How to Get Into Ketosis for Weight Loss

I have been following a Ketosis lifestyle for over 4 years now and it has totally changed my life in many ways. I feel amazing at 55 years old and I am in excellent health. I have incredible energy and love life. But the best thing of all is I get to share my weight loss experience with others and help them to be able to learn how to lose weight take their lives back as well.

So today I want to talk about How to get into ketosis for weight loss.

First of all, let’s talk about what ketosis is. Simply, ketoses is a state where your body uses fat for fuel rather than glucose. A Ketosis Diet is very effective for people who are extremely overweight or someone who just wants to lose a few pounds. Following a ketosis diet has helped many people who suffer from type 2 diabetes turn things around and get healthy. I lost 60 pounds myself and my boyfriend, Brian actually reversed his diabetes

How to get into ketosis

When you eliminate carbs and sugars in your diet and instead increase your fats, eventually your body will run out of sugar to use for fuel.  When this happens an amazing switch happens. Rather than use glucose for fuel, you body will use fat instead. This switch is called ketosis. 

You can get into ketosis by lowering your carb intake and upping your fat intake. This means cutting out all the white and beige starchy foods in your life like potatoes, rice, bread and pasta. You also need to cut out anything that turns to sugar quickly once it is eaten. For example, fruits. So starchie veggies and most fruits would be out. On the rare occasions I have fruits, I choose the ones that have the lowest carbs like berries.  I personally keep my carbs below 30 grams a day. The lower you keep your intake of carbs, the more likely you are to get into fat-burning.

On the other hand, you want to up your fat intake by eating more fatty foods like meat, fish, butter, eggs, olives, and avocadoes. And you can eat any vegetables that grow above the ground as these tend to contain less carbs than the root veggies. And don’t be afraid to smother your veggies in olive oil, avocado oil, butter, lard or bacon grease. 

As you make the switch over to eating low carb foods and upping your fat intake you will start to see some changes happen. Sometimes people feel a little sick in the beginning as you are totally changing your lifestyle and way of eating. Many people even experience a keto flu. Just know, this “sick feeling” is only temporary. And will quickly pass. Once you get into ketosis you are going to feel amazing! You will have incredible energy and focus. And you will start to lose weight as well. It really is fun watching your body change as you become fat adapted.

It can take several weeks to get into ketosis. But once you are there, you will begin to see the magic. First of all you will start to notice that you’re clothes are getting loser and you will discover that you are losing weight. You will feel incredible and your appetite will calm down. You will be able to get cravings under control. And this is huge for those who struggle with their relationship with food. When cravings are gone, it is easier to stick with this way of eating. You may not even want any of the other unhealthy crap any more. And your energy will improve. 

How to get into ketosis fast

If you want to get into ketosis fast, you can add intermittent fasting into your low carb lifestyle. This is when you skip a meal or two. When you dont take in food, your body will begin to use your fat stores as fuel. This will put you into ketosis quicker. 

What I have found though is that many people who follow a keto way of eating end up doing intermittent fasting automatically because they simply don’t feel hungry. You see, when you eat more fat and less sugar, your cravings and hunger will go away. So it is easy to skip meals. Often my first meal of the day is dinner. I simply am not hungry. And I don’t think about food all the time like I did when I was a glucose burner.

Some people say that if you up your activity as well while following a low carb diet, you get can into ketosis quicker. And that would make sense to me because when you work out hard, you will use more energy and if there is no glucose to use for fuel, your body will start using your fat reserves for energy.

Hopefully this article has helped people who understand how to get into ketosis. Do you follow a ketosis diet? Do you have any keto tips or experiences you would like to share? Please leave your comment below.

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9 thoughts on “How to Get Into Ketosis for Weight Loss”

  1. Hi Wendy, you look amazing for a 55 year old lady. I guess it is absolute the work of immersing yourself in ketosis lifestyle. I have friends that are on keto diet, and I must say it is an amazing lifestyle judging from the results they achieved within few months of starting keto diet. Getting into ketosis requires absolute commitment and self discipline.

