What is The Keto Diet?
The ketogenic diet causes your body to burn fat (in the form of ketones) rather than sugar (in the form of glucose/glycogen).
The ratio of macronutrients on the ketogenic diet is much different than most diets. It features fat at an average of seventy percent, protein at twenty percent, and carbs at ten percent. The exact ratios are decided by your health issues and goals and there is a difference between the first few weeks ratio and the one you will switch to after fat adaptation has fully occurred.
During ketosis, your body breaks down fat for energy rather than sugar, which means you get a more consistent and even type of energy. Also, the average person has over 70,000 fat calories stored on their body and so there is always a source of energy and fat burning.
Keto Diet History
The ketogenic diet was originally designed by Dr. Russel Wilder at the Mayo Clinic to help treat kids with epilepsy seizures. During the 1920’s and 1930’s it was very popular in treating epilepsy but was dropped when pharmaceutical companies came up with anti-seizure medication.
Weight Loss and Ketogenic Diet
While in ketosis, your body burns fat for fuel, therefore figuring out the right ratio of fat intake daily takes a little adjusting. Those who have weight loss as a primary goal should work with a coach who can help them to make the fat adaptation transition into a longer-term weight loss plan. Many people find that the ketogenic diet alleviates hunger and cravings between meals. This makes staying on the keto plan easier to sustain than many diets that are more restrictive and not as enjoyable.
Ketogenic Diet and Other Health Benefits
Who Should not Do Ketogenic Diet
Is There Any Science or Proof That the Ketogenic Diet Works?
Given that the ketogenic diet has only recently become very popular, there is a dearth of reliable studies on it.
However, researchers like Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney, authors of The Art and Science of the Low Carbohydrate Performance, are starting to get some reliable data.
If you want to read more about the science behind ketosis, then I highly recommend checking out Dr. Peter Attia’s blog here.