lower blood sugar levels. However for people who are type 2 diabetes if can difficult to adapt to this change. 
  • Keto flu is like the Flu symptoms associated with adapting to a ketogenic diet are common in some people, symptoms like nausea, headaches, fatigue, sugar cravings. 
  • Dehydration easily fixed stay well hydrated with water when on a weight loss program. 
  • Kidney stones if you suffer from gout this may be a potential risk. I never had a patient have kidney stones while on a diet. Most people stay well hydrated which prevents kidney stones.
  • Muscle loss this can occur if your carbohydrate and other macronutrients intake are to low or you have difficulty cannot absorb the protein in the diet. 
  • Heart problems If you are on blood pressure medication the combination of the ketogenic diet and the blood pressure med may take your blood pressure too low, which can be dangerous, even deadly if it goes to low. Always see your health professional before and while you are on a diet if you are on blood pressure medication.
  • Acetone breath may occur if you do not drink enough water.

I run a weekly weight loss program either online or from my Brisbane clinic/rooms ask about my 1st care package or just be in touch I would love to hear from you even if it’s just to help you with what you’re currently doing. 

in wisdom and good health
Phone: 0409 278 320 

 Brendon Groves naturopath
Written by:
Brendon Groves
Adv. Dip. H. Sc. Nat, Dip. H. Sc. H.M., Dip. H. Sc. Nut.
Clinical Naturopathic Practitioner, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist.
Founder of “Groves Naturopathics” and “The Groves Lifestyle Diet” 
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