Hi there, just a quick mid week video update on my four week home fitness challenge. It’s week three, day five and again I’m a bit tired and have had a whoopsie. Enjoy my progress report. Keep reading below as I forgot to mention KETO BREATH in my video. Yes, it’s a thing !! Other updates are here.
So keto breath … well it started about seven days ago. Initially I thought it might be combo coffee + cheese breath. But then it was too metallic and too odd and did not go away after I cleaned my teeth. So I googled ‘does your breath go funny on keto‘ and BOOM! Yes it’s a thing.
Healthline tells me ….Keto breath produces a distinct taste or odour in the mouth that’s different from ordinary bad breath. Some people describe keto breath as having a metallic taste. In addition to a funny taste in the mouth, keto breath can be fruity-smelling or have a strong odor that’s similar to nail polish remover.
SHORT STORY – It’s a sign I’m in ketosis – as in burning fat instead of carbs for energy !! That was a big part of this challenge so TICK THE BOX! Happy dance etc etc.
The long story is we need to look at how metabolism works. My body was getting it’s energy from a variety of food sources, including carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Then it was breaking down carbs or glucose for energy first, and then fat.
Now, since I have been restricting my carbs my body is forced to use its many fat stores for energy. Body, listen up … please to my thighs next, thank you. This is ketosis.
Getting our science on now …. fatty acids are then converted into ketones, which are natural chemicals my body, and yours, produces when we burn fat for energy. These include beta hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate, and acetone. Now I am producing ketones and they are coming out my mouth!
Ketones are harmless and release from the body through breathing and wee. Since acetone is an ingredient in some nail polishes, my breath smelling like nail polish remover in particular means KETOSIS !! So on the one hand, this indicates I am in ketosis, very reassuring. On the other hand, has the mister says, it’s an unfortunate indicator. Well too bloody bad. I’m down for it and you are suppose to me 1.5m away from me anyway Joe Public.
So I just have to wait for it to go, drink more water and be happy that I am ketosis-ing my stored fat off. That’s it for week 3 day 5. See you in week 4, keto breath and all. Cheers Le