The Truth About Ketosis – Wellness Tip Ep. 15
When it comes to losing weight, many turn
to a low carb diet.
The reason these work so well is due to a
process called ketosis.
In this video, we are going to explain
ketosis and help you determine
if a low-carb diet is right for you.
Many are confused by the term “ketosis.”
You may read that it is a
“dangerous state” for the body,
and it doesn’t sound normal to be “in ketosis.”
But, ketosis simply means that our bodies
are using fat for energy.
Dr. Michele, tell us how this works.
Our bodies easily convert excess glucose to
fat, hence the extra weight that likes to
hang out around our midsection.
But, the process can’t go the other way.
However, when you eat less carbohydrates,
your body turns to fat for energy and ketones
are produced as part of the process, which
is also called ketosis.
Although ketones can’t totally replace all
the glucose required by the body,
they can replace a pretty good chunk of it.
Most cells can use ketones for at least part
of their energy, and some even prefer ketones
to glucose, like the heart muscle and kidneys.
If glucose is still needed and is not being
ingested, your body will convert protein to
glucose, which can come from the lean meat
you just ate, or worst case, your own muscle.
This is why it is important to have
a health care practitioner
monitor the ketones in your urine.
When switching to a low-carb plan, this ensures
you don’t go into a muscle-burning state.
Although not all metabolic engines run effectively
on a low carbohydrate plan, most do.
But, be sure to check with your doctor or
nutritionist to come up with a plan that includes
plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein
and clean fats.
The next step is to get your hands on a Glycemic
Index Food Chart so you can see how specific
carbohydrates affect your body.
We’ve put one together for you and you can
download it for free at sherwoodwellness.tv/gi.