What Is A Ketogenic Diet?
How do low-carb keto diets work, and what do ketosis and ketones mean? We look at their efficiency for weight loss and the potential side effects. If you’ve ever considered following a diet, make sure you have all the facts first. BBC Good Food and nutritional therapist Kerry Torrens take a closer look at ketogenic diets – what are they, what are the health claims behind the headlines, and are they healthy? How does the ketogenic diet work? The aim of ketogenic diets is to send the body into a state of ‘ketosis’ by using a very strict low-carb diet. This umbrella term can include diets such as the Atkins diet, Dukan diet and LCHF (low carb, high fat) diets, although the ratios of fat, protein and carbs and other specific features of each diet (e.g. ‘phases’) can vary. What is ketosis? Under normal circumstances our body uses glucose from carbohydrate foods for energy. In the absence of glucose a process called ketosis occurs. This is a state in which the body burns fats instead of carbohydrates as its main fuel source. When we don’t eat carbs, the liver breaks down fat stores to produce energy. This energy is in the form of (and also creates) molecules called ‘keton Continue reading >>