Signs You’re Fat Adapted
The Keto journey may seem a bit confusing at first as it is completely opposite to what most of us have been taught our entire life. However, once you have a clear understanding and get started, it’s not hard to understand and maintain. Fat adapted is a term that is used in the Keto diet to describe changing from being burning primarily glucose to burning fat instead. To experience the full-fat adaption experience, it is important to stay in a constant state of ketosis meaning you don’t want to switch back and forth between a high carb and low carb diet. The time it takes to become fat adapted can vary from individual to individual. I have read that the average is about a month, but it took me closer to 6-8 weeks before I started noticing a difference. Here are four signs you’re fat adapted.
The Carb Cravings Disappear
Most people crave carbs because it’s what we have always fed our bodies. The carb cravings really disappear when you’re in ketosis over time. It’s wonderful to not experience the cravings of carbs. The longer you follow a Ketogenic lifestyle, the less you will crave carbs. Fewer carb cravings is also a sign of being fat adapted. Now, I can be around people eating bread, cookies, and cakes without feeling like I am going to lose my mind. Also, I don’t crave the same foods I used to eat. In fact, it has been over a year since I’ve eaten a burger with a bun or a taco with tortillas. At this point, I don’t even miss them anymore, which is something I never thought I’d say.
More Energy in Your Day
Let’s be honest; carbs make us sleepy! When you’re fat adapted, you will start experiencing more energy in your day. Your body will even begin using its own body fat to burn energy. This type of energy is hard to explain. Many of us have never experienced this type of energy because of the past foods we put into our bodies. I would describe it as a constant energy throughout the day that doesn’t crash after meals. It isn’t a hyper energy, but it feels like a focused energy to me.
Less Hungry Over Time
Another reason people want to experience being fat adapted is that they feel less hungry. The longer someone follows a ketogenic diet, the less likely they are to scarf down food and go crazy with carb intake. Because you’re feeling less hungry, you will eat less, which will also help you lose weight faster. Now, I can go hours without eating, and I don’t feel a sense of panic over when I’ll eat again. It is just really no big deal. Of course, everyone has their moments in which you may feel hungrier. This is okay! It is a good sign you’re fat adapted when your hunger starts to become managed.
Who doesn’t want to sleep better? Those who are on the Keto diet report they sleep better than ever. Some deal with insomnia at first, but that changes for most once you become fat adapted. Because you’re getting better sleep, you may even wake up with more energy than ever. Throughout the day I feel great and have a ton of energy; however, when 9:30 pm rolls around every bit of that energy is gone, and this momma is ready to crash. When I do finally lay down for bed, often I’m asleep before my head even hits the pillow good and I sleep well all night. Having struggled with insomnia before, this is a welcome bonus.
The Keto diet is not a magic way to lose weight because it takes work to see success. However, if you stick with it, you will see major progress over time. Being fat adapted is a fantastic bonus to losing weight and becoming healthy.
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