A little about the Keto diet
What exactly is the Keto diet?
The Keto or Ketogenic diet focuses on the bodies ability to shift its primary fuel source over to burning Ketones. Ketones are naturally occurring substances in the body that are created in your liver. This is a substance that is intended to be turned into and used as energy. The basis of the Ketogenic diet is that you take in a lower number of carbs so that you can increase the production of these ketones. There are a variety of different names for this diet, including the low-carb diet and low-carb high-fat diet.
How does this diet work?
Carbohydrates are substances in your body that will naturally produce both insulin and glucose. Glucose is effortlessly used by your body and converted into a natural form of energy. When you reduce the amount of carbs taken in on a regular basis, your body will reach a metabolic state where it will start to look towards fat and ketones as the primary fuel source. To remain in this state requires a higher fat intake than most diets (usually above 50% fat) and when a certain amount of carbohydrates or sugars are ingested most peoples bodies will shift back towards burning those as the primary fuel source.
Where does the Ketogenic diet originate from?
Believe it or not, this diet was created in order to help people with epilepsy. This diet is known to prevent seizures, especially with children who have epilepsy. It became incredibly popular in both the 20s and the 30s. With the advent of the pharmaceutical drug industry, this diet has gone by the wayside in terms of an epilepsy treatment and people suffer from epilepsy instead turn to prescriptions. Keep this in mind in order to be sure that you are able to get all that you can out of this sort of diet.
Who is the diet for and what are the benefits of it?
First and foremost, this diet is for people who are willing to put in the discipline and effort required to get the benefits of it. The reason for this is that you will need to organize your diet far ahead of time in a way that makes the most sense for you. You can do this in a lot of different ways. Some people buy books that have cheat sheets while others start their own journal. In this day and age, there are sophisticated mobile apps that will allow you to log your meals and get a thorough and complete breakdown of the nutrients that you are taking in.
The first thing you should do when putting together this diet is take inventory of your body metrics. You will need to know things such as your current body weight, the goal body weight, your basal metabolic rate, your thermic effect of food, and the amount of energy that you expand on a regular basis. Once you have these factors in mind, you will then be able to enjoy a host of benefits as a result including the following:
Benefit #1: You will be able to keep your cholesterol levels steady.
When you take advantage of this diet, you will notice some stabilization and improvement in both your cholesterol and your triglyceride levels. This will allow you to keep things like high blood pressure and heart disease at bay. Your body will continuously facilitate positive cholesterol, while getting rid of bad cholesterol and buildup in your heart and arteries.
Benefit #2: You will have more energy to get throughout your day.
Are you the type of person that does not have the energy to get through a day without grabbing that morning cup of coffee? If this is you, this is a diet that you will definitely want to look into. Since the energy created by this diet is more pure, you will have a highly effective energy source at your disposal.
Benefit #3: You will lose plenty of weight and control your hunger and blood sugar levels.
Taking advantage of this diet kills three birds with one stone — your body will burn fat that helps you lose weight, your hunger will remain satiated longer and you will lower your blood sugar levels, which also helps you to prevent diabetes and other similar issues.
What kind of food can I expect to be eating?
On a regular basis, there are some quality foods that you will need to keep stocked in your refrigerator, freezer and cupboards. Some go to foods for this diet include meat such as steak, chicken and turkey. Fatty nuts and fruits are also essential so make sure the stock up on walnuts, almonds, flaxseed and plenty of avocado. Get used to taking in plenty of healthy oils, such as coconut oil and extra-virgin olive oil. Further, add plenty of fatty fish to your diet, such as salmon and tuna.
This diet typically consists of eating a breakfast, lunch and dinner every day while supplementing your body with healthy snacks for in between meals if necessary. Make sure that you are avoiding foods that are high in sugar, processed food and any fruit aside from avocados.
As you can see, this is a diet that you might want to take a look at if you would like to get some serious change out of yourself and out of your overall body, mind and health.