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The Ultimate Guide To Ketosis

Ketosis is the metabolic process of using fat as the primary source of energy instead of carbohydrates. This means your body is directly breaking down its fat stores as energy instead of slowly converting fat and muscle cells into glucose for energy. You enter ketosis when your body doesn’t have enough glucose (carbohydrates) available. The prime function of the ketogenic diet is to put the body in ketosis. Ketones are byproducts of the body breaking down fat for energy that occurs when carbohydrate intake is low. How Ketosis Works Step 1) Cutting Off Carbs When there isn’t a sufficient level of available glucose and glycogen levels are depleted, blood sugar and insulin levels decrease, and the body looks for an alternative source of fuel (fat). Step 2) Breaking Down Fats The body breaks down fats for energy. This process is known as beta-oxidation, where there is an increase in acetyl-CoA, which turns into acetoacetate. Acetoacetate then shifts to beta-hydroxybutyrate, the ketone body that floats around in your blood to then provide energy to the body and brain. Step 3) Using Ketosis Many people use ketosis for benefits like: Weightloss: When your body is using fat directly as Continue reading >>

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  1. CyprusRoots

    Hi all, I'm 5 days into my keto journey and just got a little bit impatient and decided to take a ketones reading using the stick method. The reading was in the purple (very excited) and the reading was +15 (1.5) mg/dl(mmol/L). I haven't a clue what that means? Could someone give me an explanation? Thanks.

  2. Azuriaz

    Sounds like the number is milligrams per deciliter? I never pay attention to that, I just go with the shade of purple. The times I've gone several months straight in ketosis, the tendency is for the sticks to go into the light/moderate range as long as I stay well-hydrated. From what I understand that is normal. I have yet to see the sticks show not in ketosis at all unless I've eaten something that I knew would put me out. Really they're a very rough guide, I'm just too broke to go around spending five bucks on blood test strips!

  3. KnitOrMiss

    You should be able to download a chart online by brand. My general understanding is that the darker the color, the more ketones being dumped as waste. That means you are making a ton, but not yet efficient at using all of what you make (adapted). It's a good first step stage. That being said, as you adapt, you will "waste" less, and those results will become unreliable at best.

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