Basics of Ketosis

In this section, we’ll discuss why you need to get into ketosis, and what benefits can be derived from it. Besides giving your brain and body unlimited energy which results in higher physical and mental endurance, there are several other benefits too.

Benefits of Ketosis

You may have a different agenda but here are the best benefits according to research as to why people go into ketosis.

Weight loss

Ketosis is all about burning fat, and since the hormone insulin is so low, you’ll burn fat at a much higher rate.

You’ll feel less hungry, but still have an appetite. While you’ll need to cut out most carbohydrate foods, you’ll still be able to enjoy fatty foods like bacon.
The keto diet is not as harsh as the paleo diet. There is some degree of flexibility and you can still eat a lot of the fatty foods you love.

It was mentioned earlier how boxer Tyson Fury lost 140 pounds with the keto diet. The man was a walking fat burning machine and eating burger patties as part of this diet.

He wasn’t starving or struggling to eat bland, boring foods. That’s one of the benefits of the keto diet. You won’t have to sacrifice your taste buds. Eating can still be fun.

Once you have ketosis activated and eat the right foods – the weight will drop off.

Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

This might surprise you, but by being on the ketogenic diet you have the ability to regulate your blood sugar levels. Some people have even been able to reverse their condition completely.

Even if you don’t have type 2 diabetes, you can prevent the disease by simply being on the ketogenic diet.

Mental Focus

When you are in a state of ketosis, the brain will function on an effective fuel called ketones.

People often experience increased energy when in ketosis which gives you more focus and concentration as the ketones are constantly flowing to the brain throughout the time you are in ketosis.

Endurance

When your body uses carbohydrates for energy, this will only last for a couple of hours. However, your fat stores contain enough energy to last you a few weeks or even months.

In a state of ketosis, your body will have access to the energy that your fat stores can provide. FINALLY, you’re now able to effectively target the stubborn fat that you just couldn’t seem to burn off before!

Controlling epilepsy

In early 20th century the ketogenic diet was used on children to control epilepsy. It was so successful that adults today are using it to control epilepsy without the use of drugs.

There are many more benefits, but these are a few of the reasons why people want to go on the diet.

Insulin VS Ketosis?

There are many factors that can prevent ketosis, but the most common cause is the presence of insulin.

When you’re in the state of ketosis, ketones are used for energy, instead of fat and carbohydrates.

Insulin prevents ketones from being produced and the quickest way to reduce insulin is by watching what you eat.

There are two foods that you should reduce in your diet. They are carbohydrates and protein.

Carbohydrates

When you consume carbs, your body will break down the digestible foods into sugar which flows into the blood stream.

Your body then goes into alert mode as it has a high blood sugar level and creates insulin which halts the production of ketones.

Less carbs results in less insulin which translates to more ketones and faster fat loss. It is that simple.

Protein

Did you know that excessive protein intake can spike the insulin levels in your body? Not a lot of people are aware of this.

A moderate intake of protein is essential to achieving stable blood sugar levels and providing the body with just enough protein to function optimally.

The keto diet is a fat-based one. The belief is that you need to eat fat to lose fat. When your body is getting copious amounts of fat in its diet, it will be more motivated to shed the fat it’s clinging on to.

The body realizes that it has access to ample fuel. So, it doesn’t need to store too much for self-preservation.

By cutting down your carb and protein intake, you’ll be reducing the amount of insulin in your system greatly. This will help your body set the stage for accelerated weight loss.

The lower the amount of insulin the body produces the better chance that ketones will be created, and you will have no problem getting into ketosis.

Ketosis VS Ketoacidosis

They are two metabolic states the body goes into.

  1. Ketosis being the natural way of creating ketones.
  2. Ketoacidosis is usually seen in people with type 1 diabetes. It’s a state where your body creates ketones at an alarming rate which can turn the blood acidic.
    If you can produce insulin, then are you not diabetic and it will be less likely that you will never get into ketoacidosis.

Keto-Adaption

Do you remember the first time you learned how to ride a bike? You kept falling over and over until you mastered the feat of cycling without any problems.

Your body adapts to the keto diet in a similar manner. It has to learn how to create ketones which gives you the fuel you need to carry on with your day to day activities.

This is the beginning of what we call keto-adaption.
For someone who is not yet on the keto diet, your body will carry on burning glucose and storing fat. It will take a while for it to adapt and start burning fat instead of glucose for energy.

The entire process can take anywhere from 4 days to a few weeks. How fast your body adapts depends on your current diet.

If you’ve been on a poor diet that used to be high in sugar, carbs and processed foods, you may experience symptoms such as fatigue and weakness.

These symptoms are normal and as someone who is new to going though keto-adaption, you may have the urge to give up.

Do NOT quit.

To become keto-adapted you need to train your body by consuming less and less foods which are high in sugar and carbohydrates and consume healthy fats such as MCT oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter and grass-fed meat.

Don’t just give up the foods right away. You’ll begin to feel ill and weak. This situation is usually referred to as the ‘keto flu’.

Your body is cleansing itself. You’re probably experiencing sugar cravings or caffeine withdrawal or carb cravings. You’re like a drug addict who can’t get a fix.

Once you break through these ‘addictions’ (and that’s exactly what they are), your body will feel much better and ‘lighter’. Carbohydrates, caffeine and sugar are highly addictive.

You will need some time to get over them.

The ‘cold turkey’ can take a few days or up to a few weeks. So, how can you tell that you’re fat adapted.

You need to ask yourself 3 questions:

  1. What is the length of time you are going between meals?
    If you used to eat every three hours and now you find you can go 6 hours without eating, then you are fat-adapted.
  2. Are you feeling motivated and feel full of energy throughout the day?
    If you are fat-adapted, then you will have an unlimited supply of energy.
  3. Has exercising become easier?
    Once you have become adapted to the keto diet, you’ll have all the energy you need to keep on exercising.

If you’re saying yes to the questions above, then it is highly likely that you are fat-adapted.