Wondering what the Keto diet is all about? Confused as to how eating a high-fat diet can actually help you to slim down? Here’s a breakdown on this diet trend.
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
The Keto Diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate (low glycemic index foods) diet, based on a metabolic process called ketosis. It might seem counterintuitive to eat more fat in order to LOSE fat, but its all about shifting the way that the body metabolizes food for energy.
What does it mean to be in ketosis?
Ketosis means that the liver is producing ketones, also known as “ketone bodies,”. Ketones are byproducts of the body metabolizing fat for energy when carbohydrate intake is low. Instead of using glucose from carbs as its main energy source, the body begins using ketones for fuel. As a result, the body burns stored fats!
This process is highly individualized and can occur more quickly if you are working out more often, but after about week of restricting carbohydrate intake, the body burns through all of the carbs and begins to enter a state of ketosis.
What should you eat in order to get into a ketogenic state?
Aside from meat and pure fat, there are actually no zero-carb foods, and so a large portion of a Keto diet should be comprised of low glycemic vegetables. Ideally, ANY diet should be made up of low glycemic vegetables as they are the best food for promoting optimal health; they are a good source of fiber and protein to support good digestion and sustain your appetite. Some examples of the best low glycemic vegetables include kale, spinach, cucumber, and zucchini and just about every other green vegetable. You should avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn, legumes, and all grains.