Why you should try the KETO diet?
One of the hottest diets on the global multi-billion dollar weight loss industry stage is the Keto Diet. It seems like more and more weight loss experts are rushing to get their ketogenic diet book out before the demand cools down. In fact, there’s so much hype about this diet that it risks becoming the next Paleo diet. You remember the Paleo diet, right? There are so many variations of the Paleo diet that people are quite unclear as to what “paleo” really means. Not surprisingly, those who try that diet report a huge variation in results. Some are able to keep their excess weight off for good. Most are struggling and ended up regaining the weight they lost. Sadly, a large number of Paleo diet veterans ended up packing on more pounds than they started with! If you don’t want this to happen to you, you need to get a clear idea about the Keto Diet so you can make a truly informed decision about this weight loss method. I was first exposed to the keto diet from Blaine Podaima at Podaima Performance. He is an expert at weight loss and he uses mainly a keto diet to get rapid results with his clients. Check out some to the results on his testimonial page if you would like some motiviation!
What is the Keto Diet?
People can only lose weight in one of three basic ways. First, they can choose to eat less calories every single day. Second, they can eat the same amount of food but they can pump up the amount of exercise or activities they do daily. They end up burning more calories than they take in. Third, people can try to do both: eat less and become more physically active. The reason why people lose weight in these situations is that they achieve a net negative calorie intake state. In this state, the body starts to compensate for the ‘lost’ calories by burning up the available sugar in the bloodstream. After that there is no more blood sugar to use up, the body then starts converting stored fat and muscle tissue into fuel for its cells. The end result? You end up losing weight. The Keto Diet turbocharges this process.
What sets the Keto diet from other diets is that it primes your body’s tendency and ability to burn your fat stores for energy. Instead of turning to sugar for energy, the Keto diet trains your body to burn up your fat stores and muscles first. This process is called Ketosis. Ketosis turns fat into ketones which your cells use your for energy. Ketone levels in your blood also regulate your hunger signals.
Does this all sound familiar?
Chances are, if you have ever tried the Atkins, South Beach, or Paleo diets in the past, the process I described above would be very familiar. They should be. Atkins and other protein or fat-heavy diets use one variation of the Keto diet or another. However, they aren’t ‘pure’ ketogenic diets. Those variations allow for certain tweaks that get in the way of a ‘true’ ketosis-centered diet.
What sets the Keto diet apart?
The Keto Diet pushes your body to quickly switch its primary energy source from sugar to fat. It does this by requiring you to eat a lot of oil/fat. Unlike the Atkins Diet which is very heavy in proteins, a pure Keto Diet actually limits the amount of protein you can eat in any single day. How come? Interestingly enough, if there is too much protein in the diet, the body’s ability to turn fat into energy will get hampered. The Keto Diet uses an optimal ratio of protein to fat to maximize ketosis. Of course, just like other ketogenic diets, the Keto Diet virtually outlaws the eating of carbohydrates. If even a little bit of carbs get in your system, you body can go back to using carbs first as fuel sources. This switch might slow down your system’s fat burning capabilities and/or rate.
Is the Keto diet easier to maintain?
As any veteran of fad diets would know, the best way to tell if a diet is any good is how long people can keep the pounds off. I am happy to report that when it comes to a convenient and relatively quick way to long-term weight loss, the Keto Diet is quite hard to beat. First, you get to indulge in fatty food without feeling guilty. In fact, a lot of the dishes in a typical Keto meal plan are quite tasty. You don’t get the feeling you’re depriving yourself. You don’t end up feeling you’re missing out on the stuff your friends are eating. You can eat quite a bit of meat and oil/fat. Also, since the Keto Diet is meat and fat-focused, you can prepare quick and easy meals using stir fry and pressure cooker methods. It doesn’t take much effort to stay on a Keto program.
Breaking into the Keto lifestyle
By this point, it would be perfectly natural if you’re excited about trying the Keto Diet out. Before you do, you need to have the proper mindset in place. Otherwise, you’re just going to be wasting your time. First, you need to assume that it will work. Next, you have to assume that you will hit some snags along the way. On some days, you might end up raiding the fridge and feasting on some pasta or some otherwise forbidden chocolate cake. Get ready to not beat yourself up when this happens.
Another key mindset you need to adopt is to take baby steps displacing your current diet. This means adding to your meals instead of taking food out or cutting portions in half. As you get used to your Keto meals, you’ll want your regular diet’s dishes less and less. It also helps if you take periodic pictures of yourself. It is too easy to lose motivation with any diet. When you look at the relatively quick weight loss you’ve achieved, you get pumped up. It then becomes easier and easier for you to stick to your drastically low carbohydrate routine.
Finally, make a public pronouncement to your Facebook friends that you’re going on the Keto Diet. This will give you a tremendous ‘disincentive’ to quit. If you fail, you will get embarrassed. Also, by letting others know, they can help keep you accountable-this is especially true if they are dieting as well.