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Ketosis benefits and short term side-effects

Benefits

  • Fat loss
  • Decreases insulin levels
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Mood stabilization
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Increases metabolic flexibility

Short term side-effects

  • The ‘keto flu’
  • Fruity breath
  • Weight loss 
  • Keto rash
  • Frequent urination
  • Short-term fatigue
  • Elevated blood ketone levels
  • Digestive issues 

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Ketosis

... is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose (derived from sugars and starches) for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body.

Fast facts on ketosis
  • Ketosis occurs when the body does not have sufficient access to its primary fuel source, glucose.
  • Ketosis describes a condition where fat stores are broken down to produce energy, which also produces ketones, a type of acid.
  • In small amounts, ketones serve to indicate that the body is breaking down fat, but high levels of ketones can poison the body, leading to a process called ketoacidosis, a serious condition that can prove fatal.
  • People with type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop ketoacidosis, for which emergency medical treatment is required to avoid or treat diabetic coma.
  • Some people follow a ketogenic (low-carb) diet to try to lose weight by forcing the body to burn fat stores.
The ketogenic diet
The diet itself can be regarded as a high-fat diet, with around 75 % of calories derived from fats,  20 % from proteins and 5 % from carbohydrates.

Adhering to the ketogenic diet can lead to short-term weight loss, consuming fewer calories without feeling hungry while following the diet.

Documented uses of the keto diet

Doctors have been prescribing ketogenic diets to treat epilepsy for nearly a century, and increasingly believe it holds promise for people with Type 2 diabetes.

But the older keto regimens didn’t work for most people hoping to slim down, and there’s no evidence the newly popular keto diet will be any different. 

The Ketogenesis process

It supplies energy under circumstances such as fasting or caloric restriction to certain organs (e.g. the brain, heart, and skeletal muscle).

In ketogenesis, our livers start to break down fat into a usable energy source called ketones. Ketones can stand in for glucose as fuel for the body when there’s a glucose shortage. 

Once ketogenesis kicks in and ketone levels are elevated, the body is in a state called “ketosis,” during which it’s burning stored fat. 

The Keto diet
It is a very low-carb, high-fat diet. People on a ketogenic diet get 5 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, about 15 percent from protein, and 80 percent from fat. It’s this ratio that will force the body to derive much of its energy from ketones. 

That means eating mainly meats, eggs, cheese, fish, nuts, butter, oils, and vegetables while avoiding sugar, bread and other grains, beans, and even fruit.

Fasting Ketosis

In addition to eating a high-fat diet and limiting carbohydrates, the metabolic, fat-burning state of ketosis can be induced by fasting.

Fasting can help your body burn fatty acids instead of glucose faster and start producing ketones.

Common Side Effects of Fasting Ketosis
  • Water flushing
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger and sugar cravings
  • Keto breath
  • Digestive concerns
  • Muscle cramps
  • Less energy
  • Heart palpitations
  • Ketosis flu
How to Deal With Fasting Ketosis Symptoms
  • Get enough sleep
  • Work on reducing stress as much as possible.
  • When combining intermittent fasting with a ketogenic diet, eat enough calories during your eating periods.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Increase salt intake
  • Eat mineral-rich foods
  • Supplement with magnesium
  • Take exogenous ketones
  • General self-care