All you need to know about the keto diet
The ketogenic diet has grown to become extremely popular over the last few years. It's ideal for those of you that are looking to lose a considerable amount of weight. This diet is basically a very low carb, high fat diet. It has very many similarities to the Atkins diet whereby, when on this diet, your body mostly gets it's calories from proteins and fat and not from carbohydrates.
What makes the this diet so special is that it changes how your body feels and most importantly how your body uses energy placing you into a state known as ketosis. This is actually where all the magic begins to happen. In this state your body starts to utilize substances known as ketone bodies which are produced by the breakdown of your body fats. Your body loves glucose and if it has that on hand it's going to use that first for energy. In this diet the amount of carbohydrates goes down which in turn will lead to less production of glucose. High levels of glucose production is generally what makes you fat. Without it the body will begin to start breaking down your body fat and this is when you start to get leaner.
The way that the keto diet gets your body to lose weight is by keeping insulin levels low. Insulin is a fat storage hormone that is released to help shuttle energy from the food you eat into your cells. This diet is known to be one of the best ways, besides fasting of course, to drop your insulin levels lower and low insulin is what is usually associated with fat loss. However, there is a misconception out there that your insulin will only go up with carbs. Protein can also spike your insulin levels and if you eat enough fats in one sitting, especially the wrong type of fats like trans fats, then that can spike your insulin levels as well.
A lot of people on the ketogenic diet usually tend to go absolutely overboard with the unhealthy food that they pack into their plan. Sure a bunch of cheese, mayonnaise and bacon will fit into a seventy five percent fat allowance, however, for your health these foods are not always the best option. Your day to day seventy five percent fat allowance is meant to be used for healthy sources of fat such as such avocados, coconut oil, whole eggs, nuts and fats found in unprocessed meats such as beef, salmon, chicken thighs, ground pork or turkey.
Due to the fact that this diet is so high in fat and moderately high on protein it's very easy to feel full on this plan. This is the reason why many people on the keto diet often say they don't even have to count calories while on these diet plans. There are many studies that demonstrate that you can lose weight faster on a high fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic diet than you can on a calorie restricted, low fat diet. Keep in mind for yourself that weight is not always necessarily body fat.