During our first two weeks of starting the Ketogenic Diet we needed to check that our bodies were releasing Ketones and that we were in fact in Ketosis. If your body is not releasing the right amount of Ketones then you will not be maximizing the Fat Burning effects of Ketosis. There is only ONE way to confirm if you are in Ketosis.
If there is not enough glucose available to meet energy demands, the body will adopt an alternative strategy in order to meet those needs. Specifically, the body begins to break down fat stores to provide glucose from triglycerides.
Ketones are a by-product of this process.
Ketones are acids that build up in the blood and are eliminated in urine. In small amounts, they serve to indicate that the body is breaking down fat, but high levels of ketones can poison the body, leading to a process called ketoacidosis.
Ketosis describes the metabolic state whereby the body converts fat stores into energy, releasing ketones in the process.