What is the keto diet?
The ketogenic diet (or keto diet, for short) is a low-carb, high-fat diet that when executed properly, offers many health benefits, especially for those interested in shedding a few pounds or improving their overall health.
When the body has limited access to carbohydrates, it will shift into a metabolic state known as ketosis. When the body is in ketosis, your liver converts fats into ketones, which end up becoming the main source of energy for the body and the brain. The objective of the keto diet is to manipulate the body into a state of ketosis, where your body burns fat for fuel.
How does it work?
There are several versions of the keto diet, however the standard ketogenic diet (SKD) is the most common. It is a very low-carb, moderate-protein, and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein, and only 5% carbs. That means that if you are consuming 2000 calories a day, you are allotted 25 grams of carbohydrates.
To put that into perspective, one medium banana has 23 grams of carbs. In order to execute this prescription, you need to be mindful of what you are putting in your body at all times.