When your fat is used up metabolically, it breaks down into glycerol and free fatty acids, which in turn break down into pairings of two carbon compounds called âœketone bodies,â leaving a newer fatty acid, shorter in chain length by the two carbon fragment that entered the metabolic pool to be used as fuel. Apparently this is the only metabolic pathway for fat breakdown (lipolysis).
Therefore, there is no lipolysis without ketosis, no ketosis without lipolysis. The two terms are biologically linked, and therefore, it is appropriate that they be linguistically linked.
How does the process actually work? Are there any drawbacks? There are plenty of laypeople and even physicians who think there must be. Burning one’s fat off sounds like a faddish trick. These folks give a skeptical shrug and say, âœI’m sure people lose some weight on your diet, Dr. Atkins, but don’t they gain it right back again?â
The interesting thing is, not many do. The Atkins weight maintenance diet, though more indulgent, is quite similar to the Atkins weight loss diet, and weight regain is not very common.
As for the weight loss portion, that is simple and overwhelmingly effective. I don’t see any reason why I should understate the facts. Ketosis is one of life’s charmed gifts. It’s as delightful as sex and sunshine, and it has fewer drawbacks than either of them. Many low carbohydrate diets have been proposed over the years. They work with some degree of effectiveness for some people. However, many of them do not bring carbohydrates down to a level generally less than forty grams a day that will permit BDK.