Even though the ketogenic diet has been around for centuries, it finally came into the spotlight during the 1920s by Dr. R.M. Wilders who used it to treat epilepsy in children. He found that ketones calm the nervous system down. Further research found that the ketogenic diet had other benefits.
What are Ketones?
Ketones are produced by the liver. If your body does not have enough insulin to break down sugar, it starts using fat as fuel. When your body starts burning fat, it breaks it down in the liver and ketones are the end result. Diabetics tend to have too many ketones which are very dangerous and even life-threatening for them. Most people eat so much sugar that they don’t produce an overabundance of ketones. When you stop eating carbohydrates, your body starts burning fat and producing more and more ketones.
Here’s what happens when you eat a lot of carbohydrates. Your body uses carbohydrates as its main source of fuel. Fats are a backup source of fuel. While you keep feeding your body carbohydrates, it keeps building up fat reserves. That’s one reason you keep gaining weight.
So, when you are on a ketogenic diet, you are both giving your body the right nutrition that it requires and, at the same time getting rid of toxins. By now, you’ve probably figured out that by cutting back on carbohydrates, your body starts burning fat which speeds up weight loss. The ketogenic diet is not a fad…It actually works.
The Difference between the Ketogenic diet
and the Paleo Diet.
Paleo diets focus on the balance of eating healthy foods with a balance of carbohydrate, protein, and lipids. Paleo diets follow the assumption of what our ancestors who were hunters and gatherers ate during the Paleolithic era. It asks the question, “What did cavemen and cavewomen eat”? Here’s the answer. Our ancestor’s diet included lots of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. Doesn’t sound bad but leaves out other beneficial foods necessary. High consumption of meat and protein is associated with cancer and problems with kidney stones.
The keto diet is a no or low carbohydrate plan which triggers the body to switch from burning carbs to burning fat. Normal diets focus on consuming less fat and working out more. That’s why they don’t work. Forget about counting calories on a keto diet. You count carbs and balance them with the intake of protein and fat. Sugar is avoided from the diet.
A typical keto diet gets 60% of calories from fat, 15 to 25% calories from protein and 25% of calories from carbs.
Medical benefits of lowering carb intake and focusing on eating only
fats that will convert into energy.
- Weight Loss
- Increased Energy
- Improved Brain Function
- Helps Clear Acne
- Blood sugar control
- Lower Cholesterol Levels
- Decreased triglyceride levels
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