Updated: Apr 2, 2019
So we now know that in order to burn fat we must get into a state of ketosis. But how do we do that? Here’s how.
Step 1: Cut down on carb intake
This is the toughest one for most people for it is absolutely essential. This is what happens when you consume carbs. Your body converts the carbs into glucose, which then convert into glycogen. That glucose will be the energy source for your daily activities. Excess glucose that is not burned during the day will be stored as glycogen.
This is how people get fat; because they consume way too much carbs, way more than they require in a day. As long as there is glucose in your bloodstream, your body will continue to feed on them for energy. So in order to reach your fat stores, you’ll have to consume as little carbs as you can so that your body can deplete all the glucose and tap into your fats.
Step 2: Eat more fats
Once you cut down on your carb intake it’s time to eat more fats. Yes, you heard it! Consume more fats. It sounds crazy I know, but fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat. Of course, you can’t just go crazy and start chugging down cooking oil or swallowing 10kg of sio bak (roast pork) in a dinner session!
We want to consume the healthier fats as much as possible; monounsaturated fats, saturated fats and certain types of polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. I’ll touch on the types of fats to consume in another post. Increasing your fat intake will help you prime your body to get used to using fat as your main fuel source.
Step 3: Monitor your protein intake
You must be thinking, “KNN I already have to cut down on carbs and eat more fat, then now you ask me to jagah my protein also??? WTF sia???!!!” I totally understand your confusion. I was as confused as you when I first heard this. You see, most people think that eating protein is good, it is low and fat and carbs and it also helps to burn muscle. Though yes all this is true, too much protein can lead to a process of gluconeogenesis (GNG).
Let me explain. GNG is a process where your body creates glucose, or sugar, from no-sugar compounds in your body. Which means your body has the ability to create carbs without carbs being present. When your protein levels are too high, the body will take the excess protein and convert it to sugar because it’s easier for the body to use sugar then to have excess protein (zzz). Anyway, don’t worry too much about this at the moment. Focus on step 1 and 2 for now and you’ll be fine.
THAT’S ABOUT IT! OH AND DONT FORGET TO EAT PLENTY OF DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES!!!
And there you have it! It’s really that simple! Once the body stops going through all the glucose, it will be forced to burn fat and produce ketones. Once your body produces enough ketones that reach a certain limit, you will enter into a state of KETOSIS.
I know there are many people who are like, “…but I love my char kway teow and my nasi lemak! Then my prata how???” To tell the truth, consuming those stuff is not gonna help you burn fat, especially if you are already fat and you want to slim down. Sometimes the truth hurts and you might feel useless, depressed and want to give up. Well, don’t! As long as you believe that you can achieve something, you will eventually achieve it. So hang in there!
“It always seems impossible until it is done…”
- Nelson Mandela
Of course, all this is easier said than done and here comes the bad news. It does require some time for your body to get into a state of ketosis. Some may take days, other’s may take weeks. But there’s always the good news. There is a way to get into ketosis much faster, just a few hours of consuming it. It’s something that I’ve recently discovered and it’s called KETO//OS.