Learn about this key factor in the keto diet.

How Long Does It Take to Reach Ketosis?

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Ketosis 101

First things first: Ketosis is a chemical reaction in your body that helps it burn more fat. It’s the core mechanism driving the popular keto diet.

How to Achieve Ketosis

By seriously limiting carbohydrates in your diet, you force your body to find other energy sources like ketones—chemicals produced from metabolized fat in your liver.

Ketosis Happens Quickly

It usually takes between two and four days for your body to reach ketosis, but that’s assuming you follow a super-low carb plan. The minute carbs go up, ketosis stops.

Benefit of Ketosis

Some studies suggest your metabolism increases and you burn slightly more calories in ketosis—anywhere from 50 to 200 extra calories a day.

Additional Ketosis Perks

People with type 2 diabetes, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease may also see improvements in their condition due to ketosis and the keto diet.

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