What happens to your body once you adopt Keto Diet
The body and brain undergo 5 stages as it switches from glucose (from carbs) to ketones (from fats) as a source of energy.
First 8 to 10 hours of starting the keto, your body is still using your last meal as a fuel. 10 hours after your last carb intake, the body now starts to burn free fatty acids (FFA) to meet 50% of the energy needs.
1 to 2 days post starting the keto diet, the body relies on free fatty acids (FFA) and liver glycogen for its energy needs. Liver glycogen gets over within 12 to 16 hours.
3 to 4 days post starting the keto diet, gluconeogenesis starts (i.e generation of glucose from non-carbohydrate source) as protein breakdowns.
Tissues other than brain decreases the use of glucose, and start depending on FFA & ketones for energy.
4 to 7 days post starting the keto diet.
Congratulations! Ketosis has started and it will continue till carbohydrates are restricted. Brain signals ‘Good to go’ for ketone utilization. As a result, the liver has started producing ketone bodies in large quantities.
7 days post the keto diet, protein breakdown & gluconeogenesis has decreased, protein sparing action is been adapted for ketosis.
It is strongly advised that if you have any medical condition such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) etc. Always consult your physician or nutritionist before starting a new diet.
To clarify, the Keto diet is a strategy and not the only way to lose body fat. Adopt a lifestyle change which you can follow consistently and suits your body type.
Key points to follow keto diet:
1. eat more fats
2. eat more calories (source should be low in carbohydrates)
3. incorporate maximum clean carbs
4. drink more water
5. add more salt in your diet to maintain sodium levels
6. protein should be low to moderate
7. exercise regularly
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