The Beginners Guide To The Ketogenic Diet
For most of our lives we’ve been told the key to living a healthy life is to consume a diet that consists of high carbohydrates, moderate protein, and low fat.
If you were to eat a high fat diet it would lead to you gaining a lot of weight.
Or at least that’s what we were lead to believe.
Because of this many people have started cutting all fats from their diets.
As you very well know, this type of dramatic approach never works.
Luckily you don’t have to take that approach.
What Is The Ketogenic Diet?
The ketogenic diet is basically the complete opposite of the average traditional diet.
Instead of trying to avoid fat altogether, this diet encourages you to consume high amounts of high quality, healthy fats.
While you won’t be eliminating fats, you will be limiting the amount of carbs you eat.
Instead of consuming high amounts of carbs you will replace them with high quality protein sources.
On this diet you will get 15% of your calories from carbs, 25% of your calories from protein, and 60% of your calories from fat.
Can You Lose Weight With The Ketogenic Diet?
In one word, YES! You can indeed lose weight on the ketogenic diet.
Here’s how it works.
When you are on a low carb diet your body goes into a state of fat oxidation.
This state is known as ketosis.
When your body has a higher supply of fat, and you are eating fewer meals throughout the day, that is when you will enter into ketosis.
Your body will go into a fasting phase.
Once in this fasting phase your body will start to use stored fat as fuel.
Once this happens you will start to effectively burn calories and fat that has potentially been stored up for years.