If you are following a keto diet, check you are in ketosis with our double pack of Ketostix – The LighterLife ketone test strips ( 50 strips per box) are a quick way of doing a ketone test to check you are burning fat. Simple to use – just pee on the stick Restricting carbs to switch the body into ketosis – its ‘fat-burning’ mode – is an increasingly popular way of losing weight.
On a keto diet, carbohydrate intake is restricted to around 50g a day, causing the body to switch from burning carbs for energy into a mostly fat-burning state called ketosis. Your body will go into ketosis around day 3 of the programme.
On LighterLife Total, the body switches from using carbs from food as its preferred source of energy to using up its stored fat instead. In a nutshell, it’s like having a choice of energy from fresh food, food in the fridge or food in the freezer, this is how the keto diet works.
The body uses carbohydrates (glucose) from recently digested food for its immediate energy needs. When this is gone, the body raids the ‘fridge’ – that’s glycogen, a carbohydrate store in the liver and muscles. After that is depleted, energy is taken from its ‘freezer’ by breaking down stored body fat.
Another huge plus-point of being in ketosis is a lack of hunger, caused by the effects ketone bodies have on the hormones that regulate appetite. Clients often report a sense of “eurphoria” when they go into ketosis, a real feel good factor. The effect this has is to keep to plan and stay focused on the goal.
Using Ketostix to check you are in ketosis is also a great mental motivator as it tells you are burning fat at a fast rate. Research suggests that people that lose weight at a faster rate are more likely to achieve their goals than those that lose weight more slowly.