With using a ketogenic diet the main goal is for your body to be in the ketosis state. The ketogenic diet is a great way to lose weight, help with hormone balance, as well as improve mental clarity. Being on a ketogenic diet can help treat diseases or ease symptoms like diabetes and epilepsy.  However the most confusing and hardest part for many people is getting into ketosis and learning ways to make the process accelerate. With that being taken into consideration, this article will hopefully help you explain how you can get into your ketosis state a little faster, as well as be easy for you to understand so you can do this as quickly as possible.

Note: Keep in mind that ketosis is a process, and it takes time, so you can’t expect to just wake up in the morning one day after starting, then test yourself, and see results showing that you are in ketosis. Sometimes this process can take a matter of days, or even weeks (and for some people, like those without gallbladders, it can take even more than a few months to actually achieve a state of true ketosis).

When you are entering ketosis, the body changes from using its usual source of glucose to using ketones for fuel. These health benefits include:

  • Overall better health
  • Reduced risk of disease
  • Higher levels of energy
  • Lowered blood sugar
  • Reduced hunger and cravings
  • Healthy fat loss

When these benefits are experienced depends on how soon your body starts the process of ketosis. This depends on the person, their diet, and their needs. Below we talk about entering ketosis and what to expect.

The Length of Time It Takes To Enter Ketosis

Your body has been using glucose your entire life, and needs time to adapt properly to burning ketones. You won’t be going into ketosis within the next 24 hours after starting a ketogenic diet. The transition alone can take up to a week. It could take as little as two days even. It all depends on the level of activity a person has as well as their eating habits. Someone who has been cutting down or exercising more as they worked their way to starting the ketogenic diet may have faster results.

The length of time it takes for one’s body to enter into ketosis varies depending on levels of activity, lifestyle, body type, and carb intake. There are many ways that one can speed the process up though, like intermittent fasting, drastically decreasing carb intake, and supplementing.

Once your body is in ketosis you need to help make it stay there, as there is not promise the body will remain in ketosis. Eating a more carbs or small changes as you go along can cause the body to go back to using glucose as fuel. When you are not in ketosis you should follow the original method used to get you started in ketosis.

Getting to Ketosis Quickly

First, drastically cut those carbohydrates from your life, clean out your refrigerator as well as your pantry to keep them out of your lifestyle. This helps them from entering into your menus throughout the work week when you are more tempted at a quick meal. The carb limit per day is around 30grams for the keto diet. If you are athletic it could be closer to 100 grams a day.

When starting low carb diets such as the ketogenic diet many people find it easier to cut carbs slowly over time. However if you want to get to ketosis fast this process needs to
be drastic. Track your carb intake during the process of getting into ketosis. Don’t let hidden carbs sneak in.

Going on a low carb diet is easier than many think; even eating out while traveling has many low carb options. If a restaurant doesn’t seem to have a low carb option on the menu, you can always order your option from the menu and make it low carb. You can eat a sandwich; just order it without the carbs by eliminating breads.


First, drastically cut those carbohydrates from your life, clean out your refrigerator as well as your pantry to keep them out of your lifestyle. This helps them from entering into your menus throughout the work week when you are more tempted at a quick meal. The carb limit per day is around 30grams for the keto diet. If you are athletic it could be closer to 100 grams a day.

When starting low carb diets such as the ketogenic diet many people find it easier to cut carbs slowly over time. However if you want to get to ketosis fast this process needs to
be drastic. Track your carb intake during the process of getting into ketosis. Don’t let hidden carbs sneak in.

Going on a low carb diet is easier than many think; even eating out while traveling has many low carb options. If a restaurant doesn’t seem to have a low carb option on the menu, you can always order your option from the menu and make it low carb. You can eat a sandwich; just order it without the carbs by eliminating breads.

First, drastically cut those carbohydrates from your life, clean out your refrigerator as well as your pantry to keep them out of your lifestyle. This helps them from entering into your menus throughout the work week when you are more tempted at a quick meal. The carb limit per day is around 30grams for the keto diet. If you are athletic it could be closer to 100 grams a day.

