A ketogenic diet is well known for being a low carbohydrate diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to use as energy.
The Ketogenic Diet is called by many different names: Ketogenic Diet, Low Carb, Low Carb, High Fat ( LCHF ), etc.
When you eat something high in carbohydrates, your body will produce glucose and insulin.
- Glucose it is the simplest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it is chosen over any other energy source.
- Insulin it is produced to process glucose in the bloodstream and carry it throughout the body.
Glucose is used as primary energy and fats are not deemed necessary and are therefore stored.
Typically on a normal, multi-carbohydrate diet, the body uses glucose as its main form of energy. By lowering your carbohydrate intake, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.
Ketosis it's a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones , thanks to the breakdown of fat in the liver.
The ultimate goal of a properly maintained ketogenic diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We do not do it for calorie hunger, but for carbohydrate hunger.
Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it - when you overload it with fat and take away the carbs, it will start burning ketones as its primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many benefits for health, weight loss, and physical and mental performance.
There are many other benefits including decreased water retention, mental focus, definition and strengthening of muscle mass, increased energy available, strengthening of the immune system and much more.
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