The Keto Diet (ketogenic diet) is a low-carb, high-fat diet. As a diet plan, it shares many of the same foods and drinks as the Atkins diet and other low-carb diets such as Lazy Keto.
What makes a Keto diet different is that it focuses on drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing those carbohydrates with fat. This drastic reduction in carbohydrates puts your body into a metabolic state that is called ketosis.
The point of going into ketosis is to help your body become efficient at burning fat for energy. While this is happening, your body turns the fat into ketones in the liver, supplying energy to the brain. A cautionary note: ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. While this can be a good thing for some people, it can cause problems for other people.
Why Go Keto?
There are a number of reasons why people go on a ketogenic diet. In most cases, it is to lose weight. In some cases, they are medically supervised and use the ketogenic diet as part of a treatment plan.
- Weight Loss: Due to lowered insulin levels and the body’s ability to burn stored fat, those who adhere to the diet find that they lose weight more quickly than with conventional diets.
- Cancer Prevention: There are medical studies, such as those conducted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, and the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, that are showing good results with the ketogenic diet being an effective treatment for cancer.
- Lower Cholesterol: A modified ketogenic diet, what might be called a moderately low-carb diet, is beneficial for healthy adults who are at risk for metabolic syndrome, those struggling with losing weight or controlling levels of blood sugar.
- Improve Cognitive Function: Ketogenic diets are being used to help treat Alzheimer’s symptoms and those on the diet have shown a reduction in those symptoms and improved cognitive function.
- Reduced Seizures in Epileptics: The Epilepsy Foundation endorses the ketogenic diet because it has been shown to help control seizures in some people with epilepsy. Doctors usually recommend the ketogenic diet for children whose seizures have not responded to several different seizure medicines.
The ketogenic diet is more than just a low-carb/high-fat diet to lose weight. It is being studied and used now as a part of the treatment of many different diseases.
However if the Keto diet seems to intimidating, especially at first, many start off with Lazy Keto. In a nutshell, Lazy Keto there are no set rules. You only casually keep track of your macros by reading food labels or just eat low carb foods in general. There are no set rules regarding your calories, fat or protein intake. You do try to keep your carbs under 50 g. net carbs per day. Lazy Keto is great for those starting out as it removes the stress of keeping track of everything and once you get used to it you may progress to a stricter Keto Diet. We will dive into Lazy Keto in future blog posts.
On a personal note, my brother was able to lose weight and get his Type 2 Diabetes under control using a low-carb diet and he has maintained this lifestyle for over 10 years. I, myself, have lost 35 lbs following a modified Keto diet, more low carb than high fat have been able to maintain the weight for over two years following the Lazy Keto diet.
No matter which version of Keto you use, I am confident you will have success! And it is the goal of Low Carb & Keto Meals to give you plenty of options to stay on track!