What Is The Ketosis Diet?
The Ketosis Diet otherwise known as a ketogenic diet is one where the dieter eats a diet using fat as the primary fuel source. Originally developed for treatment of seizure disorders it has become a very popular weight loss program. It gets its name from the ketones that your body makes to burn for fuel. While this seems counter conventional wisdom eating a ketosis diet may very well be the best way to lose weight. We will explore some of the reasons why.
One reason reason a ketosis diet may be a good choice is it primes your body to burn fat as fuel. Our bodies use either carbohydrates or fat as fuel. Now we use both of these abilities every day but in general what we have been eating predisposes us to primarily burning one or the other for fuel. So if we are eating primarily carbohydrates for fuel then our body has produced all the necessary enzymes and co-factors to use carbohydrates as a fuel. This makes it harder to burn fat as a fuel. So as a dieter we want to make it easy to burn fat as a fuel so by eating fat as a primary fuel we prime our bodies to burn fat whether it comes from our diet or our bodies.
The next reason I would like to talk about is hunger. One reason that we have been told that it is best to eat carbohydrates or protein instead of fat has 9 calories per gram where carbohydrates and protein only have four calories per gram. While this is definitely true it makes the false assumption that they outh satisfy your hunger equally which is definitely not the case. Fats make you feel fuller longer.
The third reason a ketogenic diet could be your best choice is because of your hormones. Did you know that almost all of your hormones use fat as building blocks. Without these essential hormones your body will signal that your body is in a state of distress and try to keep you from losing weight but when your body is hormonally balanced it will allow you to lose weight a lot easier than if you are fighting your biology. While there are many hormones involved in this process one I would like to specifically mention is Leptin. Leptin is a hormone that is produced by fat on the body to signal the hypothalamus how much body fat we are carrying. When we gain weight it is partially because this signal has been blocked. Since the hypothalamus doeasn’t get the signal it thinks we are in a starvation mode and puts the body into a state to preserve calories. Ketosis has been shown to reverse this process.
These are just a few of the reasons why a ketosis diet may be the best choice in weight loss. Even if you are doubtful I would suggest you give it a try. It might just be the thing that has been missing to kick start your weight loss.