Overview of the Ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic or keto diet is quite similar to low-carb and Atkins diets. It is characterized by low consumption of carbohydrates, which are replaced with fat. This change would put the body into ketosis. When this metabolic state occurs, the body can be able to burn fat more efficiently for energy. Also, fat can be converted to ketones in your liver, which provides more energy for the brain. A keto diet can lead to a noticeable reduction in insulin and blood sugar levels as well. These effects combined would provide many health benefits.
There are some forms of keto diets. These include:
– Cyclical keto diet: involving periods of higher carbohydrate refeeds, such as 3 high-carb days after 6 keto days.
– Standard keto diet: high fat, moderate protein, and low carb. A standard diet often contains 10 percent carbs, 20 percent protein, and 70 percent fat.
– High-protein keto diet: similar to a standard keto diet but with more protein
– Targeted keto diet: add more carbohydrates around workouts.