The diet basically replaces your bodies preferred fuel source, carbohydrates, with fat which is the basic idea of the diet for losing weight. Our body was designed to run more efficiently as a fat burner than a sugar burner.
The traditional weight loss diets are linked to a low intake of fat which has caused some confusion. The keto diet is a low carb, moderate protein, and high fat diet which puts the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.
When your body is in a state of ketosis, the liver produces ketones which becomes a main energy source for the body.
The diet consists of high fat foods, with staples such as meat, eggs, fish, dairy and oils. The aim is to strictly prohibit carbohydrate rich foods such as pasta, rice, all grains, potatoes and certain fruits and vegetables.
Usually, when the process of digestion takes place, the carbohydrates breaks down into molecules of fructose, galactose and glucose. When the body doesn’t get the glucose from the carbohydrates, it looks for other forms of energy. In a state of ketosis, our body releases fat as an energy source which our body utilizes and burns this fat rather than the sugar.
However, cutting down on carbohydrates can you put you at risk of deficiency of nutrients which can affect your health. The intake of saturated fat from fats and proteins can risk in increase of cholesterol and cardiovascular issues.
The keto diet shouldn’t be taken lightly. Initially, reducing the carbohydrate levels causing ketosis can lead to weakness, nausea, dehydration, headaches and irritability.
A well-balanced diet consisting of a variety of food of all macronutrients is a good start. The level of nutrition in your body should be balanced before you make such extreme choices of dieting.