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What You Need To Know About Ketones, Ketosis And The Ketogenic Diet

There are often new diets and ‘diet fads’ that come and go. The latest diet that is getting a lot of buzz in the media is the ketogenic diet. What is the ketogenic diet you may ask? To keep it simple the ketogenic is a high protein and high fat diet while keeping carbohydrates at a minimum. The diet approach with the ketogenic diet is to power the body up with fat and protein as fuel as opposed to fast burning carbohydrates.

Like anything in life this has it’s upsides and downsides. If your body has a challenging time metabolizing fats or proteins then this could be even more challenging as you’re giving your body more of these slower to burn macronutrients (fat and protein) while reducing carbohydrates. At the same time, if your body has become dependent on carbs as a source of fast fuel (and many people are too dependent on carbs) then this may be a way to reset that and to cause your body to burn fat and protein again as fuel. This is the ketogenic diet in a nutshell.

What is Ketosis?

Ketosis is simply the state your body is in when your body does not have carbs to burn and begins to burn fat as fuel. This then leads to your body producing what are known as ‘ketones’ which are used as an alternative source of fuel for energy for the brain and body.

By following the ketogenic diet you are simply prioritizing fats and protein over carbohydrates, and keeping the ratio of fat and protein to carbohydrates favorable to fat and protein, then carbs last.

As with anything in life there are upsides and there are downsides. The body does need glucose. The muscles thrive on glucose and the body uses this as its the easiest and fastest burning fuel source.

Fats and proteins on the other hand take a bit more metabolic fire to break down. This is challenging to your body in certain ways because it requires more work, more energy and more effort to burn these fuel sources to extract that energy for your brain and body.

How Do You Get Into Ketosis?

You can get into ketosis to cause your body to stop burning glucose as fuel by not having any glucose and eating a fat and protein rich diet. This is okay for short periods of time but I would not advise this (or any other diet for that matter) a long-term solution. This is the first way to get into ketosis.

You can also begin water fasting, eat no food and simply drink water for 1, 2 or 3 days and get into ketosis from this. The body will begin burning fat as fuel and your liver will produce ketones as a source of energy. It does feel good and the body really begins to feel clear and energized once we stop eating food. It’s incredible how it works. This is the second way to get into ketosis.

The last way, to jumpstart things is to actually get ketones in a powder form from a company called TruBrain (you can get a ketone ester powder by clicking here). Just click “Keto” at the top of that website and grab the powder. This is a way to simply supplement your body and diet with ketones so that your body can use these ketones as a fuel source. Instead of going through strict diet regimens that make it challenging you can simply top off your ketone reserves and feel the benefits. I got the TruBrain chocolate ketone ester and it tastes absolutely delicious. It’s a great flavor just by adding to water and I have noticed my brain and body have an elevated level of energy and clarity.

Simply adding ketones into your body and removing carbs for a period of time is the third way to get into ketosis. I recommend trying it out just to know how great your body feels while burning ketones as a source of fuel. It’s a very clean source of energy that gives your body and brain copious amounts of energy.

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