We’re talking about eating fat. Like, a lot of fat. Probably more than you’ve ever dreamed of eating, and then about 10% up from that.
Keto is short for ketogenic, an eating style (or, as some like to refer to it as a “diet”… but I hate the D word, makes me want to binge on ice cream sandwiches in my underwear, preferably where no one can see me) where we are reducing our carbohydrate intake, increasing our fat intake, and moderating our protein intake to achieve a metabolic shift. This metabolic shift is ketosis.
We’re talking about nutritional ketosis here, NOT ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition experienced by diabetics and brought on when ketones rise to extremely high levels, and blood glucose does as well. We aren’t getting close to the levels that diabetics can experience in ketoacidosis. In fact, if you do not have diabetes, it’s virtually impossible for you to create the landscape where ketoacidosis could even occur.
You see, right now (unless you’re eating ketogenic already and if that’s the case, total WIN!), you are burning glucose as energy. You eat the carbs, you burn the carbs, you store the carbs, you burn the carbs, you eat the carbs all over again. You probably have to eat every 3 hours and the word “hangry” is at the top of your personal dictionary.
When you burn the ketones (this is the metabolic switch I was talking about), you’re running on a fuel that the body creates out of the breakdown of fats. And in my case, because I’ve got a lot of love to give (read, fat on my body), my daily energy requirements are primarily met by the fat on my body instead of the bread, grains, cookies, potatoes, dried fruits, and treats I used to eat.
My body doesn’t need glucose to survive, and yours doesn’t either! I’ve jumped off the roller coaster that is blood sugar highs and lows and I’m living the good life free from constant snacking, epic weight gain, and uncontrollable cravings. And you can, too! There’s tons of room at the keto table for you. Pull up a seat!
There are many forms of ketogenic eating, and I’m going to be introducing you to the whole food-based form that’s rich in health-promoting foods, and loads of fats. Think of it as a paleo eating style, jacked up on fats, with way less sweet potatoes. We will lower your carbohydrate intake, which decreases your storage of carbohydrates (stored as glycogen in our body) to the point where your body has no choice but to switch over to ketosis and begin burning fat as energy instead of carbohydrates. This happens, not only because of the reduction in carbohydrates, but with the massive increase in fat, and the moderation of protein. A “triple whammy” I like to call it.
By increasing fat, we give your body the fuel it needs to efficiently switch over to a ketogenic state. The perfect balance of fat from the diet, and fat from our bodies, makes us lean, mean, fat-burning machines!
This last piece, about increasing fat while lowering carbohydrates is the difference between a keto diet and traditional low-carb diet. Many low-carb diets are high protein, low-fat which puts up a roadblock of getting into ketosis to effectively use fat as our primary fuel source, reserving fat mobilization and fat burning to the wee hours of the night when insulin levels lower enough to allow weight loss to take place.
What we’re doing here is allowing fat to mobilize and burn at all hours of the day instead of inefficiently during the wee hours of the morning, if at all. To gain copious amounts of brain function we never knew we had, increase hormone efficiency, kill the sugar cravings, lose the weight once and for all, feel satiated after meals, boost energy, ditch insomnia, pause abnormal cell growth, improve psychological imbalances, balance blood sugar, and so much more.
With fast-acting results and fresh accessible recipes, The Keto Diet is poised to encourage you to establish a new relationship with dietary fat, and feel damn good about it.
But don’t know where to start? I recommend you The Keto Diet book which you can use it as a template for your impending success. In this book, it provides you more than than 125 paleo-friendly, ketogenic recipes with a focus on encouraging a state of ketosis through its resource bundle of meal plans, how-to guides, food preparation techniques, and everyday solutions. The 300 pages of guides and illustrations take the guesswork out of high-fat living, making following a ketogenic diet a breeze, no matter your time constraints, budget, or inner reservations surrounding increased fat intake may be.