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How to get into nutritional ketosis fast
Posted by RACHEL MATHENGE on DECEMBER 22, 2018
In Ketosis or not? Using Ketone Test Strips helps you find out.
Ketogenic diets have gained popularity as a quick way to lose weight. This was very appealing to me when I started researching the ketogenic diet. My goal was to lose 20 pounds and complete my four years weight loss journey, then go back to my normal eating habits and hope I would not gain the weight back. However, when I got hold of the Keto Zone diet, I realized this was more than a way to quickly lose weight. It could be a lifestyle change. One of the things that intrigued me about the ketogenic diet was nutritional Ketosis.
Nutritional ketosis occurs when the liver breaks down fats as an energy source when glucose is deficient in the body. This happens when the body is deprived of carbohydrates and it has no choice but to go for the next fuel source which is fats. During ketosis, ketones are released and passed out of the body through the urine. The concentration of ketones in the urine can be tested by using ketone test strips.
Why do you want to get into ketosis?
For the first three years of my weight loss journey, I did not pay much attention to what I ate. I focused more on working out, and less on diet. The more I worked out, the more hungry I got, which led me to eat more. I experienced a lot of food cravings. I especially craved sweets and starchy food like bread. I was tired most of the time. When I started on the keto diet, I could not wait to feel all the positive things I had read about being in ketosis. I got into ketosis on the second day of my keto journey. I did not need Ketone strips to know I was in ketosis but did a urine test just to confirm. I woke up that morning feeling like a brand new person. I was energetic and my brain was clear and focused. The brain fog was gone. As the day went by, I noticed I was not as hungry as I once was. I had no food cravings! I could not remember the last time I felt this great. The weight, especially the stubborn belly fat, started to melt away. I lost 20 pounds in just a few months and continued to keep it off.
How do you get in ketosis fast?
The goal of the ketogenic diet is to use fat as an energy source. This happens when the body has used up most of its glucose. The time it takes to get into ketosis depends on the amount of glucose in the body, therefore it varies from person to person. However, there are things you can do to get there sooner than later;
Please note, at times its difficult for some people to get into ketosis, and may experience the Keto flu. Keto flu is not contagious and it goes away after a few days. Drinking more water and temporarily adding a little bit of sodium to the food helps reduce the symptoms. Eating spinach and nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews )which are rich in magnesium, and avocados which are rich in potassium helps.
In my opinion, the biggest challenge when on a diet is hunger and food craving. Ketosis stops the food cravings which helps you make better food choices!
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