What is Keto?
A Keto diet is any diet that restricts carbohydrates enough to force the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis, which causes ketone production and fat oxidation (burning). On a standard diet, the body uses glucose (sugar) for energy and stores the excess as more fat.
Carbs = Glucose = Insulin = Fat Storage
Carbohydrates are made up of fiber, starch and sugar. However, what few people know is that starch is also sugar in the form of glucose chains that are easily broken apart during digestion. Eating a lot of carbs, such as a bowl of pasta, delivers a very large load of glucose into your blood.
Insulin is produced to clear the blood of glucose. The liver and muscles each store some glucose for short-term use, and the rest of the glucose is converted to fat for long-term energy storage. Since insulin causes storage, fat stays put away and can’t be used.
However, in the absence of glucose, your body will open the doors to its storehouses: fat cells. Some fat will be used as fatty acids, but some will be converted to ketones for tissues that can’t use fat directly.
Very Low Carbs = Ketosis = Fat Loss
When we eat a Ketogenic diet (also called low-carb or low-carb, high-fat – LCHF), we tap into a survival mechanism that is built into us. We mimic starvation by starving our bodies of carbohydrates, which allows us to tap into the fat stores that have been put aside for just such a time. Fat is slightly more complex to use, but our bodies run even better on it and ketones than on glucose.
When you adapt to using ketones and fat, you’ll experience mental clarity, greater physical endurance, more energy, less hunger and the easiest weight loss ever.