What is Keto?
A ketogenic diet (keto) is a very low-carb diet, which turns the body into a fat-burning machine. It has many potential benefits for weight loss, health and performance, but also some potential initial side effects.
A ketogenic diet is similar to other strict low-carb diets, like the Atkins diet or LCHF (low carb, high fat). These diets often end up being ketogenic more or less by accident. The main difference between strict LCHF and keto is that protein is restricted in the latter.
A keto diet is designed specifically to result in ketosis. It is possible to measure and adapt to reach optimal ketone levels for health, weight loss, or for physical and mental performance.
When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin.
- Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
- Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.
Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically, on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.
Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.
The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We do not do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates.
Where do I buy the wraps, shakes, or pills to succeed with Keto?
Nowhere. Keto is a food only change of lifestyle. There are drinks that are suppose to help you achieve ketosis quicker, but in reality, you are creating expensive pee. By making simple changes to your diet, you can naturally have your body respond to using fat as your fuel instead of carbohydrates. Simply lowering your daily carb intake can make all the difference.