Ketosis is a metabolic state that gets the body to go from burning carbohydrates for fuel – the body’s’ default state – to burning fat.
This results in quick and continuous weight loss. It also regulates blood glucose levels, curbs the appetite, and inhibits food cravings.
Ketone production only occurs when blood insulin levels are very low, which naturally happens in a low carb diet that includes very low glycemic load foods. The lower the insulin levels, the higher the ketone production, the more the body burns fat for energy.
Of course, the main point of all this is weight loss, which occurs naturally as a result of ketosis and the elimination of carbs.
Ketosis and ketoacidosis are often confused and they are two completely different things.
- Ketosis is a natural fat burning process in the body, while ketoacidosis is a medical condition that occurs only in uncontrolled diabetes.
- Ketoacidosis is dangerous, but ketosis on a ketogenic diet is perfectly normal, healthy, and necessary for weight loss.