The Keto Diet Explained
What is keto?
The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet. It lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, and shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs, towards fat and ketones. The diet is an effective way to lose weight and lower risk factors for disease. The diet can also boost insulin sensitivity and cause fat loss. Leading to significant health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.
How does keto work?
The keto diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose. Glucose is then transported around the body. Glucose is particularly important in fuelling brain function. However, if little carbohydrate remains, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood is a state known as ketosis.
To maintain a healthy diet while in ketosis, care must be given to eat from all the food groups daily. This ensures the body is still receiving adequate intake of essential vitamins and nutrients.
How do I calculate my macros for my personal diet?
I recommend going to Wholesomeyum to calculate your macros. Each person is different and should always fill in their own details to get their personal macros. Make sure you print out or write down your macros and keep a copy in your wallet for those times your caught out of the house and hungry.
Here is some recipes to get you started:
- Silverside Twist – Slow cooked silverside with only 3 ingredients!