Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ketosis Myths and Facts on the Low-Carbohydrate Diet

Dealing with Low-Carb Ketosis or Hypoglycemia Symptoms
clipped from www.biblelife.org
The body experiences a new condition when a person goes on the low-carbohydrate diet.
more commonly used glucose fuel is no longer available. The body reacts by dropping the pancreas' production of insulin and increasing the hormone glucagon. The glucagon draws stored fat reserves in the form of triglycerides for use by the cells as the new energy source. However, the cells are slow to react to this new fuel source, and the individual feels weakness or a lack of energy. The resistance to burn fatty acids for energy can vary greatly between individuals. Some people feel this weakness, but others pick right up and take off with the feeling of greater energy than before.
The body begins to utilize the fatty acids for energy more efficiently after a few weeks and the ketone level drops to normal. This does not mean one is not losing weight. It means the body is becoming a more efficient fat burner.
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