The ketogenic (keto) diet may seem like a relatively new concept in the world of weight loss, but this diet originated back in the 1920s. Back then, it wasn’t intended or designed for fat loss at all. The ketogenic diet was originally created as a nutritional guide for children with epilepsy. The diet was shown to have beneficial results for those suffering from seizures, and still does today. The popularity of the diet wore off as more modern medicines became available.
Flash-forward to current day and it’s gone from being a little-known method for weight loss, to something more wide-spread. It’s even been coined as “the next big weight loss trend.” But the diet can be confusing for many people because it requires you to eat more fat to lose fat. How does that work exactly?
Simply put, a classic diet of proteins, fats and carbs uses carbohydrates for energy. On the keto diet, the metabolic process changes when you intake low amounts of carbs and high amounts of fats. The body enters a state of “ketosis,” where it begins to use fat for energy. Once you begin eating a low-carb and high-fat diet, the liver begins using the body’s fatty acids (from all that fat intake) to make molecules called “ketones” which the body uses for fuel and has shown to be very powerful in reducing hunger, as well as increasing fat loss.
That’s the basics of the diet, but you’re about to also learn about some of the surprising benefits and challenges an individual may experience when starting this diet program, and here’s what you should expect while on the keto diet…