My husband and I started the Ketogenic diet a couple of weeks ago. Since I’ve been obsessively researching it, I thought I would start a blog series on Keto to share information for those who are interested, but haven’t quite decided if it’s for them.
The Ketogenic diet (or Keto) is a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet. By eating a specific ratio of these, your body goes into a state of ketosis, where the ketones produced by the liver become your main energy source, and your body burns fat.
In the average person’s diet, the main energy source is glucose, which is produced by the body when you eat something high in carbs. When glucose is used as energy, rather than fat, the body stores the fat that it’s not using (and that’s how you get that “no, I’m not pregnant, I had my last baby two years ago” belly.) When your body runs out of glucose, it tells your brain it needs more fuel, and you grab a quick snack…again and again.
So, what can you do?
When you lower your intake of carbs, your body uses fat for energy and burns the unwanted fat, which leads to weight loss. Keto has been shown to have great benefits to people who suffer from Type II Diabetes, because it naturally lowers blood sugar levels. It’s also beneficial to your oral health, because you are eating less carbs and sugar, which lowers your risk for cavities.
If you have a medical condition, please talk with your doctor before making changes to your diet.
Want to learn more about the Ketogenic diet? Check out other posts in this series:
More to come!