Ketosis – Where does the fat go?

When does Ketosis start?

Ketosis is a metabolic process that occurs in your body when sugars/carbohydrates are not readily available. In this environment, your body will seek energy from an alternate source – ketones. Ketones are synthesised from the breakdown of stored fat into fatty acids and glycerol.

Can Ketosis be harmful?

A high level of ketones in the body can lead to dehydrated and subsequent imbalance of electrolytes. Electrolytes transmit electrical signals between cells in the body. A lack or imbalance if electrolytes can result in muscular cramps and spasms.

To avoid muscular cramps while following a ketogenic diet, especially during training, you should  ensure to consume enough electrolytes through your diet. 

Keto Diet

Electrolytes include magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium.

Ketosis – Where does the fat go?

The byproducts of fat metabolism leave your body in two main ways:

1. As water. This occurs through your kidneys in urine, and through your skin when you sweat.

2. As carbon dioxide through your lungs when your breathe out. 

As your body produces excess water when undergoing ketosis, ensure to increase your water intake to compensate. This will not only support your kidney function, but is essential to fight off the negative effects of dehydration. 

Supplements that can help Ketosis

BCAAs 

Scivation Xtend BCAAs, EHP Labs Beyond BCAA and Mutant BCAA are some of the most popular choices. BCAA supplements have added electrolytes that will prevent dehydration & cramps commonly experienced on a ketogenic diet. BCAA’s also support recovery, increase muscular endurance and limit muscle breakdown.

Protein

For maximum fat loss and muscle growth to result from ketosis, you must intake the correct amount of fats, carbs and protein. This amount will vary between individuals based on your physical activity, gender, age etc. A guideline of 1.5 – 2 grams of protein per kg is recommended by .

Some favourite protein supplements of our members include International Protein WPI, Max’s Shred System  and Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey.

Keto Switch

Keto Switch™ is Australia’s leading Vegan Ketogenic supplement containing goBHB™ (Beta Hydroxybutyrate) to help SWITCH ON Ketosis. Read more.