Ketosis is a term that you hear a lot about when you are researching different weight loss programs or if you are looking at information for preventing or affecting diabetes. But what exactly is it?
Ketosis is basically a state that your body goes into to keep itself functioning. When your body runs out of carbohydrates to use as fuel, it needs to find a new fuel source. To do that, it turns to burning fat. During this process, your body creates ketones.
If you are a relatively healthy person and you have a relatively balanced diet or you get enough of each food group, your body balances the amount of fat it uses as fuel, and so your body does not create ketones. However, if you go on a low-carb diet or if you do an extended period fast, your body will turn to this ketosis state in order to create energy.
The same thing happens if you are exercising for an extended period of time. For some women, it may happen during pregnancy. Ketosis may signal that a diabetic individual does not have sufficient insulin. If your ketones build up too high, it can pose a danger to your health. High levels of ketones can cause you to become dehydrated and can negatively adjust the balance of chemicals in your blood.
Ketosis is used by many as a part of their weight loss strategy. Certain diets encourage people to get their fuel from proteins. As a result, a person burns fat while at the same time feeling less hungry. A high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet allows people to lose fat while at the same time holding onto their muscle.
If you are a healthy individual who is not pregnant, you can expect ketosis to happen within three or four days of eating no carbohydrates. Some medical professionals will use ketosis diets for children who are epileptic. In some cases, a diet that is very low in carbs but high in fat and protein can prevent seizures.
Low-carb diets have been used to help individuals who are at risk of developing heart disease. It has also been shown to be beneficial for individuals who have type II diabetes or who are insulin resistant. There is a list of ongoing studies to determine how effective a ketogenic diet is at addressing serious illnesses like cancer, diseases of the nervous system, Parkinson’s and even Alzheimer’s.
While the very best diet plans are those that revolve around a balanced diet with a sufficient amount of exercise, low-carb diets have been shown to be a good way to boost or to start off a weight loss program. People are able to lose large amounts of weight in a short period of time. This gives them the motivation needed to completely adjust their lifestyle, leading to healthier living.
During a consultation at Dr. Rogers Centers, you can learn more about ketosis, including what exactly it is. Our offices are located in San Antonio. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more!