Keto is a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet similar to Atkins. Originally developed to help with certain medical conditions (like diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, and even Alzheimer’s), those seeking weight loss have latched on to it’s methods as many studies have proven the health benefits of such diet.
By minimizing carb intake and replacing it with fat, you’re putting your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. (Do not confuse this with ketoacidosis.) In ketosis your body becomes a fat burning machine which naturally boosts energy and turns fat in the liver into ketones to supply energy for the brain. Benefits also include reduced hunger, blood sugar, and insulin levels. Many report clarity/an increased ability to focus and deeper sleep as well.
The ketogenic diet is simply a different way of eating. It’s a lifestyle more than a diet. It does not require shakes, powders, surgery, etc. Those lovely pee sticks are a great debate in the keto community as well and if you want my two cents – it’s a waste of time and money. Follow the basics (really, truly follow them – no cheating!) and you will go into ketosis. It really is that easy. It may take time to become fat adapted (you’ll notice major changes in your daily functioning when this happens) as that time frame varies person to person, but you will get there as well. Trust the process and remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Ready to get started on keto? Read my Getting Started post.
*I am not a doctor or expert, the above is what I have learned on my keto journey through research and trial and error. Consult with your physician before making changes to your diet.