Diet, Ketoacidosis, Ketosis

Why Ketosis? (Part 1)

So I guess some of you may be wondering why ketosis, exactly. Well for me to give a good answer, let me explain what it is first for those who are unaware:

“Ketosis is a state the body goes into if it needs to break down body fat for energy. The state is marked by raised levels of ketones in the blood which can be used by the body as fuel.”
from diabetes.co.uk

This is not to be confused with diabetic ketoacidosis, which is the following:

“Diabetic ketoacidosis is a problem that occurs in people with diabetes. It occurs when the body cannot use sugar (glucose) as a fuel source because there is no insulin or not enough insulin. Fat is used for fuel instead. Byproducts of fat breakdown, called ketones, build up in the body.”
from westpalmcardio.pediatrix.com

So as you can see, a lot of people get hung up on the confusion between these two terms and assume that ketosis is dangerous. Keto dieting may be harmful if you’re a diabetic, but I don’t have that problem yet so I haven’t experienced any negative results. I would also like to point out that ketoacidosis makes the blood acidic, hence the name. “Ketosis” doesn’t have the term “acid” in its name.

“Ok Veezy, thanks for the boring definitions or whatever, but you still haven’t told me why YOU insist on being in keto.”

Fair enough. I’ll be going over that in my next post, because that’s more of a topic from personal experience and it’ll give you a chance to understand what led me to this decision that has been life changing. Until then…

– Veezy

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