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Ketosis – The Mystery Solved

It is no mystery that the reason everyone who has ever gone on a diet has gone on that diet is to lose weight. That is the goal. Weight loss. The good news is that most people who go on a diet lose weight. Some faster than others; some more than others. Unfortunately, when the diet is over, and the eating returns to pre-diet habits, the weight comes back. Sometimes more weight than the weight that was lost.

In this post I will explain how to get your body into a state of ketosis. This will allow you to lose the weight that you want to lose and keep it off. You will keep it off because you will change your eating habits and begin a new lifestyle that revolves around eating more of the foods that your body needs to be healthy and maintain an ideal weight.

Let’s get started!

Fat – Not the Bad Guy Anymore

This will be the most difficult part of the journey. You need to wrap your head around the idea that eating fat will NOT make you fat. That goes against everything we were raised to believe. We were told that eating fat will make us fat.

Recent research has shown, beyond a shadow of doubt, that eating foods rich in the right kind of fat will not only assist in our weight loss goals, but will make us heart and brain healthy for the long run.

First of all, you must know that our bodies need fat to survive. Our brains need fat to run properly. The consumption of good fats will even help our brains stay healthy and may even ward off some of those nasty brain diseases like Alzheimers.

A diet (the lifestyle diet, not the short term change in eating habits diet) consisting of mainly fats (65-70%) with good quality proteins (10-15%) and carbohydrates (10-15%) thrown in to round it out, will be the best way to meet your weight loss goals and health goals.

We also need to talk about exercise, but that’s a topic for another post.

Proper Food Combining

It all begins with an understanding of how our body processes food. When we eat anything, our bodies secrete chemicals into our stomachs to digest the food. Protein needs a certain chemical to break it down into usable products for our bodies. So, for example, if you eat a steak, your body will secrete a chemical into your belly to digest the meat.

If you add a potato (a carbohydrate/starchy food) to the stomach, a different chemical will need to be secreted to digest that food. Remember science class in high school? There was that one experiment that the teacher does where two chemicals are dumped into a beaker and they neutralized each other? No more reaction happening?

That is what happens in your stomach when you put a protein and a carbohydrate (starch) in your belly at the same time. The chemicals neutralize each other and the food remains in your stomach, undigested. More chemicals, more neutralization. No digestion. The cycle continues.

You end up feeling full for hours and your body cannot use any of the nutrients in the food. It ends up being passed through the body without giving much benefit to the body. Your body then holds onto its stored fat, because it doesn’t know when it is going to get more calories it can use.

On the other hand, if you eat a protein and a vegetable, your body can digest the food properly and convert the calories to energy. If the majority of the food you put into your body is healthy fats, then your body will begin to burn that fat for energy.

Ketosis

If the body runs out of fat to burn for energy from the food you have consumed, it will begin to burn the stored fat for energy to continue its tasks. This is the state of ketosis. Burning stored fat for energy consumption is the state of ketosis. By entering this state, you are entering the fastest way to lose weight.

This is of course a simplified explanation, but it captures the essence of the idea of ketosis. Consume your calories in the correct proportions, with a majority of the calories being good fats, and your body will learn to burn fat for energy. That is the best place to be for weight loss.

The Foods To Eat

So, what should I eat, you ask. Well, as importantly, we should discuss what not to eat. You will need to draw on all your will-power and put aside the sugary drinks and the salty snack foods and carbohydrates. Bread, bagels, pasta. They need to be limited. Even the diet drinks and energy drinks will need to go. Not completely, if you can’t give them up for good, but for the most part, you need to eliminate sugars from your daily foods. There are lots of great sugar substitutes that we will discuss in later posts that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Replace cola and energy drinks with coffee or tea or water. Put cream in your coffee. Lots of cream. Even heavy, whipping cream. You will love it. I promise.

Eat vegetables with every meal and as a snack. Some vegetables are better than other, which we’ll get into later. Eat fruit. Again, some fruits are better than others.

A sneak preview – there are a lot of carbs in some fruits and veggies. More on that later.

Nuts are also a good snack.

Won’t I Be Hungry?

You will soon discover that there are more foods that you can eat than foods that you shouldn’t eat. Notice I said shouldn’t, not can’t. There are foods that we should avoid, but that doesn’t mean we can never have them. Remember, sustainability is the key. We need to eat those foods we love once in a while as we change our taste buds to love our new food choices.

It’s what we do most of the time that matters, not what we do once in a while.

See you in the next post.

Have a great day!

Tom Fitzsimmons

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