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How Long Does It Take For The Ketosis Diet To Work?

When it comes to weight loss, everyone wants rapid results. A ketosis diet, better known as a ketogenic diet or low-carb diet, helps you lose weight by forcing your body to burn fat for energy instead of carbs, causing you to go into a state of ketosis. The rate of weight loss on a ketosis diet varies, and how long it takes to work depends on how much weight you need to lose, but you may be able to lose more than 12 pounds in a month. Video of the Day Your body's preferred source of fuel is glucose, which is derived from carbohydrates. When fasting, your body undergoes hormonal changes that stimulate the release of fat from your fat cells, where it is transported to the liver and made into ketones, which are then used for energy. The ketogenic diet is high in fat and protein and low in carbohydrates, which mimics fasting to produce ketones and the state of ketosis. How quickly you get into ketosis varies, but can happen in one to two days. When followed as advised, people on a ketogenic diet for weight loss lose weight and lose it quickly, according to dietitian Juliette Kellow. According to a 2008 study published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition," men who followed a Continue reading >>

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  1. Stanislav_Jirak

    I think the title says everything I’ve been <20g for around 2 weeks now and want to enjoy something slightly higher in carbs like raspberry or blueberries in a yogurt, cashew nuts, etc. from time to time. I also wonder, if I eat something high i carb just before my fitness… I’d like to include doing HIIT, so what about say 1 pizza once per week? Or it is too soon, yet?

  2. Peter

    Ketogenic diet is about staying in ketosis as much of the time as possible. To do that, <20 carbs works best.

    Do you think you’re in ketosis? You could try the carb excursions and see how you react. Generally people find they function fine with the <20 carbs in the long term.

  3. jmbundy

    You will want to wait until you’re fat adapted. I have higher meals on occasion and it is rarely worth it, pizza makes me feel bad now and the only part I like is the toppings. If you have the willpower to just have a little of something carby you can do it, but a lot of people don’t so be careful when you start testing.
    Wanting the sweet things you list is a sign of your sugar addiction, mine was bad, once you cut it out for a while you don’t really care for them as much, having them can keep you addicted. It’s healthier to only have 2 cigarettes a week than a pack, but those 2 are only for continuing an addiction not because you need them.

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