Very simply ketosis is where your body burns fat for fuel!!!
Ketosis is a metabolic state that is characterized by elevated blood ketone levels coupled with lower, stable blood sugar levels. When you restrict carbohydrate intake, insulin is low, the body’s main fuel source shifts from glucose to fat, which sends the body into “ketosis”.
Ketones are made in the liver through a process known as ketogenesis. When you restrict carbohydrates, blood glucose and insulin levels decrease, which allows fat stores to break down and provide energy. Our liver then makes ketones. Kind of like the runners high! The runners high is when all glucose is burned and your body has now started to burn ketones. Gives you that extra burst of energy known as the “Runners High”. If you’ve ever experienced this you will know how much of a burst of energy you get.
Nutritional ketosis can take anywhere from 3-10 days to get into ketosis, maintaining a very strict keto diet of less than 25grams of carbs per day. But if you go over that even once and do, let’s say 50-100 grams of carbs, it can kick you out of ketosis and you will then have to start all over again. So anyone relying on a keto diet has to maintain a strict 25 grams of carbs per day.
Our bodies can also utilize a Keto supplement that can put your body into ketosis in under an hour. Amazing that a supplement can do this, but it can be tested using either ketone pee strips or blood tests. One Keto supplement can put you into ketosis for up to 6-8 hours. Add in some intermittent fasting or a modified keto diet and you get the same basic results as a strict keto diet without having to count macros or worry about too many carbohydrates.
I take a keto supplement every day and do a modified keto diet (most days I maintain less than 50 grams of carbs a day) thus a KETO LIFESTYLE. I don’t have to punish myself in my head for cheating once in a while. If temptation is high – 95% of the time I will just have a bite of something and that will allow me to have a taste but not feel deprived.
I’m a firm believer, at this age, that I want a LIFESTYLE not a DIET. So I have added the supplement to my lifestyle and I love it. If I need an extra boost due to late hours or extra workout, I can always add a second supplement. It comes in caffeine and decaffeinated versions so I don’t have to worry about extra caffeine.
I can also say after doing this LIFESTYLE for over two years, my body tells me when I’ve had too many carbohydrates. I can feel the lethargy coming on and my stomach immediately gets that bloated feeling.
This past week I had a diverticulitis attack and have had to eat soft foods, most of which were not keto. I have fought the lethargy every day while trying to get my tummy better. I thought about just doing an extended fast, but you have to eat when you take these antibiotics so I had bland food – mashed potatoes, pasta and some rice. When you have to eat those kinds of foods – they are just that bland. It didn’t matter how much butter I added or even cheese – they are still bland. I’m so glad I can get back to eating my healthy way of life. I’ve been able to add eggs back in and now that 5 days have gone by, I can start adding meat and veggies again. I just have to watch the fiber content so I will start by adding fish in and then by the end of this week I should be able to eat my full keto diet again. Yeah.
If you are still trying to decide if Low Carb/Keto is a way of life for you – don’t hesitate to contact us. We love to help people to understand how it works and how you can feel BETTER as well.