What is Keto, Ketosis, Ketogenic?
Every diet and lifestyle has depth to it. This information below is a very brief description or definition only.
A keto diet and/or lifestyle is a low carb diet or lifestyle, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat, etc.
When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin.
- Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
- Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.
Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, high(er) carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. So, by decreasing the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.
Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce what is called ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats inside of the liver.
The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet and lifestyle, is to force the body into this metabolic state. This is not done through starvation of calories, but is actually done by the starvation of carbohydrates.
Our bodies are created to adapt to whatever is put into it – so when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits.
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