Quick Keto Facts
Ketosis happens when the body is denied access to glucose as the main fuel source and stored fat become energy instead, producing ketones.
That come the concept of a ketogenic diet in which people lose weight by forcing their body to burn excess fat stores.
The ketogenic diet was originally created in the 1920’s to treat epilepsy but was inadvertently discovered to bring about many other health benefits.
There are many variations of the ketogenic diet.
Types of Ketogenic Diets
Classic Keto: The strictest type of keto, which requires a 4:1 ratio of fats to carbs/ protein to carbs. Which means a structured, individualized plan consist of 90% fat. Foods must be weighed when following this regimen.
Modified Keto: The modified variation of the diet aims to be less restrictive. It might be a good place to begin if you’re new to keto, or if you’ve followed classic keto for a long time and you’re trying to ease down to a more sustainable, long-term eating regimen.
MCT: This version contain a higher protein and carb intake than those of classic keto. MCT is short for the term Medium Chain Triglycerides, or highly ketogenic man-made fats/ protein.
Modified Atkins: Carbs are strictly limited in modified Atkins, while fat and protein are encouraged. When one consume carbs on this diet, fats should always accompany them.
Intermittent Fasting: This dietary intervention brings the body into ketosis mode by shortening the window of time that one person eats during the day. For instance, they may only eat during 8 hours of the day, and don’t eat for the next 16 hours, forcing the body to burn energy from fat.
Only the classic and high-protein ketogenic diets have been researched extensively by professionals and are the most recommended. Other, more advanced, versions of keto are primarily introduced by bodybuilders and elite athletes.