To Keto or Not Keto…?

To Keto or Not Keto…? read our facts

1. The Ketogenic diet was originally developed by doctors to treat seizures in children

The Keto diet was originally developed in the 20’s by physicians as a treatment for childhood epilepsy. The ketogenic diet mimics the  same effects fasting has on the body.

2. The Keto diet triggers a biological process that burns fat

Ketosis is the state your body enters when it switches from burning carbohydrates for fuel to burning fat for fuel. Most carbs are converted into glucose (simple sugar) by the body, which is the body’s primary fuel source. When carbs are eliminated from the diet, the body burns stored fat instead. This results in ketone production, an acid that builds up in the blood and is eliminated by urine. A minimal amount of ketones in the blood is perfectly safe, but high levels can lead to a dangerous condition called ketoacidosis. There is a way to test ketosis level in urine by purchasing at-home testing strips.

3. You need to cook to follow The Keto diet

The diet doesn’t sound much like a diet. It is filled with many delicious food choices. Like many other whole food diets, Keto requires a decent amount of prep to meet the required macros every-day. The hardest part of following the Keto diet is finding Keto-approved snacks.

4. Many foods conventionally considered as healthy are banned on the Keto diet

Starchy and high sugar vegetables, most fruits (except for small amounts of berries) and whole grains are not suggested on the keto diet. On the contrary, while others consider a high-fat diet unhealthy, healthy fats are the staple of the ketogenic diet.

5. The Keto Flu is real…but you can avoid it

Several people experience the Keto Flu in their first week of practicing the Keto diet. Characterized by drowsiness, dizziness, intense sugar and carb cravings, difficulty focusing, nausea, difficulty getting to sleep, and general irritability. Drink lots of water (and some salt water to manage electrolyte loss) to combat these short-lived sensations as your body is transitioning to the Keto diet.

6. Many Keto-adherents practice “intermittent fasting”

Intermittent fasting (aka cutting out any calorie consumption for specific windows of time) can amplify the impacts of the keto diet. For example, someone might finish eating at 8pm and not have another meal until 10am the following day, fasting for 14 hours. This fasting can aid dieters that are trying to move into the state of ketosis.

7. You might experience increased energy and brainpower

In addition to weight loss, many people are on the Keto diet for the potential benefits of increased energy and brainpower. Others have also seen improvements in lower LDL cholesterol levels, balance in hormones, improvement in sleep, decreased chronic migraines and gained sustainable energy.

So, now that you have read our facts. What’s your decision? TO KETO OR NOT KETO