The Ketogenic Diet is one of our favorite options for weight loss—more specifically, FAT burning. The reason for this is that it's a low-carb diet. It is rich in proteins and fats, but it limits the amount of carbs.
Why is a low-carb diet a good option? Well, it all comes down to the way your body absorbs and uses energy from the food you eat. Your digestive tract breaks down carbs first, which means it's the first thing to be absorbed and turned into blood sugar. A diet with a lot of carbs is one that can cause excessively high blood sugar levels—DEFINITELY not a good thing!
On the other hand, a low-carb diet that is rich in proteins and fats is far less likely to cause blood sugar spikes. Both proteins and fats take longer for your body to digest, so they'll deliver a slow, steady burn of energy. Your body will turn fat into glucose at a much slower rate, but it will get used to burning fat for energy. This will make it more effective when it comes to burning your STORED fat.
The Ketogenic Diet is fairly simple:
- Eat a lot of proteins and veggies. You are also allowed to eat a few of the lowest-carb fruits, along with any healthy fats.
- Limit your carb intake. The Ketogenic Diet involves a VERY limited carbohydrate allowance.
Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet
The primary benefit of a Ketogenic Diet is weight loss. The goal is, after all, to lose weight by cutting back on carb intake. This forces your body to burn more fats—both from your diet and those stored in your body—so you get rid of the REAL problem. Through the Ketogenic Diet, you can get rid of the stubborn body fat that's so much harder to deal with than water weight.
But there's a secondary benefit to the diet: you get rid of your carb cravings.
Make no mistake, for the first few weeks/months of the diet, you'll find yourself lusting after any carbs you can get your hands on. Your body knows it needs carbs, and it has become very dependent on them for its energy. It will take your body time to make the switch from carbs to fats as its primary fuel source. Until then, you'll suffer those same carb cravings we all do.
But once your body makes that switch, you'll no longer feel like you NEED carbs. You may find yourself wanting to eat some carbs every now and then, but for the most part you'll be reliant on fats for energy. There will be less risk of binge-eating (common on carb-heavy diets) or snacking. In the long run, the diet will benefit you!
What To Look Out For in a Ketogenic Diet
This diet has become popularized because of successful weight loss and how it is portrayed in the media. Nevertheless, it is always recommended that you visit a nutritionist to see if this diet is healthy and right for you since it is not always suitable for every dieter. The body needs a certain level of carbohydrates. The kidney and the liver are the two organs that are most affected when cutting out carbs from your diet.
Common Side Effects of a Ketogenic Diet
One common side effect of going on a ketogenic diet is becoming lethargic for a few weeks. Since the body has been accustomed to burning off glucose, without the consumption of carbohydrates the body feels run down and strained as it switches to a ketosis state. After about a month or so the body will recuperate its energy and begin to run off of ketones which will help you to burn more fat.
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