This is a super simplified explanation of what the keto diet is and why it works. If you want a better understanding, start at my in-depth ketogenic article – “What is the Keto Diet and Why dies it work.”
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What is a Ketogenic or Keto diet?
A ketogenic (Keto for short) diet is a way of eating that is very low in carbohydrates and high in fats. When carbs are strictly limited, your body enters a state called ketosis. (This is NOT the same as ketoacidosis, which is a complication of diabetes.) Keto is not a high protein diet. Protein is a big part of Keto because it is very satiating, and if you are losing weight, you want to make sure you are not losing muscle mass. Protein should be kept at moderate levels because extra protein can sometimes be converted into carbohydrate inside our bodies.
What is ketosis?
Ketosis is a natural, biological state that the human body enters into when carbohydrate intake is very low. When there are no carbs to burn, your body switches to using fat as its primary fuel source for all your muscles and organs. Ketones are a by-product of burning fat. Your brain can run on glucose (from carbs) or ketones (from fat). During ketosis, ketones provided by fat become your brain’s primary fuel source.
Why does a Keto Diet work?
When you eat any kind of carbohydrate, your body produces insulin. One of insulin’s jobs is to tell your cells to store fat. Without carbs as quick fuel or insulin to tell you to store fat, your body begins to burn fat – both from the food you eat AND that you have stored on your body! By eating plenty of fats during these first three weeks, you will ease the transition into ketosis by showing your body that there is plenty of this new fuel source. Plus, protein and fat are very satisfying, so you don’t feel hungry or deprived!
Once you’ve been in ketosis for a bit, you’ll be so good at burning fat that your appetite will decrease. Then you can ease off the dietary fat, so your body can really start burning off your fat stores and you lose weight.
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Angela earned her Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition 14 years ago and began her lifelong journey of nutrition and wellness learning. She began keto meal planning and cooking over a decade ago when she began working with local clients who were under the direct supervision of a medical doctor. Angela is the author of No Cook Keto, the easiest keto meal plan available.
Disclaimer: I am neither a licensed nutritionist nor a medical professional. I never prescribe diets. I only share my personal experiences and those of my clients for informational purposes only. Nutrition details are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be considered medical nutritional data. You should consult your medical professional before making any major changes in the way you eat.