- To enter ketosis you need to reduce your carbohydrate intake down to a minimum (generally below 50g a day – use the calculator for your specific macros) so your body uses fat for fuel. Four to five weeks into the diet, you’ll be past feeling the early effects of the diet and hopefully be settling into this new way of eating. If you’re sticking to the diet properly, not cheating too often , your body will actively be burning fat for energy. The average monthly weight loss on keto is about four to ten pounds .
As an FYI, the ketogenic diet has traditionally been a therapeutic diet used for decades to treat epilepsy, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The aim is to enable the body to go from burning glucose provided by carbs to burning ketones, produced by fat, for energy. The process, known as ketosis, can speed up metabolism, stave off hunger, increase muscle mass and improve blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. While each diet is different, the majority of these diets allow consumers to continue eating some kind of carbohydrates, which means that it never relies on stored fat as a way to get energy.