Chapter Three | Let's Go Keto!
What's Happening To Your Body During Ketosis?
Hello again. Today we're talking about what's happening to your body during Ketosis and why you want to stay in Ketosis.
First and foremost, if you're doing it and doing it well, carbohydrate intake has decreased and fat intake has increased. This is clearly the most important step to help the body trigger a different metabolic response regarding the kind of nutrition it's given to fuel it up.
By increasing fat and decreasing carbs. your "body stores in the liver and muscles" have been used up and depleted and now your body starts burning fat.
So what's happening to your body during Ketosis?
Especially in the early stages of ketosis, you will lose a lot of water weight. This is because glycogen is breaking down water molecules. Also, in the absence of carbs (glycogen) your concentration, focus, memory and clarity will likely improve because you're no longer in a carb fog since the brain uses ketone bodies for energy and you've improved ketone development.
Ketones are always present in the blood. In Ketosis your levels stay optimum. Ketone levels will fluctuate depending on (1) what you eat, (2) your activity level and (3) diseases; like diabetes. This means that in Ketosis you rarely experience energy crashes or big drops in blood sugar. It stays optimum. This is partly why Keto is considered beneficial for endurance athletes.
Your body is also less hungry. Keto nutrition helps control blood sugar levels and this increase in satiety makes you feel less hungry. This is why it's often referred to as The Never Hungry Diet.
Ketosis is simply a metabolic state. In this normal bodily process, your body keeps working to given you energy even when it isn't getting carbs (your body's first choice for energy) as fuel. Ketosis is like the back-up generator for your body. Think of this analogy for a moment:
o Carbs = energy = power
o Low carbs = less power; less power = less energy
(Body needs energy and power to keep organs working)
o Carbs stop/slow = power coming in stops/slows and the body reacts
Ketosis kicks in to find more power (it's the backup generator when the power goes out or slows)
Our body is very smart. It intuitively enters this "emergency starvation like" state to preserve energy and fuel our brain and organs.
Why do you want to stay in Ketosis?
Well, even though you are technically moving through an "emergency starvation like" state, you and your body are not actually starving. Of course not, this is The Never Hungry Diet, after all. But your body doesn't know that. It's just intuitively reacting to how you're manipulating nutrition for fuel.
You want to stay in ketosis because your body will take fat (remember, this comes from stored body fat and the fat you're consuming) and redirect it to the liver to be broken down into ketone bodies that your brain and organs can use.
Here is an ideal macros pie-chart that will keep a person in ketosis. Be advised that macros is calculated using a persons (1) gender (2) weight (3) height and (4) age.
Check your macros using this online macros calculator: https://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/
Tip - recalculate your macros every 30 days as your weight WILL change.
Until the next chapter, stay well and stay strong my friends.
Let's go Keto? 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. Our next chapter is Final Chapter | Working Out on Keto.