Simply put, the ketogenic diet is any diet that "forces" the body into a state of ketosis, and in which the energy consumed fats instead of carbohydrates. Proper ketogenic diet requires the consumption of large quantities of fat, protein and a sufficient amount of very small quantities of carbohydrates. Our bodies are used to convert carbohydrates into glucose, which the body uses for energy. When sufficient restricting carbohydrate intake enter into a state of ketosis, your liver starts to pound fat cells into fatty acids and ketones, which the body then use for energy.
Why is the ketogenic diet effective?
The ketogenic diet works much like any diet: limiting the number of calories you consume, creating a …show more content…
When in ketosis, our bodies excrete the excess ketones in the urine, sweat and breath. This is handy, because we can check if ketones are present in our urine. If they are present in any amount, your body is in a state of ketosis and you can be sure that you have enough to limit the consumption of carbohydrates. Similar to the smell of acetone is also a sign that you are in ketosis. Once you get used to the ketogenic diet, and you are able to stay in a state of ketosis consistently and effortlessly, you can increase your carb intake until you find the "weak point" of your body where the body comes from a state of ketosis. Below this point, the amount of carbohydrates you can eat each day, and continue to stay in ketosis. Being in ketosis does not necessarily mean that you are doing the correct keto diet. Consuming adequate ratio of macronutrients is important. Your body needs sufficient amounts of protein to preserve muscle mass and enough total energy to your brain, organs and muscles to function normally. And you must not forget to consume adequate amounts of vegetables to enter the desired amount of vitamins, minerals and most importantly-