If you’re not familiar with the Keto Diet it is when you’re training your body to use fat as it’s primary source of fuel instead of carbs. Essentially it’s a low carb, moderate protein and a high fat diet. This diet helps produce a fat burning molecule called Ketones in the body which is an alternative fuel molecule for the body, only utilized when there is a shortage of glucose in the body.
To produce ketones you have to eat low carbs and moderate protein. The reason it’s moderate protein is because an excess in protein intake can actually be converted to blood sugar in the body.
Ketones are produced in your liver from fat. Once your body adapts to this diet (typically 1-2 weeks) your body will switch to running entirely on fat for its fuel. Even the brain will be consuming this great energy source from the ketones being produced. When the body is producing ketones, it means your body is in a state of ketosis.
People who should avoid a Keto Diet are
- People with diabetes taking insulin
- People on medication for high blood pressure
- If you’re breastfeeding
As always consult with a doctor to see if this is a good option for you. Everyone is different.
Benefits of a Keto Diet:
When you’re first starting out on the Keto Diet, you might experience something called the Keto flu. This is your body trying to adapt to the new changes, it’s very common and only last for a bit until you’ve adapted.
Symptoms of the Keto flu are:
This is basically a reaction of how dependent you were to carbs. Your body will withdrawal from the carbohydrates you are now limiting. It’s absolutely normal.
Foods you can eat on a Keto Diet:
Here are some foods to avoid:
- Processed foods
- Fruits (high in sugar)
- Avoid “low fat” products they are usually packed with sugar and starch
- Starch & grains (cereals, pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, French fries etc)
It’s been a few days and so far I’m not craving the carbs I was so use to eating all the time like rice and potatoes. I will be documenting my progress on here and let you guys know my results in a month or so.
Here are some great resources to check out:
Have a beautiful day!