If you are determined to lose weight, one of the most important parts of any weight loss regimen is your diet. What you consume is one of the most crucial things to consider when shedding pounds. If you’re considering the wide range of diets on the weight loss scene, you may want to consider the ketogenic diet.
The fundamental principle of keto diets is that they are low in carbohydrates and high in fat. This may seem counterintuitive at first – after all, it’s fat you want to lose! But there is logic to this reasoning. A diet high in carbohydrates causes your body to produce lots of glucose and insulin, which is used as energy instead of your fat. This means more and more fat is stored and never tapped as an energy source. By cutting consumption of carbohydrates to as little as possible, your body enters a state of ketosis, which means your body is converting your fat to ketones and burning that instead.
There are many benefits to a keto diet. In addition to weight loss, it helps control your blood sugar levels because your body isn’t producing as much glucose. This can potentially be useful for diabetes sufferers, but it’s important to speak to your doctor before embarking on any diet. A keto diet helps you feel less hungry and more energized, because it’s easier to feel full from eating foods high in fat than with carbs.
If you decide to try the keto diet, this means cutting out some foods you may enjoy, such as anything high in grains, such as bread, rice, and pasta. Starchy foods such as potatoes and beans are also high in carbohydrates and must be avoided. Instead, look for foods high in fat such as fish, beef, chicken. Don’t forget to balance your meals with leafy greens.
Of course, a keto diet isn’t enough to lose weight. It’s important to view a keto diet as part is an overall weight loss program that includes exercise. Discuss your goals and intentions with a weight loss expert and a physician so you receive the best professional support tailored to your needs. Come see us at our ketogenic diet meetup on Wednesday, 25 April to learn more about how a keto diet as part of a broader regimen can help you improve your wellbeing. If you can’t make it, you are also welcome to book a session with us at our clinic on any weekday to learn more about the keto diet and how we can help you with your nutrition goals.