Ketogenic Diet: Beginners Guide
You’re here because you’re wondering what the keto diet is. Congratulation for getting information that has the power to change your life.
Let’s not waste time. Here is your overview of Keto.
What is the Keto Diet?
The ketogenic diet is a systematic approach to eating with special attention given to the balance of macro, or macro nutrients – fat, proteins, and carbs.
It’s a low carb, high fat diet with moderate protein. Then you maintain the proper balance of macros in your diet, your body goes into ketosis.
This is because your body is making a shift on how it’s fueling itself. With the standard American Diet, we force our body to be fueled by sugars due to the excess carbs and sugar in the majority of the foods we consume each day.
Is Keto Right For You?
If you have extra belly fat, you are a sugar burner. Your body’s first source of fuel is glycogen. In this state your body is subjected to increased inflammation and disease.
The goal of the keto diet to change how your body utilizes energy. Your goal is to be come fat adapted. When your body burns fat for fuel rather than sugar, you experiences healing at the cellular level.
Not only does the keto diet reverse how it fuels itself, it also changes your relationship with food and nutrition. The result is improved health and weight reduction.
The ultimate goal of the ketogenic diet is to help your body run more effectively and efficiently as a fat burner rather than a sugar burner.
Fat Fuel vs Sugar Fuel
Sugar burners eat sugar and carbs. White sugar and refined carbs and even select vegetables are the reason our bodies are forced to burn sugar.
As a result of these high sugar levels your body produces glucose and insulin.
Glucose it the default energy source because your body knows glucose is the path of least resistance. It’s easy for your body to tap into this energy store.
Insulin is produced by your body to help process the glucose thrown into your bloodstream after you eat pasta, potatoes, cookies, or donuts. Insulin helps carry glucose throughout your body.
Your is Trying to Be Efficient
Because of the ease of access to the glucose you flood your system with each day, your body knows it doesn’t need to use the fat, and it gets stored for later use.
Most people are fueled by glucose. In this state, your body and brain will signals to your brain in the form of cravings, demanding more sugar.
Weight Loss Failure Can Be Avoided
When you eat sugar and/or carbs, you experience increased cravings, reduced will-power, and an increase in fat storage, making you feel lethargic and weak.
It’s a typical cycle of the you-yo dieting and repeated failure of healthy weight loss. Unfortunately this cycle leads to diseases and even death.
The good news is you can take preventive measure and regain internal health to avoid being a statistic.
The answer is…
Become a fat burner rather than a sugar burner.
The Keto Diet Leads to Ketosis
On the keto diet, you limit your carb and sugar intake, forcing your body to looks for an alternative fuel source. This search for the alternative fuel sources leads your body into what’s referred to as ketosis.
Ketosis is a metabolic state. It’s natural. It’s efficient. It’s beneficial.
The state of ketosis your body is using fat for fuel and your body creates ketones. Ketones are the result of your liver breaking down fat.
Should your liver be breaking down fat every day?
It can’t when there’s a spike of insulin in your bloodstream. The Standard American Diet include far too much sugar and carbs.
On the keto diet, your carb and sugar intake is reduced to the point where the liver can do its job. Levels of sugar in the blood are reduced and the result is lower insulin levels.
In this state, the liver CAN breakdown fat every day.
During ketosis, fats cells release excess water in the process and after this they are processed by the liver to be used as fuel. Many people experience significant weight loss in the first few weeks or even as little as seven days.
But the initial weight loss surge is NOT the loss of fat. It is a reduction of inflammation or “water weight”. With reduced inflammation your body can start doing the work of burning fat cells.
Your body must heal from the inside so you can get results on the outside.
In addition to weight loss, you may experience many other health benefits like reduced joint pain and swelling, decreased back pain, improved sleep, better mental clarity, and improved mental performance and emotional balance.
This being said, the results are not guaranteed. Behaviors, biology, current health, and environment all impact how one is impacted by the ketogenic diet.