I’m guessing this is not your first rodeo. Trying to lose weight is harder than most think, and it only gets harder as time passes.
The supplements, the fancy low-fat starvation diets, or even worse – the hours of sweat and tears you pour into physical routines just to get marginal results – it all seems so pointless in the short-run.
Which is why so many have a hard time believing that something as ludicrous as the Ketogenic diet actually works.
But the question is, what happens if it is not ludicrous at all, what happens if… by some magical chance – this is actually a good investment to help you get that Summer body you have been working your but off for?
The good news is through this article, we will be discussing everything that you need to know about the Ketogenic diet. And, no pressure – but at the end of the article, we leave the decision completely up to you on whether or not to try it out, and see what happens for yourself.
Understanding The Basics; What Exactly Is The Keto Diet
The Keto diet revolves around utilizing different fuel to provide your body with energy through the day. The state this diet leaves your body in is also known as Ketosis.
Wait – that sounds pretty horrible to go through.
I know, it sounds like some new sinister strategy to starve your body of essential nutrients. But it’s nothing like that. The main principle behind the Keto diet is switching up your bodies source of energy.
The average person utilizes carbohydrates, which is transferred into glucose, and converted into usable energy to help your body survive the exploits of the day. The Keto diet ensures the body burns fats, instead of carbohydrates for energy – helping you burn fat, without exercise involved.
How Do You Get Your Body To Reach The State Of Ketosis
So this is where the magic happens – but getting your body into the state of ketosis is not as easy as it sounds. And it sounds pretty darn difficult from the beginning.
So what on earth do you eat?
Well, considering the entire theory is lowering your carb intake enough to ensure your body is only utilizing fat for energy – you need to eliminate all high-carb foods. In fact, the majority of your carbs should come from fatty foods.
Pretty different to any other weight-loss technique you have tried, right?
To give you an idea of how low your carb count should be – on a daily basis, in order to sustain ketosis – you should indulge in no more than 25-35 pure carbohydrates a day. That’s roughly a glass of milk, or a slice of bread.
However, that does not mean you need to starve – or deprive yourself of tasty morsels.
Fatty meats, delicious crispy bacon, hot dogs are actually all perfect for this diet. Vegetables can also be good – but it’s important to not chow down on to many veggies in a given day. Quite the controversial diet, right?
So, Does This Really Work Or Will I Just Be Wasting My Time?
Despite the ability to devour fatty foods, this diet is also facing a lot of controversy due to the uncertainty behind what actually makes you lose weight.
Yes, I can tell you from experience, the Ketogenic diet really works.
But scientists are still uncertain as to why it is so effective. Some believe that the plain fact your body is burning off fat instead of carbohydrates is the primary source of fat loss. However, others argue that the low-carb intake also plays a purpose in the process.
Carbohydrates also hold three times their weight in water. Which means through limiting your carb-intake; your are reducing your water-weight.
Another interesting thing about the Keto diet is the rumors that it actually has the potential to help with various diseases – including vein diseases, parkinson’s, epilepsy, metabolic syndrome, and more.
But It’s Not All Sunshine And Rainbows!
Aha! Here is it. The horrible catch. The reason why it is not as full-proof as all these websites try to make it out to be.
I wish I could tell you that you are wrong. But I can’t. The truth is sticking to the Ketogenic diet, can be really hard. Placing your body into a state of ketosis has some pretty uncomfortable side-effects.
Some of the worst-side effects for those in the state of ketosis includes feeling weak due to the carb deficiency, a wicked sense of fatigue – and even worse; morning breathe to make even the best toothbrush cower in fear – yay!
The bottom line is the Keto diet does work – but it’s not easy to stick to. It will help you lose weight pretty darn quick – but you really need to get the right state of mind, and be determined to stick to it until you reach your goals.