Keto is short for the word ‘Ketogenic’ or ‘Ketosis’. Ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues through the consequence of a diet that is very low in carbohydrates. A ketogenic diet or keto diet turns your body into a fat-burning machine.
A keto diet produces tiny fuel molecules called ketones. This an alternative fuel source for the body to use when the blood glucose levels are reduced. In fact, contrary research has shown that ketones are a better and more preferable source of fuel for your body than glucose.
Ketones are made in the liver and are a by-product of the breakdown of fats. They can be used as a primary source of fuel throughout the body and this does include the brain. Interestingly the brain is a very hungry organ that does use a vast amount of energy on a daily basis. However, it can’t function directly by using fat but does require both glucose and ketones to function effectively.
A ketogenic diet has many health and weight loss benefits. It is similar to the Atkins diet; however the protein intake is far better controlled on the keto diet. Low carb diets such as the ‘ketogenic diet’ restrict carb intake; the body then goes into a state of ‘ketosis’. Fundamentally this is the catalyst to mobilize stored fats, so that they can be burnt as a fuel. These ketones stop you from feeling hungry and are eventually secreted in your urine. It is possible to calculate and adjust your diet to reach optimal ketone levels for weight loss and this is vital when on your weight loss journey.