When starting low carb diets such as the ketogenic diet many people find it easier to cut carbs slowly over time. However if you want to get to ketosis fast this process needs to
be drastic. Track your carb intake during the process of getting into ketosis. Don’t let hidden carbs sneak in.

Going on a low carb diet is easier than many think; even eating out while traveling has many low carb options. If a restaurant doesn’t seem to have a low carb option on the menu, you can always order your option from the menu and make it low carb. You can eat a sandwich; just order it without the carbs by eliminating breads.

Tip 2
Increasing high quality fats doesn’t have to be hard. Healthy fats are used in making any keto meal.  Make sure the intake of fat is 70-80% of total calories. This helps the body with the transition of glucose to fats as the primary source of fuel. If the goal is to lose weight the fats should be decreased so that the body uses stored fats rather than the dietary fats.

Healthy fats that help your body go into ketosis quickly include oils used to cook with such as coconut oils, extra virgin olive oil, MCT oil, avocado and macadamia nut oil. These oils can be used to cook foods rather than vegetable oils and grease.

Consuming healthy fats from foods will also help get to the state of ketosis. Some of these foods are fatty meats and egg yolks not whites, and butter. Fatty nuts and berries also help and can be a small snack throughout the day. Though these should be looked up to make sure they are the right ones before consuming.

Increasing high quality fats doesn’t have to be hard. Healthy fats are used in making any keto meal.  Make sure the intake of fat is 70-80% of total calories. This helps the body with the transition of glucose to fats as the primary source of fuel. If the goal is to lose weight the fats should be decreased so that the body uses stored fats rather than the dietary fats.

Healthy fats that help your body go into ketosis quickly include oils used to cook with such as coconut oils, extra virgin olive oil, MCT oil, avocado and macadamia nut oil. These oils can be used to cook foods rather than vegetable oils and grease.

Consuming healthy fats from foods will also help get to the state of ketosis. Some of these foods are fatty meats and egg yolks not whites, and butter. Fatty nuts and berries also help and can be a small snack throughout the day. Though these should be looked up to make sure they are the right ones before consuming.

Tip 3
Supplementing as mentioned previously will help with the process of ketosis. One supplement to use is exogenous ketones and most effective if made with beta hydroxybutyrate (BHB). Being that BHB is one of more abundant ketones found in the body and around 80% in blood it’s also a more efficient fuel source.
Taking exogenous ketones can get your body into ketosis sooner sometimes within a 24-48 hour span. Even when taking the supplement you still need to follow the diet plan of consuming low carbs, the supplement only decreases the time it takes for the body to go into a ketosis state.

Exogenous ketones are a huge help in ketosis but one could benefit more if they were doing intermittent fasting while using the supplement. This is also a way that can be used if you have achieved going into ketosis before and fell out. This being a quicker alternative than adjusting your ketogenic diet; then as you are fasting with the use of supplement you can go over tracking and recordings to see why you may have fallen out of ketosis.

Tip 4
Intermittent fasting is often used with the ketogenic diet. There are some side effects that go along side of fasting such as headaches, hunger pains, digestive sensitivities, and irritability. These side effects often only happen with the first fasting as your body is addicted to things it is no longer getting like sugars and caffeine.  Fasting poses many benefits for the body though such as getting over addictions to processed foods and their ingredients and sugars. Fasting can help with improved concentration; faster weight loss, and reduced blood sugar. When fasting for the ketogenic diet it can help get into the state of ketosis faster.


Our bodies are actually usually pretty used to fasting as it is a natural occurrence. You can slowly up the time of intermittent fasting if it is a thought that seems intimidating. Think of it this way, if you eat your first meal of the day around 7:30am and your last meal around 5:00pm your body fasts from 5:00pm until 7:30 am the next morning. This is a fourteen and a half hour fast, you can push your breakfast time up one hour and your dinner time one hour as well this will change the time to a 16 hour fast. This can be done to help the body prepare for a longer fasting.  When you are eating, while trying to prepare for a fast, make it low calorie around 1000 calories; with the majority coming from fat. You can increase times of fasting over the period of a week to help aid the process of ketosis.

