What is induction?
Induction is a term associated with many low carb diets where one intentionally forces their body to switch over from burning carbohydrates for fuel to burning fat for fuel. The process in which your body burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates is called ketosis and ketosis is usually achieved by strictly limiting your intake of carbohydrates. The general rule during many induction phases is to limit your carbohydrate consumption to less than 20 grams a day.
What is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a term that refers to the process of converting fat into energy rather than carbohydrates. This occurs when your body does not have sufficient carbohydrates to use for fuel so it switches over to use fat instead. Technically your body switches over from using stores of glucose for energy (Glucose is produced from the metabolism of carbohydrates) to using ketones for energy (Ketones are produced from the metabolism of fat).
Important note: Many people become frustrated during induction and even give up completely because they feel that it does not work. Well induction does work but not if you cheat! Induction requires one to be extremely strict and you cannot stray or cheat at all. You absolutely must keep your carbs to less than 20 grams per day! and in our case as close to zero as possible, carbs have a way of "sneaking" in so if you keep it as close to zero as possible then you are still getting carbohydrates. Anyway the point is to keep your carb intake extremely low, you want your body to switch over from using carbs for fuel to using fat and th eonly way to do this is by keeping your carbs as close to zero as possible. If you have too many carbs during induction then you will never reach a state of ketosis! If you are in ketosis and you slip up by having too many carbs then ketosis will stop! You will have to start completely over. When you start down the path of induction you have to be prepared to stay the course! But the results are worth it! And in my mind it is not all that difficult but then I am a die-hard meat eater! ;)