With the summer months slowly creeping up on us, the demand for diet-friendly products has certainly gone through the roof.
An interest in the popular keto diet, however, has recently outpaced other fad eating regimens, with a staggering 9.3 million Instagram posts dedicated to it in 2018.
So, what does the keto diet actually entail, and why is everyone and their mother talking about it? Keep reading to stay in the loop!
The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat eating plan that promises to turn the body into a fat-burning machine within days. For that reason, keto has surged in popularity as a lose-weight-fast strategy.
While many people think the diet is relatively new to the scene, studies show that it actually dates back to the 1920’s when doctors began using it to control seizures among patients with epilepsy.
The diet has made a huge comeback over the past year, thanks to Hollywood A-listers like Halle Berry, Adriana Lima, and Tim Tebow who’ve publicly touted its numerous benefits!
So, how exactly can the keto diet help you lose weight? Firstly, the ketones start the process by suppressing your hunger hormone. From there, it increases cholecystokinin (CCK), which makes you feel full very easily. This reduced appetite will help you go for longer periods without eating, which encourages your body to dip into its fat stores for energy.
The keto diet has also proven to reverse and even cure diabetes. Keto stabilizes insulin levels and lowers blood sugar to the point that many diabetics can come off their medication when switching to the diet.
Other benefits of this diet include reduced inflammation, increased energy and lowered triglycerides.
So, what are you supposed to eat on a keto diet? Dieters are simply encouraged to consume mostly fats (75 percent of your daily calories), some protein (20 percent) and a small amount of carbs (5 percent). Low-carb foods such as meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, and good fats are highly recommended.
Within a couple of days (or weeks), your body will likely in ketosis. At this stage, your ketone levels should measure 0.8; this can be tested by using urine sticks, blood sticks, or a blood meter. Other signs that your body is in ketosis include reduced hunger, keto breath, weight loss, flu-like symptoms.
The most important question now is: does this diet keep off the weight? Answers vary. While some people have bragged about being on keto for months, lots of dieters have found it extremely difficult to follow.
A ketogenic diet can be heavy on red meat and other fatty, processed, and salty foods that are notoriously unhealthy. Not much is known about its long-term effects either, probably because most people can’t eat this way for a long time.
Have you tried the keto diet yet? Let us know about your experience in the comments section below!
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