Tip 5
Another supplement known as MCT oil or powder can be used alongside exogenous ketones to push you into ketosis faster. The product can boost blood ketone levels significantly because of the medium chain triglycerides that are quickly metabolized and used for energy. This is helpful due to the fact that most consumption is in the form of long chained fatty acids which take longer to break down. This can be used with exogenous ketones during fasting or anytime for that matter to help with faster break down.

Tip 6
Protein is essential to your diet and although you won’t have it consuming the majority of the calories it shouldn’t be cut away completely. Eating enough protein is crucial for feeling well while on a ketogenic diet. It benefits the system by giving nutrients you need to be healthy, helps with staying full longer as well as helping to keep muscle tones from breaking down.

When starting a ketogenic diet you can’t focus on fats alone or you set yourself up for failure. You may even feel negative side effects of the diet from lack of nutrients that proteins provide. You should consume.8 grams of protein for each lean body mass pound. High quality proteins will also provide healthy fats for consumption in calories.

Additional Information to Help with Ketosis and Keto Dieting

When you begin the ketogenic diet and your body goes into ketosis the first time you may experience symptoms mimicking the flu. These symptoms can be avoided by making sure you are staying well hydrated. Many people will lose water weight when first starting and urinate or have diarrhea so staying well hydrated will help with those side effects.

Being dehydrated can cause severe reactions such as headaches, stomach cramps constipation, fatigue and many other issues. You want to keep your water intake up in order to stay healthy and curve those side effects.  When you become dehydrated you also lose electrolytes quickly so make sure to replenish those as well. You can find many ways to add electrolytes to water to help both at the same time.

Getting enough sleep is important for daily body functions to work properly. Not getting enough sleep can cause issues with adrenals and blood sugar as well as headaches and fatigue. Getting at least seven hours of sleep a night is recommended. If you struggle to sleep at night try changing environmental issues such as noise and temperature. Adding a fan will help give a sense of white noise as well as make the temperature better for sleeping conditions.  If this still doesn’t help you may need to add more activity into your daily routine.

More Information on Foods

If you thought it was hard to bring in more keto foods to your home you may have more issues staying keto while traveling or keeping up with work and school routines. It may seem that when you have to stop for food that you are finding little to no options for the keto diet. This is where a few food tips will come in handy for the busy on the go person.

If you have time on the weekends meal prep is a good choice in helping stay keto throughout the week days when you are back and forth. Groups on social media can help with finding food prep ideas and costs. You can buy food prep bowls online that are perfect portion size. Cook your meals for the week and take them with you for your lunch and super at work or school. When it comes to snacking you can do the same, prepare snacks that are within your caloric needs and put in to separate portions for each snack that you may have.  Some keto friendly snacks include keto bars, keto friendly nuts and berries, low sugar beef jerky and keto nut butter.

On days when you have forgot your prepared foods or didn’t have time for prepping there are ways to make healthy swaps such as burgers without buns, salads with no dressing, taco bowls instead of tacos with shells, and unsweetened drinks.

The number one reason people are usually not in ketosis when they think they should be is usually because of excess carbs. There are hidden carbs in most things you buy at the store. This is why it is so important to do meal preps. When you meal prep you know every ingredient going into your food. You can decide what seasonings to use and measure adequately.  Most labels on processed foods give the bare minimum that they have to in order to sell their products. This is why all ingredients used when cooking should be fresh, whole, and natural. Avoid prepackaged and processed food products as often as possible including fast food. They get most of their items prepackaged as well which means hidden carbs and ingredients.

If you thought it was hard to bring in more keto foods to your home you may have more issues staying keto while traveling or keeping up with work and school routines. It may seem that when you have to stop for food that you are finding little to no options for the keto diet. This is where a few food tips will come in handy for the busy on the go person.

If you have time on the weekends meal prep is a good choice in helping stay keto throughout the week days when you are back and forth. Groups on social media can help with finding food prep ideas and costs. You can buy food prep bowls online that are perfect portion size. Cook your meals for the week and take them with you for your lunch and super at work or school. When it comes to snacking you can do the same, prepare snacks that are within your caloric needs and put in to separate portions for each snack that you may have.  Some keto friendly snacks include keto bars, keto friendly nuts and berries, low sugar beef jerky and keto nut butter.

