Do you fully understand ketosis? Not many people do. I lost 140 pounds following a ketosis lifestyle (without ever knowing what the word “ketosis” meant). It wasn’t until after the fact did I learn the word ketosis and understand how it affects weight loss. I was like, “HUH! Why isn’t everybody talking about this metabolic miracle?” After all, ketosis is ah-mazing!
Ketosis & Weight Loss
Do you need to fully understand the science of ketosis in order to lose weight? Probably not. But it is helpful to know some topline information. For one, it will help motivate you to stay on track. Let’s discuss what ketosis means and what ketosis symptoms to be on the lookout for.
Ketosis is just a fancy word for explaining HOW the body is being fueled by FAT.
Like a fire, your body runs on fuel (food). Energy is metabolized in one of two ways: from glucose (a carbohydrate-rich diet) or through burning fat (ketosis). Why is this important? Because many of us with weight issues overeat carbs. We overfill our gas tank, so to speak, and excess glucose is stored as body fat. That’s a problem! Switching over to ketosis helps avoid that drama. We end up eating only what the body needs, weight loss is often a pleasant side effect.
How to Start Ketosis
By following a ketogenic diet (eating foods low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, and rich in fats), your body quickly burns through available glucose (from the foods you just ate) and then switches over to “fat-burning” mode (aka ketosis). It’s REALLY that simple.
How do you know when ketosis is happening? Please don’t buy those weird pee strips. First of all, they’re kind of gross, but equally important, unnecessary. I’m happy to review the signs and symptoms of ketosis. Once you know what to look for, recognizing ketosis is easy.
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