What Ketones Do To The Body?

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What Are Ketones And Are They Healthy?

What Are Ketones and Are They Healthy? If you are up on your health news or follow anyone in the health field, you have likely heard the term ketogenic diet. The goal of the ketogenic diet is to adapt the body to utilize fat as its primary fuel source instead of sugar. The body does this by first converting fat into what are called ketones that the cells can then burn as fuel. It is at this point that I typically get asked, what are ketones? In this article, I am going to clear up any gaps, explain exactly how ketogenisis works, and why it can be so beneficial for the human body. Biological Role of Ketones For our ancestors, eating three meals a day just wasn’t a thing. Instead they would hunt and forage for the foods they could find. When there wasn’t food, they wouldn’t eat. What this means is that sometimes they would go for days at a time with no food. To sustain life during times of scarcity, the body is thought to have developed the ability to utilize fat as an alternative fuel source. In a traditional nutrition course, you would learn that sugar is the body’s primary fuel source while fat is a secondary fuel source. When sugar stores are burned up, the cells then con Continue reading >>

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  1. LittleFreedom

    I was in the dark purple (one shy from the last one) this is a good thing yes???

  2. Froufy

    Being in ketosis does indicate you are burning fat...however some people don't ever "show" on ketostix and still do well. Remember it is only one measure of ketosis, and there are other indicators. If you are an avid exerciser you may not register either since you may be burning off all your excess ketones.
    As for the color...it does not matter how "dark" the stick is...just the fact that you are registering a color is what is important. Sometime the dark color can indicate you are dehydrated and need to drink more water. Those that drink lots of water may notice their sticks only turn the lightest pink!
    I think you are also supposed to test the same time...and I think Dr. A suggests one hour after eating, in the evening?
    Good luck...sounds like you are on your way!

  3. Ruthxxx

    As usual, Froufy is dead on. Try not to get hung up on ketone testing - it's related to hopping on the scale several times a day.
    You are doing well after just a few days. It was a good idea not to wait until Oct 3 because you are now well ahead of the game.

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