Keto, or the ketogenic diet, has surged in popularity in the last year. For some users, it’s allowed them to shed body weight quickly and get hunger under control. Here’s a brief overview of what is involved with the keto diet and how it works:
•Keto is a high-fat diet. Your daily foods should consist of 75% fats, 20% protein, and 5% carbs.
•This combination of high fat and low carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. This means you are burning fat for fuel instead of carbs.
•Since your body isn’t able to get glucose from carbs, your liver then converts the fatty acids you’re eating into “ketones” as an alternate energy source. This switch is called “ketogenesis”.
•Once ketogenesis kicks in and ketone levels are elevated, the body is in a state called “ketosis,” where you’re burning stored fat.
•Foods that are keto-friendly: meats, eggs, cheese, fish, nuts, butter, oils, and vegetables.
•Foods to avoid for keto-dieters: sugar, bread and other grains, beans, and fruit.