Why is it called Keto?
Quite simply, the term "Keto" comes from the word Ketosis. This is a natural state the body achieves when it is using either the dietary fats we consume in our food, or the fat we have stored in our body. During ketosis, ketones are produced by the liver as an energy source.
What happens in ketosis?
Ketosis can be achieved when we reduce the number of carbohydrates and increase the amount of healthy dietary fats we consume. Initially, the body will automatically use the stored carbs (glycogen) as energy. We store around 2,000-2,500 calories in glycogen, so it can take a couple of days to deplete these. You may find at this stage you experience a weight loss, however this is mostly going to be water weight not fat loss.
Benefits of Keto
There are numerous benefits to be had from following a well planned Keto way of eating. We all want to enjoy more of life and to look and feel our best with energy left over at the end of the day. By eating the Keto way we can do just that!
People who maintain a Keto lifestyle have experienced significant improvements to their type 2 diabetes, weight loss, sports endurance and a better relationship with food.
Not a diet but a lifestyle.
When we hear the word 'diet' we immediately conjure up a feeling of hunger and dissatisfaction...neither of these are words ever used to describe Keto! By reducing the number of carbohydrates and increasing the amount of healthy dietary fats we consume, we can feel fuller for longer, have more energy, less bloating and less cravings.