Ketosis

Ketosis

Ketosis

In my last article, I was writing about various types of fasting and its benefits. I basically finished by getting into ketosis. I would suggest you read that article before you continue reading this one, because there are useful information and basically how to get into ketogenic state faster!

After finishing my 3 days fast, which put me into ketosis, I slowly began eating again, starting with vegetable soup and some more vegetables. I wanted to try to stay in ketogenic state so I needed to change my diet accordingly. Now I will try to explain what ketosis is and how to stay in it.

What is Ketosis?

Being in ketogenic state is defined by how many of ketones are in your body. Nutritional ketosis is defined by serum ketones ranging from 0.5 to 3.0 mM. Now it’s probably important to explain what are ketones or ketone bodies. They are by-product of breaking down fat in your liver and they can be turned into a source of energy. They are produced while fasting or after intense workout, because of lack of sugar or carbohydrates.

The body is clever, and when it’s fasting for a few days, it will automatically switch to burn fat instead of carbs.

It’s only logical that you would continue in that same kind of environment. But how to do it with eating again? Well, you just stop eating carbs, start eating a lot of fats and some protein. That is basic ketogenic diet. You can eat some carbs, as much as 20-30g net carbohydrates per day (net carbs are carbohydrates minus fiber carbohydrates).

At start, it might seem weird, because there is just so much you were used to eat gone. You can’t eat rice, noodles, spaghetti and so on (you can but the amount which would fill 20g net carbs is really small). The cool thing is, you can just omit that from your meal and still have it as good as it was, for example some sauce with meat or just a steak without fries or potatoes. It is as delicious as it was, it just feels weird on a start. You can make some substitutes, e.g. cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. There are also things you can cook or bake with coconut flour and almond flour. I actually did pretty delicious pizza with those. I put on it some bacon and cheese. That’s right, now you can enjoy bacon and don’t even feel bad about it! There is just a lot of stuff you can eat, but it is hard to come up with them on start, after a while and some searching you can find a lot of recipes and ideas.

Why did I want to try it?

There are a lot of studies done and there are some interesting benefits ranging from prevention against neurodegenerative diseases, more energy, healthier body and mind. You also lose some fat during the process which I don’t really have problem with so for me it was just a “by-product”. People also say that it improves physical and mental abilities which I was interested in the most. It’s because ketones could be converted into acetyl-CoA, which is then used as a powerful source of energy.

How am I doing?

I have been in ketosis just for 10 days, so I am basically adjusting, but it feels great and I am having fun with all the stuff around it! I am going to try to stay for as long as I am going to feel good and I will see how it’s going to work for me. The ketosis and ketogenic diet is not for everybody! But it works for most of the people. If you want to try something like this, I would be careful and try to get to know your body.

Hopefully, this article brought you some light on the subject! Thank you for reading, be awesome and see you next time!

 

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