Dieting puts your body in a state of ketosis, but what is it? How does it work? And are there any advantages to it?
When you diet, you are not always giving your body the same amount of nutrients and compounds it is used to. This can cause changes, and makes the body shift into another way of working. One such possible change is ketosis.
Ketosis is a metabolic state, changing the source that the body gets most of its energy from. Under normal conditions, the body is in a state of glycolysis, which simply means it gets the majority of its energy from sugar within the blood (blood glucose). When the body enters ketosis, it instead uses ketone bodies within the blood to produce energy. The body does this both when we are asleep, and when the liver depletes its glycogen stores.
Nearly every cell in the body uses a mixture of glucose and ketone to fuel themselves. When the body is subjected to a low carb diet, the lack of glucose forces the body to rely much more heavily on the ketone within our blood. This in turn triggers a lot of other side effects. For example when there are no available glycogen stores, fat cells are used instead. Fat is turned into 3 fatty acid chains and 1 glycerol molecule by the body. These fatty acid chains can then be used as fuel. This is partly why we lose weight on a diet, as it causes the body to use up our fat stores.
Before we look at any advantages, it is worth noting that maintain a state of ketosis indefinitely is not recommended, and is potentially unhealthy. Consult a medical professional for definitive advice.
Saying this, a short period of ketosis, along with a diet, can do the body wonders. Here are some advantages:
A Great Portion of Fat Loss Comes From the Belly
Ketosis forces the body to use fat reserves for energy, and the majority of that fat comes from the belly – ideal for those trying to get control of their figure.
It Can Reduce Appetite
The low carb intake that triggers a state of ketosis will cause the body to reduce appetite – thus helping to get eating under control.
Blood Pressure Drops
Research has shown that a low carb intake equals a reduced blood pressure.
A ketosis inducing diet is often used medically to help get conditions such as epilepsy under control, as ketosis has been shown to reduce the severity of neurological disorders.
So there you have, now you know what one of the driving forces behind dieting weight loss, how it works, and what some of its advantages can be. Just remember, it is fine to do this for a period of time, but you should consult a medical professional before embarking on a permanent ketosis inducing diet.