What is Ketosis:
The term “keto” in the word ketosis comes from “ketones”, the name of small fuel molecules in the body. This is an alternative fuel for the body, produced from fat we eat, and used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply.
These ketones are produced when you eat very few carbs (the main source of blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein is converted to blood sugar).
Under these circumstances, fat is converted in the liver to ketones that then enter the blood stream. They are then used as fuel by cells in the body, just like glucose. They can even be used by the brain. This is extra important, as the brain cannot be directly fuelled by fat, and it’s a very hungry organ.
Maximizing Fat Burning
One way to enter the state of ketosis is to eat a ketogenic diet. On our KetoFast Diet Plan, the bodies reserve of glucose starts to run out, your entire body switches its fuel supply on fat. The levels of the fat storing hormone insulin levels become very low, and fat burning increases dramatically. When the body produces enough ketones to measure significant levels in the blood (usually over 0.5 mm) it’s said to be in ketosis.
A strictly low-carb or “keto” diet, can be eaten for any amount of time. It also results in ketosis. It achieves many of the benefits of fasting – like weight loss – without having to fast. If you’re following a Low-carb or Keto diet then you may have experienced symptoms such as dehydration or constipation. Please remember, water makes up more than 50% of your body and is simply needed for survival. When we drastically restrict carbs, this leads to the body shedding water weight rapidly & is why dehydration is the most common side effect of a ketogenic diet that you will likely experience in the first few weeks.