Did you know you can lose weight when you eat fat instead of carbs? If that sounds crazy, then you probably have not heard about the Ketogenic Diet yet. This might sound like another fad, but the truth is this diet is over 80 years old and is proven to be highly effective! In this article, you will learn the basic rules of the Ketogenic Diet, and find answers to commonly asked questions about it.
The Ketogenic diet is the ultimate low carb, moderate protein, and high fat diet for weight loss. However, it was not originally designed to be so. Over eight decades ago, it was used as a mainstream of therapy to help treat epilepsy in children, but it was soon discovered that it conditions the body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. Therefore, those follow the Keto diet end up losing a significant amount of excess weight compared to those who eat high fat and high carb foods. In addition, the Keto diet shows promising results in improving the mood, and the condition of the skin and hair and many other benifits.
The Rules to Follow:
You should only start the Keto diet if your doctor or a licensed dietitian
approves it. This is because not everyone is qualified to start the keto diet,
especially if they have an existing medical condition or is taking prescription
medication. Therefore, you should first get professional advice before
attempting this diet.
Rule #1: You must completely avoid foods rich in carbohydrates, especially grains and sugar.
It is important to eliminate all rich
sources of carbohydrates from your diet, especially if you are still on your
way to becoming keto-adapted. Your body is considered to be “keto-adapted” once
it starts to rely on fat as its main source of energy instead of glucose. This
can only happen if the body is sufficiently deprived of carbs, because if there
is enough carbs to break down to glucose and, in turn, convert to glycogen,
your body would not have to resort to burning fat. Once you have become
keto-adapted and at the same time achieved the ideal healthy weight loss for
your body type, you can slowly re-introduce healthy carbohydrates into your
Rule #2: You should only choose to
eat the best quality sources of natural fats.
The Keto diet promotes fat, but not just any kind of fat. Rather, it
promotes the consumption of healthy fats, including those found in organic meat
and eggs, wild-caught fish and other seafood, organic dairy and cheese, dark
chocolate, avocados, coconut and olive oils, yogurts, nuts, and seeds.
Rule #3: You must completely eliminate trans fat from your diet.
If there is one type of fat you need to avoid regardless of whether you are on the Keto diet or not, it is trans fat. Otherwise referred to as “trans fatty acids,” trans fat is the main cause of increased LDL cholesterol levels, which in turn leads to the heightened risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases. Trans fat is found in most industrially produced fats and oils, such as margarine and vegetable oil. Common examples of foods high in trans fat are baked goods such as cakes, cookies, crackers, pizza crusts, and pie crusts; packaged snacks such as corn chips, potato chips, and microwaveable popcorn; and deep-fried food, such as French fries, fried chicken, and donuts.
In this article, we touched the definition of the Keto-diet, also the basic rules of the Ketogenic Diet, and answered some commonly asked questions about it. In the upcoming article, we will give you 5 Amazing Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Bread Recipes You Will Love, to help you overcome the main problem you will face, when you will start the Ketogenic Diet. Stay Healthy & Stylish!