Choosing to be on a ketogenic diet is a massive step to changing your life for the better.
Starting a keto diet isn’t necessarily the hard part, getting into ketosis is the hard part.
Ketosis is a process by which your body starts producing ketones and starts to burn its fat for energy.
However, this can only happen when your body has used up all of its glucose (sugars). Currently, your body is a sugar burner and the goal is to make it become a fat burner.
When you’re burning your fat, you are finally in ketosis. If you aren’t sure how you’ll determine if you’re in ketosis or not, you should look at these signs.
However, getting into ketosis can sometimes seem like a long process. The days appear to be going by slower and slower until you’re finally in ketosis.
There are a few ways to get yourself into ketosis a little faster though.
Reaching Ketosis Quickly
The process of getting your body into ketosis can seem like a long one. It can take some people up to a week to fully get into ketosis.
If you could speed up that process a little, would you?
Below are some tips on how to get your body into ketosis a little faster than normal.
This one might be a bit obvious because a keto diet is going to force you to cut your carbs anyway.
However, people still seem to struggle with this concept when they are first beginning the diet. The number of carbs that are in some foods you eat will surprise you.
People are able to cut sugars like candy and soda pretty easily, but it’s another ball game when you take away some of their favorite foods like pasta or potatoes.
The sooner you’re able to cut out the carbs, the faster your body can get rid of all the glucose it uses for energy. Only then can your body start to become a fat burner.
This small step goes a long way in having a successful keto diet.
Up Intake of MCTs
MCTs or medium chain triglycerides are a type of fatty acid. They typically won’t cause much of a spike in your insulin but they can be turned into ketones rather easily.
You can find MCTs in the form of oils. They can be taken easily and will help speed up the process of ketosis if they are followed up with the correct keto diet.
So, it’s important to stay on top of your macros throughout this process, especially at the beginning. If you fall off track even a little bit at the start you’ll delay ketosis even longer.
Increase Healthy Fat Intake
For any keto diet, you’re going to be consuming a lot more fats. Contrary to popular belief, you actually need to eat fat to lose fat. I know this sounds a bit weird, but trust me, that’s how it works.
You need to make sure that you are consuming the healthy fats though. The ones you get from butter, olive oil, and coconut oil.
Avoid the processed oils since they have a lot added to them that you don’t need.
More fats and fewer carbs mean you’re on your way to a fatless body.
Be Wary of Protein Consumption
Since you’re consuming very many carbs at all, it can be fairly easy to go a bit overboard with the protein. This is something that, although may sound good, can harm you in the long run.
When you consume too much protein, that excess amount is going to convert into glucose, which will put you back at square one again.
You need to make sure you have a healthy balance of proteins in your diet.
Without this balance, you could experience higher levels of insulin in your body, which encourages fat storage, the opposite of what we want to be happening at this moment.
Listen to Your Body
Your body is always talking to you. It’s always letting you know exactly what it wants.
From the second you wake up, you need to be listening to what your body is trying to tell you.
If you feel yourself getting hungry and your stomach starts to make those awful sounds like it’s being tortured, it’s safe to say that you need to eat something. If you feel like you’re full, then don’t eat anything.
It’s really that simple.
Don’t go off mindless snacking just because you feel the need to. If your body is telling you it’s not hungry then listen to it and don’t eat anything. This could be the difference between losing 5 lbs or gaining 5 lbs.
It’s also important to understand the difference between hunger and dehydration. The two can get mixed fairly easily.
So, if you feel like you’re hungry, drink a glass of water first and see how you feel. If you’re dehydrated that hunger should go away fairly quickly.
I’m not saying you do a fast all day and not eat anything. I’m saying you set a time, maybe 5 or 6 at night, and don’t eat anything until breakfast the next day.
This could be tough for some, especially the ones that are high on midnight snacking, even if it does include keto snacks.
The more you consume, the more your body is gonna have to break down. If you cut yourself off from food at a certain point then your body will start to use whatever it has left as fuel until your next meal. This means that it can start burning all the excess glucose you have in your system.
This is a form of intermittent fasting that has much more of an effect on your body than kick starting ketosis.
Don’t forget to stay as hydrated as possible throughout this entire process. You don’t to screw anything up by being dehydrated which can cause a significant amount of issues to your body.
Working out is a great way to speed up the ketosis process. You’ll be burning the glucose much faster, meaning your body has to find it’s fuel in a hurry.
This will speed up the weight loss process even if you aren’t on a keto diet.
If you stay on top of your macros and increase your physical activity, there’s no reason that your body shouldn’t get into ketosis much faster. Your performance could dip a little bit since your body is still adjusting to all the changes it’s going through.
Don’t expect the dip to last very long. Once your body starts burning fat, your performance will start to slowly but steadily increase.
Speed It Up
These tips aren’t guaranteed to put your body into ketosis faster, but they can very well help.
Everybody’s body will react a little differently to a keto diet.
If you stick with the diet, you are guaranteed to get into ketosis eventually. Then you will be on your way to burning that unwanted fat you don’t want.
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