We all know that being in Ketosis state is the ultimate goal of every Ketoer as that is where and when all the magic happens.
But how do you know when you get into Ketosis state?
Some people will know automatically, but it might take some time for others to understand the changes their bodies are having.
This article will highlight some signs and symptoms that show when one is in Ketosis state. Evaluate them and if you find yourself exhibiting these signs, congratulations, you are good to go.
What is Ketosis state?
As explained in the comprehensive guide on how to get into Ketosis state fast, this is the state where the body is being fueled almost 100% by fats as opposed to glucose.
Starting out? Check the Comprehensive guide to the ketogenic diet
Signs and symptoms that show that you are in Ketosis state
When your body reaches ketosis state, there are a number of signs and symptoms that are exhibited. I have discussed some of these signs in this article. Kindly note that the sign and symptoms vary from one person to another and they do not necessarily occur in the order presented here.
1. Bad Breath/Keto breath/Halitosis
I bet it is not fancy waking up in the morning with a sickly smelling breath. Unfortunately, this is one symptom you might not avoid when your body lapses into full ketosis. You should not be worried as this passes away after a short period of time.
This breath is brought about by the elevated ketone levels, releasing a component called acetone which is responsible for the fruity smell.
Just brush your teeth regularly or eat sugar-free gum.
2. Loss of Appetite
There might not be a clear biological explanation of where the appetite goes when one is undergoing the ketogenic diet. However, there is a very high chance that increased protein levels has something to do with this.
The suppression of hunger during the ketosis state is important because it prevents one from stacking up junk. In general, it is an overall good feeling.
3. Loss of weight
During the first few days and probably weeks into the diet, one may experience what they would think would be an abnormal loss of weight.
In essence, you are not losing weight. The body is consuming the stored water and carbs. After sometime, you will be able to experience a steady loss of weight as your body adjusts to the diet.
Many people lack sleep or are restless during this period. In most cases, they wake up at night and cannot fall back to sleep.
This is a common occurrence and it is not permanent. It is important to understand that your body is undergoing numerous changes and needs some time to adjust. When the adjustment comes, sleep will be normal.
5. Increases focus and energy levels
The opposite of this will occur during the initial stages. You are likely to encounter brain fogginess, sick feeling and feeling tired all the time. This is known as Keto Flu and it will pass over time.
Then the good stuff start coming in. Your brain regains its focus, energy and stability. You will experience energy spikes after your body has fully adapted to the diet. The brain loves fats as a source of energy because they are more fulfilling and lasts longer than glycogen.
6. Digestive issues
Most users complain of digestive issues in the initial stages of the diet. These include constipation and diarrhea. While this is not a welcome symptom, it usually passes as the body stabilizes and adapts to the diet. If you wish to fasten this adaptation and skip this stage, you may consider using a supplement.
7. High level of Ketones in the blood and Urine
The number of Ketone levels in your system will increase considerably. This is perhaps the single best way to tell if you are in Ketosis. To measure the level of Ketones in your system, you use a Glucose meter or a Ketone strip.
This article offers a guide in how you can read these measurements from the meter and strip.
8. Short-term Fatigue
It’s inevitable. In the initial stages of engaging in the ketogenic diet, you will experience short-term fatigue and feeling of being tired all the time.
Your body will be trying to adjust to the new diet and this might take some time. For instance, your body is accustomed to gaining energy from sugar in your system.
Now, when you take out the carbs, the sugar and glucose levels decline rapidly, forcing the body to look for alternative sources of energy.
The lag time between this decline and adjustment to the new source of energy will leave you feeling fatigued.
However, the feeling is only short-lived and once it passes, you can experience the wonders of increased energy and mental focus brought about by the Ketogenic diet.
Final words and thought
When you start practicing Ketogenic diet, your body will undergo numerous changes and adaptation. Whilst most of these changes might not be welcome, they are a necessary part in the process of turning your body into a weight loss machine.
Luckily for us, these changes are not permanent and they are clear indications that we are doing something right. I would suggest you embrace them and try to adjust accordingly. Eventually, you will be able to accomplish the goals you have been seeking.
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Getting into ketosis state is a process that requires some dedication on your part. Whilst the end product may be sweet, people dread going through the ketosis process. It’s harder when you do it alone. Upon realization of this, we created a 14-day ketosis challenge to assist you get to ketosis faster.
Whilst it is not a guarantee that everyone will get into ketosis within this period (some take shorter period while other take longer), we guarantee that if you follow our advice to the letter, you will be able to see positive changes within no time. The signs and symptoms that you are in Ketosis will manifest themselves soon enough.
When your body reaches this state, there are a number of signs and symptoms that are exhibited. I have discussed some of these signs in this article.