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What is the Ketogenic (Keto) diet?

February 23, 2018

The Ketogenic Diet re-programs your metabolism to burn stored body fat for fuel rather than using the glycogen stored in your muscles.

 

This allows your fat cells to releasing fatty acids, which your liver breaks down to produce what are called "ketones."

Ketosis is the physiological state that is achieved when your body breaks down ketones for energy rather than the glucose from carbohydrates. The increase in ketones helps lower blood sugar and balance fat-burning hormones, which enables the body to burn more fat for fuel everyday.

This  source of energy is twice as dense, longer-lasting, and more evenly released in the body than carbs. 

The result can be a dramatic decrease in inches around many problematic areas (e.g., belly, hips, and thighs), which usually translates to much lower numbers on the scale.  

 

Keto diet macro ratios are:

75% fats

20% proteins

5% carbs

 

Benefits: 

In addition to dramatic weight and inches loss, the Keto diet is a preferred diet for individuals that suffer from certain types of seizures and those undergoing cancer treatment. 

 

Seizures

  • According to research done by Florida Hospital, a ketogenic diet is a high-fat and low carbohydrate regimen that has proven to help the body produce natural anticonvulsants and control seizures. 

 

Cancer

  • The use of a Keto diet has been linked to the successful treatment of different types of cancers. One study found that the ketogenic diet may be a suitable complementary treatment to chemotherapy and radiation in people with cancer. This is due to the fact that it would cause more oxidative stress in cancer cells than in normal cells. 

 

 

Challenges:

Some of the challenges associated with the Keto diet includes:

 

Sustainability

  • It is by far one of the most restrictive diets. For individuals who find dieting a chore, this might not be the eating program for you. 

Transitioning

  • Reverting to a more traditional nutrition plan has proven to be a detrimental journey for a lot of dieters. 

Variety.

  • Due to the fact that 65-80% of your calories are consumed from fats, your selection of food sources are quite limited. 

 

The pros and cons associated with the Keto diet are numerous. 

Good luck deciding if it's for you. 

 

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