What is Ketosis

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  1. MsJMC

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    When you first deprive your body of carbohydrates and replace them with protein and fat, the metabolism begins to shift to accommodate this. The first stage is known as lipolysis, and is the initial burning of fat to use as energy.
    Ketosis, put simply, is the second part of the process that takes place when your body's metabolism shifts from getting energy from carbohydrates to taking it from fat. When it is taking place, this is the time that you lose the most fat. The name ketosis relates to the blocks fat that are stored for release as energy, which are known as ketones.
    Ketosis shouldn't lead to a loss of muscle tissue, unless you are completely out of fat. This makes you even better at burning fat, as you retain the strength throughout your body to do so, particularly in the smaller internal muscles. When ketosis is taking place it is possible to lose up to a stone in little over a week.
    The main side effects of ketosis are bad breath and sluggish mobility. Bad breath is caused due to a change in the bacteria and enzymes throughout the digestive system, and slow movement because fat is much harder to use for energy production, making you low on energy. Neither of these are likely to be harmful.
    However, if you are diabetic, ketosis can lead to a condition called ketoacidosis, which results in the blood becoming more acidic. This will then cause symptoms including confusion, vomiting, and can even go as far as causing comas and death.
    If you want to know if your body is carrying out ketosis, head down to your local chemist and buy ketone testing strips. These operate in a very similar way to universal indicator strips (if you can remember your old chemistry lessons) and will turn purple if ketones are contained in the urine.

    If you're thinking about starting a low carb diet than you need to know about ketosis and dieting and how it affects your body. Learn more about how ketosis works to burn fat. Source: Low-Carb-Advice dot com.
     
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    Very Interesting..
     
  4. MsJMC

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    Yes really I say to myself what is ketosis and i hear others ask Questions on it , was going to get some sticks, but Tesco last night was so busy , but i'll get some sticks when next in town .
     
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    I just want to point out the above info is slightly inaccurate. Ever doctors can get confused between ketosis and ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis occurs when a diabetic (possibly undiagnosed) has a very high blood sugar over a long period of time usually as a result of the body running out of insulin.

    In non-insulin dependant diabetics, a low carb diet is beneficial as it keeps blood sugar levels stable. Just didn't want any type 2 diaabetics panicking.:)
    Defintion Ketosis - Ketosis and Diabetes
     
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    cool, think I might test myself.
     
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