Ketosis Weight Loss
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Ketosis is a physiological state where your body burns fat in response to the fact that it does not have sufficient glucose available to satisfy your energy needs.
What is it exactly?
Under everyday conditions, the carbohydrates you consume from foods like pastas and breads are converted to glucose, which is the body's primary source of energy.
When you utilize a nutritionally-balanced, low-calorie weight loss program that minimizes these types of carbohydrates, you will reach a point where your body draws on its alternate energy system, fat stores, for fuel. It typically takes about three days for your body to shift from burning carbohydrates to converting fat stores for energy.
This condition is called dietary ketosis and means your body metabolizes fat stores and turns them into a source of fuel called ketones. The free fatty acids from fat stores are transported to the liver. Using the abundance of fatty acids, the liver produces many extra ketones, which is an energy molecule similar to glucose.
These ketones provide your body with as much energy as sugar and your body functions normally as fat is being “burned.” When you burn a greater amount of fat than is immediately needed for energy, the excess ketones are discarded in the urine.
Ketosis diet vs. ketoacidosis
Dietary ketosis is among the most misunderstood concepts in nutrition because it is often confused with ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening condition most often associated with uncontrolled insulin-deficient Type 1 diabetes.
In the Type 1 diabetic, the absence of insulin leads to a toxic build-up of blood glucose and an extreme breakdown of fat and muscle tissue. This condition does not occur in individuals who have even a small amount of insulin, whether from natural production or artificially administered.
Learn more about diabetes weight loss.
Unlike ketoacidosis, this dietary fat burning state is a natural adjustment to the body's reduced intake of carbohydrates as the body shifts its primary source of energy from carbohydrates to stored fat.
The body’s natural presence of insulin keeps ketone production in check so that a mild, beneficial state of ketosis is achieved. Blood glucose levels are stabilized within a normal range and there is no breakdown of healthy muscle tissue.
The most sensitive tests ("NMR" and "blood ketone level") show that everyone is in some degree of ketosis every day, particularly after not eating overnight and after exercising.
This fat burning state is the body's survival system. It is not an abnormality nor does it present any medical danger, except to a Type I insulin-dependent diabetic. Your body functions naturally and effectively while in a dietary "fat burning" state.
Some of the benefits many people experience while in this fat burning state for intentional weight loss may include rapid weight loss, decreased hunger and cravings, improved mood, increased energy and, as long as protein intake is adequate, protection of lean muscle mass.
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