Ketosis 101

Ketogenic Diet

Protein + Fat = Ketogenic Diet

As I’m reading through diet books for low-carb dieters, I’m learning more and more about a thing called ketosis.

To put it simply, it’s an internal state where your body begins to use fat instead of carbohydrates as it’s main form of fuel. Ketosis occurs once the glycogen stores in the liver are depleted.

Fitness competitors, bodybuilders, and the like usually know a lot about this subject.  That’s how they know how to manipulate their food intake in order to get the results they want.

So being that I’ve fallen a bit off of the Atkins bandwagon due to a crazy schedule, I was curious to know the fastest way to get back into ketosis.  On Atkins the process usually takes 2-3 days.

Here’s some information I found on the web:

Get into ketosis using this popular technique:

This method helps eliminate liver-glycogen stores rapidly. Follow this plan and you will get into ketosis in a flash.

Day 1: Do not eat anything after 6 p.m.

Day 2: In the morning before eating, perform a HIIT routine, another kind of intense exercise or weight training.

Start eating a ketogenic diet with 0 to 2% of calories from carbs.

Day 3: In the morning before eating, perform medium intensity, steady state exercises or weight training.

Continue eating low carb ketosis foods, allowing 5% of your total daily calories from carbs. (source: lowcarbediem.com)

Here’s also a video I found that’s quite informative about the subject.

photo credit: dollen via photopin cc

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