What is the Keto diet?
The keto diet is an eating regimen that contains minimal carbohydrates. Since carb intake is typically less than 30 grams per day on the keto diet, you will be consuming high amounts of heart-healthy fats and modest amounts of quality protein sources.
If you like bacon, steak, eggs, avocado, and cheese – among many other foods – then the keto diet is for you! (Read the next paragraph for a better understanding of “what” the keto diet actually does physiologically.)
What does the ketogenic diet do?
The term ‘ketogenic’ refers to the process of your body (liver) producing organic substances known as ketones.
When you greatly limit your carb intake, your body needs to get its energy from another fuel source; in the case of the keto diet, your body starts to utilize fats for energy since glucose is limited.
As a result, your body becomes “fat-adapted” and relies primarily on a metabolic process called lipolysis for deriving energy from fats. When your body carries out lipolysis, ketones are made by your liver (as a byproduct). Once ketones are made in high enough amounts, your body enters a state called nutritional ketosis.
Being in ketosis has a multitude of benefits for humans, especially for helping burn stored body fat for energy. This makes the keto diet ideal for those trying to lose weight (and keep it off).
What are the health benefits of the ketogenic diet?
Where do we begin? The health benefits of the keto diet are so vast it’s hard to condense it all into just a few paragraphs. Regardless, here’s a quick overview for you:
- Enhanced cardiovascular function
- Reduced risk of many diseases
- Improved cognitive function
- Support for weight loss
- Decreased inflammation and oxidative stress
- Healthier blood sugar and blood lipid balance
Cutting out carbs is shown in a large body of evidence to decrease the risk of numerous conditions. In fact, the keto diet is used in clinical settings to treat serious health issues, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and even cancer.
Moreover, by going low-carb, your body will have more stable blood sugar levels throughout the day and your cravings for sugary food will decrease significantly.In turn, many people notice quicker, more sustainable weight loss while following the ketogenic diet. (It goes without saying that the health benefits of staying in a healthy weight range are innumerable.)