What is Ketosis?

In normal circumstances, the body's cells use glucose as their primary form of energy. Glucose is typically derived from dietary carbohydrates, including:


  • sugar - such as fruits and milk or yogurt
  • starchy foods - such as bread and pasta


The body breaks these down into simple sugars. Glucose can either be used to fuel the body or be stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen.


f there is not enough glucose available to meet energy demands, the body will adopt an alternative strategy in order to meet those needs. Specifically, the body begins to break down fat stores to provide glucose from triglycerides. 


Ketones are a byproduct of this process.  


Ketones are acids that build up in the blood and are eliminated in urine. In small amounts, they serve to indicate that the body is breaking down fat, but high levels of ketones can poison the body, leading to a process called ketoacidosis.  


Ketosis describes the metabolic state whereby the body converts fat stores into energy, releasing ketones in the process. 

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The Ketogenic Diet

Due to the fact that ketosis breaks down fat stored within the body, some diets aim to create this metabolic state so as to facilitate weight loss.


Ketosis diets are also referred to as:


  • ketogenic diets
  • keto diets
  • low-carbohydrate diets


The diet itself can be regarded as a high-fat diet, with around 75 percent of calories derived from fats. In contrast, around 20 percent and 5 percent of calories are gained from proteins and carbohydrates, respectively.


Adhering to the ketogenic diet can lead to short-term weight loss. A study conducted in 2008 and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that obese men following a ketogenic diet for 4 weeks lost an average of 12 pounds during this time.


The participants were able to consume fewer calories without feeling hungry while following the diet.


Is Ketosis Healthy?


The ketogenic diet could have a healthful effect on serious health conditions such as:


  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • metabolic syndrome


It may also improve levels of HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoproteins, also known as "good" cholesterol) better than other moderate carbohydrate diets.


These health benefits could be due to the loss of excess weight and eating of healthier foods, rather than a reduction in carbohydrates.


The ketogenic diet has also been used under medical supervision to reduce seizures in children with epilepsy who do not respond to other forms of treatment. Some studies have suggested that the diet could also benefit adults with epilepsy, although more research is required to confirm these findings.


However, longer-term adherence to the ketogenic diet does not appear to yield great benefit.


The American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology, and the Obesity Society have concluded that there is not enough evidence to suggest that low-carbohydrate diets such as the ketogenic diet provide health benefits to the heart.


Other conditions are also being studied to see if a ketogenic diet might be beneficial; these include:

Some people follow a Ketogenic Diet as a way to lose weight
Some people follow a Ketogenic Diet as a way to lose weight

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