The Benefits of Ketosis
What is Ketosis? If you are following a ketogenic lifestyle, you probably already have an idea of what ketosis is. Yay! If you are just beginning your research on Keto and the Ketogenic lifestyle, Yay Yay Yay for you! I will share what ketosis is, is it harmful, and what are the benefits of ketosis.
Ketosis is a Normal Metabolic Dietary State…
Ketosis is a normal metabolic dietary state the body transitions into when carbohydrate intake is restricted (Mullins, Hallam, & Broom, 2011). When we eat carbohydrates, the body will digest them and send them into the bloodstream as glucose. The glucose is used as fuel for the body and provides energy for the cells in your body.
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When there is not enough glucose for the body to burn from limiting your carbohydrate intake or fasting, the body will burn stored fat or the fat you eat and produce ketones which are used for fuel. Ketones are produced when the body goes into fat-burning mode.
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While limiting the carbs, you maintain a high fat and a moderate amount of protein intake. Eating Ketogenically is not harmful. In fact, this way of eating has resulted in many people losing weight and feeling great.
When people eat a Standard American Diet (SAD), the carbohydrate consumed in that diet converts into glucose. The glucose is the body’s fuel source and is used for energy. As a result of the increased amount of glucose in the bloodstream, the pancreas will release insulin (hormone) into the bloodstream by specialized cells (beta cells) to lower the elevated blood glucose levels.
The Roller Coaster
The up and down roller coaster of eating foods that raise your blood sugar levels with the increased production of insulin to lower the levels back down to a normal range works for a while, but with time the body becomes resistant to the insulin. I will go into insulin resistance in another blog. Right now, I want to focus on the benefits of ketosis and the Ketogenic lifestyle.
The Ups and Downs
When you restrict your carbohydrates eating Ketogenically, the body will tap into the fat stores and will burn stored fat instead. This fat burning mode results in weight loss for most people.
Benefits of Eating Ketogenically
The amount of carbohydrate restriction will determine how quickly the body goes into ketosis. People following a Ketogenic lifestyle typically eat 20 to 25 grams of carbohydrates a day, which is total carbohydrates, not net carbohydrates. Other benefits that some people have are:
- Decreased hunger
- Increased mental clarity
- Reduced inflammation and joint pain
- Increased energy
- Reduction in blood sugar levels
- Improved good HDL cholesterol
- Decreased bad LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- And more…(Moore & Westman, 2014)
Are you on the Fence with Keto?
So, what has your experience been with living Ketogenically? If you are on the fence as to whether or not to start eating more delicious healthy fats, a moderate amount of protein and a small amount of carbohydrates, straddle no more.
If you have medical challenges, consult with your doctor first to let him/her know you are changing the way you eat. Give it a go and let me know how living Ketogenically changes your life!
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Moore, J., & Westman, E. C. (2014). Keto clarity: Your definitive guide to the benefits of a low-carb, high-fat diet. Las Vagas, NV: Victory Belt Publishing Inc.
Mullins, G., Hallam, C. L., & Broom, I. (2011). Ketosis, ketoacidosis and very-low-calorie diets: putting the record straight. Nutrition Bulletin, 36(3), 397-402. doi:10.1111/j.1467-3010.2011.01916.x