Ketosis and Banting.
Ketosis and banting for weight loss go hand in hand. Ketosis occurs when your body runs out of its energy source mainly Glucose. Sugar and Carbs – starchy foods like potatoes, bread and pasta all convert into glucose once consumed. If you eat more food than what your body needs it stores *it (energy/glucose) as fat. When your body is done digesting and has stored the energy, you instantly feel hungry again and need to supply more glucose.
When you are banting, and your body is in a state of ketosis, it changes the way it uses energy. Your body still needs glucose as energy, but instead of you consuming so many carbs and sugar, your body uses your fat reserve. Ketosis breaks down fats your body has stored for energy and uses them to keep you fueled instead.
During your first week, getting into a state of ketosis is your primary goal. Once you get there, you want to stay there for as long as possible. Why? Because the longer you are in ketosis, the more weight you will lose. While you are in ketosis, your body will need lots of water, and you need to stay hydrated at all times.
To get into ketosis fast eating only 20 carbs a day will get you there in only 3-5 days if you are a beginner 50g carbs are a little easier to keep up with and you will go into ketosis in just 5-7 days.
Signs that you are in Ketosis is bad breath and sudden water loss (in weight). Chew on some mint leaves or use mouthwash before important meetings or appointments. Your breath will eventually go back to normal.
There’s no rush, never starve yourself in an attempt to lose more weight faster as that’s just plain dangerous on a Low Carb diet. Your body will adjust slowly and your weight loss will eventually even out. Be patient and embrace your weight loss as it happens. Work hard on your goals and stay active.