We are constantly bombarded with information regarding weight loss. It seems that every few years, a new diet trend comes along sweeping the nation by offering new ways to slim down and get fit. I myself have been drawn to many of these, such as the Atkins diet, the 21-day fix, Vegan diet, Mediterranean diet…I could go on and on.
Recently however, I kept hearing the words “Keto Diet” and how it’s a wonderfully fast way to slim down. As a busy American, I can admit that hearing the words “Fast” or “Quick” in association with seeing results is attractive and gets my attention every time. Based on the studies of other diet fads however, I knew that there had to be some risks involved as well. So, I decided to do some research on it and wanted to share it with my readers.
Introduction to the Ketogenic Diet:
Designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder, the Ketogenic diet has been in existence for over 90 years now. The Ketogenic aka “Keto” diet, is a low carb diet plan where ketones are produced in the liver to be used as fuel for energy. The presence of enhanced ketone bodies in the blood, leads to reduction of epileptic seizures.
The Ketogenic diet has many names – low carb diet, ketosis diet, low carb high fat (LCHF) etc. This diet provides suitable amounts of protein, high fats and low amount of carbohydrates. This combination modifies the way of energy usage in the body.
To fully understand the Ketogenic diet we need to know first that how the process, Ketosis takes place.
When the body consumes high amounts of carbohydrates, insulin and glucose are produced. We all are well aware of the fact that, glucose is the easiest molecule to be broken down in the body. So it will be opted over any other energy source for fuel.
To process the glucose into our bloodstream throughout the body, insulin is produced. Fats are not required and thus, stored in the body. Because the glucose is being utilized as the primary source of energy. Usually, on a common higher carbohydrate diet, body tends to use glucose as the main source of fuel for the body.
Ketosis is process the body initiates naturally on its own to help us in survival when food intake is low. During ketosis, ketones are produced when fat is converted into fatty acids in the liver.
The purpose of having a ketone diet is to force the body into its metabolic state. This is not performed through starving the body of calories, but starvation of the carbohydrates.
Bodies are immensely adaptive to what you tend to put into it. When the body is overloaded with fats and carbohydrates are taken away, ketones are burned as the main energy source.
Now we know in detail what exactly the ketogenic diet is. Let us study its advantages:
Albeit the benefits certainly outweigh the drawbacks, some of problems which are faced as follows:
The Ketogenic diet is affective and has proven to give results a lot of times. It is a great way for weight loss as well but not for everyone. It has many benefits which are certainly more than its disadvantages, it is necessary to be careful when you move to a diet of such kind.
It is necessary to consult with your doctor or nutritionist before making the decision to start. You should make up your mind and train yourself to face some problems and challenges in the initial few weeks of turning to the Ketogenic diet. Do not take the low-carb thing too far by totally cutting out on fruit and vegetables. If you are planning to burn some fat through ketosis, make sure you do your homework before and consult somebody before switching to this diet.
You will sure benefit yourself and your body to a great deal with its so many health benefits if you adhere to this carbohydrate restricting diet. Now could I personally do it? I love bread and pasta TOO much to give up entirely but perhaps for a short period of time so that I can finally fit into those shorts from two summers ago…Maybe? stay tuned.
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