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A Comprehensive Beginner's Guide

What is a Keto Diet? A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc. When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source. Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body. Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis. Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation Continue reading >>

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  1. Stoutyeoman

    Hello science enthusiasts. Thank you for doing what you do and giving those of us who are on keto some solid info about our diet and what it really means for our bodies.
    I am posting today because I am a little curious about some of the fundamental ideas that many proponents of the ketogenic diet throw around.
    For one, I am curious about whether there is any scientific evidence that ketosis is the body's natural state and that eating carbohydrates is actually an anomalous process. Seeing how grains have been part of the human diet for most - if not all - of recorded history, it seems difficult to support the idea that we were never meant to eat these particular types of plants. Is there any hard scientific data that shows this to be true?
    I am also curious about some of the ideas that keto supporters have about caloric intake. As I've come to understand it, one of the cornerstones of the ketogenic diet for weight loss is the idea that the condition of being overweight or obese is caused by hormonal issues and that the ketogenic diet corrects said issues. The traditional point of view says that hormonal or genetic issues affecting weight gain are a myth. Is there any evidence that some individuals are predisposed to weight gain and that said predisposition disappears or is remedied on a ketogenic diet - or does the science tell us that a ketogenic diet is simpy a way of more easily and more readily reducing our caloric intake while increasing our BMR?
    Thanks!

  2. ashsimmonds

    Is there any scientific evidence that sobriety is a natural state?
    Alcohol has been around for all of recorded history, and you can only achieve sobriety by not consuming alcohol. So really sobriety is just someone who's in an ethanol-starved state.

  3. Stoutyeoman

    I thought of a similar comparison myself when I was musing over this. Alcohol is burned off as energy before anything else, and that's anomalous... so one could reason that carbohydrate has a similar status.
    Of course, what I'm looking for are studies that show this.

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