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THE KETO CORNER - What is KETO?



A ketogenic diet is an eating plan that emphasises high-fat, moderate protein, and low-carb. Keto restricts carbohydrates to a level that results in the body-switching to burning fat for fuel with a wealth of health and performance benefits.

When we are eating large amounts of carbohydrates our body stores it as glycogen in our liver and muscles. In this case, the body will burn this carbohydrate as its primary source of energy. However, when we restrict carbohydrates, after a few days our body becomes deprived of glycogen and is required to use a new energy source – fat. This is done by converting fatty acids into ketones through the liver.

This is a state of nutritional ketosis. Ketosis may sound like a radical change for the body, but it is a normal metabolic state. In fact, primal humans spent significant amounts of time in nutritional ketosis throughout our history. Only in modern society have we had access to so much sugar and carbs. Nutritional ketosis is different to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), That typically only occurs as a result of the poor or unforeseen management of diabetes (particularly Type 1 or insulin-dependent Type 2).


Is ketosis bad for you?

No, ketosis is a normal metabolic state that the body can freely enter (and leave) when carbohydrate/food intake is low. There can be some required adjustments in people with diabetes who use insulin.

We are all different, as is individual carb tolerance so you will need to find the carb intake that is best for you. We know that a diet low in sugar and carbs is good for almost everyone. Millions of people around the world are safely doing ketogenic diets. Reviews show that very low carb diets result in better long-term weight loss than low-fat diets and tend to reduce cardiovascular risk factors more than low-fat diets do. It is important to research the do’s and don’ts before starting.

Ketosis is a normal process that happens when your body doesn't have enough carbs to burn for energy. Instead, it burns fat and makes substances called ketones, which it can use for fuel.

How can I tell if I’m in ketosis?

If you wish to track this, then you can use urinalysis to have a better idea. This involves using something called a urine ‘ketone strip/stick’. The colour of the strip changes will represent the amount of ketones in the urine. Ketone strips are not a 100% foolproof method to measure your level of ketosis, but they generally work well as an indicator. A ketone blood test is a more accurate method.

What happens to the body in ketosis?

When your body switches away from burning carbohydrates to use fat for fuel many positive things happen. It upregulates fat-burning enzymes. Our liver begins converting fatty acids into ketones for fuel. Blood glucose and insulin levels typically fall due to the small amount of dietary sugar/carbohydrate. Inflammation decreases due to the types of food.

What are the signs or symptoms of ketosis?

Some people will typically experience some “symptoms” during the adaption phase such as:


· Better satiety, reduced appetite, and fewer food cravings.

· Sudden weight loss (mainly due to losing water weight).

· Feelings of fatigue and lethargy while the body adapts to burning fat, can be for a few days to a week.

· Decreased performance in the gym/sports. Can be two to four weeks during high-intensity efforts.

· Bad breath (a kind of metallic taste in the mouth).

Important things to know about Ketosis keto every day

All the 'symptoms' experienced are temporary and will go away in a few days.

Some people don't experience any symptoms.

Exogenous Ketones (ketones produced outside of your body) have been shown to assist with all initial adaption phase symptoms.

For more information about the ketogenic diet, its health benefits, and how you can get started visit the website www.ketonutrition.co.za.

For Wholesale enquires use contact info@ketonutrition.co.za Attention Ken or call 083 309 7538


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