Keto may also improve HDL cholesterol levels, often referred to as “good” cholesterol, better than diets that allow moderate carbohydrate consumption. The loss of extra weight and addition of healthier foods is also a driving force behind improved health. A ketogenic diet can work wonders for people who are overweight, diabetic and prediabetic or just looking to improve their metabolism. It may not be as suitable for elite athletes or bodybuilders looking to add significant muscle mass.
Although the quickest way to increase the activity of ketogenesis and become keto-adapted is by fasting and doing intense exercise, this isn’t the healthiest way to maintain ketosis for longer periods of time. To reap all the benefits of keto-adaptation without impairing your health and physical function, it is best to follow the ketogenic diet. Earlier we defined ketosis as the metabolic state that occurs when blood ketones levels reach a certain point. This metabolic state is brought on by a biochemical process called ketogenesis. Either way, as long as carbohydrates are restricted for between 2 to 10 days, the liver eventually start to rely on a metabolic process called ketogenesis to produce more ketones for energy and take us into ketosis.
This is especially true for people who exercise a lot or who are naturally active. Many people don't realize that is can take weeks or months to produce enough ketones to sustain yourself naturally. What you’ve seen is the switch from ineffective to effective ketone use. Your body and brain are using those ketones for critical metabolic responses.