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How Does The Ketogenic Diet Work?

More and more people are going keto as they learn about the benefits of this super-low-carb way of eating. But those who need the “why” behind it—or who need facts to present to skeptical friends or family—might be wondering HOW does ketogenic diet work exactly? What is it about going keto that can work so well for weight loss and health? THE BASICS The most basic thing to know about the ketogenic diet is that it gets the body burning fats for fuel instead of carbohydrates (when followed properly). But how? Let’s break it down: Burning Fat for Energy When the average person eats a meal rich in carbs, their body takes those carbs and converts them to glucose for fuel. Iinsulin is then made to move that glucose into the bloodstream. Glucose is the body’s primary source of energy when carbohydrates are present. However, things are different on keto. On the ketogenic diet, your carbohydrate intake is kept very low—so when those carbs aren’t present, your body must utilize another form of energy to keep things ticking. That’s where fats come in. In the absence of carbs, the liver takes fatty acids in the body and converts them to ketone bodies, also known as ketones, a Continue reading >>

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  1. S2KLVR

    Been doing LCHF for a bit over a month now and my hot flashes are worse than before. Can anyone point me to something to read to understand why this is and what can be done about it? What is all you ladies experience with this if any?

  2. abuvia

    I haven't started menopause/gotten hot flashes yet, but I will say that overall I run warmer now than I did before NK. I used to always find myself edging the thermostat up and piling extra blankets on the bed. Now, I turn the thermostat down and kick off the covers.
    I'm not much of a meat lover and, since I never logged food before NK, suspect I may have been protein deficient before starting this WOE. That would have likely made me feel cold all the time. The warmth I'm experiencing now is probably just what my normal body temperature should be...
    Maybe you're better nourished now, too? Good luck figuring it out!

  3. grneyedldy

    I'm not sure I'm going to be of much help. I was mid menopause when I started lc. I never had bad hot flashes, they were/are literally flashes and don't happen often. They are less frequent since becoming keto adapted.
    You're body is still adjusting to becoming a ketone burner. I would also think hormones play a role, but I don't know anything to point you to for answers.

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