The keto diet (which is short for ketogenic diet) is everywhere you look right now.
Want to lose weight? Try keto!
Want to get rid of brain fog? Keto can help!
Want to get off our blood pressure or blood sugar MEDs, or at least lower the dosage? Keto is your answer!
Want to heal your autoimmune disease? Eat the keto way!
But Is The Keto Diet Everything They Say It Is?
I had heard about the keto diet quite a while ago, but became interested when a few friends tried it, lost weight, and said they felt great.
Since I wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds myself (and who doesn’t want to feel great?!), I thought I would look into it. After all, I love foods like veggies, bacon, butter, and avocado.
What Is The Keto Diet?
The keto diet isn’t new; it has been used since the 1920s to treat epilepsy people.
While many still believe the keto diet can help manage epilepsy for some, many of those following this diet today are looking to lose weight, lower blood sugar, or become healthier by changing their eating habits.
By eating a keto diet, they are trying to get into ketosis. That is when your body uses fat for energy instead of sugar or protein.
Keto diet plan for weight loss?
Dr. Sara Gottfried explains ketosis well. She says, ” Ketosis refers to a metabolic state in which most of your body’s energy comes from ketones in the blood, as opposed to glycolysis, in which energy supply comes from blood glucose. Ketones are made in the liver when there are not enough carbohydrates to be burned for energy demand, so the body turns to fat for energy. The body enters ketosis when blood sugar levels are below a certain level, and liver glycogen is no longer available to produce glucose for energy”.
Reaching ketosis can take two to four days, but this is different for every person.