Everything you need to know when starting keto diet

What is keto diet?

Keto diet is a low-carb diet that results in ketosis. To achieve positive results, this diet has to be very low in carbohydrates, high in dietary fat and include a moderate amount of proteins. In short, this diet involves depleting your body of carbs and forcing it to break down fat for energy.

What does keto mean?

The “Keto” in ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it allows your body to produce small fuel molecules – ketones. This is an alternative source of fuel for the body, which is used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply.

Studies consistently showcase people who managed to lose more weight, improved their energy levels and stayed satiated longer by following the Keto diet plan.

How to get into ketosis?

Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar). The liver produces ketones from fat. These ketones then serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially for the brain.

What to eat on keto diet?

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Keto benefits:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved levels of HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Weight loss (specifically body fat)
  • Improved memory and general brain function
  • Reduced blood sugar and insulin resistance
  • Reduced triglyceride levels
  • Improved skin condition
  • Slower ageing process
  • Relieved migraines
  • Improved sleep and mood
  • Reduced appetite
  • Improved muscle growth and repair
  • Increased energy efficiency