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What Is It?

“Ketogenic” is a term for a low-carb diet (like the Atkins diet). The idea is for you to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. You cut back most on the carbs that are easy to digest, like sugar, soda, pastries, and white bread.

When you eat less than 50 grams of carbs a day, your body eventually runs out of fuel (blood sugar) it can use quickly. This typically takes 3 to 4 days. Then you’ll start to break down protein and fat for energy, which can make you lose weight. This is called ketosis.

Who Uses It?
People use a ketogenic diet most often to lose weight, but it can help manage certain medical conditions, like epilepsy, too. It also may help people with heart disease, certain brain diseases, and even acne, but there needs to be more research in those areas. Talk with your doctor first to find out if it’s safe for you to try a ketogenic diet, especially if you have type 1 diabetes.

Weight Loss
A ketogenic diet may help you lose more weight in the first 3 to 6 months than some other diets. This may be because it takes more calories to change fat into energy than it does to change carbs into energy. It’s also possible that a high-fat, high-protein diet satisfies you more, so you eat less, but that hasn’t been proved yet.

Cancer
Insulin is a hormone that lets your body use or store sugar as fuel. Ketogenic diets make you burn through this fuel quickly, so you don’t need to store it. This means your body needs -- and makes -- less insulin. Those lower levels may help protect you against some kinds of cancer or even slow the growth of cancer cells. More research is needed on this, though.

Heart Disease
It seems strange that a diet that calls for more fat can raise “good” cholesterol and lower “bad” cholesterol, but ketogenic diets are linked to just that. It may be because the lower levels of insulin that result from these diets can stop your body from making more cholesterol. That means you’re less likely to have high blood pressure, hardened arteries, heart failure, and other heart conditions.

Acne
Carbohydrates have been linked to this skin condition, so cutting down on them may help. And the drop in insulin a ketogenic diet can trigger may also help stop acne breakouts (insulin can cause your body to make other hormones that bring on outbreaks).

Diabetes
Low-carb diets seem to help keep your blood sugar lower and more predictable than other diets. But when your body burns fat for energy, it makes compounds called ketones. If you have diabetes, particularly type 1, too many ketones in your blood can make you sick. So it’s very important to work with your doctor on any changes in your diet.

Epilepsy
Ketogenic diets have helped control seizures caused by this condition since the 1920s. But again, it’s important to work with your doctor to figure out what’s right for you or your child.

Other Nervous System Disorders
These affect your brain and spine, as well as the nerves that link them together. Epilepsy is one, but others may be helped by a ketogenic diet as well, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and sleep disorders. Scientists aren’t sure why, but it may be that the ketones your body makes when it breaks down fat for energy help protect your brain cells from damage.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
This is when a woman’s ovaries get larger than they should be and small fluid-filled sacs form around the eggs. High levels of insulin can cause it. Ketogenic diets, which lower both the amount of insulin you make and the amount you need, may help treat it, along with other lifestyle changes, like exercise and weight loss.

Exercise
A ketogenic diet may help endurance athletes -- runners and cyclists, for example -- when they train. Over time, it helps your muscle-to-fat ratio and raises the amount of oxygen your body is able to use when it’s working hard. But while it might help in training, it may not work as well as other diets for peak performance.

Side Effects
The more common ones aren’t usually serious: You might have constipation, mild low blood sugar, or indigestion. Much less often, low-carb diets can lead to kidney stones or high levels of acid in your body (acidosis).

Diet With Care
When your body burns its stores of fat, it can be hard on your kidneys. And starting a ketogenic diet -- or going back to a normal diet afterward -- can be tricky if you’re obese because of other health issues you’re likely to have, like diabetes, a heart condition, or high blood pressure. If you have any of these conditions, make diet changes slowly and only with the guidance of your doctor.

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The Keto diet works but is similar to a crash diet. It’s not sustainable for long time use. Your body needs carbs to function in the long run, so you’ll have to go off of it at some point.


Because you’re starving your body of carbs you’ll have to be careful to slowly add them back in after a while. If you add them in too quickly your body will store them ASAP as fat since it’s been deprived for so long (sort of like the “starvation mode” your body goes into if you’re not eating enough calories.
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great post on keto diet i appreciate it

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“Ketogenic” is a term for a low-carb diet (like the Atkins diet). The idea is for you to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. You cut back most of the carbs that are easy to digest, like sugar, soda, pastries, and white bread. When you eat less than 50 grams of carbs a day, your body eventually runs out of fuel (blood sugar) it can use quickly. This typically takes 3 to 4 days. Then you’ll start to break down protein and fat for energy, which can make you lose weight. This is called ketosis. It's important to note that the ketogenic diet is a short term diet that's focussed on weight loss rather than the pursuit of health benefits. A ketogenic diet may help you lose more weight in the first 3 to 6 months than some other diets. This may be because it takes more calories to change fat into energy than it does to change carbs into energy. It’s also possible that a high-fat, high-protein diet satisfies you more, so you eat less, but that hasn’t been proved yet.
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What is the ketogenic diet and how it differs from all other diets? There are so many different diets out there that it can feel like you're drowning in a sea of endless choices, but look no further because the ketogenic diet has pretty much everything you need. Among the proven health benefits of this diet or weight loss, mental focus, increased energy, controlled blood sugar, stabilized blood pressure.

What exactly is the ketogenic diet and how does it work? Well, the word keto comes from the name of small molecules that our bodies produced called ketones, they're basically an alternative fuel source that your body uses when glucose aka blood sugar is in short supply if you consume fewer calories, The things that break up into blood sugar quickly and moderate amounts of protein, which can be converted into blood sugar as well. Your body produces the necessary amount of ketones and starts running almost entirely on fat. Your insulin levels become really low while fat burning increases dramatically. To put it short, when you follow the ketogenic diet becomes easier for your system to get access to your fat stores and burn them off. As a result, you lose weight incredibly fast. But unlike a lot of crash diets out there, this one doesn't hurt your system. It'll still work like a charm, even through all these changes. And while this diet seems like a dream come true, not everyone can follow it. If you have diabetes, or high blood pressure and take medication for your condition and the ketogenic diet isn't for you. Women who are breastfeeding should also steer clear of this one. always talk to your doctor before you start a new diet because only a medical professional can tell if your body can handle such changes. You can check this video I hope it will help you.Top 10 Keto Foods

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