Short for ketogenic, the keto diet, originally developed in the 20’s and 30’s to combat epilepsy in children, is a high-fat, low-carb, and moderate protein diet plan that rewrites the way your metabolism operates.
A ketogenic diet allows for a moderate amount of protein, low in carbs and a higher amount of fat in your daily meals. This way of eating helps your body switch from using sugar (carbs) as a main fuel source to using fat and ketones for energy needs.
When you eat carbohydrates, your digestive system breaks these foods down and releases the resulting sugar (glucose) created into your bloodstream in large amounts. Any carb intake results in rising blood sugar and the release of insulin, a pancreatic hormone that manages blood sugar. If you instead eat mostly fat and protein and severely restrict carb intake, over time, your cells will switch metabolic pathways, and burn stored and dietary fat as a primary energy source. As more fat is released from storage and burned, some of it will be converted into ketone bodies. Your muscles (skeletal and heart) will use the fat molecules to fuel themselves, while your brain gobbles up the ketones.
The keto diet is wonderful and transformative, but it isn’t for everybody.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, for instance, doing it would be very risky indeed. If you are in any doubt about whether my diet is safe for you given your medical profile, please consult your doctor. Actually, do this anyway. Apart from anything else, it is essential that doctors get to see what Keto can do for their clients’ health first hand.
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