24: High Blood Ketone Levels, Effect Of Alcohol On Ketosis, Doing Keto Without Exercise

24: High Blood Ketone Levels, Effect Of Alcohol On Ketosis, Doing Keto Without Exercise


If you are interested in the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet, then this is the podcast for you. We zero in exclusively on all the questions people have about how being in a state of nutritional ketosis and the effects it has on your health. There are a lot of myths about keto floating around out there and our two amazing cohosts are shooting them down one at a time. Keto Talk is cohosted by 10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Arizona osteopath and certified bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles” who thoroughly share from their wealth of experience on the ketogenic lifestyle each and every Thursday. We love hearing from our fabulous Ketonian listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes and listened to the past episodes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Adam have some fabulous questions to answer for you in Episode 24!

KEY QUOTE: “Initially you’ll see a higher level of ketones (when you begin eating ketogenic). But as the body becomes better able to use the ketones, the overall level will drop to more normal readings.” — Dr. Adam Nally

Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 24:

– Is there any such thing as too high ketone levels?

I have been strictly keto for almost 3 weeks (between 75-85% fat, around 5% carbs and between 10-15% proteins). I’m a bit concerned because my ketones levels have been between 4.5-6.3. And my glucose levels are 53 and 80.  My purpose in being ketogenic is to lose weight. As I understand it, if we go over 3, then you can’t lose weight. But, is this dangerous? How can I be between 1.5 and 3? Should I eat less fat? Should I eat more carbs? My eating schedule is eating in the morning (usually 1 can of sardines in olive oil and tea with 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of coconut oil). Then, around lunch or a bit later I eat fat again (usually 2 tbsp) and then eat at night. I do not count calories and eat until I’m satiated. Thank you for reading my mail and your response. It is great to have someone that I trust to ask my questions. It gives me courage.  


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1. Is a ketogenic diet safe for the elderly?

My mother is 75 and in pretty good health overall. High blood pressure medication and about 25 pounds heavier than she would like. Is keto safe for this generation?


2. What are the effects of drinking alcohol on ketosis?

I like to drink a couple of gin and club soda in a nightcap (i.e., not sugar filled drinks). Is this okay?


3. Can a keto approach work even if you can’t exercise?

I have recently developed a heel spur on my right foot and arthritis in my hips. Only being 50, this is very discouraging as I have been exercising regularly the past 4 years to help keep my weight and size down. I am not able to do this now. Will this eating plan help with arthritis and enable me to still lose weight even though I am more sedentary?

Thank you!

KEY QUOTE: “This is why it is so important to go see a doctor while you’re on a ketogenic diet especially if you are taking medications because you don’t just want to willy nilly try to wing it yourself.” — Jimmy Moore


I would like to get Doc Nally’s input on Dr. Chris Masterjohn’s talk at PaleoFX this year. Chris discussed the impact of long-term low-carb diets on the sex hormones and thyroid hormone via the role of insulin on these hormonal pathways. He outlined that insulin plays a significant role in the production of thyroid and sex hormones in signaling to the body that we are in a sufficient state of energy to be reproducing. This is why he believes there is great risk of low sex hormones on long-term low-carb nutrition. Any thoughts?

Here’s the link to his podcast (23:30): http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.com/2016/06/the-daily-lipid-podcast-episode-11_2.html


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Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb”
Dr. Adam Nally, DO from DocMuscles.com
Diet lacking in zinc is detrimental to human, animal health
Dr. Chris Masterjohn’s concerns over long-term low-carb on thyroid and sex hormones

One response to “24: High Blood Ketone Levels, Effect Of Alcohol On Ketosis, Doing Keto Without Exercise”

  1. A.J. Hulsey says:

    Love the show. Sad people are so hypersensitive these days that you had to spend so much time tiptoeing through the politically correct verbiage maze!