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In Depth Look At Ketogenic Diets And Ketosis

What exactly is Ketosis? The metabolic state of ketosis simply means that the quantity of ketone bodies in the blood have reached higher-than-normal levels. When the body is in a ketogenic state, this means that lipid energy metabolism is intact. The body will start breaking down your own body fat to fuel the body's normal, everyday functions. What's So Great About Being In Ketosis? Establishing this metabolic state of ketosis even for a short period of time has many outstanding benefits. Benefit 1 The main benefit of ketosis is that it increases the body's ability to utilize fats for fuel, which gets very lazy on a high-carbohydrate diet. When on high-carbohydrate diets, the body can usually expect an energy source to keep entering the body. But in the state of ketosis, the body has to become efficient at mobilizing fats as energy. Benefit 2 Ketosis has a protein-sparing effect, assuming that you are consuming adequate quantities of protein and calories—0.7 grams per pound of body weight per day—in the first place.[1] Once in ketosis, the body actually prefers ketones to glucose. Since the body has copious quantities of fat, this means there is no need to oxidize protein to ge Continue reading >>

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  1. grouse

    No. You burn fat all the time.

  2. keep the aspidistra flying

    No, you burn fat all the time. It's our primary reserve/storage for energy. Ketosis only happens when you are running low on carbohydrates. "Fats burn in the flame of carbohydrates." Ketosis isn't good and makes the blood acidic. That being said, I think 3/4 of the brain's needs can met by ketone bodies during starvation. Wow, my biochem class paid off!
    On preview, what g & g both said.

  3. jdroth

    Let me join the chorus: No, you burn fat all the time.

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