If you’re familiar with the keto diet, you’ve likely heard something about being keto adapted too. Here are the facts about keto adaptation, why it’s great, and how to know when you are keto adapted.
Keto adaptation happens when the body switches from burning glucose for energy to using fat for energy.
When you eat a standard diet, your body will turn to carbohydrates first for fuel. But on a proper ketogenic diet—where carbs are severely limited—your body will start to use fat as its energy source. This is known as ketosis.
Over time, your body will learn to primarily use and prefer fat for fuel. This is being keto adapted.
While ketosis and keto adaptation often go hand-in-hand, they’re not the same thing.
You can get into ketosis within a couple days (or even sooner with the help of Instant Ketones!) and is the induction phase of the ketogenic diet.
But full keto adaptation takes about 1-2 months (sometimes less) of making ketones and eating a very-low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet.
Being keto adapted also means you’re able to eat carbs occasionally—such as for a special occasion or on vacation—without having to “reset” back to the transitional phase into ketosis all over again.
So while you can be in ketosis but not keto adapted yet, you do have to be in a state of ketosis for a long enough time to become keto adapted.
There are some keys signs to help you know whether you’re keto adapted or not.
These are the same signs you’re in the Keto Zone!
Wanting to get keto adapted now? Here’s the bad news and the good news:
Use these tips to increase your chances of getting keto adapted:
If you’re not yet keto adapted, don’t get discouraged. Stick with it, make sure you’re adhering to the Keto Zone diet plan, and you’ll get there in time!