- What is Ketosis
Ketosis is a popular method for fats and effective weight loss. When you consume fewer calories than your body requires, your body enters ketosis.
Consuming less than 800 calories a day on very low calorie diet like our (Total Solution) plan means once your body uses its energy reserves of glycogen it will start to burn fat from its fat stores, resulting in weight loss.
It's the metobolic state achieved through a ketogenic or keto diet. This type of diet aims to replicate the effects of fasting through calorie restriction and reduced carbohydrate intake.
When you fast, your body utilises fat instead of carbohydrates as the main source of fuel. Exante plans promote a ketogenic state through calorie restriction and reduced carbohydrate intake.
Research shows ketosis-based diets have a positive effect on lowering the risk factors associated with:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High cholesterol levels
- Increased blood pressure.
- Type 2 diabetes
Everyone responds differently to being in a ketogenic state. Not all side effects are experienced and most subside as your body becomes more adept at burning fat as its main source of energy.
In the early stages, fatigue is common. This occurs as you adapt to the reduced intake of carbohydrate and your body shifts from carb burning to fat burning.
Your body breaks down its stored glucose leading to the release of a lot of water, and your kidneys will remove this excess water. As a result, dehydration can be common. You should compensate for this by increasing your water intake.
As ketone levels increase in your body some convert to a chemical called acetone, leading to a metallic taste in your mouth. Sugar-free chewing gum can help alleviate any unpleasant tastes.
Some people on a ketogenic diet may also have experienced some initial hair loss. There is no conclusive evidence however, that ketogenic diets lead to hair loss. Hair loss may occur as a result of numerous factors, including stress or a reduced uptake of iron.
Depending on which Exante plan you follow, you eat either Exante meal replacement products per day only or you will eat meal replacement products in addition to normal everyday foods from a recommended list.
If you’re on a low calorie week in line with your plan or when you’re re-introducing normal everyday food into your diet, aim for low carb, high-protein food choices and try some of our handy recipes.