Years ago, due to a simpler and more natural diet, our bodies were almost always in a state of ketosis, where we used fat as our primary source of energy.
Over the years, our bodies have adapted to new foods, and new methods of preparing foods that are much higher in carbohydrates and processed sugars. Because of this radically altered diet, we no longer benefit from living in a state of ketosis. Instead, we have become more reliant on carbs and sugars for energy. This change in our nutrition has played a prominent role in the significant health crisis the world faces today.
Let’s consider some of the facts about “carb rich” diets, and how they’ve impacted our lives. In 1960, the percentage of overweight people in the US was 11%. Now, in 2016, it is over 70%! Childhood obesity has gotten so bad that we now consider it an epidemic. We need to start seriously evaluating the impacts of our food choices.
Ketosis is the natural metabolic state where the body burns fat, rather than sugar, for its primary energy. Ketosis is an advanced metabolic state because burning fat offers the body 225% more energy than carbohydrates. Not to mention energy from fat is “cleaner” than energy from carbohydrates*.
Being in a state of ketosis provides our bodies with a wealth of benefits supported by numerous scientific studies*.
ACHIEVING KETOSIS NATURALLY
Since ketosis is a natural metabolic state, it is possible to get into a ketogenic state simply by changing the way you eat.
Since your body wants to burn fat for fuel in ketosis, you must start by eating a lot of healthy fats. Healthy fat supplies you with steady amounts of energy to avoid energy spikes and crashes. Next, you must restrict your carb intake to signal to your body that you are ready to burn fat for fuel.
Once you’ve adapted a keto lifestyle, it will become easier for your body to stay in ketosis.
Don’t forget these two important and helpful tips to keep your keto lifestyle easy to maintain.
Stay on top of meal planning.
Give yourself a cheat day every once and awhile.