Atkins diet and ketosis | Diet and slimming for atkins and ketosis

Atkins diet and ketosis | Diet and slimming for atkins and ketosis

November 8, 2019 0 By William Morgan


Atkins And Ketosis.
The basic principle of the Atkins diet is
that a state of ketosis will help you burn
your fat stores as energy.
Many people, even those who are on low carbohydrate
diets, don’t quite understand ketosis and
why it works.
Most diets are calorie-reduction diets.
They help you lose weight, but some of the
weight is from fat and some of it is from
lean muscle tissue.
While you may look smaller on the scale, your
metabolism is actually slowing down.
The more muscle you lose the slower your metabolism
will be.
This makes losing weight more difficult and
gaining weight back even simpler.
The Atkins diet, on the other hand, is carbohydrate
restrictive.
It creates a state of ketosis in your body
that burns only fat, and not muscle.
The primary source of your energy for your
body will be fat in the form of ketones.
Your liver will convert fat into ketones and
it cannot be converted back.
It will be excreted naturally.
Ketones are actual a normally and efficient
source of fuel for the human body.
They are created in the liver from the fatty
acids that result from the breakdown of body
fat.
These only appear when there is an absence
of glucose and sugar.
In the Atkins diet, you reduce the amount
of glucose and sugar that is in the bloodstream.
As a result, your body produces ketones for
fuel.
When your body is creating ketones it is called
ketosis.
There is a common misconception that following
a ketogenic diet like Atkins is dangerous.
The truth is that being in ketosis is a completely
natural state.
The human body creates ketones to use as fuel
in the absence of glucose.
In the Atkins diet book, Dr.  Atkins suggests
using ketone-testing strips to determine your
state of ketosis during dieting.
These small plastic strips are held in the
urine stream and contain a special chemically
treated absorptive pad.
This pad will change color if ketones are
present in the urine.
With the presence of ketones, the strip will
change varying shades of pink to purple.
There is a color scale on the label of the
bottle that will help you determine your ketone
levels.
Ketone strips are available in any pharmacy
and can be found among the diabetic supplies.
In some stores, they are kept behind the counter
so you may have to ask for them.
You won’t need a prescription to buy them
though.
Once you open a package of ketosis strips
they have a shelf life of 6 months.
It may be helpful to mark the opening date
on the box.
Ketone strips will let you know if you are
progressing correctly on the Atkins diet.
If you are following the Induction plan to
the letter and aren’t seeing purple, don’t
worry.
Some people never show trace amounts of ketones
or they may show just above the minimum line.
As long as you are losing weight and inches
then you are successfully using ketones.
Also, if you’ve just exercised a few hours
before using the strips, you may not see purple.
Some dieters may mistakenly believe that a
dark purple result on the testing strips means
that they are losing weight faster.
Actually, the darkest purple color is a sign
of dehydration.
It means that your urine is too concentrated
and you need to drink water.
Ketones come from fat in the bloodstream,
whether it is fat that you eat or fat that
you burn.
So if you eat a meal heavy in fat and then
immediately use a testing strip, then you’ll
see a dark purple result.
Use the strips as a guide, but don’t get
hung up on the color.
Reaching a state of ketosis is key to success
on the Atkins diet and it as simple as eliminating
carbohydrates from the diet.
Make sure to follow the eating plan correctly
and use the ketone testing strips as needed.
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