What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The Ketogenic Diet was started back in the 1920’s not as a diet for weight loss, but a diet for children with epilepsy to prevent their seizures.

The keto diet was designed to change the body’s metabolic state from one that uses carbohydrates as the main source of energy to one that uses fats.

This change is called putting your body into a state of ketosis.

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What is ketosis?

Ketosis is the same state your body is in when in starvation mode- where it is literally using the fat stores on your body for energy.

The good part about the keto diet is that you get to eat a lot- instead of go through starvation- to get into this fat burning state.

Who can benefit from the keto diet?

The ketogenic diet has recently been discovered to have several other benefits other than for children with epilepsy.

The #1 use currently for the keto diet is weight loss.

However, the keto diet is a beneficial treatment aid for those experiencing brain fog, brain diseases like alzheimers, type 2 diabetes, endurance athletes and cancer in some cases.

I have personally seen in aid a friend suffering from encephalitis.

In order to change your body from its normal metabolic state to that of ketosis, you must force your body to use its fat stores.  How?  By only allowing your body fat as energy and eliminating the body’s available glucose stores.

Keto Diet Summary

For a period of 3-4 days up to 2 weeks, you will be eating the minimal amount of carbohydrates and sugar (20 grams net carbs maximum per day).   After this you may be able to add in small amounts of net carbs if your body can handle it, but probably not more than 50 net carbs total per day.

You will change your diet from the standard American diet of 55% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 15% fat,

to the macros of the keto diet of 65-90% fat, 5-25% protein and 4-10% carbohydrates.

Those are the most basic points to the ketogenic diet, but there’s a lot more to it than that.  Starting out the keto diet can be confusing, but we’re here to help.

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