The ketogenic diet is a diet depended on a method known as ketosis. It's a specific state of the body, which is characterized by a superior level of ketones in the blood system, which happens due to the alteration of fats into fatty acids and ketones. This usually happens when the body gets only insufficient amounts of carbohydrates over a certain period of time. When you begin with this kind of diet, your body encounters quite a lot of adjustments and changes. After 24 to 48 hours from the time when you started your new diet, the body starts to use ketones in order to use the energy kept in fat cells much more proficiently. In other words, the main source of energy transforms into fat (fatty acids), instead of carbohydrates in this case glucose. Because of that reason, for the period of ketosis it is not a problem to take in food with higher amounts of fat, than would in another case be completely unrational. This way the body is very rapidly losing weight (in particular fat). Also another important factor is that muscle tissue loss (proteins) is very minimal, because the vast majority of food eaten throughout ketosis also includes relatively big amounts of proteins that are very important for your muscles.
Even if this ketosis is the main foundation of the ketogenic form of diet, in its most strictest form it should not be kept for long period. The state of ketosis can be held up only until the body weight is just a few pounds higher than the one that is desired. Then foods with larger amounts of carbohydrates are little by little introduced (rice, beans, etc). In this cycle it would be incredibly practical and useful to make a food consumption diary in which daily amounts of taken carbs would be filed and marked. This way you can find out the maximum amount of daily carbs that still allow you not to gain a single pound of weight. After you find out this parameter you will no longer have problems with being overweight since until that moment you will definitely learn to take account of calories and amounts of carbs, proteins and fats that you eat daily. So you will get to know your body better, regarding the utmost "allowable" daily consumption. Because of that reason we could say that the ketogenic diet is, in one way a procedure or process of learning practice that will guarantee that you never get back to the old probably challenging overweight levels.
There are lots of types of ketogenic diets that are found on the internet or in books or magazines, but they all have one basic principle in common - intake of high amounts of proteins and fats, and small amounts of carbohydrates. Which strict diet you will opt for, isn't as important, just that it will let you to enter ketosis, which is the core of the biological mechanism that will help you lose weight drastically.
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