What You Need to Know About the Ketogenic Diet

The Ketogenic Diet has become a hugely popular option for those who are struggling to lose weight with just a regular healthy diet and exercise, and you may be interested in it as well. But before you try it, it's important that you know as much as you can about it!

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

With the Ketogenic Diet, you eat ONLY high-fat and high-protein foods, along with very low-carb foods (mainly vegetables).  This causes your body to burn fat for energy rather than carbs, promoting effective fat burning that extends to the fat you have stored in your body. It has been used as a weight loss diet, but also as a means of treating neurological disorders.

What Neurological Disorders Can It Treat?

The Ketogenic Diet has proven to be most effective with seizures, especially in cases with treatment-resistant seizures. How or why it works is still unknown, but in many cases, the Ketogenic Diet has made it possible to control seizuers. It has also been considered as a treatment for Tourette's syndrome, but no proof of its effectiveness exists.

Are There Downsides to the Ketogenic Diet?

One of the primary downsides of following the Ketogenic Diet for an extended period of time is kidney stones. These stones form as a result of the excess fat burning caused by the ketogenic diet, leading to your kidney's storing of minerals. These minerals turn into stones, which can be painful to eliminate. The diet can also lead to higher cholesterol levels, which is why it's recommended to pair the diet with a healthy exercise program to control cholesterol.

What is the Purpose of the Ketogenic Diet

The primary purpose of the diet is to promote weight loss, as it ensures that the body can burn fat on its own. Just eating right often isn't enough to promote healthy fat burning, but changing up the diet--eliminating carbs and increasing fats--has been proven to promote weight loss. A lot of it has to do with the fact that the diet calls for a lot of protein, which promotes muscle building. It's not the most effective weight loss diet around, but those who follow it can see consistent results after a few weeks/months of following it.

Other Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

Here are a few other reasons to try the Ketogenic Diet: 1) it can help to reduce insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes; 2) it can lead to hair growth, particularly if testosterone levels are raised via exercise; 3) it can help you to re-boot your appetites and eat a lot more healthy, natural foods, rather than processed, artificial, and refined foods.

Dairy and the Diet

The Ketogenic Diet does include dairy, despite the fact that dairy products contain some carbs. Dairy products like yoghurt and cheese are fairly high in fat, which will help to promote fat burning and suppress your appetite. If you are trying to avoid weight gain while on the diet, just make sure to limit the amount dairy you are eating.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

If you're going to try the Ketogenic Diet, your goal should be to eat A LOT of healthy, low-carb vegetables. Pretty much anything with leaves is going to be low in carbs, and you should stay away from potatoes, carrots, and other higher-carb veggies. Beans are better avoided, but you can enjoy the occasional handful of nuts to control your hunger pangs. Drink A LOT of water, and prepare for some digestive upset as your body acclimates to the new diet.

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