The ketogenic or keto diet is all the rage these days. One of the biggest reasons for the popularity of the keto is the fact that it works. Many “keto-ers” have successfully lost weight using the diet.
In addition, teaching your body to burn fat for energy before carbs and sugar has some powerful health benefits. When your body uses fat for fuel, you produce less free radicals then when your body breaks down carbohydrates or sugar for energy. A ketogenic diet can also help the body to control inflammation. Once you have taught your body to use fat for fuel, your body becomes keto-adapted. This means the body is better able to mobilize fats and create ketone bodies to power your cells.
Keto Diet Basics
The ketogenic diet is also known as a low-carb diet or a low-carb high-fat (LCHF) diet.
The keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used for energy. A diet high in carbohydrates results in the production of glucose, which your body burns for energy first when not in ketosis. For keto dieting, the daily macro nutrient ratio varies within the following calorie ranges: 60-75% from fat, 15-30% from protein, and 5-10% from carbs.
What is Ketosis?
Maintaining a state of ketosis is essential for ketogenic dieters.
Ketosisis a metabolic process that occurs when the body burns stored fats for energy — this occurs when the body does not have adequate stores of glucose. The result is a build-up of ketones in the body that can be easily burned for energy.
The challenges of maintaining a ketogenic diet.
While the ketogenic diet has substantial evidence to support its benefits, it may not be the easiest diet to maintain. However, evidence suggests that even if you are able to slightly reduce your consumption of sugar and carbs, the health benefits can be significant.
How to Support Your Ketogenic Diet Program
A recent study showed that omega-3 supplementation improved the positive effects of a ketogenic diet.1 Natural Essentials Omegas provides EPA and DHA from all-natural krill oil. Using fish oil supplements in conjunction with the ketogenic diet can also promote heart health.
Supplementing with Natural Essentials CLA Coconut can enhance your ketogenic diet, too. The medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil are metabolized faster than the fats found in vegetable oils and animal fats. They are sent directly to the liver where they have a thermogenic effect that may result in an increase in energy and a boost in metabolism. And to really ramp up your ketogenic fat burning, CLA Coconut features conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) naturally sourced from safflower oil. Studies show CLA can have a powerful effect on metabolism.
- Paoli, Antonio, et al. “Effects of n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (ω-3) Supplementation on Some Cardiovascular Risk Factors with a Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet.” Marine drugs 13.2 (2015): 996-1009.