One of the most popular questions in our group is how to know the Signs of Ketosis on Your Keto Journey. Below you’ll find some great tips for helping determine if your body is truly in ketosis.
Signs of Ketosis on Your Keto Journey
Have you started the Keto diet? You may be wondering when you will be in Ketosis and how to tell. In essence, this high-fat diet raises your ketone levels, which puts you in Ketosis. The idea is that your body switches its fuel from burning carbs to burning fat. Your liver is to thank here as it creates the ketones and then sends them to your brain, so you have the proper fuel to help you get through the day. If you aren’t sure, don’t miss these signs you’re in ketosis.
When it comes to the Keto diet, your body will lose weight. There may be a slow period in the beginning, or you could experience a significant drop of water weight as your body is trying to figure out this lifestyle change. As you continue, you may notice a greater loss of fat by how your clothes fit than the scale. Just remember, the scale isn’t the only measure of success. I suggest recording measurements along the way as you may experience times where you lose more weight than others. Seeing a loss in inches is a great motivation to press on even if the scale isn’t moving as you feel it should.
You may feel less hungry
One of the biggest signs of ketosis is that you feel less hungry. Although this isn’t true for everyone, in the beginning, you may begin to feel less hungry. It’s quite amazing really. When you fuel your body with fat, you stay satiated much longer, which means you think about food less. For many, this is a welcome sign as higher carb foods fuel hunger signals.
Crazy sleep cycles
When I first started following a ketogenic lifestyle, I noticed that I wasn’t sleeping well. It seemed to take a long time to fall asleep, and I would wake up all through the night. As with any major diet change, sleep can be interrupted until your body adjusts to this new way of eating. For most this crazy sleep cycle is fairly short-lived as you become fat adapted the pendulum swings to the other side and you’ll sleep much better and wake up rested and refreshed.
Trouble in the bathroom
It may take your digestive system some time to adjust as you begin following this way of life. For some, constipation can be an aggravating side effect while others deal with diarrhea. This too should be temporary as your body gets used to digesting the foods in this new way of eating.
You may discover you have bad breath and a dry mouth
Ugh, no one wants to know if they have bad breath, do they? This may be one of the clear signs of ketosis along with dry mouth. The elevated ketones in your body are to blame for this bad breath. Is it worth it? Yes. Knowing you’re getting healthier, bad breath is a small side effect to bare. Many people who are on the Keto diet also have said that their bad breath didn’t stay long. Yay!
Being on the Keto diet does not mean you HAVE to measure ketones, but you can check for them, and there are several ways to do this. One way is a blood ketone monitor; it can help you determine if there are ketones present in your blood. You can also get Ketone strips to help you determine if there are ketones in your urine. The blood ketone monitor is expensive although it is much more precise in measuring ketone levels. I use the urine ketone strips now and then with an understanding that they aren’t completely accurate. You can choose which way you prefer to measure ketones. You can also go without, up to you!
Which of these signs of ketosis was most noticeable to you on your journey?
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