This popular diet is popping up everywhere lately, but what exactly is it? And how does it work? Well I will endeavour to explain as simply and concise as possible so that it is easily grasped.
The Ketogenic diet is nothing new. In fact it was developed in the 1920s to help seizure victims. However, its modern popularity is due to its benefits for weight loss.
The high-fat, moderate-protein and low-carb diet forces your body to transition from using carbohydrates (glucose) as energy, to burning fat.
As your body switches from using carbohydrates for fuel to burning fat, your body enters a state known as ketosis. Once there, your body starts to produce ketones (fat bodies) within the liver that are used as your body’s primary energy source. Ketones help lower insulin levels, which helps prevent fat storage.
Although the exact macronutrient breakdown varies by person, the general rule of thumb when following a ketogenic diet is to intake 75% of your daily calories from fats, 20% from proteins and 5% from carbohydrates. This precise balance is what helps transition your body into burning fat for fuel, but it is a departure from most people’s everyday diet.
I hope the above helps in better understanding the Ketogenic diet. And if any of you are thinking of doing it, I wish you the best and remember no diet plan or exercise works unless you do.
Until the next time, happy training and healthy living.