What Is The Science Behind The Ketogenic Diet?
There is a lot of science behind it. This article details 23 peer reviewed studies of it. I’ll break down some of the science behind the diet: Insulin is the primary hormone driving fat burning and fat storage. When the body has high levels of insulin, the tendency is to store things as fat. So, in order to lose weight you want to lower levels of insulin in the body. Low calorie diets also lower insulin, but the ketogenic diet does it simply by the macronutrient content of the diet. The biggest driver of insulin are carbohydrates. By dramatically reducing carbohydrates the body needs to produce less insulin to move the glucose they produce into cells in the body. Fats have almost no insulin impact. By increasing fats in the diet and substituting them for carbohydrates and proteins, you eat without causing great insulin spikes. Ketones Ketones are not some dangerous substance in the body. They are a natural part of human metabolism and everybody has circulating levels of ketones. The key here is again the hormone insulin. Higher levels of insulin mean fewer ketones in the body. The reason non-diabetic people on a ketogenic diet do not get ketoacidosis is that they still have adequ Continue reading >>