One day you woke-up to find the world set ablaze by one simple word: Keto.
Fitness industry gurus were shouting it from the rooftops and some ice cream companies hopped on the bandwagon. There are many benefits to starting a Keto diet when done correctly. I’ll get to that in a bit, but if you’re interested in seeing what a Keto meal looks like, check out our free Fran’s Kitchen Nutrition Recipe eBook! You’ll find our Keto Roasted Farmer’s Market Spring Salad in here! Who knows, maybe that can be dinner.
This is just one meal though. There are hundreds of ways you could create a keto meal. Let’s dive into what exactly what a ketogenic diet is though.
Ketosis State of Mind
Well, it’s not actually a state of mind as much as a state of body. You see, ketosis occurs when your body changes from primarily using carbohydrates as fuel to using fat storages as fuel. You start burning fat instead of carbs. You can think of it like changing the fuel type in a car. One may run on gasoline and the other on electricity. Both provide energy for the systems, but the source is different.
Alright, that’s all interesting, but how do we get to a state of ketosis? The easy answer is nutrition. When you don’t consume enough carbohydrates to reach your body’s requirements for energy expenditure, it will turn to fats. This means we reduce the number of carbohydrates consumed and increase the amount of ketogenic healthy fats. The liver then breaks down this nutritional fat and turns it into the fatty acids known as ketones. These go into the bloodstream where they become available for energy use.
Why All the Keto Hype Though?
There are many benefits to nutritional ketosis. Among these are:
- Increases energy
- Reduced inflammation
- Help in losing weight
- Helping control blood glucose in diabetes
- Improvements with epilepsy
- Improvements in overall metabolic health
- And Less “mental fog”
As you can see, there are many upsides to starting a ketogenic diet. However, there are some situations which should be considered before joining the keto lifestyle:
Word of Caution: Ketoacidosis
While nutritional Ketosis is a natural state the body enters to change energy usage, ketoacidosis, or diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a dangerous condition.
As the name states, this is most likely to occur to those who have or are at risk of diabetes. During DKA, the body does not produce enough insulin. This causes the body to believe it is starting, making it breakdown fat and protein into ketones at abnormal rates. These are far above what occurs during nutritional ketosis, which is why it can be dangerous.
If you have or are at risk of diabetes, it is best to consult with your doctor about the benefits and risks of starting a keto diet.
For those who are interested in learning more or starting the ketogenic lifestyle, try downloading our free Fran’s Kitchen Nutrition Recipe eBook and get a taste of what it’s like!
If you’re not looking for a full meal but would like to try a nice warm drink to warm you up by the fire, check out our Ketogenic Golden Turmeric Low Carb Latte!
This is the story behind the buzzword “keto”. Though it sounds like some magical superpower, it’s actually just a nutritional adjustment that changes the fuel sourcing of your body so that it can burn fat more efficiently.
We understand that getting to know all the new nutritional buzzwords can be confusing and taxing though. That’s why we make sure to guide you through your unique health journey. Whether that’s providing helpful information or building meal plans for you, we’re here every step of the way. If you have any more questions about Keto or meal planning in general, drop us a comment or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also let us know what are some of your favorite keto recipes. Talk to you soon!