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Ketosis Explained – For Weight Loss, Health Or Performance

Get Started Ketosis is a natural state for the body, when it is almost completely fueled by fat. This is normal during fasting, or when on a strict low-carb diet. Ketosis has many potential benefits, but there are also side effects. In type 1 diabetes and certain other rare situations excessive ketosis can even become dangerous. On this page you can learn all about how to harness the benefits of ketosis, while avoiding any problems. It all starts with understanding what ketosis is. Choose a section, or keep reading below for all of them. Ketosis ExplainedKetosis Explained BenefitsBenefits How to Get Into KetosisHow to Get Into Ketosis Ketosis ExplainedSymptoms & How to Know You’re In Ketosis Side Effects, Fears & Potential DangersSide Effects, Fears & Potential Dangers How to Reach Optimal KetosisHow to Reach Optimal Ketosis ketones Ketosis Explained The “keto” in the word ketosis comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”.1 This is an alternative fuel for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amount Continue reading >>

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  1. SunnySmile

    Please explain ketosis in layman's terms

    My mother, who is also type 2 and does not believe in low carb, tells me ketosis is dangerous and eventually your body will start using muscle for energy, including the heart muscle. She's an RN, but hasn't worked in years and years. I'm not sure she knows what she's talking about.
    My research (limited) tells me it's being in the process of your body converting from using sugar to using fat for energy. Is this correct? Is there any danger in this that you know of?
    Also I think ketoacidosis is bad, but I haven't researched that yet. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

  2. timothyw

    High blood sugar readings with high ketones can lead to something called ketoacidosis which is very bad. Your mother is probably thinking that all keytones are bad. Low blood sugar readings with the presence of ketones is just the body telling you that you are burning fat for energy. Many people confuse the two or don't know enough about low carb to understand there is a big difference. The body can fuel itself using glucose or keytones - a healthy liver is capable of producing all of the glucose needs of those cells that cannot use the keytones so that the actual need for carbohydrate foods as a fuel source are actually pretty low. If you are low carbing though you need to increase your fat content so that you are producing plenty of keytones for fuel and you need to be sure that you are eating sufficient protein. Even a high carb low fat diet will cannibalize muscle tissues since they are usually portion controlled diets and it's hard to get enough fat and protein.

  3. SunnySmile

    OK, sounds like I was on the right track; but what exactly are keytones?

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