You’ve probably heard the term “keto” or “ketosis” being thrown around fitness and nutritional circles lately, and for good reason. Ketosis is a metabolic state that happens when you consume a high fat, moderate protein and low carb diet. This diet causes your body to switch from using glucose as its primary source of fuel, to running primarily off ketones. Ketones are produced when the body uses fat as fuel when glucose isn’t available. Put simply, during ketosis, you switch from being a sugar burner to being a fat burner.
Now if you’re wondering why so many people are jumping on board the keto train, it’s because the benefits are amazing. Here are a few:
1. It aids weight loss
As strange as it might sound, high fat, low carb diets have been a long standing staple for doctors treating obese patients. Much like the banting diet (which isn’t a truly ketosis diet), high fat and low carbs diets have proven to suppress appetite and lower insulin levels which make a great combo for decreasing body fat levels.
2. It improves brain function
Other than fat loss, a big big draw card for the ketosis diet is because it improves brain function, clarity, memory call and improved learning. The reason? Your brain runs more efficiently on ketones than on blood sugar (25% more efficiently to be exact). Take a look at the stats here.
3. It Improves endurance performance
If you’re an endurance athlete, you’ve probably heard about how a ketosis diet can completely transform your performance. And this couldn’t be more true. According to Patrick Arnold, the creator of the KetoForce supplement explains why:
“Ketones should reduce oxygen consumption because they are known to generate more cellular energy per unit oxygen burned compared to glucose and other energy sources.”
Basically, fat supplies are an almost unlimited energy source, unlike like glucose which runs out after about 2 hours of exercise. When the body burns fat instead of sugar, it produces ketone bodies that supply an even amount of energy all day to the muscles and brain.
What can you eat on a ketosis diet?
Eating more fats does not mean binge eating on fast foods. It means eating healthy fats such as coconut oil, full cream yogurt and milk, avocado, nuts (Not peanuts!!) and protein such as chicken, beef, ostrich and fish.
You are eat carbs as long as you keep the proportion low. You should keep your carb intake between 25-50 grams a day.
For a more in depth eating plan, here’s a 7-day meal plan just for you!