What is ketosis and the ketogenic diet?

From my experience as a personal trainer and wellness coach. I’ve experienced a certain lifestyle is being taking as trend/diet. Although I dislike the term diet especially in this case, for this is more than a diet. It’s a complete lifestyle change. The trend I’m referring to is the ketogenic diet and getting into ketosis.

What is Ketosis?a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues, which is typically pathological in conditions such as diabetes, or maybe the consequence of a diet that is very low in carbohydrates.

The primary source of energy for the body is glucose. Glucose diets consist of consuming carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates are turned into glucose by the body, any extra glucose is then stored as glycogen to be used for later.

When the body does not have enough glycogen, it looks for an alternative source of energy. That source is the bodies fat storage. The liver breaks down fat into glucose when this happens ketones are formed. The body can use ketones as another form of energy.

Types of ketones

  • Acetone( a side product of acetoacetate, breaks down quickly, removed from the body by waste or breath.)
  • Acetoacetate(created from the breakdown of fatty acids, turned into BHB or Acetone)
  • Beta-hydroxybutyrate( formed from acetoacetate)

For diabetics or those who struggle with unwanted weight, this will help you get your blood sugar under control while ridding your body of extra fat. Getting into Ketosis is a metabolism change. If you have the metabolism where you can put on weight but struggle losing it. Getting into ketosis will use fat or ketones for energy, depleting the body of glycogen(stores glucose)

When looking to get into ketosis you want to consume 20-50grams of carbohydrates. With carbohydrates being in almost everything we eat, this can be very difficult.

Foods to stay away from

  • Sugar(refined especially)
  • Bread
  • Grains
  • Beans and legumes
  • Certain fruits
  • Starchy vegetables

To reach true ketosis you want 90% of your diet to come from fats, 8% protein, and 2% carbs. Now, this isn’t ideal, for the everyday person. Realistically you want to aim for 80% fats, 15% protein, and 5% carbs. Don’t make the mistake of consuming more protein and filling up on the protein. Your body will turn protein into glycogen.

STAY HYDRATED!

Carbohydrates hold water, when you’re depleting your body of carbs it’s easy to get dehydrated. You want to stay hydrated when getting into ketosis. Consume minerals like magnesium and potassium. And consume sodium to help water reach the cells.

This is not a diet. I don’t like the term diet. Nowadays diets are a trend. Confidence, consistency, and resilience are important to anything you decide to do. The mindset of doing something short term when it comes to health and wellness will lead to failures. ( trust, I’m speaking from experience.)

The ketogenic diet has been around since 1920, used to treat epilepsy. Treatment consisted of dietary remedies and fasting. You can receive the effects of fasting through the ketogenic diet.

Let’s take a leap back in time. I want you all to really think about this. Since the beginning of homo Sapiens(humans), how do you think we ate? Also think, how did we(life) sustain before all the technological advances? The body is smart, the body will adapt, the body will heal itself(patience), the body will survive. The human body is an amazing double bladed sword when wielded the right way, it can strike but also defend.

What’s I’m saying is this lifestyle is how we survived and continue to survive. I’m always doing research and learning. I’m forever a student.

I’m not here to get you but to assist you.

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