What is known is as the Keto diet has been around since 1920s, but is making a huge comeback right now. Here’s why you should give it a try.
There are three main principles to the keto diet: cut carbs, moderate protein and have whole lot of fat. It sounds too crazy to be true, but it works and it’s gaining huge popularity within Silicon Valley.
More officially known as a ketogenic diet, it was developed as a non-pharmaceutical, dietary therapy for epilepsy and was quite mainstream during the 1920s and 1930s. The main function of the diet is to burn body fat instead of sugars, a mechanism known as ketosis, and will result in a boost in energy, mood and concentration and eventually weightloss.
When you deprive your body from sugar and carbohydrates, it will start looking for an alternative source of energy – ketones.
Ketones are produced by your liver from fat, and are used to fuel your entire efficiently, including your brain.
While on a keto diet, your entire body will go into survival mode and completely switch its fuel supply and will start burning fat like Donald Trump tweets. Along with this, you’ll notice several changes about yourself.
With access to the virtually untouched fat supply you’ve been carrying around for years, your body will have a steady source of energy even when you are not eating. And even though energy from sugar gives you a spike of concentration and productivity, it is always followed by a crash that brings laziness and sleepiness. But with ketones powering both your brain and body steadily and constantly, you will experience increased focus and improved concentration.
There are two things you have to keep in mind for the ketogenic diet to work: take in enough fluids and salt, and give your body two weeks to adapt to burning fat instead of sugars.
However, the keto diet is not suitable for everyone. Always consult you doctor before taking any drastic measures concerning your diet, especially if you are under any type of medical or suffer from chronic illnesses or diseases, as well as if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or currently breastfeeding.