With so many health and fitness professionals talking about one million and one different diets, it can be super overwhelming separating the truth from fiction. Ketosis is one of the words being thrown around all over the fitness industry currently, but that doesn’t mean it’s just another fad. Ketosis isn’t just another “buzzword” to discuss in the locker room, it’s a positive lifestyle change supporting by thousands of high performance athletes around the world.
OK, SO WHAT IS KETOSIS?
Ketosis is a natural metabolic state that your body creates when you’re sticking to a consistently low level of carbs. It depletes liver glycogen and burns fatty acids for fuel, which creates ketones as a byproduct – hence the name. In short, your body enters ketosis when your body turns fat into fuel (just like your body turns carbs into fuel) with the use of ketones that the body naturally creates.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF KETOSIS?
Sounds pretty intense and buzzword-y, we know. So why should you care about this Ketosis thing and what are the benefits?
The biggest perk of ketosis is that it increases the body’s ability to utilize fat fats for fuel when your body is running low on carbohydrates – and since you’ll be on a ketogenic diet (high protein/”good” fats/low carbs) you’ll start to notice your body running on fat rather than carbs. This means, for those looking to shed a few extra pounds or lean up, ketosis helps you meet your fitness aims. Ketosis also reduces your hunger levels, you’ll find yourself craving less food and feeling more full because of the amount of protein you’re consuming. Protein helps us feel full, while at the same time repairing muscles and tissues we may have hurt from exercise or an incident – win-win!
SO WHAT IS A KETONE?
Ketones are the acids that build up in the blood for removal when your body is burning fat instead of carbs. In small amounts, they serve to indicate that the body is breaking down fat. Another interesting fact about ketones is that ketones can be used by all tissue such as muscles and the brain! So basically, Ketones = brain food too!