HOW DOES KETO WORK?
The keto diet has become very popular in recent years, with celebrities such as Halle Berry and Jenna Jameson (among many others) swearing by it. The keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb diet and is really what we can maybe consider an upgrade or supercharged version of previous low-carb diets. It has been shown to be a very effective method to lose weight and can also improve overall health. So how does keto work?
The standard American and Western diet has, for a long time, been high in carbohydrates, with saturated fats considered the foods to avoid. However, we now know that refined carbs such as white bread have their own issues. When you eat a meal high in carbs, these are converted into glucose, which your body uses as its standard fuel.
How the keto diet works is to switch your body’s main fuel source from glucose to fats. Since the keto diet involves eating low-carb foods, the glucose becomes unavailable as fuel, and when your reserves have been used up, the body and brain must find another source of fuel. Your liver begins to take fatty acids and converts them into ketones, which become the new fuel. The state where your liver is producing increased amounts of ketones is called “ketosis”.
The most obvious result of this is fat loss, which is why many refer to your body being a “fat-burning machine” while in ketosis, and weight loss can happen quickly. Some go on to stay on a keto-style diet for many years.
Just a few of the benefits of ketosis and the keto diet are:
- Feeling more full, and not needing to eat as many stacks, even while eating less calories than before.
- Weight loss – specifically fat loss rather than losing muscle mass.
- Higher overall energy and less fatigue, better sleep.
It is always advisable to check with your doctor before starting on a new diet like keto, since it makes big changes in the way your body works, but it is worth doing this because of the string of benefits and weight loss.
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