A Ketogenic(keto) diet, is where the majority of calories eaten are consumed as fat.
There are a number of reasons that you may want to try Keto.
The nature of the diet is extremely low carbohydrate, and because carbs trigger a massive burst of insulin, your blood sugar levels wont be riding a daily rollercoaster. As such, you will have a much, much more stable energy level throughout the day.
If you are looking to trim down, a keto diet can be a great choice. The reason being the fat consumed. Fat takes a long time to burn, and is very, very satiating. This means you will feel fuller faster, and for longer, and will want to eat less overall.
Becoming Fat Adapted
Mark Sisson wrote about Fat Adaptation on his site recently, and I strongly suggest reading it, as well as the second part. Even though his site focusses on Primal Living, there’s an enormous area of overlap between Keto and Primal.
To keep things short, and save repetition, a few benefits of being fat adapted are
The easiest way to do this, is to remove carbs from your diet, unless you need them, and replace those calories with fat. A Keto diet is most generally considered when you eat
The actual amount of calories required varies greatly person to person, so you’ll need to experiment to find what works for you. At large, most people aim for no more than 20—50g of carbs in any one day, closer to 20g, and indeed less, when initially adjusting.
Ketosis is a state in which there are a heightened level of Ketones in the body, which is associated with an abnormally high fat metabolism rate. Simply, your body is most reliant on fat and burns it as its primary fuel source.
The 30% protein mentioned before, is to ensure your body isn’t breaking down muscle for sustenance.
That’s all on Ketogenic eating for now. I’ll be covering Ketosis in more detail soon, stay tuned.