What is the Keto Diet and Why Does it Work?
The ketogenic) diet is based on the 80/15/5 macro rule - this means your daily intake is approximately 80% fat, 15% protein and 5% carbohydrates.
This combo of food, changes the way our bodies use our fuel source (currently your body is using carbohydrates and sugar (glucose) for fuel.
On a ketogenic diet the fat our bodies store is converted in the liver into fatty acids and ketones which are used as a fuel for our brain and body, in the absence of glucose.
Western diets are comprised of a massive intake of refined carbohydrates, and highly processed foods which is helping bump the increase in obesity and disease in this country.
Once you have an elevated level of ketones in your bloodstream, you are in a state known as “ketosis”. This means that your primary fuel source is fat. This promotes a reduction of body fat, increased lean muscle, a stable level of long lasting energy and as well, skin, cellular and hair improvements.
In deep ketosis you get the massive benefits of Fat Loss, Muscle Preservation, Fast & Sustained Energy, Reduced Brain Fog, Increased Focus, Appetite Suppression, Strength Gain, Better Mood, Better Sleep, Better Digestion.
Even with so many benefits, people still wonder if keto will hurt you. In my opinion, this is best lifestyle to sustain a healthy and energetic life.
Many people mix up the “Atkins diet” for the “Keto diet” – they are different.
How does Ketosis Work?.
This video shows and how it burns fat. As well the benefits of using Keto OS by Pruvit.
Fast and Efficient Fat loss*: it’s amazing for fat loss, due to the fact it’s forcing our body to use its own fat for energy use.
Increased Energy*: Because your body is being fuelled by your body fat (ketones) all day long – you have a consistent source of stable, clean energy. So the feeling of wellness, alertness and energy is amazing.
Lack of hunger*: Consuming healthy fats is filling, and slow to digest, you will notice a reduction in hunger. This is also because of the fact your blood glucose level is stable which eliminates hunger spikes.
Also: Muscle Preservation, Fast & Sustained Energy, Reduced Brain Fog, Increased Focus, Appetite Suppression, Strength Gain, Better Mood, Better Sleep, Better Digestion.
*no guarantee of these results - they can vary per individual
Keto experts suggest food intake should be approx 80% fats, 15% protein and 5% carbohydrates. In this case, you will want to maintain limited carbohydrate, which should mainly come from dairy, nuts and vegetables, avoiding refined carbohydrates, such as pasta, breads and cereals derived from wheat, starch, including beans, potatoes and legumes or fruits; instead, dark, leafy green vegetables are a wonderful source of minerals and vitamins.
What to Expect on Keto?
As your body transitions into the ketogenic state, it will use the remainder of glucose/sugar/carbs in your system causing some energy reduction and lethargy.
It is not unusual in the first couple of days for some people to experience mental fogginess, headaches, or “keto flu” as it’s called. This happens because your body is changing energy sources. Until now you have been feeding your body sugar and carbs for fuel all this time and in order for Keto to be successful, it now needs to switch to fat for fuel. This change to get over to “ketosis land” causes this “keto flu” like feeling but - this only lasts for a few days.
Once your body is in a ketosis state, meaning your body is using fat for fuel, your energy will be higher than before. This energy will keep you going all day long!
During keto, we recommend that you drink a minimum of 2-3 litres of water per day, as well as increasing your sodium - (Himalayan salt or Celtic salt) and a source of potassium. This will help keep you feeling replenished and balanced.
Achieving a state of ketosis usually takes about a week* or so, unless youre using exogenous ketones. (Some people who do a keto cleanse with our keto reboot can also reach ketosis). we suggest you cut your carb intake to less than 20-30 grams a day in order to make sure your body will be able to adapt quickly and with the least amount of “keto flu” symptoms.
You may notice a dip in performance at the gym for a week or so. Your body will recover once it has fully adapted to a keto state and allowing it to restore its normal levels. Your endurance and strength may actually increase due to the body having a consistent energy source, which is your fat for fuel.