‘Keto’ is a term used to describe those who choose to follow a ketogenic diet – a low carb, moderate protein and high fat diet. By lowering carbohydrate (including sugar) intake to less than 20g per day or less, the body switches fuel systems and enters ketosis – a state that means it is using fat as its fuel source.
Starting a keto diet can help to kick start weight loss, with many people seeing results in a short amount of time.
A keto diet is also referred to as LCHF (low carb, high fat) diet.
What are the benefits of keto diet?
Many people start the keto diet with the intention of losing weight (or body fat percentage) but also see other benefits.
As well as burning fat, a keto diet can also:
- Rebalance the body for an improved and more stable mood
- Reset insulin levels for greater and more consistent energy levels
- Reduce appetite and food cravings
- Reduce blood pressure
- Improve cognitive processes and mental stability
Is the keto diet good for you?
“Overall the keto diet plan is positive. When you eat high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy which means the fats you eat, your body stores.
The ultimate benefit is that you totally change your eating habits to include more fat and eat healthier as you adapt to this diet.”
Geeta Sidhu-Robb, nutritionist