The Ketogenic diet is still quite a mystery to most, so let’s find out what it is and why it can benefit you.

What is it?

“The diet is basically a very low-carb diet to encourage the body to use fat as fuel instead of glucose, the lower the carbohydrate intake, the quicker the body enters a fat burning state” explained by Nutritionist Fiona Tuck (2017). The diet encourages eating lesser than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day to switch the body to a state of ketosis, where the body is mainly fuelled by fat, rather than other types of sugars and carbohydrates. When the body is in this operating state of Ketosis, we lose weight.

Why adopt Low Carb and High Fat?

“By drastically reducing carbs in the diet and increasing fat and pushing the body into ketosis, the body uses a more stable source of fuel. The diet is producing an alternative fuel for the body, not fuelling primarily on glucose from carbohydrates. In fact, a few thousand years ago, the body needed to breakdown our own fat or the fat in animal products to fuel our brain and body and it did so by ketones”, Nutritionist Anthony Power (2017).

The Pros

  • Quick and reliable way to lose
  • A very helpful diet for someone who is diabetic or insulin resistant because fat does not impact insulin in the same way as carbohydrates.
  • Increases of cognitive functionality.
  • The Keto diet is delicious, considering it’s based around products such as nuts, avocado and fish which are high in fat.

The Cons

  • Cutting out the yummy high carb foods such as rice and bread may be at first difficult. But, when you do you’ll feel a thousand times better and your body and brain will thank you! Also be aware that it’s not necessarily a ‘no carbs forever’ type diet, it just about finding that optimum level of minimised carb intake.

How will I know once my body is in a state of Ketosis?

If you’re unsure whether you’ve reached the ideal fat burning state of Ketosis, you can visit your local GP and do a urine test, breath or blood test.

 Please be aware that everyone reacts different to a Ketogenic diet. You may lose 5 kilos and your friend may lose 15, it’s an individual journey that sets your body and brain up on the healthiest path possible.