How Long Does It Take to Enter Ketosis
The ketogenic diet is the low-carb diet. It helps your body change its main fuel source from glucose to ketones. Ketosis means burning of fat to use it as a source of fuel they were meant to be. The body takes energy from fat, an alternative source if a person limits its carbs intake. This diet has numerous health benefits like weight loss, increased levels of HDL cholesterol and reduced blood sugar, insulin, and triglyceride levels. To get these benefits of a diet, your body must enter into a ketosis state. In this state, body converts fat into ketones which is used as a main source of energy when amount of glucose is reduced.
You can reach ketosis state by just reducing your intake of carbs. In your digestive tract, carbs break down into glucose that travel across the bloodstream and used as energy. The excess glucose is stored in the liver and muscles in glycogen form. If you reduce your carb intake to below 50 grams per day, your body is forced to use up its glycogen stores for energy — and finally, switch to use ketones as fuel.
The time taken to enter ketosis varies from person to person. Generally it takes 2 days if a person takes 20-50g of carbs per day but some people may need 6- 7 days to reach this state. The factors that affect your time required to enter ketosis are daily carb, fat and protein intake, exercise, age, and metabolism. People who earlier take high-carb diet take longer to enter ketosis than those who generally have a low-to-moderate carb diet because your body needs to deplete its glycogen stores before entering ketosis. Test your body ketones level to know whether your body enters a ketosis. The other symptoms that indicate your body transition are headaches, fatigue, nausea, bad breath, and increased thirst.