A typical debate – Idealist VS Pragmatist.
- Me – “I don’t see it as “adapting”, I call it “understanding”.
- Them – “Huh? what are you talking about? Isn’t it just a matter of discipline, willpower patience and all that? Wouldn’t I need less of all this salt and stuff overtime if I’ve simply been on Keto for five / ten months? Your body ADAPTS to it!”
- Me – “…Well, sure – willpower and all of those things do play a role. Lacking any one of them of course would hardly incentivises yourself to change at all.”
- Them – “…So it’s still adapting then is it? All forum posts says so! Guess what? I’ve seen a video about it too! ADMIT it – you’re wrong, baseless and without enough evidence to support your hypothesis!”
- Me – “Sure thing. Evidences exist. But they are all anecdotal accounts which may or may not relate to how your own physiology ‘understands’ and ‘interprets’ it. “Adapting” simply assumes you are living based on an infinite resource to replace what you are lacking through time and time again.”
- Them – “LOL! What have you been smoking?”
- Me – “If you believe you are indeed ‘Keto-Adapted’ – then do you actually feel stronger without first admitting what needs to be continuously addressed overtime? If adaptation exists then you wouldn’t feel the need to take in any precautionary measures, eg. bone broths, extra magnesiums, vitamins, supplementations to cover any inadequacies – just for you to keep yourself alive.
- Them / bottom end response – “I don’t get it. You’re still saying it’s adapting anyway.”
I have to admit; the first time I practised the Ketogenic Diet – I have been the former gullible victim over easily believing something that I am hopeful to achieve any or all of those positive sort of incredible claims we see amongst forum posts. Muscle gains, lack of hunger, weight loss “benefits” and/or “results” – whatever you call it. I simply hoped for all of these to occur. Thinking about them one night after another.
I have been subscribing and believing to an external belief, indoctrination, dogma or in this case – wishful thoughts and hope. Or perhaps simply rather – an opinion based of someone else’s hope, too.
Is it truly that simple?
Because “Adaptation” implies there are infinite leverages available – at compensating all losses. Whilst fulfilling metabolic / caloric expenditure.
“Adaptation” is a belief over what you have been told and preached what to do in order to believe to hopefully feel such mentioned conditions of being in “Ketosis”. Or benefits. Or pros. Yet also – “Cons” from having reached those conditions.
Hence this begs the question – whether “Adaptation” as an infinitely-malleable, metabolic concept alone is actually “conducive.” or “supportive”?
At best – unlikely conducive (very) long term.
Why? Because “Adaptations” assumes that perpetual needs are secondary. Adaptations assumes that something else shall “make do” for the time being.
Everything pretty much requires or depend on something else to operate. These are what I call “perpetual needs”. Without petrol, your car wouldn’t spark the plug. Can your car, therefore – “adapts” without petrol? I don’t think so. Petrol; therefore – is (just one of many) perpetual need/s for your car to keep “going”. Yet alone even just to start it up.
I know, the arguments you are all about to make. The fact that many things can run off alternative means of energy.From charging your phone with a piece of fruit (fructose). Hell – we can even run batteries off from table sugar even. Or running your PC on potatoes. However, is it justifiably efficient? Compared to – your ordinary computer?
Should infinite “interests” (desires, wishes, goals, aspirations, dreams, motives) exist to be regularly fulfilled out of payments via finite “principal/s”; then there must be a need for an alternative form to substitute this principal. Therefore – there is no such thing as “infinite principals”if all principals themselves are scarce, wouldn’t it?.
We know that liver + muscle glycogens are finite. Even ketones themselves, are finite. All three serve as hopeful principals – as energy substrates.
….Yet we still believe that the word “Adaptation” it and of itself – implies that “scarcity” does not exist. Oh dear.
“Ketosis” – according to Pedestrian Expectation.
The above is what many people perceive what “Nutritional Ketosis” (or “metabolic” ketosis whatever in fanciful terms) looks and feels like. A superman. You’re inevitably bound to witness the following claims:
- You’d feel invincible and ready for that next workout just starting from skulling that Bulletproof coffee first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Next – you’re told that soon you will be able to squat, bench and dead lift, whatever exercises – up to some percentages higher than what you’re used to; because suddenly your muscle has now “adapted” to have access to unlimited energy.
- And then next – you’re led to believe that you can go “miles for miles” exercising on an empty stomach. And not eat anything over and over again. And you don’t even feel hungry. At all. Zip. No hunger. No cravings.
- You begin to notice forum posts preaching some forecasted claims. “By this xth of week you should not be needing supplements!”.
Much of these do speak some truth, but rarely in perfect tangent/unison. If ketones provides so called “unlimited” amounts of energy, then why or how come I don’t feel it as I truly have an “unlimited” sense of energy despite months and months of eating fat and not touched a single grain of rice? How come some people DO not reach “ketosis” in the same believably manner?
I have thus come to conclusion that Ketosis – is simply a different way of being. A different way of ACCEPTING what “survival” means. Nothing more. Nothing less.
….So why are we being told to “be sure to add up to 5 grams of sodium, this much potassium, etc, etc” as a daily regiment Shouldn’t all these maintenance ritual be all removed / redundant once we are “correctly adapted” anyway?
“UNDERSTANDING / ACKNOWLEDGEMENT”.
So what should exist, then in place of “Ketogenic Adaptations”? Well quite simply – I would call it Understanding and Acknowledging.
What is understanding? How is this relevant to Ketogenic “Adaptations”, if at all? Well first of all – “understanding” – is almost always – a stop and reflectionary thought-process whereby you stop and think, analyse, comprehend, assess, and most importantly – forecasts and projects what you can and cannot do in order to proceed.
How do you know what to do if the Keto “Flu” side effects – the dizziness, cramps, brain fogs and the heart palpitations occur? You read more and research about it online so you’re more informed. What if you have had absolutely no presumptions of these were to happen? And should you have not known the ways of maintenance – what would you do if knowledge wasn’t there nor accessible in the first place? You’d simply perish.
Because there is no way for your mind and the body yet to understand and to acknowledge for what is yet to come. And how aware you are in Realising, Admitting and Revising – over your own actions to maintain and resist against these (yes, they are perpetual) side effects.
It is prudent therefore; for everyone to first Realise what is forecasted as a need ahead of time….Then Accept it as an acknowledgement and all the way to Affirmation/s that this is after all – the best that one could do to manage and to survive.
Mark Twain once wrote this famous quote in his Notebook – “Education consists of mainly in what we have unlearned.” Experience, thus – is a harsh teacher at giving you the problem first, then the lesson afterwards.
In order to experience something – you must first learn it. Feel it. Interpret it through time. “Ketosis”; in however ways you interpret it – is neither sensational nor detrimental way of simply living as yourself; or just for you to simply “be” you.
Adaptation thus is an illusion of an infinite confidence.
Having all said all of the above; does this mean any Ketogenic intervention is immediately therefore a no go for all and every physiology? Of course not. Low Carbohydrate in general, remains plausible nutritional intervention. But an intervention it remains nonetheless ~ that however months and years that elapses ~ you must do your own diligence at your own, not someone else’s ~ reality checks.
Live and reconcile towards your very own interpretation of what “Ketosis” means to you Not someone else’s. Not even me. Because nothing and no-one else is as authentic as your own biological convictions.