What’s the Buzz Around the Keto Diet?



 

Have you heard about the Keto Diet and are wondering what it’s all about? The Ketogenic Diet is a way of eating that is very low in carbs and is higher in healthy fat. It sounds strange, but it works! Carbs, or carbohydrates, are nutrients that provide your body with energy – 70% of your daily energy, to be exact. The Keto Diet lowers the intake of carbs and you get the energy from fat molecules – sound complicated? Here’s what you need to know.

The principle behind this diet is to use energy from the fats or lipids that are stored. When the body doesn’t obtain enough energy from glucose, or if you are fasting, it’s in a state called ketosis. Ketones are produced in the liver, from fat. They are then used as fuel throughout the body, including the brain. The Keto (from the word ketosis) Diet trains the body to be constantly in ketosis, deriving it’s energy from fat.

The Keto Diet can provide many benefits, starting with the most obvious, weight loss. It can also be an effective way to control appetite and stop you from snacking or craving junk food between meals! The Keto Diet may also increase your mental and physical endurance. However, keep in mind that carbohydrate starvation isn’t the same as calorie starvation and it’s important to not cut out an important part of your diet without an adequate replacement.

So,what should we avoid when opting for this low-carb eating plan? Rice, sugar, bread, pasta, potatoes and other starchy vegetables are to be avoided. You do need a steady intake of food to make sure that  you get enough energy from lipids. Avocados, nuts, cheese and eggs are rich in fat and ideal for this way of eating. Also, make water your best friend and avoid alcohol or beverages that contain a high level of sugar. It’s also important to get enough sleep and to absolutely avoid snacking between meals.

Does this sound like a diet that you would be interested in? Kourtney Kardashian, Adriana Lima and Halle Berry have claimed to be following this low-carb eating plan. It sounds like it’s worth a try to some of us!  Speak with your doctor or health care provider if you plan on starting any new diet.  Ketosis can be dangerous for some people, in rare instances.

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