Dieting can be an ordeal. You need to limit your food intake, monitor every item you consume, and think so much about your next meal. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a diet plan that only requires you to watch out for and avoid food that is rich in grains and sugar? Enter: Keto.
In this piece, we’ll define what a Keto diet is and its benefits. With that said, let’s learn more about this regimen.
What Is Keto?
Keto is short for “Ketogenic,” a diet that is characterized by high fat, moderate protein, and very low carbohydrate intake. The goal of the keto diet is to induce a metabolic state called “Ketosis,” in which your body burns fat for fuel instead of glucose from carbohydrates.
When you follow a ketogenic diet, you limit your carbohydrate intake to ideally less than 50 grams daily, depending on your individual needs and goals. By consuming fewer carbohydrates, your body starts to produce “Ketones,” molecules that are produced when fat is broken down. These molecules can be used as fuel for the body, including the brain.
As mentioned, Keto-friendly foods are those that are low in carbohydrates and high in fat. The following are some of the food you can consume when doing a Keto diet.
- Nuts and seeds
- Starch-Free Vegetables
Foods that are high in carbohydrates should be avoided or limited to a keto diet, which includes grains, sugars, fruits, and vegetables rich in starch.
Benefits of Adopting a Keto Diet
Now that you have a better idea of the Keto diet, let’s discuss why more and more people are adopting this kind of regimen. Here are some of the most prominent benefits of adopting a Keto diet.
When you follow a Keto diet, your body switches from using carbohydrates for fuel to using fat, which can lead to weight loss. This is because the diet promotes the production of Ketones, which are molecules produced when fat is broken down. When your body is in a state of Ketosis, it can more easily access stored fat for fuel, leading to weight loss over time.
Improved blood sugar control
If you have a history or currently suffer from diabetes, Keto may be able to help. According to studies, the Keto diet is effective at lowering blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Due to the restricting carbohydrate intake and the increase in consumption of fats, controlling blood sugar levels to spike insulin resistance may be easier for those who find it difficult to accurately control their sugar levels.
Once the body becomes adapted to using Ketones for fuel, many people report feeling more energetic and focused. The main reason for this is that Ketones can provide a steady source of energy to the brain and body, without the highs and lows that come with carbohydrate consumption.
Controlling what you eat is a difficult task for most. Fortunately, Keto is a great way to do so. Minus the stress of constantly thinking if it’s in line with your diet or not. That said, Keto does not guarantee the benefits stated above and every person who adopts this regimen may still experience varying results. It’s best to try it out for yourself to know if it’ll do wonders for you as well.
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