I’ve recently been reading and learning about the Keto diet fad. Well, I would normally call these type’s of diets fads, but looking into Ketosis and what it actually is, I would say it seems to have some major health benefits. After experimenting a little on myself I can say I think it has some real merit.
I won’t go into what Keto dieting is all about as I’m no expert and I will fall well short of a good explanation. But at a very basic level it’s low carb, high fat, medium protein eating. Basically forcing your body to become fat adapted and less reliant on glucose for energy. Consuming high carbohydrate foods your body produces more insulin in the liver. Since glucose is predominately being used for energy your fats are then stored as they are not needed. This type of eating dove tailed in with intermittent fasting helps you become less dependant on carbohydrates and use your fat stores for energy.
The object of a keto diet is to force your body to get into and stay in a glycogen deprived state and maintain a mild state of ketosis (burning fats for energy). … On a carb based diet, carbs are converted into glucose and this is what the body will use for its primary fuel source).
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What I realized—from personal experience, reading clinical research, and talking to keto experts—is this: the most powerful effect of ketogenic dieting is that it supercharges your fat-burning ability. Not ketone-burning (although it definitely does that), but fat-burning.- Mark Sisson
I didn’t start to look into the Keto diet for weight loss reasons, as anyone that knows me knows I am fortunately always pretty lean. I was really interested in the health and concentration benefits that I’d read about. I’ve always suffered with the afternoon brain fog and tiredness and reached for that quick fix of carbs to get me through the afternoon to just crash again an hour or two later.
I’ve only been experimenting for about 2 months now and I have to say I feel pretty good. I haven’t been super strict as it’s a little hard when travelling and dining out to follow the rules exactly but when at home I’ve followed the basic principals.
What is intermittent fasting? Extended periods of time without food. A couple of times you have your last meal for the day around 8pm and I don’t eat again again until 12pm the next day. During this time you should try and complete a workout morning workout only on a coffee. Obviously if ths only works if you train or workout in the morning. After your workout eat a high fat breakfast/lunch like a mushroom omelette with a side bacon or a low carb breakfast wrap.
I have to say I’ve been pretty amazed at how good I feel and I can go the entire morning without food and not feel drained or sluggish.
More about my findings here in the future where I will hopefully go into more detail as I gain a better understanding.