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Am I in ketosis and does it matter?

Hello everybody and happy 2017 to all of you. May this be the year for achieving your goals and realising all your dreams for health and wellness. I hope you find this article of value since there is  much confusion out there with regards to what ketosis is, why you might want to try ketosis, how to get into ketosis as well as how to test for it.

What is ketosis?

When you go very low carb, your insulin levels drop.  This allows your body to start burning your stored fat for fuel, and very effectively melts those extra kilos away.  As long as insulin stays high due to a high carb intake, weight loss is going to elude you.  Your body has an amazing ability to convert its engine from petrol (carbs) to diesel (fat).  It is a totally natural process, and has enabled humans to endure times of famine all through the ages.  Today, researchers are discovering that keto-adaptation has other therapeutic benefits that go beyond mere survival. Read the rest of this entry

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Are you eating the right amount of fat?

Article written by Paul Magnuson, (Banting Buddies coach in Pretoria, South Africa).

It all depends on where you are in your Banting journey. Too little fat at the beginning could delay quick and effective fat-adaptation (leaving you feeling tired, hungry, irritable and still craving carbs), and too much once fat-adapted could stall weight loss. Continue reading for a more detailed explanation and strategy for getting the fat in your diet just right. This information might help you lose those last few kilos, or get off that frustrating plateau. Read the rest of this entry

Ketosis: The key that opened the lock

Recently I have taken my low carb, moderate protein, high fat primal diet to a new level. I have gone a step further and have also cut out nuts, berries, alcohol and dark chocolate as well as dairy (except for a little hard cheese and butter). I had to eliminate these foods so that I could get my consumption of carbs low enough to get into nutritional ketosis. Ketosis is when your body switches from burning glucose for fuel to burning ketones.  Basically, your body is enabled to burn stored fat for energy instead of using the glucose from the food you eat at each meal. Read the rest of this entry