The high-fat ketogenic diet is extremely hard to maintain. Eat just a few too many blueberries and you’ll be knocked fat-burning mode. That’s because restricting carbohydrates, your body’s main fuel source, and protein forces your body to burn stored fat in a process called ketosis. As a result of this process, your body produces ketones.
Generally, 70 percent of your total calories will come from fat. Protein makes up about 20 percent, while 10 percent comes from carbs. Consuming large quantities of fat while limiting protein and carbs is challenging, and people often aren’t truly in ketosis, says Registered Dietitian Melanie Boehmer of Lenox Hill Hospital.
“Sometimes people try and teeter into it and they won’t lower their carbohydrates enough,” she previously told Men’sHealth.com.
An easy way to determine whether you’re actually doing keto the right way is by using an over-the-counter ketosis strip test.
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