Solve Your Health Issues with a Ketogenic Diet
Ketogenic diets emphasize natural fats and protein (meat, fish, poultry) and restrict foods high in carbohydrate (sugars and starches). The standard American diet (SAD) contains 45-65% of calories from carbohydrate, while keto diets restrict carbohydrate intake to a very small amount, about 2-4% of calories. In short, keto diets are high fat, very low carb diets and this different way of eating is not only deliciously satisfying, but has some powerful and beneficial metabolic effects on the human body.
On this website, you’ll find information on how these diets work, the right way to “do” the diet, and details on how you can increase your energy and improve your health simply by changing the way you eat.
How Do Ketogenic Diets Work?
Ketogenic diets are not high protein diets. as the majority of calories come from natural fats. Protein intake is moderate and only small amounts of carbohydrates are allowed. Because fat is so dense in calories, this just means adding a moderate amount of extra butter, olive oil or other natural fat to fresh, whole food meals.
The restriction of carbohydrate is the key health factor in this diet. When carbohydrate foods (sugar and starch) are digested, they are broken down into blood sugar (glucose) in the body. The more carbs we eat, the more glucose is created. If we reduce carb intake and instead eat more fat and protein, it causes our internal metabolic pathways to switch from burning sugar to burning fat.
This switch produces ketone bodies while at the same time reducing blood sugar and insulin levels. As blood glucose and insulin levels drop and ketone body levels rise, the heart, muscle and brain reduce glucose usage and instead rely on fats and ketones to fuel themselves. This state of “nutritional ketosis“ is beneficial, and in fact, ketone producing diets are much more powerful than most people realize. There is strong research evidence that low carb, high fat diets are effective for the following medical conditions: