People have been searching for the best way to get in shape, get healthy, and lose weight for decades. There have been hundreds, if not thousands of different types of diets and weight loss fads that have come and gone, but most people are still searching for something that works for them.
Everyone wants a magic bullet – the diet or exercise plan that works with little effort and commitment. We all want to look like Arnold but we don’t want to work like Arnold. We know that diet doesn’t exist, but there must be something better than all the fads that have come and gone.
Maybe there is. Ketosis is a natural process of the body and is the basis of the keto diet. Let’s break it down and see if the keto diet is what we’ve been looking for for so long.
What Are Ketones and Why Do They Matter?
So what in the world is a ketone and how will it help you lose weight? A ketone is produced when your body starts burning off its own fat. When your body runs out of glucose to burn for energy, it starts burning its own fat and protein and creates ketones as an alternate fuel source.
Your body then uses the ketones to generate energy in the absence of glucose. Ketones are a much more stable and steady source of energy than glucose is, which we get from carbohydrates.
This process is called ketosis. Ketosis can become dangerous when too many ketones build up in your body. High levels of ketones can lead to dehydration and they can change the overall chemical balance of your blood. When ketosis goes too far, ketoacidosis sets in. Ketoacidosis occurs when enough ketones build up in your body that they become acidic. In a worse case scenario, this can cause coma or even death.
However, it’s fairly simple to keep your ketones in check, and even easier to test your ketone levels to be sure you don’t build up too many. We’ll talk about this a little later on.
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