Keto Induction Phase
A Complete Guide on How to Survive it
Ketosis occurs when the body transitions from using carbohydrates for fuel to using fats for fuel.
This is a natural process that anyone who has gone through a prolonged fast or who has been deprived of proper nourishment for extended periods of time has experienced. It’s our body’s backup system.
What is Keto Induction?
Keto induction is the process wherein your body starts to move from glucose to ketone as the source of fuel for your metabolism.
The low-carb diet forces the body to shift to this backup system by depriving it of carbohydrates. This process of shifting is known as keto induction.
How long the process of keto induction takes will vary a bit from person to person.
On average, it takes about two weeks with time scales ranging from a few days to as much as a month or more.
Typically, if a person is attempting to get back to a state of ketosis after carb binging for a short time, induction will probably only take a few days.
But if you are starting from scratch, you should expect it to take a couple of weeks.
What to Expect During the Phase
The keto induction phase is also an excellent time to think about supplementing  your diet with one or more of the following:
How Long Does Keto Induction Take?
Keto induction can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks, depending on how low your carb intake is and how much you exercise.
The reason we quote this wide range isn’t to come across as overly vague, but rather to cover different types of dieters.
Let me explain this with two examples.
Let’s say you’re brand new to keto and you just want to lose a few pounds in time for your summer vacation because the last thing you want to do is to have to squeeze into a bikini.
You have come up with a meal plan that will reduce your daily carbs to 50 grams and you’re highly motivated.
If you stick to that diet without much exercise, then it can take about a week to get to ketosis. With the odd little cheating carb snack, it can increase to 2 weeks (yes, I admit that my first attempt at keto lacked a little discipline).
However, if you have the same plan in place, along with a further daily reduction of carbs to about 30 grams after a few days, then things will progress a lot quicker.
Add in some daily cardio exercises, and your glucose levels will go down a lot quicker.
It wouldn’t be uncommon for you to be able to detect ketones after only 2 to 3 days if you take this more drastic approach.
Both of these approaches to hitting the induction phase will work; it’s mainly down to how fast you want to see results.
For newcomers to keto, I would recommend that you start with the 50 grams of carbs per day along with some light cardio before breakfast.
This won’t be too much of a shock to your system, and it will help you reduce a lot of the induction phase side effects.
The keto diet induction process is one you don’t want to go through repeatedly if you don’t have to.
If you are careful about your food intake during the keto induction phase, you should come out the other side in a matter of weeks feeling like a new person, or at least the same person with a considerably younger-feeling, more vigorous body.