Ketogenic Diet 411

Lose 20 pounds in 3 weeks. Eat to feel better. Improve symptoms of diseases. These are some of the amazing results touted for those on the Ketogenic Diet. The Ketogenic Diet is ultimately a high fat and low carbohydrate diet that re-programs the body’s metabolism to use fat stores as energy through the process of ketosis.

Why do most people who adhere to the Ketogenic Diet report such rapid weight loss success? Our bodies have a hard time storing carbohydrates. The body wants to use glucose from carbohydrates as its primary source of energy. The more carbohydrates consumed, the harder the metabolism is working to provide the body with energy. When carbohydrate consumption is minimalized, the body is forced to look for other sources of energy, also known as fatty acids. Our metabolism will then break down fats as fuel instead of glucose from carbohydrates

Does this mean the Ketogenic Diet is right for everyone? Not at all. Just like all new “diet discoveries” the Ketogenic Diet is not a one size fits all. Like most diets, it requires strict program adherence and can be hard to maintain. Your first step is checking with your primary care doctor or health coach to discuss weight loss objectives, expectations, and how nutritionally structured meal planning can play a role in your overall health goals.

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