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Understanding Ketosis

As you can already tell, ketosis is a very big part of the Ketogenic Diet. Thus you must know about this particular phenomenon in detail to fully understand and appreciate the Ketogenic Diet.

Understanding Ketosis

In simplest terms, ketosis is a naturally occurring state in our body, when almost all the energy required for most actions generated by burning Fat as opposed to carbohydrates. Entering into a state of ketosis is the primary goal of a Ketogenic Diet.
As you will soon see in the next chapter, Ketosis and Ketogenic Diet are linked to many different health benefits! Including rapid weight loss and protection against various diseases such as Cancer or Type-1 Diabetes.
The word “Keto” is derived from a type of molecule known as “Ketones” that act as small fuel molecules in the body as an alternative to carbohydrates. These are produced from
Fat that we consume and are produced whenever our body notices a glucose shortage.
So, when you deprive your body of Carbs and push it to Ketosis, Fat starts to convert to ketones in the liver, which then enters into the bloodstream! These are then used to fuel the various cells of your body.
Since Fat is generally present in considerable quantities in our body, ketosis dramatically accelerates the fat burning process. It provides a sufficient amount of energy to keep you pumped throughout the day!

And What Exactly Are Ketones?

In the previous section, I have discussed Ketones, so let me know what depths now.
So, Ketones are essentially the by-products produced after your body breaks down Fat for energy due to the low carb intake.
A brief workflow of Ketones is as follows:
• When you deprive your body of glucose, the glycogen levels slowly deplete alongside blood sugar and insulin levels. This forces the body to look for alternative fuel sources, which in our case, is Fat.
• This is the main effect of ketosis!
• Once your body starts to break down fats for energy, a process known as beta-oxidation occurs, resulting in the formation of Ketones that are used as fuel for the brain and body.
The different types of Ketone bodies include:
• Acetone
• Acetoacetate
• Beta-hydroxybutyric acid

How To Know That You Have Hit Ketosis

I believe that you have a good understanding of ketosis. Still, it is essential for you to properly understand the sign and symptoms that will help you assess that your body is indeed in ketosis.
And you know what? It is really easy! Just keep your senses out for the following signs:
• Your mouth will feel dry, and you feel have increased thirst
• The number of washroom visits will increase as you might need to urinate more often.
• Your breath will have a slight “Fruity” smell to it that will resemble that of a nail polish
• Aside from those three, you will obviously get the sensation mentioned above of having a low hunger level and increased bodily energy.

How Can You Maximize The Impacts Of Ketosis?

Now you can obviously enter into a state of ketosis just by reaching lowering down your carb intake. However, there are always better ways of doing the same thing, right?
Following the steps below, you will enhance the effectiveness of your ketosis and prolong the period for which your body stays in ketosis, thereby increasing the effectiveness of your Ketogenic diet.
• Keep your daily carbohydrate intake below 20g carbs
• Keep your protein levels at around 70g per day
• Don’t starve! Swallow the adequate level of Fat. Remember that the body is going to need Fat to burn Fat.
• Try to avoid snack times and stick to your breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals with nothing in between.

How To Check That You Are In Ketosis

Once you have established the basis of your ketosis, the next step for you is to check the Ketosis level of your body.
There are several different ways through which you can check the state of your ketosis.
Below are some of the most common and easy ones that you should know about.
There are lots of different ways to do that; below are three of the most prominent ones.
• The most apparent and most straightforward test is the breath test, where you sniff for “Keto Breath.” If you are indeed in ketosis, you will notice that your breath has a somewhat fruity/sour or metallic feel. This happens due to the creation of ketone bodies such as acetone, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and acetoacetate. The acetone is particular is excreted through your breath and urine that is responsible for the distinct smell.
• A more accurate way to test check for ketosis is by using Ketone urine strips. They are relatively cheap and easy to find and can instantly let you know the level of Ketones in your urine. Packs of 100 go for usually 10$ online. A good tip would be to perform the test a few hours after you wake up in the morning, as being dehydrated after a long night’s sleep might give a false-positive result.
• However, the most accurate one is a blood test known as “Blood Ketone Meter.”
This test is slightly expensive than the rest as the meter can cost you up to 40$ with each strip costing 5$. However, this will give you extremely accurate results. A reading between 0.5 mm to 5.0m is best for this

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