Everywhere I turn these days, I am hearing about ketosis and how it effects weight loss. Before I started the keto diet, I did a lot of research about it. I wanted to know if being in ketosis was safe, how long it was safe, and most importantly, would I lose weight?
The definition of ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketones in the body. Ketones are molecules in the body that can be used as fuel. Our body’s normally use glucose as fuel however, if glucose is in short supply, the body will use ketones to fuel it. When your body is in a state of ketosis, fat is converted in the liver to ketones. Ketones are produced by the body when you eat a diet of very low carb and moderate protein. This is why you will hear people say you are running on fat, or burning fat when you are in ketosis. Simply said, ketosis equals weight loss.
Is Ketosis Safe?
Ketosis is a completely safe and natural state for the body to be in. I have heard several people claim that it is not safe to be in ketosis long term but this is not true at all for most people.
Our bodies were made to go without food for certain periods of time. Remember back when the human race were all hunter and gatherers? They didn’t have grocery stores they could run to if they ran out of food. It was common for them to fast for days and sometimes weeks at a time. Our bodies were made to store fat in times of abundance so that we had that fat to convert into ketones and use as fuel in times when food was scarce.
A common worry I have heard is that the brain can’t function correctly without carbohyrates. This is a completely false statement. The human race would not have survived if the brain could only use carbs as fuel. The brain can run perfectly fine without any carbs being ingested.
How Does Ketosis Effect Weight Loss?
Once you are in a state of ketosis, your body is a lean, mean fat burning machine! You are literally running off the fat stores in your body. This results in rapid weight loss. Ketosis is a great way to naturally help your body let go of excess weight. Now, I do want to be clear that losing body fat will not happen over night, but in my personal expeirence, I lost about 8 pounds per month and am still losing weight. The first week your body is in ketosis, you will lose quite a bit of water weight. As you stop consuming carbs, your body will start to dump excess water it was holding onto to help digest the carbohydrates.
Being in a state of ketosis is very natural and will help you lose weight in a steady manner. Once you stop eating carbs, your body will stop craving carbs and it makes it very easy to stick to a low carb lifestyle and lose weight and keep it off.
**Always check with your doctor before you begin any type of major change to your eating habits.