What is a Ketosis or Ketogenic Diet?

HCG – Target Your Ketosis or Ketogenic Diet


Ketosis Pyramid


First let’s define ketosis. Ketosis is a state that exists when your body is deprived of carbohydrates and must resort to its fat stores for energy. Of the foods we eat, carbs are most easily converted into energy. Complex carbohydrates, mostly starches, are broken down to simpler carbohydrates and then converted to ATP in the citric acid cycle. ATP is the energy exchange used in every cellular process in the human body. If we eat excessive calories from carbs, our body stores them away in our fat cells. If we deprive ourselves of carbs, we tap into our fat stores for energy. Think of our fat stores as a bank account. If we’re depositing more money than we’re spending, or eating more calories than we’re burning off, our bank account gets bigger… like our bellies. If we spend more than we deposit, as in the state of ketosis, our bank account gets smaller… resulting in weight loss. Make sense?

A ketone is an energy source derived from fat and ketosis is then the state in which this takes place. So why is ketosis such a trendy word in dieting? The first and probably most popular ketosis diet is the Atkins diet. It gained popularity in the mid 90s, but has since lost steam because of it’s in-sustainability. Other ketosis diets you may have heard of, or even tried, are the South Beach Diet, Dukan Diet, 5/1 protein shake diet and many others. All of these diets are variations of a low carb diet. When you eliminate carbs, your body must tap into fat stores for energy, thus resulting in ketosis and weight loss.

The HCG diet is a ketosis diet with the addition of the HCG hormone. The HCG diet consists of adequate protein, low fats and low carbs combined with the HCG hormone supplement. The HCG expedites and targets ketosis by “unlocking” our abnormal fat stores. To learn more about the physiology of the HCG diet, view my blog, The Pregnancy Hormone Diet; A.K.A. The HCG Diet.

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Dr. Zach LaBoube – HCG Doc, Los Angeles


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