Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Everything written below is based on my research, understanding, and experience. As always, check with a medical professional if you are unsure of how something might affect your body.
What is Keto?
Keto is short way of saying Ketogenic. A Ketogenic diet is a way of getting the body into a state of ketosis.
Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose (sugar) provides most of the energy. (Wikipedia)
Glucose is produced from breaking down carbs; where ketones are produced from breaking down fat.
Why would somebody want to be on a keto diet?
Most people voluntarily follow a keto diet, to some degree, to lose excess body fat. In addition, fat provides a more sustained energy source for the body; carbs are burned relatively quickly.
What is a keto diet and how does it help the body get into ketosis?
A keto diet is going to be high fat, moderate protein, and low carb. By starving the body of carbs, it will quickly use them up for energy and then resort to fat for its energy.
Generally, the daily macro breakdown is:
- 75% Good Fats (Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated preferred, saturated okay, NO Trans)
- 20% Protein
- 5% (or less) Net Carbs (Net Carbs = Total Carbs – Fiber)
Using an online calculator (KetoGains.com), will help you get better idea on macro breakdown and the calories needed for your health goals and activity level.
Where can I find out more information and recipes?
We will be sharing recipes and our experiences with keto on this blog, so definitely follow us.
A couple websites I use often are:
Comments and messages are also welcome if you have questions or want more information.