What is the Keto Diet and Why is it So Popular?
Whether you’ve been trying to lose weight or you’re dealing with a chronic illness, you’ve probably heard about the Keto Diet. It is, after all, one of the most popular diets out there! But don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s another fad or a quick one-and-done way to drop a few pounds. Keto can deliver serious results—but only if you take it seriously. Here’s what you need to know.
Fast facts about Keto
The Keto Diet works by changing the way your body processes food into energy. Instead of breaking down carbs and starches into sugar (glucose) to burn for energy, it relies on high-fat, low-carb food intake. The extreme lack of carbs tricks your body into thinking that it’s starving, which causes it to go into a state of ketosis. In this state, the liver uses fat to produce ketones, which your body uses for energy instead.
In simplest terms, Keto bio-hacks your body into burning a more efficient form of energy: fat. This has a whole host of effects, from regulating blood sugar, to weight loss, to improved cognition and more.
Get in the right headspace
Keto isn’t a fad diet or a crash diet—or really even a diet at all. While it focuses on food, Keto is a lifestyle change. You need to be rigorous in monitoring your macronutrients, to make sure you don’t consume too many carbs or sugars. Here’s how to get into the right headspace for Keto:
- Get ready for cravings and learn how to satiate them the right way
- Be aware that as your body adjusts to ketosis, you might feel crummy (Keto Flu)
- Keep in mind that Keto might force you to give up some foods you love
- Vegetarians and vegans need to take special care to meet their macros
- Supplementation might become part of your regimen
Above all, make sure you’re talking to a healthcare professional and/or monitoring your health as you transition into Keto. Remember, you’re making a big change to your body’s natural physiology!
Is Keto right for you?
Keto is best for people who have the discipline to stick to it for extended periods of time. It takes self-control to stick to a high-fat, low-carb diet! If you’re trying to lose weight and committed to a lifestyle change, Keto can show you the results you want to see.
Keto is also great for those suffering from diabetes or those who might be pre-diabetic, since it controls blood glucose and insulin levels better than a traditional Western diet.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, are pregnant, have a pre-existing heart condition or have kidney dysfunction, Keto is not for you. Vegetarians and vegans also need to be mindful of the diet, to adapt their food choices in a way that keeps their bodies nourished within the parameters of Keto.
The benefits of Keto
For people who can stick to the Keto Diet and change their approach to eating, the benefits are tremendous. Keto is linked to:
- Sustainable fat loss and the formation of lean muscle
- Better blood sugar and insulin balance, especially for diabetics
- Improved cognition and better mental acuity
- Cancer mitigation through cellular protection
- Reduction in seizures for those suffering from epilepsy
Training your body to adapt to Keto and use fat for fuel instead of carbs and starches will yield long-term benefits that you can see and feel. Put yourself in the right headspace and get ready to make a lifestyle change that’s truly transformative!
Evolve Keto Challenge
Does the keto diet sound like a good fit for you? Join us for our 6-week Keto Challenge beginning January 3rd, 2022! For the duration of the challenge, you’ll receive daily meals to help make the keto diet simple, painless, and enjoyable. You will receive prepared meals for lunch, dinner and a filling snack. We don’t just take care of the food, we also provide you with daily tips and education to make the most of your keto journey.
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