One of the best things about ketosis is that there is more than one way to enter it. Every person has a unique body with an even more unique lifestyle, so what works for one person may not work for another.
The three most common and effective ways to enter ketosis are fasting, intermittent fasting or consuming a ketogenic diet. Of course, a lifestyle that utilizes each of these methods and more may produce greater, more sustainable results.
Fasting and Intermittent Fasting:
Fasting is the practice of refraining from food and beverage consumption for a set period of time. This may be anywhere from 16 hours (intermittent fasting), days at a time (extended fasting), or alternate-day fasting. When the body has a smaller window to consume food, it triggers a metabolic switch from glucose-based to ketone-based energy, which encourages the body to burn unnecessary fat stores.
The keto diet is high in fat, adequate in protein, and low in carbs. This diet limits the body’s access to glucose, forcing it to produce ketones and use that for fuel instead. You generally need to eat fewer than 50 grams of carbs per day to activate ketosis. However, this number is different for everyone, which is why tracking your ketone levels throughout the day is essential.