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How Long Does It Take to Get Into Ketosis?

How Long Does It Take to Get Into Ketosis?

Divine results happen when your body enters ketosis: more energy, more mental clarity, and a greater connection to the health your body was designed to feel.

A common ketosis question we get from those starting keto is how long does it take to get into ketosis, and what signs of ketosis can I expect?

To answer that question, let’s start with what ketosis is and why it’s the center of a healthy ketogenic diet.

What a State of Ketosis Means

On a standard diet, your body breaks down food into glucose for energy.

But when you eat a ketogenic diet very low in carbs (less than 20 grams per day) and high in fats, you force it to break down fat into an alternative fuel source: ketones. This process is called ketosis.

The benefits of ketones include decreased inflammation, improved focus, enhanced metabolism, boosted energy, and more. It’s an amazing state to be in and what we refer to as the Keto Zone.

Getting Into Ketosis: How Long It Takes and Common Symptoms

So now, the big question: how long does it take to get into ketosis?

The answer can vary depending on each person, but on average, it takes between 2-5 days to enter a state of ketosis. But the stricter you are with the diet, the more quickly you can expect to enter ketosis.

To identify ketosis in your own body, watch closely for changes during the first few days.

Signs of Ketosis: Keto Flu, Keto Breath and Ketone Testing

In the first stages of ketosis, your body produces more ketones than it can use. These excess ketones exit the body through breath, sweat, and urine.

Keto breath is a fruity smell on the breath caused by the ketone acetone. It’s an initial, temporary sign of ketosis.

You can also test your ketone levels with:

  • Urine strips
  • A breath meter
  • A blood test

Urine strips measure the ketones excreted in your urine. They’re the only affordable and easy measuring option but are best for the beginning stages of ketosis.

When your body has become keto-adapted—in other words, a pro at burning ketones—it will begin using all your ketones, so they won’t spill over and show in your urine or breath anymore.

At this point, you can be in ketosis even if your urine strips show a “false negative.” (Plus, if you’re taking exogenous ketones or fat supplements like MCT oil powder that increase ketones in your body, those can show a “false positive” on urine strips).

This is why the easiest and cheapest way to monitor ketosis long-term is by how you feel.

From Keto Flu to Ketosis

As your body is entering ketosis, some it’s common to experience a short, temporary “keto flu.” The keto flu mimics flu symptoms and can happen as your body switches from burning glucose to burning fat.

Keto flu symptoms include:

  • Sugar cravings
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Brain fog
  • Irritability
  • Difficult with sleep
  • Dizziness

Thankfully, you can take exogenous ketones to bypass the keto flu period. Instant Ketones can put you into the Keto Zone within an hour and avoid these common transitional symptoms of entering ketosis.

And once you’re entered the sweet spot of ketosis, you’ll begin to feel it: boosted energy, increased mental clarity, diminished cravings, balanced blood sugar, and enhanced fat loss, just to name a few benefits.

So to sum up, in most cases you’ll enter ketosis within 2-5 days of following a strict keto diet.

Also, if you’ve been testing as in ketosis constantly for weeks, you’re getting results (such as losing weight and feeling good), and you’re following the Keto Zone guidelines closely, you probably don’t need to worry about testing frequently.

Simply continue what you’re doing and enjoy this blessed state of health and healing!

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  1. I’m a beginner with the keto zone regimen. I have a lot of weight to lose, and am also using this path to reverse diabetes, and associated health issues. Given that it may take me a year to lose the first 100 pounds (I will be losing about 160 pounds to get back to my ideal weight), should I stay on the keto zone diet in a strict way until that goal is met? Or is it better to have a week of less strict keto zone eating say every 3 or 4 months? Or, since my birthday is in June, while I’m not planning to binge on birthday cake and sweets, I’d like to have maybe one of the scones from Trader Joes that I love or maybe sweet potato fries for my birthday meal. Can someone speak to this for me?
    Also, I should be receiving my keto zone support supplements soon that I bought from you all, and look forward to using them. Mostly I’m looking forward to using these supplements because I’m having trouble getting the amt of fat I need w/o eating the wrong things like sweet potato fries. It is not hard to get the right amount and kinds of protein. Everything else though, that I use to boost the amt of fat also boosts carbs, even organic raw almond butter or peanut butter, and then I’m not in the correct proportions to cause ketosis. Suggestions?

  2. I have only been in the moderate color a few times on the the keto urine strips and sometimes the color that says no trace or small for 2 wks now and would like to know how to get to the darkest purple on the color chart of the test strip..im not cheating and ive been taking in a little over 100 fat grams and 10 carbs im carb resistant. I dont have a gall bladder either and am still dealing with the runs on and off i do take enzymes.. I sure could use some help!! as of today i have lost 7 lbs in 2wks..thanks Mary

  3. Dr. Colbert,

    We’ve been watching the Jim Bakker Show with you and Mary on. We had previously purchased the three book offer Jim has that promotes your keto diet. We have read the books, but don’t fully understand the full purpose and benefits of the four jars that are being promoted. We can get some understanding, but when there are two, three and sometimes four people talking at once during the show we just don’t understand the information. Can you explain via email the benefits and uses of each of the four keto zone products?

    Thank you,
    Stuart Coombs


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