Keto 101: What it is and how to transition to a keto diet
You’ve probably heard of the keto diet. Recent surveys report that it’s the most popular diet not just in the United States, but in the entire world.
Still, though, you might be wondering how it works, and if it could be right for you. You’ve come to the right place, friend. Here’s your quick-start guide to this increasingly popular diet.
The keto diet seriously limits your intake of carbs, replacing them primarily with fats. The goal here is to put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.
When you’re in ketosis, your body makes ketones. Usually, your cells primarily use glucose (blood sugar) for fuel, which it gets from carbs. But if you don’t eat enough carbs for your cells to rely on glucose, they’ll turn to fat.
To turn fat into an energy source for your cells, your body enters ketosis. In this state, your liver breaks down fats to create ketones, which it sends into your bloodstream so your cells can use these ketone bodies as an energy source.
Ketosis does two beneficial things for your body. First, to get to a state of ketosis, you limit carb intake, which slashes your blood sugar levels. And high blood sugar levels are linked to a whole bunch of health challenges, from diabetes to kidney failure to heart attack.
Secondly, when you’re in ketosis, your body’s at its most efficient in terms of fat burning. That’s why studies have linked keto diets to weight loss. It might seem counterintuitive that a high-fat diet could be the key to losing fat, but science shows that keto can deliver results.
What to Eat On KETO
The standard keto diet aims for 70-80% fat, 10-20% protein, and just 5-10% carbs.
That means you’ll eat more of certain food groups while steering clear of others.
Your keto diet will probably include more:
- Low-carb veggies like:
- Brussel sprouts
- Low-carb fruits like berries and avocados
On keto, you need to avoid:
- All other grains
- Most fruits, including fruit juices
- Sugar, including honey and syrup
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