What the heck is the Keto Diet?

Lexi Gugger

What the heck is the Keto Diet?

 

Keto Diet

Keto diet is based on a very low-carb way of eating that is designed to kick the body to burn fat.

Ketones are small molecules made from fat, that the body naturally makes, and they serve as alternative fuel to sugar which is more commonly known as glucose. Ketones are made when you dont eat many carbs and anovert amount of protein. When the body is making these molecules, the body goes into a state called ketosis. By limiting the number of carbs and protein your body is forced to make ketones to sustain all the organs it supplies and get to the point where is basically runs only on fat.

The limit on carb intake is strict and for some can be quite daunting when the prescribed limit is under 50 grams per day of net carbs. 20 grams is seen as the optimum intake to get the most benefits. There are also other things that should be avoided avoid while on the keto diet such as rice, pasta, potato and of course bread which are all filled with sugar, starchy carbs.

Due to the increased fat burning and lower levels of insulin, the Keto diet is said to offer benefits like:

  • weight loss
  • decreased hunger
  • less bloating and healthier gut
  • more energy
  • better concentration levels
  • a better grip on sugar levels even said to reverse type 2 diabetes
Protein levels are restricted to moderate levels on this diet which means the protein you eat should be organic, grass-fed, of great quality and free from any harmful substances. The general rule according to our sources (find them below) for working out how much protein to eat, aim for roughly 1 gram of protein per day, per kg of body weight or below. Pretty much all meats and eggs are okay to eat but the kinds of meat you'd want to try and steer clear of are crumbed meat and cured meats to give your body the best chance of kicking into ketosis.
Find out more here:
https://ketogasm.com/keto-foods-list-eat-keto-diet/
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/foods#foodlist