Ketosis is a metabolic process of fat burning, and it occurs whenever you significantly limit your intake of carbohydrates and calories. When you limit your daily carbohydrate intake, your body begins burning fat stores after it has burned the available carbohydrates. Metabolized fat is broken down into ketone bodies, which the body then uses for energy.
When you burn a greater amount of fat than your body immediately needs for energy, the excess ketones are excreted in the urine. Being in ketosis means your body has burned a large amount of fat in response to the fact that it didn’t have sufficient glucose available for energy needs. Ketones can be measured by checking urine with a ketostick. A pink to purple color on your ketostick indicates that you are in ketosis and are using your stored fat for fuel.
Is Ketosis safe?
Ketosis is a natural, normal part of the human body’s metabolic “fat burning” process. It is safe and healthy when used in this context for weight loss. It’s important to understand that ketosis is not the same as ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening condition. These two words are often confused, yet are completely different body processes.
Even without consistent dieting people go in and out of ketois without even knowing it. You may be in ketosis when you wake up from a long night’s sleep. In some cultures, people tend to eat very few carbohydrates and yet live perfectly healthy lives in a constant ketosis.
How can I get into Ketosis?
The medically based weight loss phase of the Lindora program is designed to help you achieve dietary ketosis by limiting your total carbohydrate intake, as well as limiting your total calories. It’s important to remember that calories also count. If you limit carbohydrate intake but consume too many calories, you will not lose weight. Because everyones journey into ketosis looks different, our team at Lindora can help you develop a program that is unique to your needs and weight loss history.