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How Long Does It Take For The Body To Go Into Ketosis?

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How Long Does It Take To Get Into Ketosis?

Short Answer: 2-7 days In order for your body to get to the point where it is breaking down stored fat into ketones for fuel, it must first use up all stored sugar. The body stores excess sugar in the muscles in the form of glycogen. It is stored there to give the muscles access to a quick source of energy should the need arrive. You must first deplete the glycogen so the body is forced to use fat for fuel instead. There is about 2-3 days worth of sugar stored in your muscles so if you keep your carb intake at around 20g a day, you should deplete those stores within 3 full days. You can speed up the process by either fasting or exercising. The fasting will keep the body from creating new sugar from food intake and the exercise will cause the body to burn off the sugar faster. If you are using a ketone tester, you should start seeing a ketone reading by the third day and start seeing them increase over the course of the next 2 weeks to a month. As your body begins to use ketones more efficiently, you should see ketone levels drop to right about .5 mM can go as high as 5 mM. Any questions? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll answer them. Thanks! Don’t miss a post! Click her Continue reading >>

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  1. needtolose4me2

    since last week when I messed up and had some ad carbs one day, I basically started over Tuesday. I was really good all day Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday night I used a ketosis stick and it came up "trace". is that normal?should it take longer to get into ketosis? I was doing good the first 3 weeks (however not measuring my ketone levels) then all of a sudden I gained 2 pounds at which point I got aggrivated and screwed up for one day. the next day I got right back in the groove. I know my carbs are low, Ihaven't gotten on a scale,but this trace amount of keytones is concerning me. DO you think I should do some kind of fast (could onl really stomach the macadamia nut one) or wait it out a bit longer?
    thanks
    maggie

  2. JerseyGyrl

    I would not be too concerned about the Ketosis Stix....they have been known to not be accurate. If you are drinking a lot of water (as you should be) or eating a lot of fat & protein, they can give you false readings.
    Eating something you shouldn't, can definately knock you out of ketosis. Getting back into ketosis can vary depending on the person.
    As far as "fasts" are concerned, personally, I woudn't consider a fast unless I was in a very serious stall (not losing lbs OR inches). My best advice to you is to do a clean induction (only real foods..meat,eggs,cheese, veggies, etc) and be patient. Sometimes we get so anxious to lose the unwanted pounds we forget that we didn't gain them overnite & we aren't going to lose them overnite.
    All the best to you,
    Kim

  3. Tiffany_Bracelet

    For me, it depends on the amount of water and foods that I consume. Ketosis makes my mouth really dry....so I don't go into a deep ketosis like I have before with the meat/egg fast.

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