KETOCALC APP FOR CELLPHONES AND TABLETS
This app is designed for use by people familiar with the ketogenic diet (please go to flexibleketogenic.com to learn more). It complements other nutrition or fitness apps - it is not a general nutrition app but only includes a calculator which determines the level of ketosis similar to keto sticks or blood tests. But urine ketosticks are known to yield notoriously inaccurate results. Tools like ketosticks, blood tests or breath ketone analyzers only allow you to see if your food was ketogenic AFTER your meals, while KetoCalc lets you accurately PRE-PLAN ketogenic meals per meal or on a daily basis.
Playing with KetoCalc a few times is the best way to learn what a real ketogenic meal looks like - at a one time cost less than that of a box of ketostix.
Other ketogenic ratio calculators use an inaccurate formula which adds protein and carbs together in a ratio against fat, but carbs and protein do not contribute equally to the degree of anti-ketosis. This popular and simplified formula can result in underestimating the amount of protein needed to maintain muscle mass for a given ketogenic ratio. But KetoCalc is based on a well researched formula developed by Dr. Rollin T. Woodyatt. We have confirmed the accuracy of his formula with spreadsheets, and blogs contain ketogenic diet success stories mentioning the KETOCALC app (https://www.headsuphealth.com/blog/stories-of-transformation/correlating-ketogenic-ratio/), affirming how well blood and breath ketone levels correlate with the ketogenic ratio that the app yields.
Instructions on using KetoCalc are found in the app’s menu. These simple instructions eliminate the room for failure through a 4 step process which does not only ensure ketosis but also ensures that one avoids the three pitfalls of weight loss on a ketogenic diet (in the case weight loss is desired and not only ketosis for its therapeutic benefits).
OTHER REASONS WHY KETOCALC IS ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESS WITH A KETOGENIC DIET:
1 - Remain In Ketosis Even If You Slip
Few people know that even if one eats too many carbohydrates at a meal, it is still possible to maintain ketosis if one eats a larger amount of fat. This may add up to too many calories to let one lose weight for that day (too many calories from even low carb sources can prevent weight loss), however, one may retain the health benefits of maintaining ketosis. By remaining in ketosis, one can also start losing weight again sooner as one maintains the body’s fat burning adaptation. Otherwise, even going out of ketosis occasionally, according to researcher Dr. Stephen Phinney, requires another three week adaptation period. In addition to helping one remain in ketosis, our calculator also gives the total number of calories from one’s meals so one can adjust the amount of macronutrients to both maintain ketosis and a desired calorie level optimal for weight loss (if weight loss is desired).
2 - Avoid the 3 Pitfalls of Weight Loss on a Low Carb Diet
Many people who use low carb diets to lose weight have found that after a period on what they thought was a ketogenic diet, they stalled or even re-gained weight. As you use KetoCalc, following our simple 4 step process explained in the instructions ensures that you avoid the following three pitfalls which can prevent weight loss:
- Too much protein even from low carb sources
- Too many calories even from low carb sources
- Too little fat which prevents ketosis
The app works totally offline, works very fast due to its native programming language and includes no advertisements or irritating pop-ups.
If you have any further questions or suggestions, please email us (KetoCalc@gmail.com) and we will respond promptly.
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Mar 24, 2017
How ketogenic a diet is depends on the ratio of macronutrients, that is carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Each of these macronutrients makes a different contribution to the degree of ketosis present in the diet. The more ketogenic a diet is, the more it utilizes the burning of fat for metabolism rather than glucose.
The KETOCALC app does not use the most popular ketogenic ratio formula which is seriously flawed. This simplified faulty approach adds protein and carbs together in a ratio against fat, wrongfully assuming that protein is equally anti ketogenic as carbohydrate. With this inaccurate formula you can easily underestimate the amount of protein needed to maintain muscle mass for a given ketogenic ratio. According to the research of Dr. Woodyatt, each of the macro nutrients contributes to the following degree to the amount of ketosis.
Carbohydrate: 0.0 ketogenic and 100% non ketogenic.
Protein: .79 ketogenic and .21 non ketogenic, meaning 21% of protein has the same non-ketogenic effect of carbohydrate.
Fat: .90 ketogenic and .10 non ketogenic, menaing 10% of fat has the same non-ketogenic effect of carbohydrate.
The other consideration is that if your goal is weight loss, even though you burn fat on a ketogenic diet, you won't be losing weight if your dietary fat intake is more than you can burn. KETOCALC lets you avoid this pitfall by also yielding your total number of calories as well as the percentage of calories form each macronutrient.
The beauty of this, to sum up, is that you can keep adjusting your macros as you pre-plan your meal to be as ketogenic as you want at the ideal caloric intake to guarantee weight loss.
May 20, 2016
So I put my macros in the calculator. The yogurt had 14 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrate, and 9 grams of protein, and I added 25 grams of whey bringing the total protein up to 34. That gave me a keto ratio well below 1 which is not ketogenic. So I added 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, which now gave 67 more grams of fat for a total fat content of 80 grams and entered these amounts. This was now very ketogenic with a ratio of 2.05.
Nov 10, 2014
With the ketogenic diet the body eventually reaches a state of homeostasis. Even if the diet is ketogenic, and the calories are below the maintenance level many people find they do not lose all of the weight they desire. This is because the metabolic rate has slowed down to accommodate the ketogenic state. What can overcome this is to briefly spike the body with an insulin spike by consuming extra carbohydrates at one meal. There are several cautions that need to be followed when doing this.
If the conditions are right then the person should, at one meal only, add a large amount of easily digested, relatively tasteless, carbohydrates such as white rice. They should have a large portion eating at least 100 grams of carbohydrate at the one meal. The one meal should be the evening meal. After the spike they should return to a strict ketogenic diet with 20 grams of carbohydrate a day or less.
