If you have been searching on weight loss methods, you have probably seen the word Ketosis. Ketosis is a term that falls into a “gray” area when it comes to weight loss. It can be a good thing in some aspects, but it can also be a bad thing in other circumstances.
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But, it is very important that the people who may use this diet are first checked for diabetes.
What Is A Ketosis Diet?
You will hear the term: Ketosis diet. This can be a diet that can help you achieve fast and efficient weight loss, but it can be dangerous to those individuals who are diabetic.
Ketosis is a process our bodies use naturally. Simply put, our bodies need to create energy. The carbohydrates from the food we eat are burnt to create that energy. If the carb level is low, the body burns the layers of fat instead. So, if you are eating healthy, ketosis is not needed. The body naturally creates the energy needed, but if the carbohydrate level is low, ketosis begins to happen.
Ketosis occurs during heavy periods of exercise, and it is also a natural phenomenon during pregnancy. But, if ketosis is occurring in a diabetic person, it means they do not have enough insulin. This is why a ketosis diet can be dangerous for those who have been diagnosed with diabetes.
How A Ketosis Diet Works
Before I explain the ketosis diet, it is recommended that you ask your physician before using this weight loss system. Also, while using the ketosis diet, you need to stay hydrated at all times. The process can dehydrate a person, so you need to drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated.
The process used in a ketosis diet is actually quite simple. By eating a low carbohydrate and high fat food regiment, you will force your body to use ketosis to burn excess fat from your body. When you do this, you are actually lowering the insulin levels in your body, and this is why diabetics should never consider using this diet.
There are methods to see if you are at an optimal ketosis diet. There are simple devices manufactured in which a person can measure their ketone levels. It is similar to what diabetics use to check their blood sugar levels. You prick your finger, and the machine will tell you the ketone level in your body. For optimal weight loss, it is recommended that your ketone level be at 1.5 to 3 MMOL/L. There are urine ketone measuring devices, but they are not nearly as accurate.
So, What Foods Can I Eat For Optimal Ketosis?
As I stated, we want to cut out the high carbohydrate foods. These would be things like potatoes, pasta, sweets and breads. Another prime component in this process is understanding that large amounts of meats can cause excess protein, which will be converted to glucose. The glucose will raise your insulin level, and defeat the purpose of the ketosis diet.
Now, by no means am I telling you to stop eating meats, but the key is smaller helpings. To create a sense of fullness, you need substances that add fat to your diet. Where can you get that fat? This can be a simple process. If you are eating a steak, add butter to it. The butter is fat and it can keep you from wanting another helping of steak. I would also like to add that grass fed meats are much healthier because of their high vitamin content, and the butter you add can be even better if you use the grass fed butters such as Kerrygold. Adding coconut oil to your coffee is another way to add fat to your diet. It will give it a slight sweetness without adding sugar.
Monitor The Results
You want to keep a close eye on your results. I suggest checking your weight loss weekly, and check your ketone balance daily. Do not forget to ask your doctor before starting a diet such as this.
The ketosis diet is a great way to lose weight, but for some people, it can be dangerous. Please keep hydrated and just keep moving forward with your healthy lifestyle.
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