For years, we have been under the assumption that too much fat in our diet is unhealthy. Fat has been recognized as the main culprit for weight gain and the cause of most major diseases. We have always been warned to stay out of it if we wish to have a healthy lifestyle.
Now comes the Ketogenic diet which contradicts everything we have been taught and believed. Who knew that fat would actually help us lose weight? Just the word “fat” makes us want to stay out of anything that might be associated with it.
For some, it might be unthinkable but studies have shown that there might be good reasons for this new way of thinking. People who have tried all sorts of diets to lose weight and for some reason may have been unsuccessful might be losing options. But the Ketogenic diet offers new hope for those who are willing to try it with an open mind.
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
Before the rising popularity of the Ketogenic Diet, there was the low carb, high protein diet. The Atkins diet which grew in popularity several years back was one diet that promoted this idea.
Proteins build and repair muscle and the idea is that while the body burns excess fat, protein would prevent muscle loss and keep your metabolic rate perfectly in sync.
The Ketogenic diet, also known as the Keto diet is similar to the Atkins diet except that in place of protein, it encourages a low carb, high fat consumption. It may seem unimaginable for some to even think that a high fat diet would help you lose weight but there seems to be a logical explanation on how this may come to be.
How does it work?
The Keto diet requires one to drastically reduce the amount of carbohydrates intake and consuming foods that are very high in fat content. With the significant reduction in the amount of carbohydrates intake, the body is put into a state of ketosis – a normal metabolic process that keeps the body working.
When the body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to burn for energy, it produces a build – up of ketones or ketone bodies which are formed in the liver. Ketones are used by the body to power itself. When this happens, the body becomes incredibly efficient in burning the excess fat for energy. This results in a massive reduction in the blood sugar and insulin levels.
The Keto diet doesn’t work immediately. Your body will need to adjust to the Ketogenic lifestyle. You will need to commit to at least a few weeks before your body enters a state of Ketosis. If you are successful in your commitment, it could become a life-long tool to enhance your health.
Who is the perfect candidate for a Ketogenic diet?
Anyone can start a Ketogenic diet with some effort and preparation. As with all diets, your commitment to stay on it will eventually give you the result you desire.
If you are overweight or suffer from diseases that are difficult to manage such as diabetes, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, brain cancer or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the Ketogenic diet would be perfect for you.
If you or someone you know suffer from any of these diseases or if you feel you might be predisposed to develop any of these, the Keto diet could be a great tool for you to improve your health or possibly prevent these chronic illnesses.
What are the benefits of the Keto diet?
Majority of people these days adopt the Ketogenic diet to lose weight. At the onset, the weight loss is due to the loss of water. Water weight is the first casualty of the Keto diet where one might lose anywhere from 3 to 5 pounds. It eventually results in further weight loss with the continuing commitment to stick to the diet.
With the drastic reduction in the intake of carbohydrates, it follows that you will also be cutting down on the amount of sugar your body will take. Shifting from a high carb diet or a diet rich in sugar to the Keto diet results in a shift from burning sugar to the burning of fat as a source of energy.
The therapeutic benefits of the Ketogenic diet for a variety of diseases that affect the body and the brain have been proven and show promising results for treating several chronic diseases more so when combined with other medical treatments.
Is It Safe?
Critics of the Ketogenic diet argue that it is an unhealthy way of losing weight and could be dangerous. As with all diets, it is recommended that you consult a doctor to determine your eligibility to undergo the diet before even starting it.
The advice of a nutritionist will also help you count and track the amount of fat, protein and carbohydrates you will be taking in. It will be very difficult to embark on the Keto journey by yourself without preparing for the long haul. You might just end up gaining more weight if you are not properly advised by a nutritionist.
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