Keto Crazy – Explaining the Latest Trend in Dieting
2019-07-03 11:32 Wednesday
If you're like many people, keeping in shape (or at least keeping the appearance of being in shape) is something that you think about often. If that's you, then you've probably heard about the latest craze in the world of dietary structure: The Keto diet. You've heard about it from everyone – from collogues, to movie stars, to star athletes – who have all been preaching the glory of “going keto” and its effects on weight loss, disease prevention and overall general health and well-being. But what exactly does this mean?
Nutraceuticals World describes the Ketogenic diet like this: by drastically reducing carbohydrate and sugar intake, and filling up on fats instead, the body will begin the process of ketosis—a state when the body breaks down both dietary and stored fats into substances called ketones. The body then begins utilizing fats rather than sugar for energy, thus leading to weight loss. In other words, a ketogenic diet emulates that of a fast, where your body perceives that it is on the verge of starvation. However, during a fast, your body is forced to burn off lean muscle for energy. The keto diet forces your body to use fat rather than carbohydrates for its source of energy.
If you're on the Keto diet, your meal plan may look something like this: a reduced amount of carbohydrates of perhaps around 50 carbs per day or less. So, you're very much limiting foods such as bread, pasta and sugar, in addition to foods such as dairy, some vegetables, most fruits and whole grains. Your diet will be made up primarily of fats, which will come from sources such as meats, avocados, eggs, fish and fatty oils such as coconut oil. As well as simply changing eating habits, keto disciples are also turning to a number of food supplements and dietary supplements which follow the high fat low carb structure. Keto supplements claim to put your body into an automatic state of ketosis, allowing you to lose weight naturally while building muscle mass.
There seem to be no limitations on the uses of Keto in regard to age or lifestyle. Popular athletes who are known for their attention to sports nutrition, such as NBA star Lebron James, are known to have experimented with the keto diet. However, interestingly enough, typical sports drinks or functional drinks that are high in sugar would need to be set aside to abide by the rules of keto. But it's not only the young and strong who are enjoying the Keto lifestyle. Older generations with focus on senior nutrition are also turning to the popular diet on their anti-aging journey.
A study published in the journal of Nutrition and Diabetes which compared two weight loss approaches found that following a ketogenic diet rather than a conventional low-calorie diet proved more effective in improving body composition and clinical health markers. The study also showed that after 4 months, keto improved weight loss and reduction in waist circumference, significantly greater in comparison to a very low-calorie diet over the same period of time.
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