Ketosis is fat burning. If you have been living on sugar your whole life, and now you are switching your body to a completely different fuel source, your cells have to build new machinery for fat and new enzymes to break down a completely different source of fuel. This takes time. So, how long does it take to get into ketosis while fasting? If you are already really healthy, it could happen in maybe one week. But, on average, it is going to take about 4-6 weeks.
How do you know when you are in ketosis?
• When you are satisfied after you eat
• When you can go long periods of time without eating and not be hungry
• You do not have sugar cravings anymore
• You are more focused
• You have less brain fog
• You have a sharper memory
• Less urinating at night.
How much sugar are you really eating. Check out the Nutrient list for each food in the Carb Manager. Here is the blog on the Carb Manager. https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2020/09/11/carb-manager-is-the-most-comprehensive-and-easiest-to-use-net-and-total-carb-counter-2/
You cannot make the keto adaptation halfway. For example, you cannot do a diet with some sugar every day and expected to adapt. You have got to bring that sugar down to zero to make this work. It is all or nothing because in the presence of sugar your body will always burn that. It will not go after the fat. We are training your body to adapt to fat burning. Once you get there you will never go back because you are going to feel so much better and of course you are going to lose lot of weight.
In the keto-adaptation period, you might experience a few symptoms. But it is a good thing because your body is adjusting.
Here are a few of these symptoms, and what you can do:
• Fatigue – take B5
• Cramps – take potassium (from vegetables) and sea salt
• Bloating – take bile salts (start will small amounts of healthy fats, slowly increase it)
• Sleep issues – take calcium and magnesium
Give your fat adaption some time. It is going to work it, it always does. Increase your expectation of the time it is going to take and do not think it is going to take a day or two and you think it did not work so you quit. It will work.
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, How Long Does Keto-adaptation Take? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAEXglHDrPs
Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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