WHAT IS KETOSIS AND HOW IT WORKS
Ketosis is a condition characterized by the enhanced production of ketone bodies. Ketones are chemical substances that the body makes when it does not have enough insulin in the blood. When our body is fat-adapted, it starts using ketones as fuel instead of glucose, and we are in the state of ketosis.
Human body uses glucose as an essential source of energy, while it does not need fats, which are therefore stored. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy. Meaning, the body will choose glucose over any other energy source.
Glucose comes from the food we eat – carbohydrates such as starchy vegetables, fruits, bread, pasta and cereals and other delicious foods we are so addicted to. The modern diet is revolving around high-carb and low-fat foods. But what would happen if we reversed those two and started eating low-carb, high-fat meals? The answer is – ketosis.
Ketosis is a natural metabolic process. When the food intake is low and the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead. However, we do not have to turn to starvation and low-calorie intake. By lowering carb intake, we gradually introduce our body into a state of ketosis. During this process, it produces ketones, which are acids and by-products of fat breakdown in the liver.
Human body is also incredibly smart and it just needs an amount of time to adjust to a new metabolic state and learn where the energy is coming from. It does not require glucose and carbohydrates, it will start using ketones instead. Burning ketones in place of glucose reduces inflammation and spurs weight loss. An optimal number of ketones offers many health, physical and mental performance benefits.