This trendy diet has been continually gaining popularity due to its many potential health benefits and passionate devotees all claiming to experience substantial weight loss and improved overall health.
But is a keto diet really worth the hype?
Although more research is needed, there have certainly been many recent studies revealing benefits of low-carb diets over low-fat diets. Whether or not a low carb diet is the right choice for your personal needs, you can finda few examples of these studies listed here.
What does ‘keto’ actually mean?
There’s a pretty easy explanation behind the possible health benefits of this popular diet. The term ‘keto’ is actually just a shortened version of the word ketogenic.
These terms refer to ‘ketosis’, a particular metabolic state in the body that can be reached by following a specific diet. When your body achieves this state, it is forced to burn fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.
How does your body enter ketosis?
The majority of us get our energy from eating carbohydrates. But when you go keto, you have to drastically change the way you eat, by cutting out carbs almost completely and replacing them with high fat, low-carb foods instead.
These types of foods are considered to be optimal for putting your body into a state of ketosis. This occurs when all of the existing carbs in your body have already been used up for energy, leaving your body to resort to burning stored fat for fuel.
What happens when your body enters ketosis?
When your body is in a state of ketosis, it becomes far more efficient at burning stored fat for energy, resulting in a multitude of benefits. It also causes your body to turn fat into ketones in the liver, helping supply additional energy to the brain.
What are the benefits?
Some of the most well-known and commonly studied benefits associated with a low-carb, high-fat diet (specifically a keto diet) include:
What are the risks?
It’s important to remember that trying a keto diet is not a one-size-fits-all lifestyle. If not done carefully and correctly, a keto diet can do more harm than good and can be potentially dangerous.
When putting your body into an extreme state, it’s important to plan ahead and have all the facts ahead of time. It's also important to consult with a personal physician before making any big diet or lifestyle changes.
There’s a specific formula that should be followed if you want to see results on a keto diet. In general, a healthy keto diet should contain approximately 20% protein, 75% fat, and 5% carbs (50 grams or less) per day. These percentages are referred to as ‘macros’.
Can supplements help?
The good news when it comes to trying a keto diet for the first time is that, although it may seem complicated, certain supplements may actually support your body in reaching ketosis.
One such example are supplements containing nutrient-dense, healthy fat ingredients like MCT (usually derived from coconuts). Ingredients such as MCT are excellent choices that can be taken alone or combined with other popular supplements, such as collagen peptides.
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