Ketosis is a natural metabolic state that your body goes into when it doesn't have enough carbohydrates to use for energy. By consuming a low carbohydrate diet (20 grams of net carbohydrates or less per day), the body forces itself to burn fats instead of carbs. Once the body is consistently using fats for energy, it has gone into ketosis and can remain there without conscious effort. Here are 7 tips you can use to reach ketosis faster.
- Avoid fruit and high-carbohydrate vegetables during the initial two weeks of your diet.
- Consume plenty of healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocados, macadamia nuts, and organic pastured egg yolks.
- Eat moderate amounts of high-quality protein, such as grass-fed beef, wild fish, free-range poultry and eggs, and raw dairy products (if you tolerate them).
- Drink plenty of water--at least half your body weight in ounces daily.
- Ingest some type of fiber daily (e.g., starchy root vegetables).
- Exercise regularly to speed up the rate at which the body burns through glycogen stores (depleted liver glycogen is what stimulates ketosis).
- Monitor your blood glucose levels frequently with a good glucometer.
Ketosis can be a powerful weight-loss tool, but it can be hard to get started. It takes discipline, commitment, and planning.