What is the keto diet & should I do it?
Recently I have had quite a few people asking about the ‘keto’ or ketogenic diet, what it is and should they do it in order to get the best fat loss results.
The keto diet actually evolved from research being carried out into diets that could stop seizures triggering in young children. In a nutshell the diet is a very high fat, medium protein and low carb diet that triggers your body into entering a state of ‘ketosis’. When your body is in a consistent state of ketosis, it will feed of of your body’s fat stores for energy instead of glucose/ carbohydrates.
Typically you can eat up to 20g of carbohydrates a day, which means if you do carry out this diet meal planning is key! I would suggest working directly with a coach who can guide you and ensure whilst carrying out this diet, and to prioritise getting the correct amount of protein, fats, carbs known as your macronutrients.
Fat is such a key part of this diet, the exceptionally high intake is what separates the ket diet from atkins or any other low carb food plan; without it, your body cannot produce enough ketones to keep you running and healthy. The fat should also come from healthy sources, nuts, avocados, oils and meat.
An important note is that this may not be a diet with immediate effects and if you are trying the keto diet I suggest to persevere over the first few weeks. As your body adapts to a different source of energy it is very common to experience fatigue, brain fog and variation is your training performance. This is totally normal in the first stage of ketosis, as your brain is having to switch from if usually source of your body carbohydrates and glycogen.
There is an incredible amount of information on the internet when it comes to fitness, health and nutrition. Im a true believer to work as directly as you can with qualified professionals if you are looking to change your lifestyle drastically. If anyone has any questions, feel free to email or DM me!