How it works?
The ketogenic diet is based on depriving the body of glucose which is the main source of energy for all the cells of your body which is obtained from the carbohydrates intake. Due to this lack of glucose the body replaces it with an alternative source of energy called Ketones – that’s where the term “keto”-genic came from-. The brain sends signals to your body for a steady supply of glucose about 120 grams daily. By providing your body with very low carbohydrates intake or even when you fast, your body first consumes the stored glucose in your liver then starts to search for an alternative source of energy. In the beginning, the body temporarily breaks down muscles to release glucose. But if the body continues on this kind of nutrition for 3-4 days and the stored glucose is fully consumed, the insulin hormone’s level decreases in blood and the body begins to use fat as its primary fuel. The liver produces Ketone bodies from fats which can be an alternative source of energy in the absence of glucose. In this case, you can say that you are in “ketosis” state as ketone bodies are accumulated in the blood. During sleeping overnight and fasting your body may experience mild ketosis naturally.
How soon you enter the ketosis state and the number of ketone bodies is variable from person to person and also it depends on body fat percentage.
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