Weight loss is an ever-elusive state of being for most Americans. In a culture where over sixty-five percent of individuals are unhappy with their weight, finding a strategy to drop the pounds is always on our minds.
Unfortunately, not many people will consider the one diet plan that the weight loss experts consider a metabolic ‘magic bullet’: nutritional ketosis. By bringing yourself into a safe state of ketosis, you can shed weight safely and quickly without starvation.
What is Nutritional Ketosis?
To put it simply, nutritional ketosis is a state of being where the body uses fat molecules to provide energy to the body’s cells instead of the glucose. Traditionally, a normal diet provides the body with a great deal of glucose through the consumption of food items like carbohydrates-rich bread, pasta, fruits, and grains.
These carbohydrates are broken down into sugars like glucose.
This glucose is then released into the blood where it is drawn into cells. In the absence of an abundance of glucose, the human body can substitute glucose with small organic molecules called ketone bodies that the liver makes as a byproduct of breaking down dietary fat. Over time, this process causes the fat stores in the body to shrink.
This is the very definition of a ‘body hack; you are essentially retraining your body to burn a different kind of fuel! Even better, your body will experience an increase in energy output and a reduction of inflammation.
It’s no wonder that weight loss experts love the nutritional ketosis diet plan. The one drawback of this approach is that it is difficult to achieve a constant state of ketosis.
The first step in achieving nutritional ketosis requires a very strict reduction of carbohydrates. This may sound simple, but carbohydrates exist in many more food items than you would think. For instance Milk, fruit, cheeses and even diet foods are extremely high in carbs.
You must also consider the fact that the Standard American Diet usually consists of 300g or more of carbs and sugars. To achieve ketosis, the average individual will need to cut this down to less than 30g. That is a drastic cut in dietary carbs!
The next step will be to replace those carbohydrates with fats. Once again, this can be challenging. Fat rich diets are so foreign to the contemporary palette. It may even be difficult to find full fat foods in the local grocery because America has become obsessed with low and no-fat alternatives.
For those individuals who like to be very precise, the process involves following a diet which consists of:
- 50 grams or less (ideally 30 grams) of carbohydrates
- Up to 1.5 grams of protein per kg of body weight, ideally no more than 120 grams
- Fat to replace carbohydrates
- (Courtesy of Peter Attia, M.D. (EatingAcademy.com Blog)
This diet plan can take a few days to achieve the desired results because there is significant glucose storage in the body’s liver and blood for times on nutritional deprivation. After a few days the body will run out of stored glucose and begin transitioning to ketosis.
If you are unsure if your body has achieved nutritional ketosis, there are several blood readers on the market to help you.
Another hurdle to achieving the desired weight loss is finding the right nutrional ketosis menu.
Nutritional Ketosis Vs. Ketoacidosis
The nutritional ketosis diet has been discounted as a viable diet is because of it’s association with a serious metabolic syndrome known as ketoacidosis.
Ketoacidosis is a condition where the ketone levels in the blood are far too high, leading to the blood becoming dangerously acidic. While rare, it can be a fatal condition, which is why it is important to stay in the ‘optimal ketone level’ state.
It is important to note that nutritional ketosis is dependent on the production of healthy levels of insulin. Without healthy insulin production, ketoacidosis is just a possibility. It’s also mention-worthy to note that high levels of blood ketones can be devastating to diabetics, so the ketosis diet plan is not recommended for anyone with type-1 diabetes.