Keto Diet: The Weight-Loss Diet

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What is a Keto Diet?

Keto diet or a low carb diet is basically the process of letting your body starve for carbohydrates rather than for calories. The ketones that are produced in the liver by breaking the fat provides the necessary energy to your body, thereby increasing the metabolism rate of your body. This acts as the main source of energy for your body and results in various benefits for your body.

 

Types of Keto Diet:

Standard ketogenic diet: It is the main and most popular keto diet that is followed by a large number of people for weight loss. This diet restricts the amount of carbohydrate intake every day.

Targeted ketogenic diet: This type of diet focuses on certain targeted regions in your body by providing it fast digestive carbohydrates. These carbohydrates have to be eaten before a workout session. Besides this, one has to follow a standard diet plan as well.

A cyclic ketogenic diet: It is an advanced form of a keto diet and is usually given to contestants and bodybuilders. This diet provides people with a carb diet for a day and a glycogen supply for the rest of the week.

 

Benefits of a Keto Diet

Following a keto diet provides a host of benefits such as increased energy levels, loss of weight, acne control, good sleep and an increased focus.

1) Weight-Loss

You tend to work hard to reduce your fat and this is easily achieved by following a  keto diet. As the body uses the fat to provide energy, it results in tremendous weight loss. When you are on a keto diet, insulin levels are reduced and your body burns fat naturally. Additionally, this diet has a  more long-term impact than the regular high carb diet.

 

2) Energy Booster

Normally people crave for food that is rich in fat. Well, this is exactly what is served in a keto diet, you stay healthy and full for longer hours and have a controlled appetite.

 

3) Increased Focus

Your level of concentration increases with the consumption of food that is rich in fatty acids. Fat is indeed a great fuel for brain functionalities. So one of the benefits of a keto diet is that improves your focus levels. 

 

So how does a Keto Diet lead to Weight Loss?

By following a Keto diet,  your body burns carbohydrates or fat in order to generate the necessary fuel to function properly. Instead of taking its fuel from carbohydrates, in a keto diet, you prepare your body to use the fat to get the required level of fuel. So in a keto diet, eating fat-rich foods are essential.

In a keto diet, you need to consume fat-based foods with a little protein and carbohydrates in order to balance the functions of certain blood cells which might still need glucose to function properly.

On the contrary, in a normal high-carb, low-fat diet, the body generates glucose and your body cells use this glucose for energy. But in a keto diet, the cells generate fatty acids. By letting your body starve for carbohydrates, the body uses the fat already present in the body to get the required energy.   Hence, you tend to lose weight comparatively faster on a keto diet that on a carbohydrates diet.

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