What is The Keto Diet?
The keto diet is short for the ketogenic diet, but is referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF). It is based around the premise that your body was designed to run more efficiently as a fat burner than a sugar burner and so the diet is very high in fat and low in carbohydrates.
While everyone's body and needs are slightly different, that typically translates to: 70% of your calories from fat, 25% of your calories from protein, and 5% of your calories from carbs. By almost eliminating carbs, your body is forced to burn fat rather than glucose for fuel.
After about two to seven days of following this eating routine, you go into something called ketosis. This is a metabolic state when your liver converts fatty acids into molecules called ketones, which become the main energy source for the body.
Without glucose, your blood sugar remains stable and you use fats as your primary energy source. The result? Weight loss, mental clarity and no more energy crashes or distracting cravings.