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Could keto be the secret to successful weight loss? Many people are discovering keto for themselves and watching the pounds drop off.  So what is keto, exactly, and how does it work?

Keto is short for ketogenic. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that is designed to provide rapid weight loss. Instead of counting calories, you count carbs. This is similar to the induction phase of the Atkins diet.

What Does the Word Ketogenic Mean?

The word ketogenic, pronounced KEY-toe-JEN-ick, refers to the act of putting your body in the state of ketogenesis, the production of ketone bodies in the bloodstream. Ketones are the result of the breakdown of fat in the body.

The body normally gets its energy from carbohydrates. However, if you switch to low carb and eat high fat and moderate protein, your body will have no choice but to start using the fat in your food or your body to get its fuel, and thus you will lose weight.

Your Metabolism

Every person’s metabolism is different, but in general, a resting rate of metabolism burns about, 1,800 calories per day. Carbohydrates are ‘easy calories’ that digest quickly and enter the bloodstream to be used as fuel. Just think of how quickly candy dissolves in your mouth, and the sugar high you get from it, and you will get an idea of how easy it is to eat and use carbs. Researchers estimate that the average American consumes about 300 grams of carbs per day.

Protein and fat molecules, on the other hand, release their energy much more slowly, and through a series of chemical reactions. Ketogenic diets count carbs in a similar way as the induction phase of Atkins. To give you a general idea, during the first phase of Atkins, you would eat no more than 20 grams of carbs per day (as compared with 300). The induction program lasts 2 weeks, and those who stick to it have reported 10 to 20 pounds of weight loss. 

Firing Up Your Metabolism

Your body might feel sluggish a first, but once you acheive nutritional ketosis, your metabolism will start to become more and more efficient at burning fat for your energy needs.

It will also result in much lower blood sugar levels, and related insulin production. People who are so-called “carb addicts” who crave sweets will notice a significant reduction in their desire for desserts and other foods high in empty calories as well as carbs.  The lowered insulin production can help those with diabetes practice better glucose control, and may even reverse diabetes. 

Other Health Benefits

Studies have also shown that people with epilepsy and heart disease often do better on a ketogenic diet, and this despite the fact that dietary fat has for years been considered bad for the heart.

A range of studies has cited low carb and ketogenic diets as also potentially helpful against:

Alzheimer’s disease

Liver disorders

Certain types of cancer

Studies have shown that diabetics are much more prone to dementia, and at a younger age. So if you want a fit mind as well as body, it might be time to try a ketogenic diet.

Summary

The ketogenic diet is will continue to be red hot in 2019 as we turn away from processed food and learn more about it’s health benefits. Follow along with this series on Discovering Keto and share it with friends too!

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