The ketogenic diet has been around for more than nine decades, but it’s still not widely known. In fact, it’s only recently started to gain popularity as a weight loss tool. The ketogenic diet is a very low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. To put it simply, this is because these diets all rely on reducing carbs (and increasing protein and fat) to force the body into an alternative energy state called ketosis. This has several health benefits including weight loss and improved blood sugar control for people with type 2 diabetes.
The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet
The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat.
The main difference between the keto diet and other low-carb diets is that it additionally restricts protein intake to about 20% of your total calories. The remaining 80% should come from healthy fats (eat more fat) such as avocado, wild salmon, olive oil, butter, ghee etc., moderate amounts of full-fat dairy products like cheese & heavy cream(eat more protein) and some nuts/seeds (eating enough protein).
There’s no one set amount for each macronutrient; you need to adjust your ratios depending on your body type and goals.
Keto was first used to treat epilepsy in children back in the 1920s.
Keto was first used to treat epilepsy in children back in the 1920s. It was later used to treat obesity and has since been found to be beneficial for many other conditions, including type 2 diabetes.
The keto diet can help you lose excess fat
In addition to being an effective weight loss tool, a ketogenic diet may help with the following conditions:
Type 2 diabetes (and its complications)
Prediabetes and metabolic syndrome
Keto shifts your body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones.
The keto diet can lower blood sugar and insulin levels, and shift your body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat.
That means you’ll be burning more fat for energy. A byproduct of this is ketones, which are molecules that can supply energy to the brain instead of glucose (when you’re not eating carbs). This means that when your body is running on fat stores instead of glucose from carbohydrates, your brain has access to an alternative source of fuel—not just from ketones but also from fatty acids circulating in your bloodstream.
Studies show that the keto diet is excellent for managing type 2 diabetes
The ketogenic diet has been shown to help people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. It’s also beneficial for people with prediabetes, those who are overweight or obese, and those with metabolic syndrome. The keto diet can even lead to complete reversal of type 2 diabetes in some cases.
The keto diet is also great for improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels, making it a better choice than many traditional medications for these issues.
How to go about keto
If you’re struggling to stick to the restrictive nature of the diet, these are the most common reasons why, along with solutions on how to fix it.
You don’t feel satiated: If you’re hungry all day and have little energy because your body doesn’t have enough food, then there’s a good chance that you’re not eating enough fat. Fat is key for staying full and maintaining energy levels. Consider incorporating more coconut oil or ghee into your meals to increase your intake of healthy fats.
You can’t fully adhere to it in public: If you don’t feel like eating at restaurants or going out with friends because they won’t understand what exactly you’re doing, then chances are that this isn’t the right diet for you just yet. It takes time for people around us (and ourselves!) to get used to new things when we change our habits drastically like this one does!
The most common mistakes
Here are some common mistakes people make when trying to go keto:
Not having a goal
Not preparing for obstacles
Thinking it will be easy, even though you know it won’t be
Neglecting support from family and friends who want to help
Making too many changes at once because “I’m ready for this” without any tracking data to determine whether or not these changes will work for your body type and lifestyle.
Being too strict with yourself when it comes down to making choices about what foods are allowed into your diet while still remaining healthy enough so that one day in the future there might exist some hope of curing chronic diseases like obesity or cancer through science–this could take years if not decades so why bother starting now? It seems silly doesn’t it?
As you can see, keto has many benefits, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re interested in trying keto, there are a few things to keep in mind before starting. First of all, if you have diabetes or other health conditions that require you to eat a certain way or limit carbs and fat intake completely—such as those on the Atkins diet—then this might not be right for you. You should also make sure your doctor approves before starting any new diet plan because some of its side effects could be dangerous if your body isn’t used to them already (such as low blood sugar). Finally, always consult with someone who has been successful with this type of eating plan before deciding whether it’s right for your lifestyle too!