Recently I wanted to explore the world of Ketosis. I figured I knew slightly about ketosis, but after doing some research I soon realised how wrong I was. three months later, after reading numerous books, paying attention to countless podcasts and experimenting with various diets I know have a sound knowledge of ketosis.
This resource is built being a reference guide for all those looking to explore the fascinating world of ketosis. It really is a resource which i wish I needed 3 months ago. Since you will soon see, many of the content below will not be mine, instead We have connected to referenced to experts who have a greater understanding of this topic than I ever will.
I hope this helps and if there is something that I have missed please leave a comment below in order that I can update this.
Also, because this is a rather long document, I actually have split it into various sections. It is possible to click the headline below to get sent directly to the section that interests you. For those that are really time poor I have created a useful supplements to take while on keto guides. This guide covers all the essential information you must know about ketosis.
A respected expert in the field of ketosis, defines it as a: A state where your liver makes enough ketones to counterbalance the brains reliance upon glucose – P. Attia. For more of a detailed explanation reference Dr Peter Attia’s interview on the Tim Ferris Show. At concerning the 20minute mark, Peter does a great job of explaining ketosis. It is possible to pay attention to this HERE.
Otherwise We have paraphrased some of his comments below: “Our ancestors lived in a time once we would go without food for extended periods. The body could only store a finite amount of glucose (sugar). Some within the muscles, and some in the liver. Just the glucose kept in the liver could be utilised from the brain.
Your brain uses about 20% in our daily metabolic fuel needs, and ordinarily functions using glucose. So there exists a problem, your brain is influenced by glucose, but we could only store a tiny amount of glucose within the liver.
The body needed a method to fuel your brain (and the body) even in times and then there was no readably available food. Converting protein to glucose was one possible mechanism – but this could mean a lot of muscle wasting which isn’t wise for the survival.
One other option – the superior option – is definitely the breakdown of fat into a fuel that can be used through the brain. This can be a beautiful solution, because even leanest individual could have weeks and weeks’ amount of auwenz stored as unwanted fat. Your body breaks down this fat within the liver and converts it into ketone bodies. The brain can then utilise these ketones being a fuel source – forgoing the necessity for stored glucose or constant intake of carbohydrates. These ketones can also be used to create ATP.
The body will start making ketones when either we go extended periods without food, or we restrict the one dietary factor that stops ketone formation – this being carbohydrates as well as minimising protein intake because this may also halt ketone. Subsequently, your main source of food is fat, with almost no carbohydrate and a small amount of protein.”
Meanwhile Ben Greenfield, a physical fitness guru who also has a lot of experience with ketosis and athletic performance defines Ketosis as: Ketosis is actually a metabolic state where the majority of the body’s energy supply arises from ketone bodies within the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis where blood glucose levels provides most of the energy. Ketosis is characterised by serum blood concentrations of ketone bodies over .5 millimolar with low and stable degrees of insulin and blood glucose. However, with ketone supplementation (as you’ll learn about later in this post) ketosis can in fact be induced even though you will find high degrees of blood sugar