To put it simply: Ketosis is a state where your body burns fat instead of carbs/sugar for fuel. Without access to glucose from carbs, the liver must convert fatty acids from your diet into ketones for the body and brain to use as fuel.
Your body produces energy from fat naturally when carbohydrate sources are insufficient (e.g., after intense exercise, long periods of fasting, etc.). This keeps blood sugar levels stable and your body doesn’t experience hunger attacks, energy crashes, and sugar cravings. Whereas ketosis is a state, ketogenesis is a process of generating ketones. It is thus safe to say that in ketosis, we become fat burners instead of sugar burners.
Ever thought or tried a ketogenic diet to switch your body over into a fat-burning state?
Benefits of ketosis in a nutshell:
- Boosted Brain Power: When you are burning fat/ketones for energy, you can think more clearly and for more extended periods of time.
- More patience: Your mood stabilizes, and you don’t get sugar drops since you aren’t consuming carbohydrates for energy anymore.
- Stable hunger: You don’t get hungry when your stomach is empty because your body goes to your fat stores instead of screaming for more dopamine inducing sugar/carbs.
- Weight Loss: Since you are burning fat for energy, your body will use your reserves while you are sleeping. So ladies and gentlemen, go get your beauty sleep!
- Better Sleep: When you are not eating sugars or eating late at night (because you are not “starving” and you have plenty of fat to eat), you sleep better and more soundly. Plus you are not waking up with hot flashes or night sweats because your hormones are in balance.
- Balanced Hormones: Being in a ketogenic state can make a big difference in your overall hormone health. Our hormones need fat to function properly, and now you will be providing your body with all the fat it needs.
Interpreting ketone levels in blooD
Weight-loss: above 0.5mmol/L
Improved athletic performance:
Improved mental performance: 1.5-3mmol/L
There are many people promoting this type of low-carb, high-fat diet these days, including the following individuals that I found to be a great source of information:
- Dr. Joseph Mercola, doctor and a respected blogger on scientific data, with his new book Fat For Fuel.
- Jimmy More with his #1 podcast Living La Vida Low Carb and a book called Keto Clarity. Warning: very NOT plant-based and I don’t recommend it.
- There are many women that are now promoting keto way of living, such as Shawn Mynar with her new podcast called Keto for Women. Every day, there are more and more books, newspaper articles and podcasts popping up to cover and explore the different aspects of going and living keto.
- Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD promotes a low carb, high fat and plant-based diet in his book Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine – however, it’s not quite low enough in carbs to be considered keto.