What is the Keto Diet? The Ketogenic diet is the ultimate low carb, moderate protein, and high fat diet for weight loss. However, it was not originally designed to be so. Over eight decades ago, it was used as a mainstream of therapy to help treat epilepsy in children, but it was soon discovered that it conditions the body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. Therefore, those follow the Keto diet end up losing a significant amount of excess weight compared to those who eat high fat and high carb foods. In addition, the Keto diet shows promising results in reducing the risk of the development of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. While the specific reason for this is yet to be discovered in detail, the overall explanation shows that the central nervous system thrives in a diet that causes the body to use fat – not glucose – as its main energy source. It is important to note, however, that weight loss and the other health benefits of the Keto diet would only take place once the body has transitioned from being glucose-dependent to being Keto-adapted – an effect that requires a minimum of 15 days of strictly following the Keto diet. Once you have become keto-adapted, you should stick to the Keto diet for the rest of their life. Otherwise, going back to a diet rich in carbs and fat will cause you to go back to being dependent on glucose, thus resulting to weight gain.
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