Once you are entirely into the Keto diet, you will feel like a new person!
This is because when one is on a ketosis diet, their body undergoes various biological adaptations like an increased fat breakdown.
The main aim of the ketogenic diet is to induce ketosis to burn more fat in your body and ensure that your body uses fat for fuel. When this happens, your liver starts producing high levels of blood ketone to supply energy for your brain.
When this happens, then we can say that you have entered the ketosis metabolic state.
So, What Is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a normal metabolic state in which your body uses ketones and fats instead of glucose as its primary source of fuel. This mainly takes place because you don’t have enough carbohydrates to burn. In a human body, energy is stored in the liver and released when needed.
However, when a person is on a keto diet, the carb intake is so low, the glucose in the body is used up and becomes depleted. When your body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to burn for energy, it burns fat instead.
In ketosis, your body produces ketones. The liver from the fat you consume manufactures these bodies. When the blood and insulin levels in your body decrease on a carb-restricted diet, the liver increases the production of ketones to provide energy for your brain. The liver is responsible for producing ketones even when on a normal diet. Nevertheless, it only produces tiny amounts of ketones mainly overnight when asleep. How do you know that your body has reached ketosis?
How to Tell that you are in Ketosis: Signs of Ketosis
- Weight Loss
This is one of the most visible sign yet it can still be deceptive. If you are very strict on your ketogenic diet, then this could be attributed as a symptom to the diet. When in ketosis, your body will shed off some weight especially in the initial week. Scientific research shows that this initial weight loss is not fat but water weight that was being held by the fat cells in your body.
- Dehydration and Thirst
The side effect of losing water for tools thirstier than normal. The high levels of ketones in your body also lead to an electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. To avoid feeling dehydrated take lots of water, and other fluids.
- Muscle Cramps
Before your body fully accepts ketone production, you may start experiencing a decrease in physical performance. You will feel fatigued and weak, and this is the main reason why most people quit the diet before getting more in-depth.
The fatigue is because your body is adapting to a new system. To avoid feeling weak and tired, take electrolyte supplements.
A dieter who is first adapting to the keto diet may experience a lack of sleep. It may take you long to sleep at night, or when asleep you find that you are waking up in the middle of the night and not able to go back to sleep. You may also notice that when waking up in the morning you don’t feel refreshed; it’s like you didn’t rest.
Other signs that you are in ketosis include; Ketones in blood, appetite suppression, increased focus and energy, bowel and digestive issues and bad breath.