Keto has been a word floating around the health and wellness space and you may have heard around the water cooler things like “you can eat all the fat you want and lose weight” or “keto is so unhealthy it’s amazing people are losing weight at all.” With all the discussion around this diet, we’re here to help you navigate what it is and clear up any misinformation you’ve heard.
Healthy eating habits are the foundation of health and wellness. At Cardio Metabolic Institute Of New Jersey, we offer nutrition programs to guide you towards optimal health and achieve your weight loss goals. If your curious as to what keto is, learn more about it in today’s post.
Keto, what is it?
Keto is short for what is the ketogenic diet. Although it has gained popularity in the last couple of years, it has actually been around since the 1920s. Instead of following the traditional weight loss philosophy of counting calories, eating smaller portions, and exercising, keto tackles the concept of where our fuel source is coming from and working to change it. Most people’s fuel source is from glucose (sugar) and keto works to change your body from being a sugar-burner to being a fat-burner.
How is ketosis reached?
Ketosis is achieved when your body converts fats into ketones and uses them as its main source of energy.
One of the best ways to prepare your body for ketosis is limiting your carb intake. Because your body will use glucose as the main source of fuel first, limiting your intake of carbs will be greatly beneficial to getting into a state of ketosis. When your glucose levels are low enough your body switches over to burning fat, thus ketosis. The recommendation for carb intake when following keto is between 20 to 50 total grams.
There is so much more information to relay about keto, so stay tuned for part two!