What Is Ketosis And How Does It Work?
Simply put, ketosis is a metabolic state where your body uses its fat stores as its main source of energy.
Usually a result of reduced calorie and carbohydrate intake, when you are in this metabolic state, your energy supply comes from ketones in your blood rather than blood glucose.
What are ketones?
Ketones are a by-product created by your body when fat is burned rapidly. The presence of ketones in your body above the normal level indicates ketosis is taking place.
This essentially means that your body has begun to utilise fat stores to fuel it’s everyday functions.
How will it help me lose weight?
Ketosis is a popular method for fats and effective weight loss. When you consume fewer calories than your body requires, your body enters ketosis.
Consuming less than 800 calories a day on very low-calorie diet like Exante’s (Total Solution) plan (using Exante diet meal replacements) once your body uses its energy reserves of glycogen it will start to burn fat from its fat stores, resulting in weight loss.
What are the health benefits?
Research shows ketosis-based diets have a positive effect on lowering the risk factors associated with:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High cholesterol levels
- Increased blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes.
Ketosis also aids the body’s ability to burn visceral fat (fat stored around the midriff).
Will I be hungry?
The presence of ketone bodies typically has a positive appetite-suppressing effect.
Ketones release as a result of rapid fat burning. When ketone bodies are not required they are simply excreted through urine as a waste product, meaning no excess energy is stored and body weight does not increase.
How do I know if I’m in ketosis?
Everyone responds differently to being in a ketogenic state. Not all side effects are experienced and most subside as your body becomes more adept at burning fat as its main source of energy.
In the early stages, fatigue is common. This occurs as you adapt to the reduced intake of carbohydrate and your body shifts from carb burning to fat burning.
Your body breaks down its stored glucose leading to the release of a lot of water, and your kidneys will remove this excess water. As a result, dehydration can be common. You should compensate for this by increasing your water intake.
As ketone levels increase in your body some convert to a chemical called acetone, leading to a metallic taste in your mouth. Sugar-free chewing gum can help alleviate any unpleasant tastes.
Some people on a ketogenic diet may also have experienced some initial hair loss. There is no conclusive evidence, however, that ketogenic diets lead to hair loss. Hair loss may occur as a result of numerous factors, including stress or a reduced uptake of iron.
You can also buy fairly cheaply urine testing strips. I would recommend the products by Bayer. You can find them on Amazon here.
What should I eat to help me stay in ketosis?
Depending on which Exante plan you follow, you eat either Exante diet meal replacements products 3 per day only or you will eat meal replacement products in addition to normal everyday foods from a recommended list.
If you’re on a low-calorie week in line with your plan or when you’re re-introducing normal everyday food into your diet, aim for low carb, high-protein food choices.
Keto Diets and Chronic Illnesses
I am currently doing a lot of reading about ketosis and ketosis diets. I will in the near future be writing about my journey which will be great for beginners as I will take the journey with you. A ketosis diet has been shown to produce amazing help to people with chronic health conditions including fibromyalgia of which I have. I am very excited about this venture so hope you will join me on it when I start.
Thank you for reading today’s post, What Is Ketosis And How Does It Work. My next post will be about MCT oil and it’s relationship to ketosis.
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