This sudden spike in blood sugar and insulin will have a hormetic effect causing the body when it returns to the default ketogenic state to burn more fat. This is a technique which is well researched and is similar to methods used by bodybuilders to reach very low levels of body fat. It is important to do this only as often as once a week or less. When the body returns to a steady ketogenic state it should settle down to a weight lower than before the spike. Only then should another spike be considered. These brief spikes should not be enough to lose keto adaptation.
If a person has blood sugar problems or is diabetic this might not be advisable. If a person has a strong carbohydrate addiction they need to be careful that they don’t return to eating a higher carb diet. Most people don not have a return of carbohydrate craving after this spike but obviously if you do then it’s not for you. Most importantly a person needs to be well keto adapted, having been on a ketogenic diet for 4 to 6 weeks.
Sep 12, 2014
Nov 29, 2012
Epigenesis is the effect of the environment on which genes express.
The genes that express are a function of our diet and other environmental influences. In our diet they are affected by three hormones. Insulin controls the glucose level in the blood. Leptin responds to the amount of fat on our body, and Mtor responds to the amount of protein in the diet.
Natural selection is designed to select those individuals who survive to pass on the information in the genes through reproduction. Once reproduction and raising children are complete, there is no selective advantage to living longer. In humans there are two main sets of genetic expression which result from conditions of food abundance in the environment.
The first environment condition is in times of abundance when there is plenty of carbohydrate and/or protein available. The genes selected during this period favor immediate reproduction as the offspring have the best chances of survival. After reproduction there is no secretive advantage to the parent living much longer past child rearing.
The second environmental condition occurs in times of scarcity when carbohydrate is unavailable and protein is merely at a survival level. Nature then selects the genetic expression which favors repair, maintenance, and living longer, so that reproduction can take place in the future when conditions are more favorable.
Realizing this epigenetic principle allows modern man to adjust his diet to favor longevity and health. This has been well researched by Dr. Ron Rosedale and consists of a diet with very low carbs and very moderate protein (about 1 gram per kg of lean body mass). Studies by Dr. Rosedale and others have indicated that the bio markers of one following this way of eating match the bio markers of people living over 100 years. In the centenarians they just inherited that genetic expression, while eating a low carb ketogenic diet can actually result in expressions of the same genes. Research shows we now have a choice to live healthy and long lives.
May 3, 2012
No diet will work if the person is hungry. Almost all obese people actually have excess leptin. These people are leptin resistant. Leptin and insulin are the most important biochemicals in the body when it comes to health and longevity. These hormones are controlled by what one eats. Leptin is a powerful hormone which is produced by fat cells. Modern scientists realize that fat is not just inert tissue but is actually an endocrine organ like the pancreas and pituitary, influencing the body and particularly the brain. Leptin is a powerful regulator which tells the brain what to do about life’s two main biological goals: eating and reproducing. It takes lots of fuel to make babies. Your fat, by way of leptin, provides feedback to your brain telling you whether you should be hungry, eat and make more fat. It (along with insulin) tells the brain whether the time is nutritionally ripe to make babies, or whether the body should work to maintain and repair itself to reproduce at a future when more energy is available. It is a biological intelligence system; your fat by way of leptin actually controls your brain.
Longevity is the most global measure of health. The approaches to diet such as the introduction of trans fats and vegetable oils (except extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil) were initially thought to be healthy and reduce heart attacks, however the promoters of these foods didn't account for the increased inflammation and cancer that seems correlated with this type of oil. Overall longevity is reduced.
What a diet like this does is cause the body to switch from sugar burning to fat burning, which results in numerous health benefits. It takes about 3 weeks for the body to adapt to the change in fuel. A person may experience some discomfort during this period since the body has little carbohydrates and has not yet fully adapted to fat burning. Once adapted, and during the process it’s important to not cheat or eat carbohydrates since even one meal will stop the adaptation and require going through the whole process again. But longevity and great health is worth it.
The Flexi Diet shows a ketogenic diet can be eaten while being completely vegetarian or vegan.
Vegan Version of the Rosedale Diet
The Rosedale Diet has great success in improving health and more importantly, increasing longevity based on science. The Flexi Diet can show a way of eating the
Typical vegan version:
- Use high quality vegetable protein, which contains no carbohydrates. The best of these proteins is the Gemma Pea Isolate. Avoid soy protein as there are reported health risks.
- Eat as much healthy oil as needed to satiate hunger. These would include extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, and nuts or nut butters. (Peanuts are not a nut).
- With nuts and nut butter add the protein to your daily total.
- Avoid other vegetable oils as they are too high in omega 6. To get sufficient omega 3 the best is cod liver oil, but as that’s not vegan one could use flax oil.
- Eat fibrous vegetables as much as desired but avoid all starchy vegetables such as potatoes. Avoid all grains and other starches, as well as all sugars, syrups etc.
- Determine you lean body mass (formulas and calculators are on line) and eat 1 gram of protein per kilogram of lean body mass.
- People eating this way have had great health gains in all areas of their lives.
Refined sugar is a very unnatural extracted substance that destroys the body's entire appetite balance by going into the bloodstream too directly and rapidly, triggering huge amounts of unnatural insulin spikes, causing people to overeat excessively. As one can see, being able to overcome 'sugar addiction' with the Flexi Diet would cause your appetite to gradually normalize more. Your energy would also gradually become more even and steady without the sugar-induced heights and crashes. These innumerable benefits and the sufficient protein and healthy oils and the abundance of fresh vegetables in the diet, as we are convinced, would guarantee optimum health. It would be the key to fastest rejuvenation for people not in perfect health.