Adapting your body to ketosis can be a radical and sometimes challenging shift that delivers tons of enjoyable benefits. This article will explain how you can make your keto transition as smooth as possible.
It’s the food we eat that stimulates the production of hormones, specifically insulin, that tells our body to either use or store fat. Understanding how and why insulin regulates the energy from your food via metabolism is crucial. This knowledge will help you master your body and get the immense physical and mental benefits that the keto diet has to offer.
To further understand this, let’s look at some nutritional science. The food we eat nourishes the body. Proteins are used to make new enzymes, cells, tissues, and organs. Fats are used to make specific tissues such as cell membranes and the brain. The brain is made of fat and happens to be the fattiest organ in the entire body, weighing in at a huge 60% fat!
Carbohydrates are eaten to provide immediate energy. If the body receives too many carbs, it converts them into fat to store the excess energy. This is important: it’s not the fat we eat that makes us fat. it’s the excess carbs, that get stored as fat, that make us fat!
One of the myths perpetuated by the diet industry is that eating fat makes us fat. This is a despicable lie propagated to sell low-fat diets. Eating carbohydrates triggers insulin production and then the insulin tells the body to convert excess glucose into fat to be stored. We cannot store fat without insulin.
The keto diet offers many physical and mental benefits. With so much to offer, you can see why keto is becoming ever more popular:
However, for some people who are just getting started, ketosis can be a little tricky. There’s a short transition period where your body’s fuel source switches from carbs to fat. During this time, some people experience unwanted effects which are collectively known as “keto flu.”
If you wanted to convert your car from running on gasoline to using electricity, it would need to spend a few days in the shop to make the transition. Your body is the same - it needs a few days to adapt and transition to ketosis.
The most common symptoms of keto flu are:
These symptoms only last a short period of time, typically a few days or less, and are soon replaced by the immense benefits!
You can significantly reduce the transition time and eliminate keto flu with a few handy tricks: