A Brief Introduction to Keto

A Brief Introduction to Keto

To understand Keto one must recognize its purpose, so in short summary, Keto is a diet that focuses on low carbohydrates and high proteins.

Usually, other types of diets concentrate on swiftly losing calories left and right, but with keto one can gain calories as long as they are from the right foods: fats (avocado, salmon, nuts, dark chocolate, etc.).

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The Science behind Keto

The Keto diet’s origin spans as far as the 1920s, about 100 years of alterations to improve Hollywood’s most popular food provisions. Those who are skeptics and outright non-believers have lucid reasons, except they mostly omit the scientific facts that back up Keto. Dr. Russell Morse Wilder, an American Physician, who was a researcher for the still-standing nonprofit American academic medical center, The Mayo Clinic, came to assemble much of the research behind the Ketogenic diet and even devised its name.

The short but grinding process:

– First cut carbs by 5% (less than normal calorie intake)

– Next Increase fat consumption by 80%

– The body without glucose for energy will be forced to burn fat to produce Ketones.

– Right after Ketone’s blood level rises to a certain degree, one officially enters the holy state of Ketosis.

– Once all the stages finalize, results will be consistent and weight loss begins, that is until the body comes to a healthy stable weight.

Generally, the process may take 4 days to about a week, if done correctly. Personal factors like age, metabolism, activity level, etc. could affect the outcome.

Side effects may include

Before embarking on the Keto Lifestyle, one must be aware of its side effects. Since Keto is a restrictive diet, there are bound to be symptoms that may not be pleasant to experience. Side effects may include:

  • Ketosis breath [bad breath]
  • Nausea
  • Strong sweet tooth
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach convulsions
  • Brain fog
  • Tiredness
  • Grumpiness
  • Headaches

Consult with a doctor or nutritionist about the Keto diet. Click here to learn more.

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