Whether you are taking the first steps of your New Year’s resolution or simply looking to modify your food intake and get healthy, the Ketogenic Diet is certainly a great choice for you no matter what time of the year. Throughout this e-book, you will be introduced to some of the most mouth-watering recipes that are easy to prepare, and before you know it, the Ketogenic Diet will cease to be a diet; it will become a way of life. As you will discover, a Ketogenic regiment is all about high fat, low carbohydrates, and a healthy amount of protein, allowing your body to rely on the fats as energy instead of burning up the carbohydrates. You’ll therefore feel more energetic the more time you spend on the regimen.
What is the Ketogenic Diet? (Keto Diet)
Despite the many different kinds of diets that you have no doubt heard about in your life, there is bound to be a few that are new to you. One of these, in particular, might be the Ketogenic Diet, also known as the Keto Diet, which is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate regimen. The theory behind the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ratio is that the body will rely on fat for energy instead of on carbohydrates, and therefore the body will become leaner as a result of having less fat stored in the body.
Ideally, the Keto Diet will allow the body to go into ketosis or a metabolic state where ketones – which are fats – are burned for energy instead of glucose – the carbohydrates. Those that follow the Keto Diet also consume just the right amount of protein that the body needs on a daily basis. Contrary to some of the other diets that are in existence, the Keto Diet does not focus on counting calories. The focus is instead centered on the fat, carbohydrate, and protein make-up of the food as well as on the weight of the portions.
Why Choose the Ketogenic Diet?
Over the years, researchers have found that there are many benefits to choosing the Ketogenic Diet. There was initial speculation that the diet would cause a cholesterol build-up in the body, therefore leading to heart disease due to the high-fat content of the foods that people on the diet could consume. However, as more and more experts have looked into the diet, they have found that there are inherent advantages for beginning this type of diet.
For one, the body is able to utilize fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. The body will therefore not rely on carbohydrates since there is such a low amount entering the body, and will thus be able to store ketones – the fats – for later energy use.
Another benefit is the fact that the body will not be as hungry, and people on the Keto Diet, therefore, are at a lower risk of falling off their regimen by snacking. Because the Keto Diet encourages the consumption of various protein-rich foods which work to curb hunger. The body goes into the state of ketosis – which is common among those who fast regularly – and therefore does not require a lot of food to keep it going. What better than to be on a healthy diet and not have constant hunger pangs?