What is Ketosis?

what is ketosis

After having my third baby, I knew something had to change with the way I was tackling my weight loss.  I had spent years prepping food, eating six small meals a day, and working out for hours at a time.  This was feasible with one child, a little more difficult with two children, and damn near impossible with three kids.  As someone who takes pride in being informed with everything that’s going on in the health and fitness industry, I got to work on finding a way to lose the weight quickly, without all the time commitment.  That’s when I found ketosis.

What is Ketosis and how can it Help you Lose Weight?

What is Ketosis?

I’m going to keep this simple for you, because if you’ve done any research on ketosis already, you probably know it can be so confusing.  Ketosis is a metabolic state of having ketones in the blood.  So, what are ketones?  Ketones are a byproduct of your body breaking down already stored fat and using it as energy.  Typically, your body is using sugar (carbohydrates) as fuel.  When you’re in ketosis, your body is deprived of those sugars and starts to use your already stored fat (belly pooch anyone) as fuel.  When ketones are in your blood, it means that your body is successfully using your fat to create energy. Yay!  If you’re still confused, I don’t blame you.  Here is a short video that does a great job explaining.

KETO-OS Explained

Benefits of Ketosis

Besides the obvious benefit of burning stored fat, having ketones in your system has several other great advantages.  They give you more energy, better focus, and have even been proven to help treat epilepsy and cancer.

How do I get into Ketosis?

Now that we know what ketosis is, how the heck do we get our bodies to work this magic?  There are two different ways to get into ketosis.  Let’s start with the ketogenic diet.  The ketogenic diet is high fat, moderate protein, and low carb.  Your diet should be made up of 70%-80% fat, 20%-25% protein, and 5%-10% carbs.  Increasing fat and restricting your body of carbs will cause your body to start to use your already stored fat as energy.  Now, when I say fats, I’m not talking about fatty foods, I’m talking about high quality healthy fats like olive oil, macadamia, flaxseed, and avocados.  How much and what kinds of food really depends on the person.  You’ll need to calculate your macros, create a meal plan, and stick to it if you want to see results.

The idea of using my body’s stored fat as fuel sounded like the answer to my post-baby problems, so I gave the ketogenic diet a run.  After a week on the new diet, I quickly realized it was not for me. I have a lot of willpower when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy, but even I couldn’t handle a diet with 5% carbs.  That’s when I discovered exogenous ketones.

What are Exogenous Ketones?

Exogenous ketones are the second way to put your body into ketosis.  If you want to get into ketosis quickly, think the ketogenic diet is too restrictive, or want to avoid the keto flu, then exogenous ketones are for you.

After discovering exogenous ketones and having amazing results, I created the Fast Track to Fat Loss, a one of a kind weight loss program that simplifies nutrition and helps women tackle stubborn problem areas once and for all.  Women who join the Fast Track to Fat Loss get a complete guide to utilizing exogenous ketones, 10 days worth of ketones, and one on one support, answers, and advice from me.

what is ketosis

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When it comes to losing weight, you don’t have to over complicate it.  There are simple things you can do every day that don’t involve crazy workouts or insane diets.  With a few tweaks to your lifestyle, you can easily start losing weight.  Here are eight lazy girl ways to lose weight.

If you’re ready to kick your weight loss up a notch, don’t forget to join my FREE Facebook group,  a judgement free zone for women to come for motivation and support on their weight loss journey.  With weight loss challenges, simple tips, and tons of support, you don’t want to miss out!

Lazy Girl Ways to Lose Weight

Count Calories

If you’re just starting out on your weight loss journey and you don’t want to jump into a crazy diet, start simple by downloading My Fitness Pal and tracking your calories.  It’s a great way to get a realistic idea of how many calories you’re actually eating in a day (my guess is that you’ll be surprised).  I don’t recommend counting calories in the long run, but it’s an excellent way to get started and hold yourself accountable.

Plan You Meals with Skinny Taste

Skinnytaste.com has a free 7 day meal planner that includes recipes and even gives you a grocery list. This is the perfect way to get your eating on track the lazy girl way.

Order your Groceries Online

One of my favorite tips is to order your groceries online and pick them up at curbside.  It doesn’t get any lazier than that.  You don’t even need to walk around the grocery store!  Although you’re missing out on burning extra calories walking up and down grocery aisles, you’re actually setting yourself up for weight loss success.  By ordering your groceries online, you have more control over what goes in your cart.  Order the healthy foods that you know are the right choice and skip over all the impulse purchases of potato chips and candy bars.

