Keto, anyone? What in the world is keto and why is important? Keto is actually a process in wherein you trick your body into making use of body fat, bad fat, as its main source of energy instead of breaking down carbohydrates. Keto diet has actually been a round for sometime but has just gained a massive following in recent years because of its effective and quick results.
Is It supported by science you ask?
For this to work, you need to put yourself in a ketogenic state or a state where you have only been eating high amounts of fat, very low protein, and absolutely no carbs. To illustrate, you will need 80% of fat and only the rest is protein, no crabs. Doing this for the first two days should put your body in a ketogenic state. After those two ‘fat’ days, you will have achieved ketogenic state and should now change up your diet a bit with 30% protein, 65% fat, the rest is really up to you. Protein here is increased to benefit the growth of muscles. An increase in carb intake, however, only increases the release of insulin in our body which helps store amino acids, glycogen, and some excess calories and turns them into fat. Therefore, logic dictates that if you cut down your carb intake, you are also cutting down the amount of fat your body is storing – just what you need!
Now that carbs are out of the picture, your body will now have to find other sources of energy – your fat. Excess fat. Didn’t you say you wanted to get rid a lot of fat in your body? Well, now you can and it’s not even invasive or dangerous! You are not only burning fat, but you are training your body to use fat as its main energy source. This is called ketosis. This is one of the healthiest, safest, and most effective ways to burn unwanted fat as well as the ideal state you want your body to be in.
But your ketogenic diet is not over yet! To maintain this state of ketosis, you need to work out a plan in your diet. You should take at least a gram of protein for every pound of lean mass you take. This is helpful in the recovery of muscle tissue after your workout at the gym or whatever it is you do. To illustrate, if you weigh at least 180 pounds of lean mass, then you need to take in 180 grams of protein everyday. That means you have a total of 720 calories in your body, the rest of which should come from fat.