Introduction: How does it work and what is ketosis?
Keto is daily wholesome nutrition and if you do it and do it well, it may yield exceptional benefits.
How does it work?
Keto nutrition works by nearly eliminating carbs, and by doing this, it eliminates your body's first choice of energy, which is glucose.
Our bodies first use glycogen for energy before switching to using fat. The liver will then convert fatty acids to ketone bodies, which the body begins to use as energy.
When this happens - the body is in ketosis. While the correct carb range to achieve ketosis is different for every individual, drastically reducing carbs is key. Keto nutrition does not encourage most fruits, grains, beans, sugars, alcohol or low-fat dairy products.
So what's left? Essentially, you're eating plant and animal fats, meat and eggs along with high-fat dairy. Keto also permits a few vegetables, berries, nuts and seafood. By eating more fats and protein, we become more naturally satiated and we are less hungry despite eating fewer calories and so, what does that mean?
You guessed it - weight loss.
While most people increase carbs again after they reach their weight loss goal, Keto nutrition can truly help reinforce a healthier lifestyle. After the sweet cravings subside, people tend to supplement with wholesome foods rather than processed carbs.
When you Keto, you immediately start restricting carbs and your body then starts to burn through it's supply of stored sugar in the liver. After about 72 hours, the liver will then turn to the fat cells and after about two weeks a person enters into ketosis.
What is ketosis?
Ketosis is when you're not relying on sugar or carbs for energy but instead you are relying on fat. Ketosis is actually a normal process that allows your body to keep working even when it isn't getting carbs as fuel. Besides burning body fat, ketosis has wonderful side effects which make you feel less hungry and helps to maintain muscle mass.
Watch this space for chapters 2, 3 and 4 pertaining to Keto'22, so that you can start the new year right!
Keto'22 is a short blog series where we explore the benefits of Keto nutrition. Keto places a big emphasis on fat, a lot of which comes from animal products. In this series, we will talk all things Keto; the favorable and unfavorable aspects of this approach to nutrition. Be sure to speak with your Doctor to make sure Keto is ideal for you. I follow Keto. I enjoy it and I have experienced the benefits of it. I am happy to share this information with you.