The ketogenic diet is a high-fat and low-carb wonder diet. People all over the world have tried it with awesome results. It can push the body into a metabolic state called ketosis that can lead to tremendous weight loss and a plethora of other health benefits.
Low-carb diets are not new, but the keto diet focuses a lot on healthy fat. The original keto diet involved eating 4 grams of fat for every gram of carbohydrates or protein. Yet, the diet can be tweaked as long as the intake of protein and carbs keeps the body in ketosis.
There are some differences between a keto diet and a traditional low-carb diet. While on a keto diet, trimming the intake of your favorite carbohydrates for a couple of days up to a week pushes the body into ketosis.
In this state, the body taps its fat deposits and releases huge amounts of ketones, which it uses as a new source of fuel. Our default energy source when on a Western diet are carbohydrates.
How to Enter Ketosis?
To enter ketosis, you’ll need to consume just 50 grams of carbs each day. But ensure that other foods on your menu do not contain hidden carbohydrates. Ready-made sauces and starchy vegetables contain some carbohydrates.
Nevertheless, not all bodies are created equal. Some folks may reach ketosis with 30 grams of carbs, while others may enter ketosis while consuming 100 grams of carbs. Fortunately, there are some signs that you have entered ketosis, like bad breath, short-term fatigue, and weight loss.
The keto diet has also been very helpful in helping treat children affected by epilepsy. In some type 2 diabetes patients, the diet improved their blood sugar levels. But most people use it to reach their weight loss goals, with visible success.
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