A keto diet is a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones to be used as energy.
When you eat food that is high in carbs, your body begins to produce glucose and insulin
Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that is will be chosen over any other energy source. Insulin is produced to process glucose and take it around the body via your bloodstream.
Since glucose is used as a primary energy source, the fats in your body are not needed and stored away. On a high carb diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. However, if you lower the intake of carbs your body will be induced into a state called “ketosis”.
Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state we produce ketones which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.
The end goal of a well maintained keto diet is to force yourself into ketosis. Obviously, we don’t do this by starving ourselves. Rather we do this by starving the body of carbs.
The human body is very adaptive to what you put into it. When you overload it with fats and take away carbs, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source.
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