Ketosis Diet or the ‘low-carbohydrate diet’ is actually a process in which the body, namely the liver, goes from a ‘high-carbohydrate diet’ to a ‘low-carbohydrate diet’. The body is an amazing piece of machinery in that it recognizes the change! As the body adapts to the change to a low-carbohydrate diet and have a high fat content it releases ketones. These released ketones, which is caused when the liver turns the high fat content consumed and existing fat into fatty acids, which provide energy to the body and you.
Check with your Dr First
This type of dieting should not be implemented, until you have consulted with your physician. The ketosis diet is basically a diet that is used to fool the body into thinking you are starving and in need of energy. This energy is obtained by burning stored fat, thus causing weight loss.
What to expect on the Ketosis Diet?
The ketosis diet cuts out all breads, pastas and starches and mainly consists of lean meat, such as chicken, turkey, pork and beef. Some well-known ketosis diets are the Atkins Diet and the South Beach Diet. Your weight loss on this diet happens very quickly, but there are some adverse effects. The dieter is often tired, due to the expending of energy, foul breath, aches and pains, depression and headaches. You should weigh the pros and cons, along with your physician’s assistance prior to undertaking such a dramatic change in your normal diet and lifestyle.
Ketosis Diet – Things You Should Know
The ketosis diet is not something that is new; it has been around since the 1920’s when it was used to treat epilepsy. It was abandoned in favor of new medications, though it is still used on the 20 to 30% of those that fail to find relief or control of their disease. The elevated levels of ketones in the blood stream, produced by the liver, will lead to less frequent occurrences of epileptic seizures. A diet based on ketosis when first implemented consisted of just enough protein to maintain growth and repairs of the body, in conjunction with the person’s age. With this in mind the ketosis diet is still provided, but mainly for children, who seem to have a more effective result, when placed and monitored closely by a physician.
Knowing someone who was on the Atkin’s Diet, his major complaint was constipation. There are other potential, but treatable side effects of the ketosis diet, such as acidosis and hypoglycaemia, which would occur during the initial fasting period.
So if this diet or any other diet seems to fit your needs and lifestyle, the most important thing that you should do is always consult your physician prior to starting, and with the ketosis diet especially, realize that you will be dramatically changing your eating habits.