Ketones are produced naturally in the liver by the breakdown of fatty acids (fatty acids are the building blocks of the fat in our bodies and in the food we eat). They provide easy-to-use energy to the brain and muscles when carbs are not available.
By limiting carbohydrate intake, we can mimic some of the metabolic effects of fasting, leading to increased production of Ketones.
By replacing your breakfast with KatyKeto, you have already extended your nightly fast, prompting your body to create more Ketones. Once you have been fasting for 12 hours, up to 60% more of your energy comes from burning fat than before you began fasting. This is because Intermittent Fasting over 12 hours puts you in a state called Ketosis. Ketosis being when your body starts using Ketones instead of carbs for energy.
Research shows that Ketones offer advantages over glucose (the form of energy produced when using carbs as fuel). Ketones are more energy efficient than glucose and are better energy sources for tissues with high metabolic rates like the brain and muscles.
Even more important, they’ve been linked to increased longevity and improved metabolism. In the brain, Ketones trigger the release of an important molecule which builds and strengthens neurons in areas of the brain responsible for learning and memory. Which could explain why a boost in Ketone production has been shown to improve memory in people with early signs of dementia in as soon as 6 weeks.
But most people aren’t familiar with the fact that both Intermittent Fasting and a Ketogenic diet both boost your body’s natural Ketone production. Ketogenic diets (which we will support you in implementing next box) can increase Ketones 4-fold whereas fasting has been shown to increase Ketones by up to 20-fold (but that 20 fold number typically doesn’t happen until you’ve fast for over 20 hours).
Yet when you eat three meals a day with snacks in between, it’s nearly impossible to reach Ketosis, and therefore produce enough Ketones to benefit from them.