Ketosis is a process where your body converts body fat to be used as the main energy source. This is the major reason why low carb diets produce excellent short term results.
Our organism mostly uses glucose to meet its energy needs. And glucose comes from the carbohydrates that we consume on a daily basis.
To function properly your body requires at least 50% of the calories to come from carbohydrate sources. When your daily carbohydrate intake drops below 30% of your calories this will always cause a drop in your energy levels.
When you are following a low carb diet, and you do not consume enough carbs during the day, your body will begin the process of ketosis to obtain its energy from its stored body fat instead.
Because of this the ketone levels in your blood will rise. Ketones are a by-products of ketosis. Ketones can give your breath a smell, that is sometimes confused with alcohol.
Ketogenic (low carb) diets can be dangerous to your health, mostly because they lead to a change in the acidity of your blood, and can eventually lead to serious damage to your liver and kidneys.
This is the main reason why you should stay away from conventional low diets, and never drastically reduce your daily carb intakes.
Conventional low carb diets, known alsa as ketogenic diets, recommend to consume low carb intakes and are intended to force your body to begin ketosis to burn your body fat for fuel.
This is how fast weight loss is achieved. The problem is that these low carb supporters seem to completely ignore the fact that these approaches are devistating to most people’s health.
Health professionals do not recommend using these approaches for more than two weeks. And most do not recommend to use them for more than two to three days.
People with heart, kidney and liver problems should never use a low carb approach. Pregnant women, especially in the early stages of pregnancy should also stay away from ever using low carb diets.
The main reason is that ketogenic diets can lead to serious problems with your liver, kidneys, and are strategies where nutrient intake manipulation has been taken to the extreme.
But the nutrition factor is also very important. Our bodies were designed to function on a moderate consumption of all the nutrients, but especially natural sources of carbohydrates.
Consuming moderate amounts of carbohydrates, protein and dietary fat is the ultimate approach toward long term weight loss.
Making sure that you consume the proper amount of calories on a daily basis is the first step toward creating a lean, healthy body!