Keto Diet

Diets are common because people understand that what they eat on a daily basis is the main culprit to weight gain. When diet plans started to come about, people thought that their weight loss problems have a lasting solution. But there are so many to choose from, and people largely relied on word-of-mouth marketing, and endorsements from friends to choose the diet they would try first.

For those already familiar with Atkins, Liquid Diet and Dukan diet plan, here’s something that may not make sense at first: the Keto Diet.

Most body builders or would-be body builders claim that the Keto diet has helped them get their ideal weight. Body builders are not like regular dieters. They aren’t thin. In fact, many of the body builders around are bulky, but the bulk is not due to fat but muscle. The Keto diet became popular because most overweight people want to have bodies like those of body builders, and not the thin waif-like bodies of runway models.

The claim:

The keto diet is said to increase the rate of fat loss, especially for people that work out. Energy levels are increased drastically, helping supply the needed energy for exercise. Hunger is reduced while the person is on this diet. At first, the principles behind this diet became subjected to intense scrutiny by dietitians and doctors alike. One of the more controversial claims is ‘eat fat to burn fat’. Is this even possible?

The method:

The primary goal of the keto diet plan is to keep the glycogen levels in the blood low. Glycogen is the storage form of carbs. Glycogen is the body’s reserve ‘food’, which it burns when the person is in danger of starving. If glycogen is present in minute amounts, the body will go after the next best thing, fat. Fat is also stored energy entities that the body can use to maintain itself during starvation. When glycogen levels are low, the body is on constant mild ketosis, or the phenomenon in which the body burns fat for energy instead of glycogen. This is entirely possible when you increase the intake of fat and restrict the intake of carbs.

Too much carb in the diet leads to the formation of more glucose, which is then stored as glycogen. As long as glucose and glycogen are abundant, the body will not use the fat reserves to get energy. But this is for active people. If you don’t exercise and you eat a lot of carbs daily, you keep storing glycogen, and soon fat accumulation will occur because that’s where “spill over” glucose will be stored.

The catch:

This diet works best with moderate exercise. You need to do computations to define your exact caloric requirement for the day. Many users find it difficult to keep track and find it easier to just follow a diet that requires eating certain types of food. Mastering the keto diet means knowing how many calories you can take in as fat, and how much you expect to burn with exercise.

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