THE KETO DIET
ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DIETS AROUND THE GLOBE FOR THOSE LOOKING TO LOSE WEIGHT IS THE KETO DIET. THIS HIGH FAT, LOW CARB APPROACH SEEKS TO PUT THE BODY INTO A STATE A ‘KETOSIS’ IN ORDER TO BURN FAT RAPIDLY. SO HOW EXACTLY DOES THE KETO DIET WORK TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR BODY GOALS?
What is the Keto Diet?
The general idea behind a keto diet is that eating a very high-fat, low-carb diet causes a dramatic metabolic shift in your body. Normally the body uses a combination of carbs and fat for energy, but by limiting your carb intake, it is forced to stop using carbs and start using other sources of fuel, namely body fat.
What can you eat on the Keto Diet?
To successfully lose weight on a Keto Diet, you need to be consuming high quality, nutritionally rich foods. The diet encourages high amounts of healthy fats, including olive oil, grass-fed butter, palm oil, coconut oil and some nuts and seeds. It also allows for a wide range of non-starchy vegetables including cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, leafy greens, cucumber and zucchini. A moderate amount of protein is also an important contributor in this diet including meat, poultry, bone broth, eggs and fish.
How does it work?
Ketones are chemicals produced in your liver when your body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to use for energy. By depriving your body of carbohydrates, it requires another source, so it uses fat instead. When doing the Keto Diet correctly, your liver turns this fat into ketones that your muscles and other tissues can use for fuel, helping you lose weight.
Many claim that the high amount of healthy fats (and lack of carbs) consumed in a Keto diet have a range of health benefits, including better brain function, a decrease in inflammation, an increase in energy, and of course weight loss.
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