Eating a diet high in fats - think bacon, butter, red meat, eggs, cheese, salmon, avocado, walnuts, almonds, etc. to lose weight might seem like a reasonable tradeoff, it is a bit more complicated than that. Probably moreso than the Carnivore Diet (Episode 23 of the Fitterest Show), the ketogenic diet (high fat, moderate protein, low carbs) has garnered a reputation across celebrities and social media influencers as a diet for weight loss. However, the ketogenic diet is very restrictive and takes a lot of commitment to get the nutrients you need for overall health.
The keto diet aims to force your body into using a different type of fuel. Instead of relying on sugar (glucose) that comes from carbohydrates, the keto diet relies on ketones, a type of fuel that the liver produces from stored fat. But in order to get the liver to produce ketones, one must have a very low amount of carbohydrates (let’s say less than 50g/day; and just as a reference point one apple has about 25g of carbs) for several days to enter into a state of ketosis. This is not an easy task relative to most people’s eating patterns.
In today’s show, we’ll discuss the ketogenic diet, what it is, what you can and cannot eat on the keto diet, as well as some of the potential health benefits and tradeoffs….
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What is the Keto diet?
Why do people choose the keto diet?
Types of keto diets
Health implications and potential benefits
Foods you can and cannot eat on the keto diet
Risks and side effects
Summary and key takeaways
Dr. Mark Hyman
“There is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate.”