When you start a keto diet, your body starts processing fats, proteins, and carbohydrates differently. Let's learn something about the way the body works when you're eating the ketogenic way.
Most people eat a lot of carbohydrates, which the body turns into glucose. This simple sugar is either used as an immediate fuel or stored as glycogen in the body or muscles. When the body needs fuel, it will burn any glucose present or pull from the reserves of glycogen.
When there isn't enough glucose or stored glycogen, the body uses another process to produce energy. It's called ketosis. The body starts pulling stored fat, which is mainly composed of triglycerides. The metabolic process breaks down the triglyceride molecule and transforms it into usable energy.
A by-product of ketosis is an acid known as a ketone. The ketones get filtered out of the blood by the kidneys and go out with the urine. In low levels, ketones indicate that the body is breaking down fat to use for fuel.
The Ketogenic Diet
Eating a low-carbohydrate diet limits the glucose levels in the body. This forces the body to turn to ketosis for energy production. Burning stored fat has the benefit of reducing a person's weight quite rapidly. That's why many people love to use the keto diet for weight loss.
The reduction in stored fat also provides other benefits to the body:
- It may raise HDL cholesterol levels while lowering LDL cholesterol levels.
- It may help with hormone regulation in women with PCOS.
- It may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers.
- It may reduce some cases of acne.
Using the keto method of eating will help you lose weight and could give you other health benefits as well. Why are you eating ketogenic?