Ketosis is the state in which the body is breaking down fat to be used as energy in place of sugar. While in ketosis your body produces ketone bodies which are produced by the liver from fat to be used as energy. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is predominately made up of carbohydrates and devoid or healthy fats, nourishing proteins and disease fighting non starchy veggies. A diet high in carbohydrates (like the SAD) causes our body to become efficient at burning carbohydrates for fuel but unfortunately inefficient at burning FAT for fuel. A diet higher in fat and lower in carbohydrates can actually cause the body to become more efficient at burning fat. Though it sounds counterintuitive; increasing fat intake can actually help you lose fat. In the episode Ali will walk you through the basics of Ketosis including how it works, what it is used to treat, and who should avoid it.
Also covered in this episode:
- Hidden Carbohydrate Sources & Coping with Ketosis
- The Importance of Hydration
- How Ketosis is different than Adkins and other ‘low carb’ diets
- What foods to eat in Ketosis and Focusing on Abundance