What is Ketosis?

Throughout the years, we’ve been told that in order for our bodies to function correctly we need carbohydrates (glucose). What most don’t know is that there is a better source of energy called ketones which are produced while you are in ketosis.

Ketosis is the metabolic state your body puts itself into when there is no more glucose left in your body.

When there is no glucose to burn, the body goes straight to the stubborn fat stores and uses the fat for fuel. This is the core principle of the ketogenic diet and is the reason why it’s one of the most powerful weight loss protocols on the planet.

Your body is literally emptying your vault of fat and filling it up with ketones which is uses as energy. Weight loss becomes automatic and much easier than if you were to use conventional diets.

How Does It Work?

One of the reasons obesity is an epidemic is because our diets are high in carbohydrates and sugar. Processed carbs get converted into glucose by the body.

Glucose is sugar. In other words, you’re giving your body a ton of sugar if your carb consumption is high.

The human body is incapable of burning fat if there is too much glucose in the blood.

When you’re on the keto diet, most of your calories will be in the form of fat. Your carb intake will be very low. This is one of the rules of the keto diet.

Since your diet is low in carbs, your body will be forced to find another source of fuel – your fats. Now the fat burning process begins and accelerates over time.

When you eat less carbs while burning fat, your liver takes fatty acids and turns them in to ketones which will be used as the energy source instead of glucose.

There are three types of ketones:

  1. Acetoacetate (AcAc) – This is the first ketone to be created.
  2. β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) – This is created from acetoacetate.
  3. Acetone which is created as a side product of acetoacetate

These three ketones will supply you with enough energy to get through day.

In a nutshell, glucose is your main source of energy when you are eating foods with plenty of carbohydrates and when you starve your body of them you enter ketosis.

Overview of the Ketogenic Diet

One hormone that can influence whether or not you get into ketosis is insulin. We will go over how it can help you get into ketosis.

Ketosis is what you want to achieve to start burning weight, but ketoacidosis is what you need to avoid at all costs.

Getting your body ready to burn fat is a process. You have to learn to fine tune your body to get the best out of keto-adaption.

Those are just the basics.

If you’re looking for a great testimonial of the ketogenic diet, you can search Tyson Fury on Google. Indeed, high profile boxers like Tyson Fury have used ketosis to lose up to 140lbs for his fight on the 3rd November 2018.

Next thing is to learn how to achieve ketosis and this will be the most challenging part of your journey.

Don’t panic. It’s still easier than most of the other diets out there.

There are simple strategies and also more advanced strategies you can follow to get into ketosis. It’s best that you set goals to help you achieve the results you’re striving for.

A superficial understanding of the keto diet will trip you up. Many people believe that they know what to eat and end up falling into a trap of eating foods that they think are good, but in reality, they’re sabotaging their weight loss progress.

There’s a saying that abs are made in the kitchen. It’s very true. More than 80% of your success when it comes to losing weight will rest on the effectiveness of your keto diet.

The remaining 20% is in exercising and getting sufficient rest. Too many people make the cardinal mistake of trying to out-exercise a poor diet. You can’t do it. Period.

You MUST have your diet dialed in, and then you’ll not need to torture yourself at the gym. The weight will still come off, probably faster and more easily.

While on the keto diet your body may start to ache, you will feel hungry and may experience lethargy. All this is normal and temporary.

You’ll also learn how to deal with keto-flu and what steps to take to recover and carry on progressing.

Measuring Ketosis

There are three ways to ascertain if you’re in ketosis.

  • Using keto sticks
  • Using a breathalyzer
  • Using a ketometer.

Do note that you don’t need to test yourself every single day. Later on, we’ll cover when it is best to test yourself to see if you are still in ketosis.

We’ll also look at intermittent fasting which is extremely powerful for weight loss. When combined with the keto diet, you’ll become a fat-burning incinerator and reach your ideal weight in no time at all.

Not a lot of people are guided correctly on how to begin intermittent fasting. You’ll learn some of the best techniques here that are being used by people all over the world.

Knowing just a little about intermittent fasting will set you up for great success. Once you are ready, we will then move onto the quickest way getting into ketosis.

There are different strategies that you can follow to get into ketosis quickly and we will show you the best proven way that you can adapt to suit your needs and lifestyle.

Let’s get started. We have much to cover and it’s all exciting stuff.