Camilla from @4healthsakes shares her advice on what a ketogenic diet is and where it originated from. DCE have partnered up with 4healthsakes to showcase her favourite keto recipes and advice on what is the keto diet is (aka this article) and why she started keto. Make sure you check out the other articles, follow her on social media and check out her website if you want to know more.
So, what is keto?
How does being a fat burning machine sounds to you? In a nutshell that is what a keto diet is, a normal person with a “normal” diet get energy from glucose such as carbs and sugars like fruits and root vegetables, bread, pasta, rice and so on. On a keto diet you keep your carbs under 20g per day which makes your body go into a fat burning state called ketosis.
When on a ketogenic/low carb diet your carbs will mainly come from berries and vegetables such as: spinach, asparagus, avocado, kale, fennel, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and other low carb vegetables. You will also consume high amounts of healthy fats such as olives, avocado, coconut cream, coconut oil, nuts and other awesome fats. Moderate amounts of protein will also be a part of your diet. Eating like this makes your body burned stored or consumed fat as energy = you don’t run out of energy. Eating a high carb diet = you constantly have to top up your energy supplies with more carbs that’s why you feel hungry. On a keto diet you rarely feel hungry.
The keto diet was initially created to cure epilepsy but putting epileptic people on this diet they also discovered other health benefits one mayor one being weight loss. That’s how the keto diet started. A keto diet doesn’t only stop people with epilepsy from having seizures it can help both type 2 diabetes get free from medication and gives you so many other health benefits.
When you first start a keto diet you may experience something called “keto flu”. Keto flu is a natural reaction (almost like a feeling of withdrawal) your body undergoes when switching from burning glucose (sugar) as energy to burning fat instead. It feels a lot like a normal flu and a lot of people give up at this stage thinking they are going to feel like this forever which is not the case.
Keto flu normally sticks around for a few days but when you finally get over that feeling you get more energy then you could ever imagine and in the start you almost feel like your high on something. All the ketones in your blood just give you so much energy you don’t really know what to do with yourself. You get used to that feeling though and it turns in to an everyday state of feeling amazing.
It’s incredible what cutting out all sugar and processed food can do to your well-being, adapting a keto diet is a lifestyle change for a better healthier future.
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