Maintain muscle while at the same time as losing body fat
So, just how does the keto diet do all these amazing things to your body?
The keto diet’s main aim is to move your body from burning glucose for your energy needs to burning fat for your energy needs.
During the process of burning fat you body will produce ketones. You will be in ketosis as long as you are burning fat.
This can be fat from your food or stored fat. Obviously, turning your body into a fat burning machine is going to be good news if you have a little too much of it already.
On top of weight loss, ridding your body of excess fat, especially visceral fat will bring you numerous health benefits too.
The keto diet achieves this by lowering your daily carbohydrate intake to 20g net per day or less.
At this super low level of carbohydrate intake, you will not be taking in enough carbs for your body to convert to glucose.
Without glucose to burn for energy your body will first use your store of glucose. However, when this is depleted (normally within 5 days or so) your body will need to find an alternative source of energy.
Luckily for you, evolution has provided us all with a second metabolic pathway which we can use when we are not eating enough carbohydrates.
This second pathway uses our stored fat as fuel instead, and the conversion to fat burning is natural and healthy.
After all, that’s exactly why we store fat in the first place, to use it when carbs aren’t available.
In past times our supply of food was erratic and there would often be hours or days between meals.
If we all died within a few days of not eating, humans wouldn’t be here at all.
Evolution designed our bodies to lay down fat in times of plenty, and to utilize that fat when times were hard.
Now here’s the thing:
We still lay down fat, but we never miss a meal.
This is the single biggest cause of the obesity that you see all around you. It’s the biggest single cause of your weight problems too.
We are no longer in a world where we have to miss a meal. Far from it. Between meals and snacks, some people are almost eating all day without a break.
All day, every day. For years.
Not only that but the type of food that they’re eating is wrong. The standard American diet is super high in carbohydrates.
These excess carbohydrates can cause massive spikes in blood/glucose levels, which cause our bodies to release the hormone Insulin to deal with this high amount of glucose in our blood.
Unfortunately for most of us, this same hormone Insulin is also the body’s storage trigger.
When you have a lot of Insulin being produced it is basically telling your body to go into full fat storage mode.
Every single carb that you eat over and above what you need for your immediate energy needs will be converted into fat and stored in your body.
But don’t we need carbohydrates to survive?
No. There is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate. Your body does not need you to eat them. There are a few functions for which you require carbohydrates and your body can make these itself.
When your body needs carbohydrates for some functions, especially neurological ones that can only use glucose from carbohydrate, it will make those carbs from protein or fat.
Your body is able to use the amino acids from both protein and fat and produce the needed glucose.
You don’t need them. You won’t die without them and they make you fat. Fat and sick.
If you need some more information about carbohydrates read:
Once you have your daily allowances, you can choose from any low carb foods, and you eat until you’re comfortably full.
The keto diet is not a calorie controlled diet, but nor is it an all you can feast. Eat until you’ve had enough. Due to the high fat allowance in the keto diet, you should not feel hungry in between meals.
Reducing your calories is not recommended, and the old calorie in – calorie out diet is not only very hard to keep to, it will cause you to regain all your lost weight once you come off the diet.
For a detailed description of the foods you can eat on the keto diet read: