What Is Ketosis And Is It Safe

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9 Facts About The Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet is a super low-carb diet designed to put your body into a state of ketosis, where it uses fat as its primary fuel source. Is it safe? Find out more before you try it! The ketogenic diet is a super low carb diet designed to put your body into a state of ketosis, where it uses fat as it's primary fuel source. This happens because glucose (from carbohydrates) is the easiest to convert into energy and hence is the body's main source of fuel, especially during exercise. By taking away the glucose supply the body turns to the next best thing: fat. Most ketogenic diets get 70 % of their daily calorific intake from fat, 20% is from protein and a mere 5% is from carbohydrates. Prev Next >> When we eat fats and carbohydrates they are metabolised and stored. Carbs are broken down and stored as glucose in the muscles and liver, fats are circulated as triglycerides in the blood stream and stored as adipose tissue (i.e. body fat). Both of these are used for energy. Protein is broken down into amino acids and used to maintain and (if you're training) repair muscles and tissue, which includes your hair and nails. Long story short: you need to eat enough protein, but without adeq Continue reading >>

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  1. Timothy Covel

    “Is it safe”… knowing nothing about your general health status, any specific conditions, age, weight, sleep, stress levels, there is no way someone can say yes or no to this question with absolute certainty.
    I can give you a probabilistic answer, which is that most people seem to have no serious side effects or problems on a ketogenic diet, so you probably would not either.
    Or an anecdotal answer, which is that I’ve been doing keto for several years, so 12 weeks seems like a trivial commitment and should be no problem in my experience.

    Unfortunately “Is it safe” sounds like a question for a doctor, for which the answer carries a certain weight of liability, and I am not one.

  2. Elsdon Carel Ward

    A ketogenic diet burns body fat in the absence of carbohydrate. But the process is turned off by eating carbs. I would say that it is perfectly safe to restrict your carbs to the recommended minimum per day - but not to go without any. If you are eating mainly protein - limit your fat intake and eat lean proteins. There is still a question mark over a high fat diet and its relationship to cardio-vascular health - so avoid oils and fats other than what is in nuts and avocados.

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