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The Ketogenic diet or Keto diet is getting a lot of buzz lately. Although it may seem like new information, it was actually discovered almost 100 years ago as a treatment for children with epilepsy believe it or not. A form of it became popular in the 1970’s and 80’s as the Atkins Diet.
With a typical American diet the body is using the glucose derived from carbohydrates (breads, grains, root vegetables etc.) to fuel its cells along with whatever protein you eat and vegetables. When you are following a Ketogenic diet you are eliminating most of the carbohydrates from your diet and replacing those calories with healthy fats from oils, nuts, seeds and dairy products and an adequate amount of protein and vegetables. This forces your body to find a different source of fuel for its cells. Your body will then start to break down and use the fats from your diet and excess body fat to produce ketones as its fuel source instead of glucose. Basically it changes your body from a glucose/sugar burning engine into a fat burning engine.
Short answer, no. If you meet any of the following then it is strongly recommended you avoid a Keto diet unless advised otherwise by your healthcare practitioner:
In order for your body to get into ketosis (the state in which you are burning fats instead of glucose for energy) you will need to restrict your carbohydrate intake to approximately 15 grams or less a day. Carbohydrates include all breads, grains like rice or corn, sugars including agave, honey, maple syrup etc. as well as fruits and root vegetables like potato or yam. Obviously soda’s, candy and juices are also not on the menu.
What you want to include in the diet are:
You should eat approximately 70% of your calories from fat, 25% from protein and 5% from carbohydrates. This should break down to having only 20-30 grams of net carbs per day. The formula for figuring out the net carbs is your total dietary carbs minus the total dietary fiber per day. Staying below 25g net carbs per day will increase your results. You may need to keep a diet journal daily to keep track of what you are eating. There are also UA strips that measure the ketones in your urine that can help you determine when you are in ketosis and when you may have fallen out of it so you can modify your diet if need be.
To kick start your body into Ketosis you can use Dynamic Keto Burn Kiwi Cherry also developed other products to support your ketone diet such as their Dynamic Paleo Protein and MCT oils that are all designed to help you achieve and stick to the diet as well as program guides and daily diet suggestions.