Keto 101: Ketosis and the Keto Diet Explained
Have you heard about the latest food trend the “keto diet”? The keto craze has launched into popularity recently. It seems to be at the forefront for weight loss solutions online and in other methods of advertising. But what does keto, ketosis, or ketogenic really mean? Let’s dive a little more into it and figure out what the whole “keto” trend is and what we should know about it.
On Thursday, November 29 we will be hosting a free seminar; Keto 101: Ketosis and the keto diet explained. Our Pharmacist/Owner Randy will go into detail about what this trend is and why it has become so popular! For now, let’s cover some basics.
The basics of the ketogenic diet:
In simple terms, a ketogenic diet is one that creates a state of ketosis in the body. Ketosis is a metabolic state where the body burns primarily fat molecules for energy instead of sugars (or carbohydrates). There are different variations of how a ketogenic diet can be managed, depending on what kind of results or benefits you are looking for. The ratio of carbs, proteins, and fats, as well as the timing of these intakes, can be altered to suit athletes training for competition, or those wanting to see weight loss results.
Effects on the body:
Weight loss is often a goal of a standard ketogenic diet, although it does not need to be. Ketosis creates a stable source of fuel for the body, sparing the need to convert protein into energy. It can be achieved once the bodies stores of sugar, stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles are exhausted. Ketosis also results in decreased blood sugar levels and the need for insulin in the body. Along with weight loss, Ketosis can help lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Many people also report increased mental focus and energy and a decreased hunger level or cravings while following a ketogenic protocol.
The keto craze for weight loss:
The keto diet has become SO popular, but with any diet or change in lifestyle, it is important to be well educated on it before diving in. Many online diets advertise as “keto” but they are really just low carb diets. Simply put, if it is not ketosis… it’s not keto. Keto diets are based on the science of how food fuels your body. Which is why it is important to follow a specific, regulated protocol when using the “keto diet” for weight loss. Ketogenic diets may not be a good fit, nor safe for everyone. Following a protocol that has oversight from a healthcare professional can be beneficial as they will help to monitor your health, and will help you adjust medications or lifestyle factors as needed.
We hope this gave you some more information on the keto diet trend. If you want more information on keto and want to get your burning questions answered, please join us for our Keto 101 seminar on Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 pm. Due to space restrictions, there are a limited number of spots for this seminar, please make sure you RSVP with a pharmacy team member as soon as possible. Call 403.455.9939 or register here.