Did you start the Keto Zone diet? If so, you may be wondering whether you’ve reached the end goal: ketosis. Ketosis is the state in which your body burns fat for fuel, instead of using glucose as its traditional fuel source.
Some go into ketosis within the first few days of the keto diet, whereas for others it takes a couple of weeks. So how are you supposed to know when you’re in ketosis? Here are 5 signs to look out for.
1. Weight Loss
Although it’s believed that the first few pounds to go on keto are fat, they’re actually made up of water. As your body transitions over to using fat for energy, it excretes all of the excess water and carbohydrates your body has been holding onto from overconsumption and poor food choices. (1)
The weight loss doesn’t stop there though! Once you’re in the full state of ketosis and your body has used up all of its glycogen stores, it will start to lose fat long-term. (2, 3, 4) But at the beginning of the keto diet, significant water weight loss is a sign you’re in ketosis and on the right track to the fat-burning stages.
2. Increased Ketones in Urine
Did you know there are ways to test if you’re in ketosis? You can do this either with blood tests, breath analyzers, or urine test strips. Blood tests measure ketone levels by figuring out how much BHB, the main ketone, is in your blood, and breath analyzers measure acetone, another main ketone.
Blood tests and breath analyzers can be quite expensive, however, which is why I created Ketone Test Strips as an inexpensive way to test your ketones regularly. These urine test strips provide accurate assessments of ketones, are easy to use, and offer all of the results you need to ensure your keto success.
If you want to see whether or not you’re in ketosis, try one!
3. Better Energy and Mental Clarity
Although the keto flu offers a variety of side effects like fatigue and headaches, once you reach ketosis, your energy levels, and mental clarity increase.
Ketones are a very powerful fuel source for your body and brain, and even go on to benefit those with concussions, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Type 2 diabetes, epilepsy, and bipolar disorder. (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Push through the beginning side effects, and ketosis is waiting to offer all of the advantages. If you notice better energy and mental clarity, you might be in ketosis.
4. Fewer Cravings
The keto diet proves fat doesn’t make you fat. In fact, eating more fat can help curb food cravings like snacks and sweets that do aid in weight gain.
In ketosis, your body has fewer amounts of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, and more amounts of CCK, the peptide that makes you feel full and satisfied. (11) As an added pro, the Keto Zone also doesn’t allow the consumption of sugar, which is very addicting. Once you cut sweets out of your diet, there’s less of a chance you’ll crave it regularly. (12)
So if you’re going 5-8 hours without feeling hungry and craving the usual sugary foods, you could be in ketosis.
5. Bad Breath
Unfortunately, keto breath is one of the less glamorous tell tales of entering ketosis with a low-carb, high-fat diet. The culprit is one of the ketones, acetone. When your body adjusts to the Keto Zone, it produces more acetone than usual and often comes out in your breath creating a foul smell. (13, 14)
It doesn’t happen to everyone. And to those it does, it’s nothing to worry about and usually goes away within the first weeks of keto. To prevent it, brush your teeth often or chew sugar-free gum. (Make sure to check for extra carbs!)
Once you’re in ketosis, it’s a surefire way to produce long-term weight loss results. But if you’re not there yet, don’t fret!
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