What is it? The ketogenic diet is a diet that severely restricts carbohydrate consumption to about 20-50 g/day in order to establish a state of ketosis. (For reference. The recommended consumption of carbs for a 1500 calorie diet is about 150-200 g/day). Our cells preferred source of energy is glucose (aka blood sugar), which comes from the carbs we eat in our diet. In the absence of carbs, glucose will deplete after about 2-3 days and the body will start to break down fat stores to produce ketone bodies and use that as the main source of energy. It’s at this point the body is in a state of ketosis and solely burning fat for energy. It's this "fat burning" mechanism that is the draw for the weight loss industry.

History: The keto diet started as a therapeutic diet in the clinical setting to treat children with epilepsy. Since our brains prefer and almost exclusively use glucose for energy, researchers found episodes of seizures went down significantly when carbs were nearly eliminated i...

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