The transition to ketosis can be tricky.

The transition to ketosis can be tricky.

November 1, 2019 0 By William Morgan


– The transition into ketosis
can be a little bit of a tricky one
if you don’t know what
you’re really looking at
and if you don’t know
where your ketones are at.
I’m Thomas DeLauer with Keto-Mojo,
and today I want to help you understand
the transition from consuming carbs
over into the ketosis lifestyle,
because there’s some things
that you should know,
and quite honestly, first and
foremost, accurate testing
is going to be the golden
rule when it comes down
to truly understanding how
your body is optimizing fats,
and truly utilizing ketones
as a source of fuel.
So when you’re transitioning
from a carbohydrate fueled diet
over to the ketogenic lifestyle,
you might notice a couple of things.
For instance, you might notice
a little bit of fatigue,
or you might even notice
a little bit of thirst,
you might notice that you’re
urinating a little bit more.
There’s a few things that
just feel a little bit off
as you’re adjusting.
But the interesting thing is
once you start implementing
proper blood testing,
especially utilizing Keto-Mojo,
you can see where you are.
The fact is, some people
take a little bit longer
to get into full blown
ketosis than others.
Some people can get in very, very fast,
some people take two, three, four, five,
sometimes even six days.
But the hard part is not
knowing where you stand.
So if you’re leveraging the power
of being able to test your blood,
you can see exactly what
your ketone levels are,
and if you are, in
fact, in ketosis or not.
You see, a lot of people
utilize the urine strips,
and I’m not trying to
throw anyone under the bus,
but the fact is the urine
strips measure excess amounts
of acetoacetate, they don’t
truly measure the amount
beta-hydroxybutyrate
that is in your blood.
What that means is
they don’t measure how much
of the actual ketone bodies
that make you truly in
ketosis are in your blood,
so they’re not truly an accurate way
to measure whether
you’re in ketosis or not.
They’re just a way to measure
if you have excess ketones.
So you have two phases.
You have a phase where
your body has ketones
that are being created,
and you have a phase
where you body is actually
using those ketones
as a source of fuel.
So sometimes when you’re transitioning
from carbohydrates into ketones,
you’re really not even
fully utilizing ketones yet,
you’re still using carbohydrates
but your body is starting to create
some excess ketone bodies.
That’s, again, why blood
testing is the gold standard.
Now when you’re
transitioning into ketosis,
you’ll hear people talk
about the keto flu.
In reality, the keto flu isn’t a flu,
it’s more so the symptoms of dehydration,
or the symptoms of electrolyte imbalances.
You see, what we have to remember
is whenever we’re on a low-carb diet,
we are dramatically reducing
the amount of insulin
that is being produced by the body.
Insulin has an interesting
effect on the kidneys,
causing the kidneys to
hold on to more sodium,
therefore holding on to more water.
So when insulin is less
available in the body,
it means that the kidneys don’t
hold on to as much sodium,
which means they don’t
hold on to as much water,
which means you urinate
more, which therefore means
it’s easier to get a little bit
dehydrated in the beginning,
and therefore lose your minerals.
So if you don’t have the right balance
of sodium and potassium and
some of your important minerals,
you can feel a little bit off,
and feel a little bit sluggish.
That’s why people mistake it for the flu,
but again, once you start
getting into ketosis
and your body’s utilizing
those ketones better,
you start feeling quite a bit better.
Also because your body
starts to understand
the new homeostasis with
lower mineral values.
You can also add different minerals in
to replenish some of that.
I recommend adding a little bit
of extra pink Himalayan
salt whenever possible
to offset this.
But again, once you’re testing,
you’ll know where you stand.
Some of the other things that people face
whenever they’re transitioning
into the ketogenic lifestyle
is a little bit of sluggishness.
That’s normal, because what’s happening
is your body is transitioning
from utilizing carbs,
where you have these stored
carbs in your muscles,
and it’s burning through them.
And once you get to this point
right before you enter ketosis,
your body’s in kind of a gray area.
It’s in between using carbs and fats,
but it’s not either or.
So at this point, your body
hasn’t quite figured out
exactly what it likes,
so it’s a little bit normal
to feel a little tired,
and to feel a little bit lethargic.
But again, that’s where blood
testing comes in handy again.
It’s going to put your mind at ease
to make sure you know this
isn’t what ketosis feels like,
this is what the transition feels like.
So, once you start testing
and you see you’re in ketosis,
everything will start to change,
and you can associate the good feelings
with positive ketone readings.
So I sure hope that this
video helps you understand
that transition into ketosis,
and that it makes it a
little bit less ominous
when so many people are talking
about the dreaded keto flu,
and feeling lethargic.
As always, make sure you’re
keeping it locked in here
with Keto Mojo, and I will
see you in the next video.