So, what is “Keto” you ask? You’ve probably heard it being thrown around as a health buzzword by Eastern suburbs yummy-mummies but let’s debunk the hype and talk science.

KETOSIS EXPLAINED

The “keto” in the word ketosis comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”[1]. Ketosis is a natural state for the body, when it is almost completely fuelled by fat. This is normal during fasting, or when on a strict low-carb high fat diet [2].

BUT AREN’T FATS BAD?

We know your probably thinking ‘hold on, so there’s this good thing for my body called Ketosis and all I have to do is eat more fat?” Well, I wish that were true (don’t we all?). The Ketogenic diet isn’t about stuffing your face with doughnuts and the like – it’s about good fats. As a general rule of thumb, try to eat foods that are naturally high in good fats such as meat, fish, coconut oil and nuts [3] (amongst plenty of others) whilst eliminating most carbs from your diet.

WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT IT THEN?

There are plenty of benefits to Ketosis and the ketogenic diet. Fat burning increases dramatically when the body is in Ketosis as the body switches its fuel supply to run entirely on fat – in short, it becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them off.

By giving your body and brain an almost unlimited supply of energy, you can increase your mental and physical endurance. It also reduces hunger, facilitating effortless weight loss [1].

It’s a common misconception that the brain needs carbs. The truth is that the brain happily burns carbs when you eat them. But if you don’t eat too many carbs, the brain is happy to burn ketones instead [1]. Bottom line: We do not need to eat any carbs at all. The brain can happily run on fat.

Furthermore, as getting into ketosis requires eating very few carbs, it may in some cases reverse type 2 diabetes.[2] Ketosis has been used for a long time to control epilepsy – often even without drugs [2].

WHAT CAN I DO NOW?

If you have any medical conditions, we recommend talking to your healthcare professional about how Ketosis can help you but if you’re ready to get started we recommend exploring products that can help move you into Ketosis and adopting a LCHF or ketogenic diet.

 

Sources:

[1] http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/ketosis-advantaged-or-misunderstood-state-part-i

[2] https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/ketosis

[3] http://www.ruled.me/importance-of-fats-ketogenic-diet/