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Do Ketogenic Supplements Really Work? Here's The Scoop On Exogenous Ketones

December 13, 2017 by Lisa Fogarty
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It seems like everyone is talking about the ketogenic diet and how it can help you lose weight, keep weight off for good, reduce inflammation, and increase your energy levels and metabolism. It might sound too technical for its own good, but there’s really nothing simpler than the ketogenic diet — it more or less involves eating foods that are good sources of protein and fat and that have low amounts of carbohydrates.

By replacing carbs with protein and higher fats than you may think are necessary on any diet, what you’re actually doing is teaching your body to use stored fat for energy. A diet filled with carbs, which contain refined sugars, spurs your body’s insulin and glucose levels to spike. In turn, your body relies on that glucose and insulin for energy and doesn’t use fat. So, what happens to all of that fat that isn’t being used? You probably already guessed — it gets stored and is not properly burned off for weight loss and more efficient, long-lasting energy.

Conversely, a ketogenic diet forces your body into a state of ketosis, training it to survive with fewer carbs and releasing ketones from the breakdown of fats in the liver.

There are hundreds of nutritious and delicious keto diet recipes for weight loss, which include meals like salmon, egg muffins, and even chocolate and coconut bar desserts. But ketogenic supplements, which are also known as exogenous ketones, are incredibly popular, despite a lack of information on what you can — and shouldn’t — expect from them.

So, let’s break down keto supplements. Here are four facts to keep in mind before you start taking them.

1) Exogenous Ketones Aren’t Weight Loss Pills

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Ketogenic supplements aren’t going to provide a quick and easy weight loss solution designed to replace an actual keto diet. Instead, these supplements help the body achieve a state of ketosis in which it begins using fatty acids as energy instead of glucose and insulin. There is no guarantee that you will lose weight simply because you’ve started taking pills. Supplements can only enhance the results you’re getting from carefully following a keto diet plan and incorporating cardio and strength training into your lifestyle.

2) Supplements Could Help Ward Off Some Unpleasant Side Effects Of The Keto Diet

When your body enters ketosis and you’ve made that drastic switch from a carb-heavy or moderate diet to one that’s stripped of refined sugar, you may experience a few really unpleasant (short term) side effects. These can include bad breath, low energy, headaches, fatigue, and even bloating. Taking keto supplements may help reduce these symptoms and make your transition period more comfortable.

3) Combining Keto Supplements With A Non-Keto Diet May Not Work

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There’s little information out there about the effect you can expect from combining ketogenic supplements with a non-keto diet that includes carbohydrates. Since these pills help the body into a state of ketosis, combining that state with carbs could prove a waste of time.

4) Raspberry Ketones Are Not Keto Supplements

A few years ago raspberry ketone supplements had a major moment. This ingredient, which is sometimes used in fat loss supplement, is not a ketone.

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