The very first thing that has to be said is that taking exogenous ketones is not going to magically result in weight loss. Before you throw your hands up in the air and go off to look elsewhere for the magic potion, read on and you will learn just exactly how exogenous ketones CAN be the catalyst for finally achieving the body you’ve always wanted.
So what are exogenous ketones anyway? Exogenous ketones are simply ketones that you ingest, as opposed to endogenous ketones, which are ketones that your liver creates when your body is fasting/deprived of glucose to burn as fuel. When your blood contains a certain number of ketone bodies you are considered to be “in ketosis”.
Getting your body to a state of creating its own ketones – and therefore into ketosis – can be extremely difficult, which is why being able to ingest ketones is such a revelation to the health and wellness industry. It means you can put your body into a state of ketosis very quickly, without having to adhere to a strict ketogenic diet.
The benefits of being in ketosis, and having your body running on ketones rather than glucose, are well-researched and reported on. From starving cancer cells to improving brain function the research is mounting up. In essence, a body in ketosis is a body burning fat for fuel instead of glucose for fuel. Fat is a cleaner fuel source than glucose that provides longer-lasting energy, better mental clarity and a myriad of other benefits.
When it comes weight loss, taking exogenous ketones to get into that state of ketosis assists in a number of ways. Appetite suppression and reduction of sugar cravings are just two effects widely reported on. The ability to work out harder – which essentially means you can burn more calories – is another important and useful support for your weight loss goals. Not to mention that when your body is burning fat for fuel instead of burning glucose for fuel it is – well, it is burning fat and at the same time preserving lean muscle, which is gold in the weight loss industry. Losing weight using a program involving ketosis is going to ensure that your weight loss is due to fat loss, not fat AND muscle loss.
If you are taking exogenous ketones and NOT losing weight/fat, then my number one tip is to look at your diet. In exogenous ketones we have an amazing tool that can put us into ketosis very quickly but it is being in the state of ketosis – not the exogenous ketones themselves – that brings the benefits. It makes sense then that the longer we can stay in that state of ketosis the better the benefits are going to be, and not just in terms of fat loss, but for our overall health and wellbeing. Supporting the taking of exogenous ketones by eating a low-carb, healthy fat diet as much as possible is therefore going to be beneficial. Because we have the exogenous ketones to kick us back into ketosis we don’t have to be as strict with our eating as we otherwise would, but the more you can adhere to the general principals of a ketogenic diet the better.
My second tip is to actively monitor your calorie and carbohydrate intake and not just guess. Do you know how many calories and carbohydrates you are consuming on a daily basis? Monitoring your calorie and carbohydrate intake even for just a few days can be very revealing and often highlights the “sneaky” calories and carbs that can derail your weight/fat loss efforts very easily. Knowledge is power! Sometimes this knowledge is all you need to make the few changes necessary to get your body into weight/fat loss mode.
Using exogenous ketones as a tool to assist in your weight loss program can make a vast difference to the result of your efforts. In combination, exogenous ketones along with a supportive diet and sensible exercise program could have you achieving the results you have always strived for!
DISCLAIMER: The information contained here is for general information purposes only. I am not a medical professional and this should not be considered medical advice. Always seek the appropriate advice for your own situation.