The hormone with it’s hand firmly on this switch–is insulin. As long as insulin is in picture, your body has no choice but to store fat. Insulin tells your body to store fat. Period.
The only way to change that is to get carbohydrates out of your diet so insulin can take a break. To do this, you need to rely on other nutrients to take the place of carbohydrates.
That leaves only two nutrients left: fat and protein. When you restrict dietary carbohydrates, your body goes through a process of becoming “fat adapted” this means that the metabolism begins to shift tracks and starts looking for another fuel source.The process of becoming keto-adapated usually takes about 14 days in most people after carbohydrates are restricted and healthy fats come into the diet along with moderate amounts of clean protein.
When you make this metabolic shift you will know it because your body will begin to produce ketone bodies which are the bi-product of fat metabolism. You must check your blood or breath ketones to be certain that you have successfully become “fat-adapted” and are actually in nutritional ketosis.
I recommend a Precision blood ketone and glucose monitor for obtaining accurate knowledge about your metabolic process.
If you would like assistance in becoming keto-adapted, please contact me so I can walk you through the process so you don’t have go through the confusion of making mistakes that can slow you way down. I am here to be of service to anyone committed to making a dramatic shift in their health with a ketogenic diet.
Mary Beauchamp, RN
Mary Beauchamp is a is a world traveler, food alchemist, and student of ancient healing traditions. She has four beautiful children, two grandchildren and a husband of 25 years. With her knowledge of nutritional science, natural plant medicines, and ancient super foods, she formulates food products for the natural foods industry and is a private health coach specializing in healing the metabolism and reversing disease through the implementation of therapeutic nutritional strategies and mindful awareness. She specializes in healing the metabolism by addressing environmental, emotional and dietary stressors.
Mary works with a team of Naturopathic doctors at Auburn Naturopathic Medicine in northern California. She also offers private and group online coaching programs. You can learn more about her work by visiting her website, www.ketogenicdietcoach.com. Mary is passionate about re-educating people about nutrition. She invites you to experience your body as a master communication system and facilitates this sacred encounter within to unlock the body’s innate intelligence to heal and thrive!