What is Keto Adapted?

Many of you may be asking what the difference is between ketosis and being keto adapted. The answer the simple answer is time. Ketosis means your body is breaking down fats to the point that there are ketones in your blood and often your urine. Typically you get to this point by limiting your carbohydrate intake or by fasting.

After a individual lengths of time varying from two weeks to a month (roughly), one starts to become keto adapted. This means your body has adjusted to using fats as the primary source of energy and is funcitoning well with very little glucose. After a certain period of time, your body builds up more fat converting enzymes, thus making the process easier and your cells can convert the fat to energy faster. Once this has taken place, fats and ketones are the preferred fuel by the body. The liver and muscles store less glycogen, and less water is carried in the cells.

An easy way to tell if you are keto adapted is to try an activity that you can normal do without difficulty, such as climbing a flight of stairs, jogging a block, lifting weights for 15 minutes, ect… usually when you are NOT keto adapted, these tasks can become tiring and difficult. You may feel out of breath, dizzy, and have a higher than normal pulse rate. This is because your body is struggling to convert fat to energy quick enough to supply for the activity you are performing.

Tired after working out

There are some supplements that some feel help the body get keto adapted faster. These are  L-carnitine and CoQ10. L- Carnitine  {affiliate link} is an amino acid that helps breakdown fatty acids  by putting them into the mitochondria in our cells. The mitochondria is where the fat burning and oxidation occurs. CoQ10 {affiliate link} helps to build more mitochondria within the cells, therefore making the fat burning more efficient .

Once you are keto adapted, increasing carbohydrates would give the opposite effect. First  one would experience more water retention. This is why after a cheat day or meal you may see a few pounds “gained overnight”. Your insulin will also rise to convert the carbohydrates to energy for quick consumption. Once it is deplete, ketosis resumes. This process is generally faster when keto adapted vs just starting ketosis.

Some people have concerns about adding carbohydrates for workouts. After all we are often trained to think we need trail mix and energy bars on workout days. A successfully keto adapted individual generally does not need anything but water for fuel for a workout, be it cardio or weight training. Endurance can still be built and muscle building can be done while keto adapted. If the workout exceeds 2 hours, some experts suggest a small boost (10-20 carbohydrates) the day of. Others have done well without this. If you feel you MUST have a pre or post workout supplement, a great option is a low carb protein shake.

I use Body Fortress 100% Protein Isolate {affiliate link} Which has 2g carbohydrates and 30g protein per scoop. It also has other great nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

Have you experienced “keto adaption”? Share your story below!

~HealthyGirl

 

 

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