Step #1 – Get into ketosis

Ketosis is a natural biological state.  It’s what happens when humans stop eating a bunch of carbohydrates.  Eating less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day will allow our bodies to start burning fat for fuel more optimally.  This takes about 2 to 3 days to start up and then can take up to 6 weeks to become fully adapted to ketosis.

I’ve been eating a ketogenic diet on/off for the last 5 years.  So I know a little bit about what happens.  Both starting and stopping a low carb diet.

After 5 years of testing this phenomena, I’d have to say the SINGLE most important part of the equation, for me, is to just get into ketosis.  And to get past the cravings.

To me, it’s like being stranded on a desert island and you’ve successfully built a raft to finally get the hell off the island.  Because you know if you stay on that tiny little island, you won’t be able to survive on just sugar and enriched wheat products for very long.  Especially without a corner drugstore (which sells both candy and ‘medicine’).  So the next hurdle is to cast off and get beyond the breakers and any heavy surf crashing onto the beach.  This can be the most challenging part.  Once you get past the surf, then it’s smoother sailing.  Hint.  Hint.

A ketogenic diet is pretty much the way.  Get past the sugar addictions…get past the so-called hunger pains and the body starts to send different signals.  Yes it may be turbulent in the beginning, but after the first 10-14 days, our bodies will be running on upgraded software…Keto 3.0.  Gone will be the carb induced haze that we had just simply gotten used to.  And we mistakenly called that normal or even healthy?

To me it’s just another set of perceptual filters clogging our awareness of the nature of reality.

Once I’ve gotten into ketosis, then what happens is that my body stops craving sugar.  It stops telling me I’m hungry all the damn time and will need to eat every 3 hours.  Thoughts, emotions, feelings and energy levels become much more stable.

I can actually think for more than 3 seconds without being distracted.  And in those moments of ‘clarity’, it’s becomes much easier to make BETTER decisions, especially about diet.

So I’m actually all for anything that gets us past the first two weeks.  The Atkins folks call this the “Induction Phase”.  To me, it doesn’t matter if you eat some Atkins Bars, or crappy luncheon meat, or even Hardees Grass Fed Burgers everyday.  I’ll do what I need to do to get into ketosis.

Once there, you will more than likely find yourself with more energy, including brain energy to make better decisions.  You may even find yourself wanting to creatively cook better ketogenic meals or staring to buy organic foods, as if by magic.  Maybe even doing crazy stuff like making your own mayonnaise.  Because you can do it better.  Or at least better for you.  This is invariably what happens for me.

Is ketosis nirvana?  No.  But it’s far better than being a total sugar junky, like most of the people on this planet.  At least for my body anyway. Be your own judge.  Every body is different.

Sometimes I’ve tried to get into ketosis and wiped out in the rough surf early on and started wolfing down carbs like there was no tomorrow, but it’s okay, cause I know I can just try again next time and if I stay the course long enough, things will level out.  I know my brain and pancreas will be thanking me.

It’s been incredibly helpful for me and my own body.  Time and time again.  My weight drops.  My blood tests improve.  My sleep quality improves.  My mood is more stable.  So that’s why I made this site, to share with people my own low carb journey and experiences.

Good luck with your own dietary choices.

3 Responses to “Step #1 – Get into ketosis”

  1. avatar peg says:

    After 10+ years of trying to live la vida low carb I suggest 20 grams of carbs a day. I have to live in induction to lose weight and gain weight with more than 50 gms/day. Bad genes but luv greasy fatty meat

    • avatar Robert says:

      Yeah, I hear ya. I average somewhere in the 30-35 grams per day range myself. I have noticed that the lower carb I go, the better I seem to feel overall. Best wishes.

  2. Sugar was actually the hardest for me to give up when I started eating high fat low carb. It slowed down my progress because for the first year or so, I would crave sugar and sometimes would give in which would start a cycle of craving more sugar so I would want it the next day as well.

    With time though, while eating mostly high fat low carb, those cravings became easier to resist.

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