You’ve read the reviews, heard your friends discussing it and probably have at least one friend who is actually on it but still you may be asking yourself what is the keto diet about?
The keto diet is about giving your body the right food at the right time .
By doing this your body can use what you eat or use your fat stores to meet its energy needs.
This is in direct opposition to what the majority of diets have been doing so far.
Just about all other diets focus on the amount of food you eat and involve calorie restriction. The keto diet focuses on the type of food you eat.
What’s wrong with the calorie restricted diets that have been used for years?
The very word diet conjures up images in your mind of someone summoning every last ounce of their will power. They go without all the foods they normally love in order to drop some body fat.
Think of a diet and you think of words like deprived, reduced and hunger. You imagine someone who is suffering in the name of doing something about that roll of fat that has slowly encircled his or her waist.
This is because most diets for as long as anyone can remember have all based themselves on the idea that you need to reduce your calories in order to lose weight.
Now here’s the thing: Your body has no receptors for calories. It hasn’t the first clue about the calorie count of any food you’re eating, and nor does it care.
This is an entirely man made concept that has been applied to people.
This is an important point, and the single biggest reason why calorie restricting diets don’t work.
Sure, if you don’t eat enough you’re going to lose weight, but your body will respond by reducing your metabolic rate.
Your body will start to do everything it can to store what food you do eat.
If you do manage to shift some fat, then you’ll soon find that you have to eat less and less to achieve the same result.
Worse, the moment a bite of cake passes your lips you will be putting it all back on again.
We all know this happens, we’ve all been there or watched our friends go through this.
Unfortunatey,f still people persist in the idea that calories in/energy used model of eating is going to help them lose weight.
A short history lesson
The word “calorie” has been around since at least 1879 when it was used in a physics lecture to describe the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1g of water from 0 to 1°C.
So it was a concept that had some value in physics, a long time before anyone applied it to human physiology and nutrition.