The term keto is short for ketogenesis or ketogenic. Both are defined medically, as the production of ketone bodies. The ketogenic diet (often termed keto) is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain. Ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This, along with the increased ketones, has numerous health benefits.
Keto is known for being a low carb diet. I’m here to tell you that it seems more like a NO carb diet! Through experience, I’ve learned that to just keep it simple. Right now all of my carbs come from fibrous sources such as spinach, broccoli, avocado and green beans. Also, there are some trace carbs in a little cheese here and there. To your average person, that sounds so boring, BUT… how would it sound if I named all those greens and told you I soak them in coconut oil or butter and put as much salt as I want? Its freaking delicious!!! Throw on a good portion of steak and you’ve got a great meal! Not to mention filling. The fats we eat help you to feel full. So I go through the day and eat at my own leisure.
- Here is an example of my personal breakdown of what I ate today:
- As you can see, 73.5% of my nutritional intake today was comprised of fat!!!
What I’m trying to say is, the mantra of keto is scary if you don’t know what you’re getting into. Hopefully I can help ease that transition by going through this myself and sharing with you.
Other major benefits outside of just weight loss and fat burning, used appropriately, it helps with heart disease, cancer, alzheimers, epilepsy, parkinsons, polycystic ovary syndrome, brain injuries and acne. Just know that these conditions, so far have benefited from the application of a keto diet, but they are still not conclusive.
Hopefully we can dive deeper into the intricacies of this at another time, but for now its way beyond my bedtime, and I need to train early in the morning!