Dr. Russell Wilder formulated the ketogenic diet at the Mayo Clinic to help treat children with epilepsy seizures. During the 1920s and 1930s, it became very accepted as an effectual way to treat epilepsy, however as anti-seizure medication became more customary during the 1940s, the ketogenic diet was abandoned, regardless of its value. Recently the recognition of benefits of low carbohydrate intake has provoked a revival of interest into the ketogenic diet, as a highly efficient way of losing fat. A ketogenic diet is similar to other strict low-carb diets, like the Atkins diet or LCHF (low carb, high fat) diets. These diets often end up being ketogenic more or less. The principal difference between a strict LCHF diet and a keto diet is that protein is restricted to reach ketosis. A keto diet is intended purposely to result in ketosis. Ketosis results in a balanced stream of energy, or ketones to the brain. Ketosis is a biological procedure the body starts to help us endure when our food consumption is low. During this phase, we generate ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in our liver. Attaining ketosis usually takes somewhere from 3 days to a week. Once we’re in ketosis, we’ll be using fat for energy, instead of carbs. This includes the fat we eat and our accumulated body fat. The conclusion of an appropriately upheld keto diet is to push our body into this metabolic stage. We don’t reach ketosis through starvation of calories but through the starvation of carbohydrates.
In a world full of “sneaky” sugars, candies, pasta, fried foods, pizza and sodas, carbohydrates can easily be over indulged. There’s frequently a misconception that our body somehow needs carbohydrates, however, the fact is that our body’s can live without carbohydrates, as long as we eat ample amounts of good fats and protein. The truth is that our brains happily burn carbs when we eat them. But if we don’t eat too many carbs, our brains are content to convert ketones instead. This is an undeniably necessary function for our fundamental survival. Our body’s can only store carbs for a day or two, our brains would swiftly shut down after a couple of days without sustenance. There is no requirement for any essential dietary carbohydrates in human nutrition. Though, our brains do require glucose, a form of carbohydrate. Ordinarily, our brains use up 20% of our body’s energy disbursement, which equates to around 100/120 grams of glucose. Therefore it sounds like we need to eat carbohydrates to supply an adequate amount of energy to our brains daily. However, our bodies can make all the carbohydrates we need from protein and fat. Carbohydrates aren’t necessarily bad for us, however they’re also not essential.
Carbohydrates are a macronutrient found in things like starches, grains and foods high in sugar. This includes, but isn’t limited to, bread, flour, rice, pasta, beans, potatoes, sugar, syrup, cereals, fruits, bagels and juice. Carbs are broken down into glucose (a type of sugar) in our bodies for energy. Eating any kinds of carbs spikes blood sugar levels. The spike may happen faster or slower depending on the type of carb, simple or complex. Our body’s supply of stored carbohydrates only lasts for a couple of hours of intense exercise, or less. But our stored fat transports enough energy to easily last us for months. Because we’re adapted to burning primarily carbohydrates, our fat stores aren’t easily available, and they can’t fuel our brain. This ends in us continually eating before, and after long exercise periods, or even just to fuel our day-to-day activities.
Fats are the most efficient form of energy, and each gram contains about 9 calories, compared to 4 calories per gram of protein and carbohydrates. On a keto diet, about 65 to 75 percent of the calories we consume daily should come from fat. About 20 to 30 percent should come from protein. The remaining 5 percent should come from carbohydrates. Checking the nutrition labels on all our products to see if they’re high in carbs is imperative. There are unseen carbs in the most improbable of places. We should always try to avoid purchasing groceries with dozens of perplexing ingredients. The less is usually better. And it’s mandatory that we always check the serving sizes against the carb counts. Manufacturers can sometimes recommend unbelievably diminutive serving sizes to superficially reduce calorie and carb numbers. At first glance, something may be low in carbs, but a quick contrast to the serving size can divulge the product is mostly sugar.
We should try to eat grass-fed meats and wild-caught fish whenever feasible, and preferably organic eggs from free-range chickens. Eating plenty of non-starchy vegetables including asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli, cucumber, lettuce, onions, peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes, garlic, Brussels sprouts and zucchini will help up achieve our desired ketosis metabolic state. There are numerous benefits of ketosis. By giving our body and brain an almost unlimited supply of energy, we can increase our metal and physical endurance. As a contract food service company known for staying ahead of the curve when it comes to food health and customer service, at Gourmet Services Inc. we know that most anyone can safely benefit from participating in a low-carb, high-fat diet.