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Episode Info: (http://www.pennystk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/TWR.png) In this podcast I ramble on about practically nothing and somewhat everything. I mainly used it as a way to do a kind of check up with you listeners. I mention something quite interesting though and that is ketosis. What exactly is Ketosis? The metabolic state of ketosis simply means that the quantity of ketone bodies in the blood have reached higher than normal levels. When the body is in a ketogenic state this means that lipid energy metabolism is intact. This means that the body will start breaking down your own body fat to fuel the body's normal, every day functions. WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT BEING IN KETOSIS? Establishing this metabolic state of ketosis even for a short period of time has many outstanding benefits. BENEFIT 1 (http://www.pennystk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/in-depth-look-at-ketogenic-diets-and-ketosis_03.jpg) The main benefit being that it increases the body's ability to utilize fats for fuel, which gets very lazy on a high carbohydrate diet. When on high carbohydrate diets the body can usually expect an energy source to keep entering the body. But in the state of ketosis the body has to become efficient at mobilizing fats as energy. BENEFIT 2 Ketosis has a protein sparing effect, assuming that you are consuming adequate quantities of protein and calories in the first place. Once in ketosis the body actually prefers ketones to glucose. Since the body has copious quanities of fat this means that there is no need to oxidize protein to generate glucose through gluconeogenesis.   "KETOSIS HAS A PROTEIN SPARING EFFECT, ASSUMING THAT YOU ARE CONSUMING ADEQUATE QUANTITIES OF PROTEIN AND CALORIES IN THE FIRST PLACE." BENEFIT 3 Another benefit has to do with the low levels of insulin in the body, which causes greater lipolysis and free glycerol release compared to a normal diet when insulin is around 80-120. Insulin has a lipolysis blocking effect, which can inhibit the use of fatty acids as energy. Also when insulin is brought to low levels many beneficial hormones are released in the body such as growth hormone and other powerful growth factors. BENEFIT 4 Another small but very important benefit about the ketogenic diet is that when in the state of ketosis, ketones seem to blunt hunger in many people. I mean honestly, what is not better than being on a low calorie diet and not being hungry all the time like you usually are such as on a high carbohydrate diet. Since on the ketog
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