Ketosis: The Holy Grail
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of KETOSIS is:
“An abnormal increase of ketone bodies in the body.”
Well, that sounds terrifying.
And when you search for information about ketosis on the Internet, many of the first resources you see talk about keto being dangerous, or ineffective, or unsustainable.
But if we go a little further down the rabbit hole, we can find that WebMD states:
“Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead.”
Now, I certainly am not a doctor. But when I embarked on this weight loss journey, my family doctor was one of the first people I spoke with. While the ketogenic diet is still a relatively new way of eating in the mainstream diet world, my doctor simply likened it to a “beefed up” diabetic diet (pun intended). He did not voice any concerns about restricting carbohydrates from my diet.
Other doctors across the country have done extensive research on ketosis. Dr. Eric Berg, DC released a series of online videos to explain ketosis and macros and their effects on our bodies. He explains that, when you eat carbohydrates, your body converts them into sugar and burns that sugar for energy. Any excess sugar that is not used is stored as fat. To achieve ketosis - the state in which your body burns fat for energy - you need to eat foods that contain little or no carbohydrates.
While this sounds easy enough to do, the amount of carbs in most of our favorite foods is astounding. Things like bread, cereal, and pasta are obvious no-no’s, but other foods like bananas, corn, and milk are also offenders.
Any time you consume anything with carbs, your body will immediately burn that for energy first. This is why I so lovingly refer to ketosis as “The Holy Grail.” It can be incredibly difficult to find, but it reaps incredible rewards once you do.
From my experience, it takes at least three days to get into ketosis. It truly is amazing how long carbs/sugars hang around in your body! To get into ketosis, it is imperative to eat NO MORE THAN 20 GRAMS OF CARBS PER DAY. This is not per meal. This is NO MORE THAN 20 GRAMS OF CARBS PER DAY.
As Dr. Berg confirms in his videos, your diet should consist of no more than 5% carbohydrates, which should only come from vegetables. 20-25% of your diet should consist of protein, and 70-80% of your diet should consist of fat.
The ketogenic concept seems simple, but I can assure you from personal experience, it can be tricky. This is the main reason we started this website. Bryan and I have both achieved great success restricting carbs and leveraging ketosis, but not without our share of setbacks and plateaus. Our hope is that we can share our recipes, meal plans, experiences, and observations to provide support and assistance to others following a ketogenic journey.