When done properly, a ketogenic diet, a.k.a Keto Diet, is a simple, effective tool to gain more muscles and lose fats by restricting carbs and turning fats into a fuel source through Ketosis.
If you will follow the standard Ketogenic diet, you will be limiting carbs to less than 30 grams per day. YES – only 30 grams of carbs, which is equivalent to one medium-sized banana. Your normal daily foods that have carbs include: Wheat, Bread, Cereal, Pasta, Milk, Most fruits, and Potatoes (Sweet Potatoes). These foods, although referred to as good carbs, cannot be eaten in a Ketogenic Diet. The kind of carbs found in these good carbs sources are not allowed in the Keto Diet. What you’ll rather eat is fats, and lots of it.
A Ketogenic Diet requires two things:
The primary reason for restricting carbohydrates while taking the large amounts of fat, is that when fat turns to be the main source of fuel for the body, it is broken down into Ketones by the liver. You’ll function with these ketones rather than glucose, which is the by-product of carbohydrates.
When you are in a state of using ketones as fuel, you are now in state of Ketosis, which means the body is deprived of glucose and all the energy consumed by the body is coming from ketones. This state allows for rapid fat loss since stored body fat is able to be burned for fuel due to low levels of insulin. Moderate to high levels of insulin prevent the metabolism of stored fat. When we eat carbs, our blood sugars rise causing insulin levels to rise.
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Under Keto Diet, you’re going to eat plenty of fatty foods. Though it seems like there are a dearth of healthy fatty foods, there are still lots of nutritious foods to choose from.
Once you get used to eating foods with low carbs and high fat contents, it will be very easy for you to lose weight and attain the missing energy and passion in your life. The initial diet shift is not an easy thing to do, but definitely something that brings a lot of positive changes to your life. Most people have experienced not only weight loss, but also benefits like:
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Umer Chaudhary December 7th, 2016
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