What Is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a metabolic function that occurs with low-carb diets. Instead of using carbohydrates for energy, the body will turn to its own fat stores and break them down for energy instead. This usually results in a rapid loss of fat (and pounds) that sounds great in theory, but in practice is a bit more dangerous. Our bodies use ketosis the same way a car uses the fake donut tire in your trunk. It's enough to get you to the garage, but it's not meant to be driven on indefinitely. In the same way, ketosis is a by-product of the body's reaction during a time of starvation that allows it to keep functioning until it can get to its next carbohydrate. What is a carbohydrate? Pretty much anything that's not fat and not protein. So if you get rid of oils, butter, meats, fish, and poultry, pretty much everything else is a carbohydrate. That includes super-healthy carbohydrates like salads and not-so-healthy carbohydrates like a cheese pizza. There are a lot of advocates for low-carb diets. I think what they're advocating is reckless and unsustainable. Yes, you'll get a quick hit of weight loss and the weight loss will come from fat, but you have to put your body into starvation mode to all Continue reading >>