Ketosis - Healthy Living Association

Definition:

Ketosis is a natural state where the body uses stored fat to produce molecules called “ketones.”

It’s then able to use these ketones for energy instead of carbs or sugar.

Ketosis is also where the ketogenic diet gets its name.

To get into ketosis, a person must usually follow a low carb diet (eating 50 grams of carbs or less) for 3-4 days. Sometimes, you can tell when your body is in ketosis by the smell of your breath.

There are other ways to measure if you’re in ketosis, like urine sticks and blood sugar monitors.

Bottom line:

Ketosis is when your body shifts from using carbs to using fat for energy.

Examples of ketosis in a sentence:

“I’ve been eating 20 grams of carbs a day for the past week, but I don’t know if I’m in ketosis yet.”

“Have you tried using those urine sticks to see if you’re in ketosis?”

“I heard anything with sugar in it can kick you out of ketosis.”

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