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What are the Effects of Ketosis on my Body?

Published on: March 27, 2018

What are the Effects of Ketosis on my Body?

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.

Knowledge Is Power

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.

Real Nutritional Science

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.


Benefits of Keto

The keto diet offers many physical and mental benefits. With so much to offer, you can see why keto is becoming ever more popular:

  • It’s one of the quickest ways to safely lose weight.
  • The body stops storing fat as there’s no insulin signal telling it to do so.
  • Lack of insulin massively reduces appetite which is a huge help for people trying to lose weight.
  • Reduction in hunger makes it much easier to manage food intake.
  • Reduction in brain fog and confusion – mainly due to cutting out the carbs.
  • The risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke are reduced: the International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health states that ketosis “is able to induce effective weight loss along with improvement in several cardiovascular risk parameters.”
  • It’s been shown to help slow the growth of cancer.
  • Keto can prevent and treat metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and obesity.
  • There also seems to be a reduction in depression and anxiety in ketosis (due to the way the brain uses fats for fuel).


Keto Flu

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:

  • Fatigue or general irritability
  • Dizziness or poor concentration
  • An upset stomach or nausea

These symptoms only last a short period of time, typically a few days or less, and are soon replaced by the immense benefits!


6 Steps to Make the Transition Easier

You can significantly reduce the transition time and eliminate keto flu with a few handy tricks:

  1. Eat more fat - The brain is made of fat. We need foods that are rich in healthy fat. Eat more of it.
  2. Eat more calories - Ketosis restricts the type of calories and not the amount. Make sure you eat enough calories from quality food sources.
  3. Cut carbs gradually - By progressively reducing your carb intake over a few days, you can easily transition into ketosis and reduce keto flu symptoms.
  4. Add salt to your diet - During the keto transition period, our bodies need more salt than usual. Unless you have high blood pressure, sprinkle a little more on your food than you normally would.
  5. Drink more water - Ensure you are drinking enough water, about 2-3 liters per day.
  6. Exercise - Your body is designed to move. The more you introduce movement into your lifestyle, the better you will feel, and the quicker your body will adapt to changes. Even just a few more steps per day can make a noticeable difference.


  • The keto diet helps you lose fat and become healthier.
  • Being on keto helps protect you from diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more.
  • When you enter ketosis, there is a transition phase where your body starts to become fat-adapted. Some people experience uncomfortable symptoms during this period.
  • Follow the 6 steps we discussed to reduce and eliminate keto flu symptoms.

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