If you’re looking to lose weight, manage your diabetes with lifestyle and diet choices or make some overall health changes starting with your diet, you may have heard about the ketogenic diet.
What is a ketogenic diet? The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, very low-carb diet. This diet generates the production of ketone bodies which pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source.
What is ketosis? The ketogenic diet causes the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones” which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The source of fuel and energy for the brain is glucose. Ketones are an alternative fuel for the brain, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced if very few carbs and only moderate amounts of protein are eaten. On the keto diet, glucose levels are exhausted and the body is prompted to give the brain energy through an alternative method, ketones. The body takes stored fat through the liver and produces ketones which is then used as fuel throughout the body, including the brain. When the body produces ketones, it is called ketosis. Exhausting the body of glucose on a ketogenic diet forces the body to run entirely on fat which burns stored fat more rapidly.
- Weight Loss
- Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
- Control blood sugar
- Mental focus
- Increased physical endurance/energy
- Lessen stomach problems
- Clear acne
- And more!
Here is a helpful infographic on the correct macronutrient (macro) ratios for a ketogenic diet: