Do you know what is ketosis, and how it can help you?
The body’s metabolism needs energy to maintain its function.
We take this energy from eating food which are classified in three main nutrient groups: fats, protein and carbohydrates.
Although these three nutrients can be used for energy, carbohydrates are the first energy option, being transformed into glucose and used as the body’s fuel before anything else.
Ketosis is a metabolic process that occurs if you have a low-carbohydrate diet. For this reason, the body starts to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for energy increasing levels of ketones in the blood.
Ketones are substances that are produced when your body breaks down fat and are used for energy instead of glucose.
Research has showed that under conditions of extreme carbohydrate limitation (below 20g per day), the same energy sources are used, but a greater amount of energy must be derived from fatty acids and ketones and less energy from glucose.
That’s the reason why ketosis is so effective as a weight loss strategy.
It is used in low-carbohydrate diet plans, including the famous Atkins diet, and the Paleo diet created by Dr. Loren Cordain, a nutrition expert, helping the body to change from being a carbohydrate-burning organism into a fat-burning one.
According to Dr. Atkins, carbohydrates cause a spike in blood sugar levels and this causes the body to store fat.
Research also suggests that low-carbohydrate diets (like the ketogenic diet) appear to be at least as effective as low-fat diets.
It also shows that, after 6 months, individuals assigned to low-carbohydrate diets had lost more weight than individuals randomized to low-fat diets.
Ketosis is a very popular and efficient strategy for weight loss and fat burning.
With the right ketogenic diet plan you can turn your body into a fat burning machine, helping you increase your lean muscle and also helping you reduce that fat storage that is keeping you from obtaining your dream shape.
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If you want to see more about ketosis and ketogenic diet:
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