What is ketosis?
You might have heard the word ‘ketosis’ being thrown around from time to time in the weight loss community, but what exactly is it? Ketosis is basically a natural process that happens to your body when you trigger certain things within it. It is actually initiated when carbohydrate intake is low and it allows the body to survive by producing ketones. If done correctly, this metabolic state will allow you to burn calories, fat and generally help you see massive weight loss results by subtly changing your diet. In addition to weight loss, there are other benefits of ketosis, which you can find more about below.
The benefits of a keto diet
– Increased mental performance has been reported by many who do the keto diet. Ketones are actually fuel for the brain and part of the reason for this is because your new diet, will mean less spikes in blood sugar levels which is ideal for improved concentration.
– It is a great way to manage diabetes and similar conditions due to lowering blood sugar in a natural way.
– A keto diet will be giving your body a more reliable energy source which means your energy levels will therefore be increased. You will generally feel more awake and happier in your day-to-day life.
– Low carb and high fat diets just like this one, are great for managing cholesterol and blood pressure. This means you will actively be fighting against obesity and conditions like heart disease, stroke and even cancer.
How to get started
It is really important to plan ahead if you have decided that the keto diet is right for you. Do your grocery shopping and ensure you have all the right foods all ready at home. To put your body in a true state of ketosis, you need to be avoiding certain foods too.
You should be eating LESS than 15g of carbohydrates a day, the lower the amount – the quicker your body will enter ketosis. You should not be eating any refined carbs at all (things like pasta, bread, cereals, potatoes and even fruit.) All your carbohydrates intake should be coming from vegetables, dairy and nuts.
A keto based diet does not worry about fat at all, in fact, around 60% of your diet should now be made up of fat. Some foods that you should be eating that will positively impact your results include butter, cream, eggs, red meat, coconut oil, avocados, salmon and other oily fish.
You should also be eating protein when you are following the keto diet and you should be drinking around a gallon of water every single day to further enhance your results. Below you can find an ideal meal plan for keto, to give you an idea of what a typical day on this diet might be. As long as you are not eating anything you shouldn’t be, you can make yourself some delicious meals that initiate ketosis.
Breakfast – Omelet with sausage. cheese and spinach.
Lunch – A bacon, lettuce and tomato salad with some oil dressing.
Dinner – Oven baked salmon with asparagus.
Snacks – Pickles, nuts, hard boiled eggs,