FOOD & TRAVEL
Paleo, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Low-carb, Low-sugar, Juicing, Smoothies, there are many approaches to eating. It can often be overwhelming to sort through the specifics. Not to mention trying to figure out what is the best for your body.
What we often forget to take into consideration is that every body is different. What works best for your friend or sister, may not work in the same way with your body. It seems odd but we are all completely unique in our genetics, metabolism, vitamin deficiencies, and supplement needs.
One diet I hear about a lot about lately is the ketogenic diet. Perhaps you too have seen everyone and their best friend posting about it? Let’s dig in and see what this keto thing is all about, shall we?
The basics of the ketogenic diet are:
In a ketogenic diet, you essentially want to get your body into - ketosis. When your body enters ketosis, you burn fat in a different way. You enter ketosis when your ketone levels are 0.8 millimoles per liter. Source.
As it turns out, when you give your body less carbs to fuel itself, as you do in a keto diet, it has to find an alternative source to burn, which is why it turns to burning fat. Because you are consuming less carbs and more fats, your body turns the fat you consume and the fat on your body into what are called ketones. And ketones cannot be stored as fat like glucose can due to digestion. How interesting is that?
You may be asking, this keto diet sounds interesting, who would benefit from eating a ketogenic diet? According to WebMD those wanting to reduce inflammation, lose weight, have more energy and, there is the opportunity for more studies to determine whether people suffering from heart or brain disease or even acne could benefit from a keto diet. The diet change has also been hailed in helping with seizures since the 1920s as well. Source.
According to sources, The Ketogenic Diet is suggested as a short-term change rather than a long term eating regimen. This is something to note for navigating and formulating a long term plan for the optimal health of your body.
Please note the information provided above is in no way medical advice and should you be interested in adjusting your diet, please consult a licensed health care professional.
Have you tried the keto diet? Gone paleo? I'd love to hear more about your experiences in the comments below!