    How to get into ketosis fast sounds great, most of my friends that are on keto diet, didn’t use intermittent fasting, they simply started with lowering their carb intake and increasing their fat intake. I am not fat per say, but with this your article, I will consider going on keto diet simply for the health benefits involved.

    1. Oh, you are so sweet, Gracen. Thanks for the compliment. I was like your friends. I didn’t add intermittent fasting or even extended fasts until I was well established into my keto lifestyle. But ketosis and fasting can bring amazing results. It helps with inflammation and overall well being.l 

  2. This article is really loaded with useful information that is beneficial to human health. It is interesting to know that Ketosis weight loss has been recorded to be beneficial in loosing some pounds. I have a neighbor that is overweight and looking for a way to lose some pounds, I will surely recommend this article to her. Thanks for sharing this article. 

  3. Thanks for this insightful post, I had never equated dieting with so much benefits other than weight loss.

    I was particularly interested in how dieting affects  diabetes and I was pleased to see you made a distinction between the first and the second. The first is a serious, normally lifetime condition. A friend of mine eventually died as a result recently

    I also thought the section on Keto and mental clarity to be the top notch and interesting. The anti-inflammatory aspect caught my attention as I suffer badly from gout, and I’m wondering if Keto might help? Thanks again for a thought-provoking and interesting article.

    1. That is a great question. And many people feel that a keto diet might cause someone to develop gout or make it worse as keto is full of purines which could raise uric acid. However, many people who suffer from gout are overweight and may also suffer from joint inflammation and pain. The state of ketosis can really help with this so it may actually be helpful. I found a few articles T you may find helpful. Wait: Is the Ketogenic Diet Good for Gout? and Gout and Low Carb.

  4. Hello Wendy,

    I am a 56 year old male and was fortunate to have never struggled with weight until recently. As a younger man I was no stranger to significantly reducing my food intake when I wanted to drop a few pounds. I would often substitute a meal with some form of liquid meal replacement.

    One of the challenges I faced when doing this was a lack of energy during exercise. As I am interested in the Ketosis lifestyle, I was wondering if I would experience a similar effect. Have you noticed a temporary lack of energy during exercise and how long did it last, if at all?

    Thanks, Glenn

    1. Actually it is the opposite! My energy is amazing and it lasts all day long. When you use fat as fuel you feel like you are even keel. When I was a glucose burner, some times I would have energy and others I would feel more tired, especially in the afternoon. This doesn’t have when you use ketones for fuel.

  5. With your article, I kinda had a grasp that whatever diet or exercise that have worked for us before might probably won’t get the same result as we age. This might be the reason why I felt like nothing changes in my body after some few workouts or diet. When I was younger, I can survive cleansing diet for 3 weeks followed by water therapy for 3 days. But when I did it again at my age, I kinda felt weaker.

    I’ve been wanting to try Keto not only because it’s a delicious way to get my size smaller but I wanted to see if  it’s also a healthy way for an anemic like me. Getting back my energy like the one I used to have is gonna be amazing for sure. It’s quite interesting that Keto may lessen my craving because I got used to ‘small but frequent meals’ which isn’t working for me anymore. Thanks for all these added information. By the way, can you please tell me more about salt intake while doing Keto? 

    1. Hi Missus! I’m wondering if you have heartburn or acid reflux? The reason why I ask is because often I find, when someone increases the acid in their stomach, they find that they absorb minerals like iron better. Something you can try is adding a little bit of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Try this before you eat your dinner and it may help. This is all part of aging. We lose our stomach acid as we age. ACV with mother can help.

      It is important to make sure you are getting all of the minerals while you are following a low carb lifestyle. One of the best ways to increase minerals is by using pink Himalayan salt. Pink Salt has lots of minerals. If you are concerned about some of the mixed information out there about salt, then I highly recommend reading Lies My Doctor Told Me.

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