How do you become fat-adapted or a fat-burning machine?
Have you ever wanted to know how you can become fat-adapted or shift to a fat-burning machine? Well, in this short article, you will learn everything there is to know about becoming fat-adapted.
What is ketosis?
Ketosis is a state of when your body system breaks down fat for energy. It uses fats for energy instead of sugars (glucose). The excess ketones are expelled out of your body as urine.
Different types of nutrients will be processed by your body.
By eating a high-fat diet will accelerate the production of ketones,
the ketosis will speed up. This is a normal and safe chemical reaction.
The secrets of glucose
When you eat extra carbohydrates your body will break it down to sugars. It is needed in the production of ATP ( a certain type of energy molecule). This ATP is a kind of fuel your body needs for energy and maintenance throughout your body.
But the difference here is that your body needs glucose but it doesn't need carbohydrates! The liver will make sure that you have enough glucose in your bloodstream every time.
What will happen to your excess glucose when on a keto diet?
Well, the excess will be converted into glycogen and will be stored in your muscles and liver. But, if you already have enough glycogen in your muscles and liver the rest will be stored as fat!
So, if you have an excess amount of glucose in your body as a result of too much of foods containing carbohydrates it will likely result in extra glucose your body doesn't need and therefore will be stored as fat around and inside your belly and hips!
What will happen when there is no more glycogen?
Well, ketosis will happen! This is through the help of ketones.
What are ketones?
They are a certain kind of molecules created when your body
has no excess to food. Your body will then break down stored fats into fatty acids. The fatty acids will be burned in your liver in this process called beta-oxidation.
These molecules called ketones are then used as energy (fuel) by your brain and muscles. Glycerol and fatty acids are released when fat is broken down inside your liver. The fatty acids are broken down further to produce acetoacetate through a ketogenic process.
Well, later this acetoacetate is converted into two molecules:
1. Beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHP)
If you are fat-adapted (keto-adapted) then your brain and muscles will easily convert acetoacetate into BHP as fuel. This is your brain's preferred energy source.
The distinctive breath (keto breath) you sometimes get in the keto diet derives from acetone. This is due to an excess of acetones that is not metabolized into glucose.
But not to worry, over time you will use more ketones and your body will expel fewer ketone bodies. You are now a fat-burning machine or what some people will call “Fat-adapted”!
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