The Keto Diet: A Summary

The ketogenic diet has sparked a lot of interest within the fitness community this past decade or two. Celebs from The Kardashians to LeBron James swear by its benefits and the role its played in firing their careers. The full version of this post can be found here.

What’s the fad about?

Well, I wouldn’t consider the keto diet a fad diet. It has been around for a long time, initially as a treatment for epilepsy in children in the 1920’s.¬†

The keto diet dictates that you minimize the number of carbs and increasing your fat intake so that up to 70% of your daily calorie intake comes from fats. This may be hard to grasp, considering most of us were told that fats aren’t good for the body and they should be eaten the least, according to the food pyramid.¬†However, there are a lot of good fats that are beneficial for you such as avocados, coconut oil, almonds, and so on.

How it Works

Under normal circumstances, the carbohydrates you consume would be converted into glucose- your body’s main energy source. However, when your body senses there isn’t enough sugar in the body, it switches to an alternate source of energy: fat.

This can only be achieve in a low-carb, moderate protein, and high-fat diet. If your fat intake isn’t high enough, your body will use up protein sources for energy, and you will lose a lot of muscle mass.

The Benefits

There are plenty of proven benefits that a keto diet provides. These include:

  • Rapid Weight Loss
  • Increases healthy, HDL cholestrol
  • Slows brain aging and improves mental performance
If you’re interested in learning more about the keto diet, click here for the comprehensive article I’ve written for a health blog!