What is Ketosis?

Reading this article requires energy, which your body gets from macronutrients from the food you eat. Macros, as they’re called by people who are annoying to talk to, come in three flavors: fat, protein, and carbs.

 
 

When you eat carbs, that’s your body’s go-to source for energy. When you don’t, your body starts burning fat. When your body starts using your stored fat as fuel, it produces by-products called ketones. This state of affairs is called “ketosis.”

 
  Formation of ketoacids during diabetic ketoacidosis (   Source   )

Formation of ketoacids during diabetic ketoacidosis (Source)

 

Keto diet plan

The keto diet plan is aimed at getting into ketosis. Which requires you to drastically cut carbs. But by how much? It depends. According to Angela Mavridis, LA-based holistic nutritionist and founder of TRIBALÍ Foods, "Everyone's body and needs are slightly different.” But, if you eat fewer than 20 grams of carbs for at least two weeks (it might take up to six) you’ll become Keto-adapted. “Once you've done that, you can go in and out of ketosis and reap the benefits of not being glucose-dependent," says Mavridis. After that, most people will go into ketosis if they get 60-75% of calories from fat, 15-30% from protein, and 5-10% from carbs.