The latest craze in diet fads is the keto diet, which stands for the ketogenic diet. This diet gets its name from ketosis. But how does it work? Are people really losing weight with it? Why has everyone seemed to have gone keto crazy?
In this article, we’ll dive into the science behind keto, explaining how it works, why it works, and why so many people swear by it.
How does keto work?
Keto involves eating a very limited number of carbs while increases your protein and healthy fat intakes to put the body into ketosis. Ketosis makes your body burn fat instead of glucose, resulting in quite a bit of weight loss; it’s the body’s natural response to fighting off starvation.
If you’re on this diet, you have to watch the number of carbs and net carbs (total carbs – fibers) very closely to ensure you don’t break the ketosis, thus ruining all the effort you’ve put in so far. You have to do your research and understand the nutrients your body needs, the total number of carbs you should set as a healthy goal for each day, and what healthy keto looks like for you.
Everyone is different. There are a lot of factors that contribute to what the keto diet looks like for you. We highly recommend consulting with a physician or dietician before launching into this journey, as they have a better understanding of your health and how this diet should look for you.
Why does keto work?
Keto works because it burns up your fat. This helps you to lose weight quicker. Unfortunately, it’s not ideal to keep this diet up long term, which tends to result in people gaining all the weight they lost (and sometimes more) back pretty quickly. The key to keeping the weight off is understanding proper nutrition, getting significant exercise, and remembering everything in moderation.
Things to watch out for in starting the keto diet
There are a few things you should be careful of when starting this diet and we’re here to help prepare you.
When people think of carbs, the first thing they typically think of is bread. While bread is high in carbs, it’s not the only thing. Certain vegetables, condiments, and other things you wouldn’t have thought to have a lot of carbs do contain quite a bit of them; for some, it could even be your entire daily allotment in one tiny morsel. Do your research and keep good track of the carbs you’re consuming.
Don’t deny yourself
If you’re firmly denying yourself all your favorite foods, you’re not going to last long on keto and you’re likely going to be grumpy and maybe even depressed while on the diet. There are thousands upon thousands of terrific keto-friendly recipes available online; don’t deprive yourself of things that will truly make you happy like pizza, cinnamon rolls, and pancakes. Just eat healthier, keto-friendly versions!
Listen to what your body tells you
Unfortunately, keto isn’t ideal for everyone. Some react very, very poorly to the diet and need to be taken off it immediately while others thrive on it. It’s very important that you listen to your body as you go through this process. It will tell you if you’re not getting enough nutrients, aren’t taking proper care of yourself, or if you maybe need to stop the diet altogether. Don’t ignore the signs and messages your body sends you.
The keto diet is extremely effective and a great option for many, but not all. We highly recommend consulting with your regular physician or dietician before embarking on this journey. They understand the science behind the diet and your personal needs well, so they’ll be able to help you come up with a perfect keto diet plan to get you on the road to success.
If you do decide to take it on yourself, we can’t emphasize this enough: take care of yourself and listen to your body. This diet has the potential to go wrong quickly, so don’t ignore the signs your body gives you.