If you’re someone who has been trying to lose weight or simply someone who is updated about every new trend for lifestyle, then you definitely might have heard about the keto diet, which is short for Ketogenic diet. There has been a lot of buzz about this diet lately and many are keen to know about it. A few celebs owe their amazing body transformation to this diet. If you don’t know what this talk is all about, then worry not, I’ve got you covered.
Before we get into the details, let us understand the basic concept of energy consumption in our body. When we eat food containing carbohydrates, it breakdowns into glucose which are simple sugar molecules. This is then used as fuel source for energy production. However, in the keto diet, we avoid eating food containing high amounts of carbs and instead focus on food containing high fats and moderate proteins. Due to the absence of glucose, our body is forced to enter into a state called Ketosis. Here, the body uses ketones which are produced from these fats, to obtain energy. This is then supplied to various parts of the body including brain (brain cannot directly use fats as energy source). This process is efficient in burning body fat. And this is how the body uses fats to fulfil its energy demand.
Well, but all’s not as easy as it sounds. Sometimes you have to work for the good things in life!
For visible results, a strict diet chart should be maintained. To continue ketosis, eat meals containing negligible carbs. Meat, seafood, eggs, olive oil are some items that you must include in your diet. You need to eat green leafy vegetables (like always!). But care must be taken that you eat veggies that are grown above the ground such as cabbage, cauliflower, avocados, zucchini, broccoli, etc.
Also, high-fat dairy items like yoghurt, butter and cream are great during your diet. However, avoid drinking milk or consume in little proportions as it may contribute to the carbohydrate count. Avoid coffees and lattes that have a lot of milk and sugar. You can have teas and anything that is devoid of sugar. Say a big NO to starchy food items like bread, pasta, muesli, etc. Also, stop eating legumes as they contain carbs. Sadly, potato and potato items like chips and French fries are also on the top of the ‘avoid list’.
Keto diet has proved beneficial in weight loss as here; fats are burned up for energy supply. Hence, it is easier for the fat deposits in our body to burn too. The level of blood glucose is also significantly reduced.
There are cases when many people experience flu- like symptoms such as nausea, headache, etc. This condition is commonly known as the keto-flu and usually lasts for less than a week. This happens since the body is not used to this sudden change after years of using carbohydrates for energy. But don’t worry, it’s nothing serious.
The keto diet has definitely changed the whole diet scenario by busting the common myth that fatty foods increase fats in the body. Following this diet routine can be difficult and straining in the beginning. But remember that with dedication and determination, nothing can be impossible!
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