The Ketogenic Diet

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What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet or “keto” diet is a low carb, high fat┬ádiet. Essentially making your body burn fat as a primary energy source by turning those fat cells into ketones.

During this diet, your body enters a metabolic state known as ketosis. Due to your low-carb intake, your body is not producing the glucose it needs to energize or fuel itself. Ketones are actually found to be a more efficient source of energy than glucose.

Ketosis can take anywhere from 3 to 7 days to enter. Once you’ve entered ketosis, you will then begin burning fat into energy.

Signs You’ve Entered

You can tell if you’re in ketosis a few different ways. Look for changes in the strength of your breath and urine odors, mood, alertness, and even how well you’re sleep is. You may also purchase a ketone test strip, similar to drug test strips. You urinate into a cup, dip the strip, and then you’ll know if you ketone levels are high enough. Thus meaning you’re body is in ketosis!

Benefits

  • A long-term diet that can be enjoyable
  • Employs you to only eat wholesome, and fresh foods like whole grains, meats, poultry, vegetables, etc.
  • Gives you a much more stable energy source
  • Cuts weight fast and in a healthy way

A Few Tips to Curve Your Cravings

With amount of fast food readily available and work place vending machines, it can become a very hard task to keep your diet in check. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve found useful in my own life to help keep my own diet on the right path. 

  • The Sweet Tooth

Sweets are my version of Kryptonite. I always found gum a very big help. There are 0 carb gums with varieties of flavors to suit your needs. 

Crystal light type drinks have 0 carbs. Most of them anyway. If I’m hydrating throughout the day I may as well throw in some crystal light to help curve my cravings. 

Fruits. A very good choice in moderation if your strict like me. Naturally sweet, and can help. Not the most effective craving supressant, but that’s my opinion. 

  • Fried Food

I love the crunch to a good chicken wing or fish fillet. They are hard to replace because no one wants to chew fried chicken gum. But there are barbaque and hot wing sauces with no carbs. I simply grill or back the wings and soak them in the sauce. And as for chips or fries, I am always eating pork rinds. They are fried, but the fat supplements for the lack of carbs. 


Bottom line, don’t put yourself into situations where you’re teasing yourself by being around it.

The main thing you should gather from this is that all your cravings habits need to be replaced with another. A healthier, more wholesome version that will benefit your body and diet. Your self control is at test, be sure to over come it. Because there is no better feeling than knowing you can do it.