As a size 18, I have tried different types of diet plans. Ranging from a low-fat diet to a popular brand of body detox which made me sick and gain weight drastically. 2 months ago, a friend of mine spoke to me about the Ketogenic diet plan. As soon as I heard this I became skeptical about this new program but decided to give it a trial after making my findings. Presently, I am 3 weeks into the program and I have seen remarkable changes. As a result of this, I have had to visit the tailor for the amendment of a few clothings.
This common saying “you can’t eat your cake and have it” implies you can not have the best of both worlds- sacrifices must be made to achieve set goals. This invariably mean that you discipline yourself and abide by set rules in order to see that desired change in your body size and health.
In discussing this new path towards healthy living, I will give a brief introduction into all about Ketogenic and how it works.
What is Ketogenic:
Ketogenic is a low carb diet which is structured to put your body in a state of ketosis, Ketogenic uses fat as its primary body source of fuel (Energy), this occurs because glucose a product of carbohydrate which gives you energy is cut from your meal plan and replaced with fat.
How does Keto work:
For you to achieve your set goals in Ketogenic you must follow this strict ratio of your diet, the Ketogenic diet is 75% of fat, 20% of protein and 5% of carbohydrate.
A look at the pie chart above shows you what your plate of food should look like when you are about to have your meal for the day.
Fat eaten is circulated as triglycerides in the blood stream and stored as adipose tissue i.e. body fat which is used as energy to keep your body going. Remember low carbohydrate diet is equal to low energy hence I would advise you eat more fat for you to have energy while going about your day to day activities.
I have read comments on ketogenic having the risk of high cholesterol which will result into low-density lipoproteins: this is caused by eating of fatty foods that are high in sugar (bad fat) but with research, I have been made to understand that high-fat diet requires eating of healthy fat, vegetables, fruits, fish etc. Eating of fatty foods which are high in sugar causes ketoacidosis.
Let’s try practice the above this week as we look at benefits of Ketogenic diet subsequently.