Ketogenic Diet

What is a Ketogenic Diet?

The Ketogenic or Keto diet is an effective weight loss tool and has been shown to improve several health conditions.

The first medical use for Keto diets was treating epileptic seizures. Since its initial application in 1921, Keto has come a long way, and is now used to treat a *variety of medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and treat risk factors for things like heart disease.

How do I eat while being on a Keto diet

Keto diet is a high-fatmoderate proteinlow-carb diet.

Knowing your macronutrients is the most important aspect of the Ketogenic diet. They include the three nutrients that your body needs – fat, protein, and carbs.

“Keto macros” is a term referring to the macronutrient ratio of a Ketogenic diet. This ratio looks something like this:

60-75% of calories from fat

15-30% of calories from protein

5-10% of calories from carbs

What is Ketosis

If you get your Keto macros wrong, your chances of reaching ketosis are close to zero!

Wait, was is ketosis...? On a Keto diet, your goal is to radically change the way your body uses nutrients for energy production by placing the body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

There are many reasons why you’d want to induce ketosis, but the most sought-after is to force your body to burn fat, instead of glucose, for fuel. When your body does this, you lose excess body fat, you will get more energy, and experience greater mental clarity.

Let's break the down the macros

You’re thinking: “But I thought that carbs provide a great source of energy!”

Let me break down the macros explanation for you...

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are your body’s preferred fuel source. The reason for this is that they are easy to break down and turn into energy. However, unlike proteins and fat, carbs are still NOT an essential nutrient.

The fact is that when you eat food high in carbs, your body produces glucose and insulin. While glucose is used as the main source of energy, and is responsible for storing fat in your body and if your body produces too much of it, you put on weight.

Protein

Protein is an essential macronutrient that the body needs to build and repair tissue.

On a Keto diet, you have to adjust your protein intake in accordance with your activity levels: the more active you are, the more protein you’ll need. However, going overboard on protein can, and will, kick you out of ketosis because your body is able to turn a portion of the protein you eat into glucose.

Fat

Fat is a central Keto macronutrient but also the reason behind much of today’s nutrition controversy. Medical experts have been warning the public about the dangers of high-fat diets for decades. The fact of the matter is that fat is an essential nutrient that your body cannot exist without.

Fat help the body make ketones to fuel your body and brain by replacing glucose. Consuming fat in a Keto diet increases your energy, maintains healthy skin and hair, accumulates toxins to protect internal organs, promotes cell health.

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