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Keto Crash Course Pt 1

The Keto Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low carbohydrate diet.

It has become popular in recent years as many people have turned to it to help them lose weight and reduce their risk of chronic diseases.

This article will explain the ketogenic diet – what it is about, how it works, and whether or not you should try this type of eating plan yourself.

What Is the Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbs for energy. The goal of this diet is to put your body into a state of ketosis which can have some benefits, such as gaining more control over appetite.

When your body enters ketosis, it uses fat as an alternative energy source so it has less need for sugar (glucose) which comes from carbohydrates.

This means that not only can the ketogenic diet be sustainable for people on a weight loss plan, but can also serve as an additional treatment or prevention option for diabetes type 2.

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How Does It Work:

As we mentioned, the macronutrient ratios of the keto diet favour fat intake.

A couple of days after you have lowered your carbohydrate intake and have mainly consumed fats, your body will get rid of its blood glucose and switch to fats as its main energy source.

Ketosis is a state in which your liver produces ketones, which are an alternative energy source, produced from stored fats.

Once the fats are turned to ketones, they then go through the blood, where our muscles and other tissues can use the readily available energy.

It is claimed that ketones are also very useful for the brain, as they get transported directly to it.

Things To Know Before Starting

One of the most important considerations about keto is that, well, it deprives you of many tasty, carbohydrate-rich treats, such as:

  1. Sugary foods
  2. Fizzy drinks
  3. Fruits

And even quality carb sources like potatoes, rice, and other grains.

In general, starting a keto diet is one of the hardest things, not only because you get deprived of tasty foods, but also because transitioning to ketosis can bring a short-term “keto fever”.

The keto fever, sometimes known as “keto-flu” is a temporary condition that occurs in most people who decided to transition to the ketogenic diet.

It involves flu-like symptoms, such as:

  1. Headache
  2. Fever
  3. Low energy
  4. Constipation

However, after you are past this stage, you may get to experience benefits, such as:

  1. Better mental clarity
  2. Less sweet cravings
  3. Better satiety
  4. Fewer stomach bloats
  5. Better gut health

So, should you Try it?

Though this diet has become popular, one should not take it for granted and must test it to see if it works for them. Keto WA recommends that you should always consult with your health professional before commencing any diet change including the Ketogenic diet.

Keto will likely be simply suboptimal if you are an active trainee, training at high levels of intensity.

This is because fat is more than twice as caloric as carbohydrates, meaning that it simply cannot provide energy as quickly.

Follow through with us and watch out for part 2 of this article series, where we will discuss tips on getting started with the ketogenic diet!

Follow on with Part two here

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