A lot of folks have asked me to give them a simple explanation of what is the ketogenic diet?
Is is just the Atkins diet? Do I just eat a lot of lard and bacon?
Here’s the 5 basics you need to know:
- It’s called a ketogenic diet because as your body mobilizes stored body fat or uses consumed fat it generates ketones to use as fuel.
- Ketogenic diets are ones where the macronutrient ratios are typically in the area of 70 percent fat, 20 percent protein and 10 percent carbohydrates.
- In order to assure true ketosis (the state of using fat and ketones as body fuel) it’s important to measure ketones.
- The best way to measure ketones is with measurement of blood ketones. Urine and breath measurements are less useful because they are more subject to false readings.
- It often takes about 48 hours for someone to get into ketosis after starting a ketogenic diet.
Stay tuned for the next post about the benefits of a ketogenic diet.
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