Don’t Drink your Calories

This lazy girl tip is huge!  Put down the soda, the energy drinks, and sugary juices.  So many drinks are packed with calories.  Try drinking La Croix or adding a calorie free flavoring to your water.

Drink a Glass of Room Temperature Water

Drinking a glass of room temperature water first thing in the morning can have huge weight loss benefits.  It re-hydrates your body, reduces inflammation, and puts your body on track for fat loss.  In fact, I created a 30 day challenge around this simple tip.  Check out the challenge and the other benefits here!

Ditch the Gum and Mints

Did you know that chewing gum and mints causes you to swallow excess air which leads to bloating.  In addition, many types of gums and mints are sugar free which only causes your body to want to eat.  Ditch the gum and mints and you’ll be on your way to a tinier tummy in no time.

Burn NEAT calories

NEAT stands for non exercise activity thermogenesis, which is any movement that isn’t intended as exercise.  That’s right, focus on burning calories without exercising.  What does this look like?

  • Parking at the end of the parking lot
  • Taking the stairs
  • Getting up and moving during TV commericials
  • Pace while you talk on the phone
  • Take the long way to the bathroom at work
  • Clean
  • Cook

Don’t Over Complicate

If you’re just starting out on your weight loss journey, don’t over complicate things.  The more you restrict yourself, make rules, and limit yourself, the more likely you are to give up and go back to your normal ways.  Start slow, be kind to yourself, and implement simple strategies that will put your body on the right track.

If you’re ready to take your weight loss to the next level, I am now accepting registrations for the next round of Faster Way to Fat Loss, an online weight loss program that teaches you cutting edge strategies for dropping pounds, increasing energy, and improving your life.

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The Room Temperature Water Challenge

It is my goal in life to help women radiate wellness and simplify nutrition.  After years of eating every two hours and spending hours a day doing cardio and lifting weights, I realized that my way of doing things wasn’t feasible for most women.  After having three kids and saying hello to my thirties, I’ve decided to change things up and find ways to make nutrition and weight loss easier for the everyday woman.  I love coming up with simple challenges for my clients and helping them realize what a big impact small changes can make in their overall health.  This week, I challenged all the women in my free Facebook group to the room temperature water challenge.  You won’t believe how this simple tip can get you on the right track to losing weight.

This Simple Tip can Help you Lose Weight

What’s the Room Temperature Water Challenge?

I challenged all my clients to drink a 16 – 24 ounce glass of room temperature water, first thing in the morning.  That’s right.  Before coffee, before breakfast, before brushing your teeth, start off your day with a glass of room temperature water.

Why does the Water Need to be Room Temperature?

When water is at room temperature, it helps your body absorb the water and rehydrate you.  When you first wake up, you’re dehydrated and your body is depleted.  You’ll be amazed at what one glass of room temperature water can do for you.

What are the Benefits to Starting your Day with a Glass of Room Temperature Water?

Starting your day with a glass of water helps to re-hydrate you, reduces inflammation, and puts your body on track for fat loss.  Drinking a glass of water in the morning can help kick start your metabolism, eliminate toxins, and improves the function of your digestive system.

Bonus Tip: I always add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to my water each morning.  Pink Himalayan salt is made up of over 84 trace minerals.  Adding a pinch to your water every morning helps detoxify your body and gives you a caffeine free boost of energy.  It’s also great for your hair, skin, and nails!

If you decide to take this challenge, I want you to start a small journal.  Write down how you feel starting your day in a way that you know is healthy for your body.  In the evening, write down other healthier choices you made throughout the day.  I promise that you will start to make better overall choices when you start the day on the right foot.

If you haven’t joined my free Facebook group yet, please do!  I’m always doing weekly challenges (like this one), posting videos with tips and tricks for simplifying nutrition, and sharing everything I do to help my clients (and myself) radiate wellness!  If you join, please introduce yourself.  I’d love to see you there.

If you’re ready to take your weight loss to the next level, I am now accepting registrations for the next round of Faster Way to Fat Loss, an online weight loss program that teaches you cutting edge strategies for dropping pounds, increasing energy, and improving your life.

Spots are filling quickly!  Register today.