A Layman’s Introduction to Ketosis

I am a big guy. I’m not tall by any means, but I am husky. I didn’t use to be. The largest I got during early, pre-30s life was about 220 pounds when I was living in Florida. This was in 2000, and the weight-loss craze that was sweeping the nation at that time was xenadrine with ephedra and mah wong. This seemingly amazing supplement was advertised to drop weight extremely fast without the need of exercise or diet modification, and I must say, it worked amazingly! I went from 220 points to 180 points in 2 months!

The side effect was death. Literally! people died while taking Xenadrine and other Ephedra-containing supplements. As I don’t want to die, I can’t go back to Xenadrine. Sure, they still sell the stuff, but it is “Now Ephedra Free!” meaning it doesn’t work and is merely a cash-grab now.

Before I continue, I proclaim this disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am a computer programmer. The advice is this series or on this website is not a replacement for professional medical advice. If you are currently under the supervision of a medical professional or physical trainer, please do not use the information on this website as a replacement for professional advice!

The information contained herein is my personal findings, and if it helps you, great! But please be sure to discuss all medical questions with a licensed professional. I am not responsible for your health. That being said. Let’s continue!

Since I’m not a medical professional, I’m going to try to use metaphors in place of things a doctor might say. The human body is a finely tuned, well oiled machine. It is like a car that has two engines. Both of these engines uses a different fuel to provide energy, but if both of these engines are running at the same time, you’ll get fat.

Engine number one is your carbohydrate engine. This engine eats carbs and produces energy. Your body can use this energy for running, jumping, typing, breathing… living! This is the engine that pretty much every diet tries to feed. It is an effective engine, and produces a ton of energy. It is a great engine, and almost any nutritionist will say that your diet should consist of more than 60% carbohydrates. This is all find and dandy if you’re only feeding this engine. But you like steak. You like bacon, eggs and cheese. These foods do NOT provide carbohydrates for this engine. By eating proteins, you’ve started the second engine!

Engine number two is your ketone engine. This engine runs off of proteins. Meats, veggies, and cheeses provide fuel that your body converts to ketones, which can be used as an energy source, much like the energy that the carbo-engine generates.

Herein is the problem. If both engines are running at the same time, your body is making more energy than it can use. Where does this excess energy go? We all hope it would simply flush out of the system and down the toilet, but it does not. Over eons, our bodies have adapted to store energy just in case the food supply runs out. Your body converts the extra energy into FAT! This fat accumulates around your mid section before migrating all over your body until you no longer fit into your 32 inch pants. When you’re pushing 40 inches around the mid section, you know something is amiss.

Throughout the rest of this series, I’ll share with you a Keto lifestyle that has worked well for me. Stay tuned, and let’s lose weight together!

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