The Keto Diet- Faith, Love, & Ketones

What is a Keto diet?

A Ketogenic diet is very low carb and high fat diet that turns the body into fat burning machine. This diet has many health benefits besides weight loss. It has proven benefits for chronic conditions like epilepsy, Type 2 diabetes, heart health, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hypertension and cancer. Some people follow ketogenic diet as a way to lose weight, while others use this diet for improved health, increased energy and mental performance.

Every dieter who follows any diet system or weight loss program wants sure, quick results. We want to see results right away, I know I do! The ketogenic diet is a diet that focuses on lower carbs and a higher amount of fat, and it assists the body in losing weight by making the body burn fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates. This, in turn, leads the body to a condition called ketosis.

Reaching ketosis

The preferred energy resource of the body is glucose, which can be acquired through carbohydrates. When a dieter goes on the keto diet, his or her body experiences hormonal shifts that facilitate the discharge of fat coming from the fat cells. The fats are then taken to the liver wherein they are reduced into ketones, which are employed as fuel.

How long does it take??

Reaching ketosis is different for everybody. How long it takes will really depend on how low you get your carbs in those first few days. If you reduce carbs to less than 20 gram per day, it is possible to get into ketosis within a few days.

Many people get into ketosis with 3 to 4 days, but some people can take more than a week.

How do I know?

Here are some of the signs that you have reached a state of ketosis. You may experience some, but then again you may experience none of them:

  • Your appetite is under control. You really are less hungry than you used to be.
  • Less or no fruit cravings.
  • You are reallllllly thirsty.
  • Strong smelling urine.
  • A metal kind of taste in your mouth and foul-smelling breath.

The side effects or “Keto Flu” 😊 :

A ketogenic diet can be really effective, but the first week or so can actually be quite tough here are some symptoms you may experience.

Symptoms

Most dieters, but not all experience some of these symptoms. If you are lucky you would hardly have any, but the symptoms can also be relatively severe.

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Being light headed or dizzy
  • Queasiness
  • Mental fog
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea or constipation

Why does this happen

These are really the result of two things. Firstly, these are really carbohydrate withdrawal symptoms. Our bodies really are addicted to the sugar and starches and when they are no longer available, there is this response. The second is due to an electrolyte imbalance.

What can I do about it

Stay hydrated. It is really very important to drink enough water during this period. There is a good reason why people tend to be thirsty when they are in ketosis. Learn to listen to your body and drink enough at least 8 glasses of water per day.

Add a little more salt into your diet. Specifically, SEA SALT.

I know this may scare you, because you were always told to eat less salt. However, when you stop eating processed foods, your general salt intake is substantially reduced.

Add a cup or two of bone broth to your daily diet.

Both of these help to replenish electrolytes.

Supplement with magnesium.

Hang in there, have faith and once you are through this period, you will be amazed how much more energy you have, how clear your mind is and how fast you can lose weight when your insulin and blood sugar levels are balanced.

We also offer a couple different weight loss programs at the clinic if you or a loved one are interested in becoming a better you! We are located at 149 North Star Dr. in Jackson, TN. With no appointment needed we are open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 8 pm.

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