What exactly the keto diet is?
The keto diet, popularly known as the ketogenic diet is a combination of moderate – protein, high- fat and low – carb diet. In this diet, then your body would transform from using fat instead of using carbohydrates to fuel up your body.
How does it works?
When you are on a ketogenic diet, it won’t allow you to take any food that has a high amount of carbohydrates. Due to lack of carbohydrates and only available of fats, your liver will use those fats in the form of alternative fuel which turns those fatty acids into ketones. Your body and brain thus use these ketones for clean and effective energy that helps you stay energetic the full day without any stress.
As we knew in our body, glucose is the main source of energy and we get it from the food we eat, whether its refined sugars or bread or from fruits. But in the times when your body is lacking in carbohydrates ketones are thus used in the form of fuel. It might seem in unnatural, but your brain and body actually use ketones efficiently than that of glucose.
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Does the ketogenic diet work?
A ketogenic diet also has many positive benefits as well. It improves your mood and also protects you from cognitive impairment which is commonly caused by obesity. It is also easier for you to maintain it as unlike other diets you can eat all kinds of cheese, avocados and nuts. Even it also allows to consume a little bit of alcohol or wine. It’s a great way to be healthy by eating delicious food without any worry of burning fats.
What you should eat on a ketogenic diet?
While on a ketogenic diet it is important to note that, 70% calories of your body come from fats, 25% come from protein rich foods and the rest 5% come from carbs. It means that you have to exclude sweets, starchy foods, potatoes, grains, bananas and grapes.
On a ketogenic diet majority of your body needs calories from protein and fat. It means you have to eat high – fat proteins and vegetables like cauliflower which has low – carb. You can also add some low carb nuts like macadamia nuts, walnuts and pecans, Olive oil, salad, zucchini, avocados, Beef, lamb, chicken, raspberries, strawberries, seafood and cheese.
There are some foods you should avoid taking it. Like starchy foods, too much of sugary foods etc. You should aim to take 20 grams of carbs per day. You should avoid taking cookies, cakes, pasta, Bread, apples etc.