The fat kid in you must be thinking “Just another diet for meatheads”. Slap that fatty in the mouth. This diet is not a quick fix to drop weight. This diet, even if followed at a basic level, can result in massive benefits for your body and brain.
It was first used in the 1920s and 30s as a therapeutic remedy to treat epilepsy in children. Think about that – it was a medical solution. Today, followers are raving about its benefits – eliminates fatigue, accelerates fat loss, increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), reduce blood sugar and insulin levels, and more.
But hold up, before we get too fanboy about it, let’s define the Ketogenic Diet. Basically, the aim is to increase the body’s ability to utilize fats instead of glucose for everyday energy:
To do that, you need to put your metabolism into a state of ketosis, which simply means high levels of ketones in the blood. Ke-what? A ketone is a byproduct formed during the conversion of fatty acids to fuel. Ketones can be used for energy by all tissue containing mitochondria, which includes muscle and the brain. Here, let me use someone else’s picture to explain:
So if you’re a Ketogenic Nerd, you can test how well your body is adapting to the diet by measuring the ketones in your blood.
Now that you’ve read the nerd bits, here is a simple chart (also someone else’s) to follow on what type of foods you can and cannot stuff into your face:
Seriously though, this diet works (so far, this writer can’t shut up about it). CAUTION: If you’re budding teen or below with no weight issues (or epilepsy), skip this diet (eat all the pizza you can before you turn into a disgruntled, overweight workaholic). Remember, the first two weeks without sugar and carbs may drive you a little crazy when your body craves for glucose. Persevere. It’s worth it. It will get you results. Trust me, I’m the writer who can’t shut up about it.
Feel free to share your experience with this diet or hurl insults at the writer in the comments section.