HOW TO KNOW KETO IS WORKING

Signs that ketosis is working

If you are seeking to lose weight quickly, you might be in search of a diet tailored to that need. Once you begin to delve into the wide array of diet ideas out there, you are likely to find many options. One such option that has gained a lot of traction in the diet world is the keto (ketogenic) diet.


What is the keto diet?

This diet is based on the principle of ketogenesis which is the idea that the body gets the bulk of its energy from proteins and fats when they are converted by the liver into fatty acids and ketone bodies. Therefore this diet dictates that consumption of foods high in fat and protein (meats, poultry, cheeses, eggs, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, unsweetened coffee/tea, low carb vegetables, and butter based products) is best for more efficiently converting food to energy, rather than intaking carbohydrates which break down and stored by the body.


How does keto work?

By intaking less carb-heavy foods, the body retains less and converts more to energy, enhancing metabolism. This initializes a metabolic process known as ketosis during which the body begins to burn fat due to the lack of carbs to burn off.


How do you know keto is working?

If you choose to try this type of diet, you wonder how to know keto is working. Well, the weight loss is clearly the first sign, but there are some other signs and side effects you should be prepared for, and it is also good to bear in mind how long for ketosis to take effect, which is usually 1-4 days.


High levels of ketones in a body can lead to the body being more dehydrated, so your thirst is likely to increase to more than the usual levels during the keto diet. It is important to hydrate yourself adequately at this time to avoid complications which come along with a dehydrated body. Along with dehydration, the electrolytes (including magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium) in the body are reduced. Electrolytes are the communicators between the body’s cells, so a shortage could cause muscle spasms.


Carbs provide quicker bursts of energy to your body, so with the number of carbs reduced, the energy is not as readily available, which will cause your body to feel more tired and potentially weak. Not properly supplying your body with electrolytes will cause an electrolyte imbalance which is known to cause headaches.


Any dietary change, especially a dramatic shift to lowering carbs, tends to cause your stomach to react in unexpected ways. An upset stomach, therefore, is not an uncommon issue when switching to the keto diet. Along the lines of dietary changes, sleep patterns could be affected, though research shows that these adjust within a week or so.


Improved focus and concentration is another side effect of the keto diet largely reported. While the effects of this do not immediately manifest, long-term keto dieters do report experiencing enhanced cognitive functions once the sleep adjusts and the headaches seize, as the body adapts to the new normal.


While a good option for fast weight loss, you may have health related reasons for this not being your ideal diet. Before engaging in this diet, or really, any other, check with your physician to see if it is a good option for you.

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