Myths and Facts About Ketogenesis

Ketogenesis occurs when you eat a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates. It describes a state when your body releases compounds called ketones into the bloodstream. Ketones are an alternative fuel source derived from fat.

When it comes to fueling your daily activity, your body prefers to use glucose, a type of sugar, that it gets from carbohydrates. When denied carbs, your body creates ketones from fat to fuel organ, muscular, and brain function. Pushing your body into ketogenesis with a ketogenic diet helps you use stored fat as fuel -- and you lose weight.

At Marin Weight Loss & Wellness in Novato, California, we help you follow a sustainable, healthy ketogenic diet. Many myths are perpetrated about the ketogenic state. Read on to learn the facts about why this is a superior way to lose weight and keep it off for the long term.

MYTH: Keto causes flu-like symptoms and overwhelming fatigue.

FACT: You may feel a little low on energy and headachy in the first few weeks of the diet. These symptoms, however, do not last long. They result because your body is shifting from burning glucose for fuel to using fat and ketones. Your body has to make some profound adjustments during this shift, but when the symptoms resolve, you feel more energized than ever.

MYTH: Keto has too much saturated fat and will harm your health.

FACT: Research shows that low-carb diets can actually improve cholesterol levels, weight, and overall markers for heart disease. Ketogenesis seems to raise levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers blood pressure.

MYTH: Keto makes it hard to exercise.

FACT: While you may feel a little low on energy the first 3-4 weeks of transition to a state of ketogenesis, once you do, you’ll feel more energized than ever. Plus, recovery and performance improve in athletes and weekend warriors who follow a ketogenic diet.

MYTH: Keto is bad for your digestive health.

FACT: The belief is that because ketogenic diets are low in fiber, it harms your digestive health. However, ketogenesis actually improves digestive symptoms in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

MYTH: Ketogenesis is too hard to maintain for the long term.

FACT: A ketogenic diet doesn’t limit calories, so you can eat until satisfied as long as you’re not filling up on carbs. The foods on the diet, such as avocados, eggs, and beef are satisfying to your taste buds, too.

MYTH: Keto contributes to the development of fatty liver disease, or worsens it in people already suffering.

FACT: A low-carb diet is actually a way to treat fatty liver disease, as cutting back on specific types of carbs, such as fructose, improves your liver’s metabolism. Indulging in carbs actually increases fat in the liver according to some studies.

MYTH: Ketogenesis isn’t good for long-term weight management.

FACT: Keto diets can lead to long-term weight loss management if you stick to the plan. At Marin Weight Loss & Wellness, we create customized ketogenic plans that work with your preferences, schedule, and lifestyle so you can stick to them. 

Ketogenesis isn’t a state to be avoided, and it may very well be a way to achieve your optimal health and weight. Contact Marin Weight Loss & Wellness to learn more about a safe and proper way to follow this effective eating approach. Call the office or schedule an appointment online.

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