We live in a time where being skinny is considered a mark of beauty. Although as time is passing by the definition of beauty might have evolved and people with bulky physic are also considered beautiful. We have now shifted our focus on a healthy lifestyle despite the type of physical appearance a person has. People are following different lifestyle trends to stay fit, some of them adopted a diet plan called vegan and some of them are heading towards a healthy lifestyle trend called keto.
In this article, I will try to cover all the basics of the Keto diet, so that the person who is new to this diet understands it’s basics.
WHAT IS KETO DIET?
Our body normally functions on the level of glucose available, which is produced by the intake of carbohydrates. This glucose burns down to produce sufficient energy to perform our daily tasks. A common process called Ketosis takes place when these levels of glucose are quite low, then our body looks for an alternative fuel source to produce energy for functioning. So it starts burning down fats in your body to produce energy by a process called beta-oxidation. Ketones are the organic compound that is produced by the body when it burns fats to provide energy to the body and brain.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF KETO DIET?
A ketogenic diet focuses on reducing the dieter’s carbohydrate intake. Besides burning fats, such a diet is also believed to help lower blood pressure, reduce cravings, improve cholesterol, decrease weight and increase energy.
It’s also believed that a ketogenic diet has a beneficial effect on mental performance since a large part of the brain can use ketones as energy for mental functions.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF KETO DIET?
If you are planning to try the ketogenic diet, be prepared for some side-effects in the first week or so.
That’s because of a condition that is commonly known as “keto flu” which produces IBS- like symptoms when you start the diet. Side-effects all tied to carb withdrawal can include nausea, light-headedness, mental fog, cramps, headaches, diarrhea, and fatigue.
These all will pass after one week approximately the same time you’ll notice some weight loss progress.