What Is The Keto Diet?
The keto diet is a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet. As a result the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy instead of glucose (sugar). The keto diet has also been referred to as the ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat diet (LCHF).
Most people use the ketogenic diet for weight loss, to control blood sugar levels and to get into a state of ketosis.
Ketosis is a state that is induced by reducing carb intake and shifting the body to use fat as fuel instead of glucose as fuel. This is perfect since we never run out of FAT on our body and the fuel source is available once the metabolic machinery.
When you eat foods high in carbs such as pasta, bread, cereals, rice, cookies, soda and most processed foods the body will produce glucose and insulin.
The body will use either glucose/sugar or fat as fuel but if you are eating a diet high in carbs it will prefer to use that as the fuel source instead of the stored fat on your body.
When you reduce your carbs typically below 20 grams for some it may be 40-60 grams the body is induced into ketosis and ketones are produced in the liver as the result of the breakdown of fats.
The goal of the ketogenic diet to reduce or starve the body of carbohydrates while enjoying a high fat and moderate protein diet.
The body becomes fat adapted, burns ketones as the primary fuel source (remember they are fats that are broken down in the liver) for energy and as a result weight loss for many, increased energy, brain health among many other benefits.