How Does Ketosis Work To Lose Weight

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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. Atticusfinch

    So, I noticed an odor… and I have cats and so thought “Damn it, Princess Tiny Feet”. But long story short, it’s not my menagerie, it is coming from me!!! Apparently kids, a byproduct of going just a little bit gung ho with this is an eye watering, embarrassing ammonia odor…
    As I understand it, (and please help me out if I’m wrong) when your body doesn’t have enough free carbs to glucogenicize– in your liver, you rip sugar from your skeletal musculature, and a byproduct of the enzymatic breaking up of protein is a lot more ammonia being produced inside. Both gross, and really awful for my sweet six pack which I’m just sure was hiding under my belly…
    What I don’t get is why I can’t just turn fat to energy instead/first. Like what’s the point of retaining fat genetically, if in starvation mode I eat the far more useful muscle?… How would a starving guy kill that mammoth without his muscles? I thought starving was the one time fat was good! What is it doing, if it doesn’t provide me energy?
    Anyway, at least the solution to this, (if anyone else encounters it too) is easy breezy cover girl. Apparently all you need is more carbs or less exercise- and I’m totally ok with both of those options

  2. Nama

    I think you may be smelling an acetone like smell, which is ketones being released from the burning of fat for energy. It can give you really bad breath. Are you certain it’s ammonia? You should not be breaking down muscle!

  3. Bootsy Badger

    I’d suggest you take your problem to your doctor. S/he would be able to put it in the context of your overall health (and might be able to suggest answers to the physiological/evolutionary questions you pose in your post.)
    Take care,

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