On days when you have forgot your prepared foods or didn’t have time for prepping there are ways to make healthy swaps such as burgers without buns, salads with no dressing, taco bowls instead of tacos with shells, and unsweetened drinks.

The number one reason people are usually not in ketosis when they think they should be is usually because of excess carbs. There are hidden carbs in most things you buy at the store. This is why it is so important to do meal preps. When you meal prep you know every ingredient going into your food. You can decide what seasonings to use and measure adequately.  Most labels on processed foods give the bare minimum that they have to in order to sell their products. This is why all ingredients used when cooking should be fresh, whole, and natural. Avoid prepackaged and processed food products as often as possible including fast food. They get most of their items prepackaged as well which means hidden carbs and ingredients.

Testing

When you feel you have gone into ketosis it is time to test your levels. Testing for ketosis is rather simple and easy to do. There are urine strip test that can be bought at most drug stores and they change color to darker shades depending on the levels of ketones.

Another test is a blood test much like the diabetic blood sugar testing you can find meters to test for ketone levels. These tests don’t usually come cheap, but are some of the best test for accuracy and true level readings.

The last test is a breath test which can also be used repeatedly. It is cheaper than the blood test and more effective than the urine test but it is not the most accurate in comparison.

When you test no matter the way you will find out if you are in ketosis, if you use the urine test to determine ketosis you should probably use it more often. You want a darker color and for it to remain dark. This is the most effective way of using the urine testing to ensure ketosis stays.

If you use the blood test you will get an accurate true reading of levels which will help with determining the level of activity needed to stay in ketosis and help with weight loss.
Once you are in ketosis it is important to get true readings so that you can maximize weight loss. Readings of ketones will let you know the level of activity or exercise you should or can be doing so that you can see the best results.

Tracking and Recording

Also record and track your progress whether good or bad for ketogenic dieting. These recordings will help later with adjusting or finding out why plateaus are happening and why ketosis may have been kicked.  When you record everything the good and bad, you will find you have all the answers to questions you are fighting with as you get further into the ketogenic lifestyle. These recording can also help others struggling and allow you to find a solution that helps a fellow keto dieter.   Ketosis Speed Conclusion
When trying to get into the state of ketosis a lot of factors need to be considered. Each person’s body is different and each person has different needs. The time that it could take in order to get to the state of ketosis varies greatly on what is done to achieve ketosis.  A person needs to assure they are following the ketogenic method with their body. Following the ketogenic method includes knowing caloric information. Being low carb is only one part of the calorie intake a person must also know the amount of proteins they should be consuming as well as accurate macro information. All of this uses a special formula that changes per person. If a person is meeting the correct needs of their diet and still having trouble getting to the state of ketosis they should follow the six steps in order to make the process faster. Those six steps include cutting carbs drastically, increasing high quality fats, supplementing, fasting, and protein intake.

When a keto dieter has done all of these and still has not seen ketosis or has seen ketosis but ran into flu like symptoms it is time to ensure you are staying healthy. To stay healthy is to make sure you are meeting other dietary needs such as water intake to stay hydrated, activity levels to ensure you are properly burning energy, and sleeping patterns to ensure your brain is resting adequately.

When all of these have been taken care of the body should enter into ketosis and when it does a person should test regularly to ensure they remain in the state of ketosis. When following a ketogenic diet testing is essential to the needs as it allows for proper tracking and recording as well as knowing the adequate activity rate one should have. There is so much that goes into keeping a body in the state of ketosis that tracking and recording can help with.

When tracking and recording from the very first day of starting the ketogenic lifestyle a person becomes more aware of what they are doing. They also become more of an expert by learning what has and has not worked for them to get to ketosis. A person will be able to go back and look at recordings to help with plateaus as well as getting back into a state of ketosis when they fall out.  Tracking and recordings will help with not only oneself but others they may know who struggle when starting out. Recording can help when going to your primary care physician as well so they can see what you are doing to your body and help you with anything that may be going on. The information recorded is used in so many ways that benefit your health as well as the ketogenic diet.

These health practices are beneficial in so many ways to the ketogenic diet but can also be used without following a diet. These tips and practices can help a person become healthier even before starting a ketogenic diet or can help a person when trying to prepare their bodies for life style changes.

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