What is What is Keto?
The Ketogenic or Keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet. The idea is that by drastically reducing your carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat, it will trigger a metabolic state called ketosis. Once the body enters Ketosis, the body will begin to burn fat for energy. It turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain. This process is also supposed to lower blood sugar and insulin levels and shift the body’s metabolism away from carbs and toward fat and ketones.
How can I turn my body into a fat burning machine?
To trigger ketosis, it is suggested we limit our carb intake to 20-50 grams per day, and fill up on fats from eggs, fish, meat, nut, and healthy oils.
It’s important we moderate protein consumption, because protein may be converted into glucose when consumed in high amounts. This will slow your transition into ketosis. You may have entered ketosis if you experience: dry mouth, increased thirst, frequent urination, and decreased hunger or appetite. There are also test products you can use to confirm if you are indeed in ketosis.
Does it work?
Based on my research, Keto diets seem to be an effective way to lose weight and improve your health. I found information that points to the keto diet as more effective for long-term weight loss, than a low-fat diet. Keto dieters seem to lose more weight and body fat when compared to a low-fat diet. I personally know people who have had success with keto as well. So that’s a YES!!! from me, I believe the keto diet works.
Possible health benefits of Keto
I found information that points to a ketogenic diet being beneficial for a wide variety of different health conditions. It may have a positive effect with the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease. The keto diet may help reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and slow its progression.
- Brain injuries. Some research suggests that the diet could improve outcomes of traumatic brain injuries.
- Cancer. The diet is currently being explored as an additional treatment for cancer because it may help slow tumor growth.
- Epilepsy. Research has shown that the ketogenic diet can cause significant reductions in seizures in epileptic children.
- Heart disease. The ketogenic diet can help improve risk factors like body fat, HDL (good) cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood sugar.
- Parkinson’s disease. Although more research is needed, one study found that the diet helped improve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome. The ketogenic diet can help reduce insulin levels, which may play a key role in polycystic ovary syndrome.
**Keep in mind that research into many of these areas is far from conclusive. A ketogenic diet may provide many health benefits. I’m not an expert or a doctor, I have read data that supports this information and I believe it to be mostly true. I also believe results will vary based on each individual. Just trying to report on information I believe to be true and could provide benefit to others.
Why I’m choosing Keto
I like the idea of how the keto diet is supposed to work. By following a keto diet, I can theoretically turn my body into a fat burning machine. it seems to burn more fat than traditional methods and doesn’t involve a lot of calorie counting. I also know people that have had success with the ketogenic diet, so I know this method can work. I’ve never tried any sort of diet other than reducing calorie intake before. I’ve had some health issues over the past five years and have been consistently putting on weight. I’m dealing with a decreased lung compacity and am kind of limited to walking for exercise at the moment. I have started some treatment that has improved my situation and am excited I may get the life I use to have back. My plan is to start my weight loss with the Keto diet and hope to increase its effects with intermittent fasting (which I will explore in my next post). I will also start walking more once we get a break in the weather. My goal is to lose 50 pounds and improve my overall health. I look forward to trying new things and hope I’m able to find an audience that is interested in my journey as well as willing to share advice and maybe even inspire one another.