You’ve probably already heard about the power of ketosis. You know you can force your body to burn fat quickly by reaching it. Now the only question is: how long does it take to get into ketosis?
Experts say it usually takes 2 to 4 days to reach ketosis.
Not bad. But if you’re impatient like me, you might be wondering if you can get into ketosis even faster.
It’s not easy to go from eating all the carbs you want to entering ketosis in a 24-hour period. For most people that might not be possible. I’ll explain why.
Still, there may be ways you can reduce the amount of time it takes to get into ketosis. I’m going to tell you what they are. If you follow them then you might have a chance at getting into ketosis in 24 hours or less.
Why It Takes Time To Enter Ketosis
Ketosis is the state in which your body has used up its glycogen stores and begins burning fat for fuel. It happens because you stop consuming extra carbohydrates, which is your body’s first choice for fuel.
When you’re not taking in carbs (less than 50 grams a day is the typical standard), your body dips into its “reserve” of carbs: your glycogen stores. After that, you start to use fat cells to meet your fuel needs. That is ketosis.
The reason it takes 2-4 days to reach ketosis is because it usually takes that much time for your body to burn through your glycogen.
So can you shortcut this process? And if so, how?
How To Get Into Ketosis In 24 Hours
Based on my research there are four things that need to happen if you want to have a chance of getting into ketosis in 24 hours.
Drastically Cut Carbs
Obviously, you must cut out carbs! Eat way less than the recommended 50 gram maximum. That doesn’t mean starve yourself. You still have to eat. But it must be in the proper keto ratio: 70% fat, 20% protein, 10% carbs. In fact, you might need to skew it even more toward extra fat.
Get At Least 70% Of Your Calories From Fat
Getting 70% of your calories from fat is harder than it might sound, as noted in this article from Healthline. Especially if you’re used to eating the standard western diet that includes tons of carbs and only a modest amount of fat.
Start loading up on high quality saturated fats when you eat. If it seems like too much of your diet is from fat, you are probably on the right track.
Go On a Mini Fast
Don’t starve yourself – that will be counterproductive. But if you can manage to go 12 hours or so without eating, you may help push your body closer to a state of ketosis. Especially if combined with…
Our goal is to burn through our glycogen fuel reserves as quickly as possible. You’ll get the most bang for your buck with high-intensity exercise.
If All Else Fails… Be Patient
Your goal with a keto diet should be to achieve long-lasting health and physical vitality. If you do everything I recommend perfectly but it still takes you an extra day or two to reach ketosis… don’t sweat it!
It’s not your fault. Getting into ketosis in 24 hours or less is hard. We have glycogen stores that don’t go away that quickly. All you can do is your best. And if you do your best, you will be rewarded in a major way in the long run.