The “keto” diet often called “Atkins on Steroids” is experiencing a surge in popularity for its ability to promote weight loss! On the Keto diet the body switches from burning carbs to burning fat all day long, a process known as ketosis (which gives the diet its name).
Here are 5 things you need to know about the keto diet.
1. Why is the keto diet called Atkins on Steroids?
The Atkins diet restricts carb consumption to 20 to 25 grams a day during an introductory phase, and in later stages ramps of carb intake. The keto diet never ramps up carb intake.
2. How does the Keto Diet force your body to burn fat?
Carbohydrates are your body’s favorite fuel source. Without a steady intake of carbohydrates, your body is forced to burn stored fat as its primary source of fuel.
3. What Is Ketosis?
Ketosis means that your body is in a state where it doesn’t have enough glucose from carbs available to use as energy, so it switches into a state where molecules called ketones are generated during fat metabolism. Ketones can be used for energy, and have a special property—they can be used instead of glucose for most of the energy needed in the brain, where fatty acids can’t be used.
4. What Do You Eat on a Ketogenic Diet?
On most ketogenic diets, you consume 70-75 percent of your calories from fat. Of the remainder, you consume about 5-10 percent of your calories from carbohydrate and the rest from protein. Meals are most often built around fat sources such as fatty fish, meat, nuts, cheese, and oils.
Take a look at this week’s Keto Menu