Everything About Ketosis

Ketosis is a special natural metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. It involves the body producing ketone bodies out of fat, and using them for energy instead of carbs. 


When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy and somehow you can AVOID MUSCLE WASTING, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones.


Ketosis could be quite hard to fully understand, so let’s break it down and talk about how you could be benefit from it.


What is ketosis and how can you get into it?


Ketosis is a metabolic state in which fat provides most of the fuel for the body.


If you're healthy and eating a balanced diet, your body controls how much fat it burns, and you don't normally make or use ketones. But when you cut way back on your carbs intake, your body will switch to ketosis for energy. It can also happen after exercising for a long time and during pregnancy, sometimes it could even happen during a long time sleep when your body is not getting enough carbs.  


You can get into ketosis by following a very low-carb, ketogenic diet. For healthy people who don't have diabetes and aren't pregnant, ketosis usually kicks in after 3 or 4 days of eating less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day and sometimes as little as 20 grams per day.


This requires removing certain food items from your diet, such as grains, potato, candy, sugary soft drinks, etc. You also have to cut back on legumes and fruit.


When eating a very low-carb diet, levels of the hormone insulin go down and fatty acids are released from body fat stores in large amounts.


Many of these fatty acids are transferred to the liver, where they are oxidized and turned into ketones (or ketone bodies). These molecules can provide energy for the body.


It is very important to preserve your lean muscles at the same time. You are at a risk to waste your muscles while your body is not getting enough energy from carbs. Taking enough high quality protein is an effective way to stay healthy and preserve your lean muscle at the same time while burning fat to lose weight. 


Effects on Weight Loss


The ketogenic diet is a popular weight loss diet that is well-supported by science. As a matter of fact, many researchers have found that ketogenic diets lead to much greater weight loss than low-fat diets. 


Low-carb eating plan is the essential part of our weight loss program, which emphasizing muscle preservation and fat burning. In addition to helping your burn body fat, ketosis can make you feel less hungry and more energetic. It also helps you maintain muscles.


Effects on Epilepsy


Epilepsy is a brain disorder characterized by recurring seizures.


It’s a very common neurological condition, affecting around 70 million people worldwide. Anti-seizure medications can help to control the seizures for some patients. However, around 30% of patients continue to have seizures despite using these medications. In the early 1920s, the ketogenic diet was introduced as a treatment for epilepsy in people who don’t respond to drug treatment. It has primarily been used in children, with some studies showing remarkable benefits. Many epileptic children have had massive reductions in seizures on a ketogenic diet, and some have even seen complete remission.


Other benefits


Ketosis and ketogenic diets may also have other therapeutic effects. Here is a list of the conditions it may help:


  • Heart Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s 
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s
  • Acne
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


This is NOT Ketoacidosis 


Ketoacidosis is driven by a lack of insulin in the body, seeing more on the patients with type 1 diabetes. Without insulin, blood sugar rises to high levels and stored fat streams from fat cells.  This excess amount of fat metabolism results in the production of abnormal quantities of ketones. The combination of high blood sugar and high ketone levels can upset the normal acid/base balance in the blood and become dangerous.


On the other hand, this state of metabolic derangement is not actually possible in a person who can produce insulin, even in small amounts.  The reason is that a feedback loop prevents the ketone level from getting high enough to cause the change in pH that leads to the cascade of bad problems.  The state of nutritional ketosis, generally a controlled, insulin regulated process, has beta-hydroxybutyrate levels between about 0.5 and 3.0 mM.  This is far less than the levels required to cause harm through acid-base abnormalities.




Kenosis is great, kenogenic diet could have powerful benefits for the people especially for the ones who want to lose weight. However, following a strict diet to induce ketosis can be very difficult. That’s why we are here for you. Our fully trained coach will offer one on one private coaching through your journey to a slimmer and healthier life. 


Allegany Chiropractic Center in Hagerstown, MD offers a comprehensive approach to help you to move better and relieve pain. We also dedicate ourselves to help you to restore your physical function, lose unwanted weight and improve your fitness level.

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