You may still have questions though, such as what is actually involved? What are the benefits and is it right for me? In this article, we will uncover these questions so you can determine if this diet is going to be right for you.
What Is The Ketogenic Diet?
The ketogenic diet involves drastically limited our dietary carbohydrate intake, which is often as little as 15 grams. This essentially means that many breads, beverages, fruits, starchy vegetables, nuts and seeds are often excluded from this sort of diet.
What Are The Benefits of Keto
One primary benefit of ketogenic diets is that it drastically accelerates fat loss, and over time, teaches our body to become more efficient fat burning machines.
How Do We Do The Ketogenic Diet Right?
When we first look into doing the ketogenic diet, you may come across the range of symptoms that could follow in the early stages, often known as the “keto flu”. These range from irritability, headaches, slight brain fog, and sometimes a bit of digestive issues. This is just our body adjusting to our now sudden drop in carbs, which means our body has to adjust to the lower insulin levels, and attempting to re-balance out our electrolyte levels.
The Takeaway Message
Ketogenic diets are definitely a great tool in accelerating our weight loss journey, and can make us think clearer, and feel better. On the other hand, we also must ensure we’re eating a variety of mineral rich vegetables, and ensuring we’re staying hydrated.
Stephen Brumwell | Clinical Nutritionist
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