Keto, anyone? What is keto and why does it sound edible? Keto is actually a method or a process, if you will, that kind of tricks your system into using bodyfat as its main source of energy instead of carbs. Keto diet has now gained a hug following because it’s just super effective and works super fast, you’ll have your dream body in no time!
Here’s how it works.
To start, you need to put your body into what is called a ketogenic state, wherein you only ingest ample amounts of fat, take low amounts of protein, and absolutely little to no carbs at all. To illustrate, you will need 80% of fat and only the rest is protein, no crabs. You need to follow this diet for the first two days. Once you have achieved such a state, you now change up the ratio and take in more protein and lower your fat intake – 65% fat, 30% protein, and the rest is whatever you want to eat. Protein here is increased to benefit the growth of muscles. You see, the more carbs you take in your system, the more your pancreas releases insulin, which helps stores amino acids, glycogen, and excess calories as fat. Therefore, logic dictates that the less you put carbs in your body, the less likely it is to store excess calories and turn them into fat – perfect.
Now that your body is deprived of carbs, its ‘usual’ source of energy, then it will look for other sources to produce your much needed energy to jump start your day. Your fat. Did you say you wanted to burn some fast and effectively? Well, now you can with ketogenic diet! You are not only burning fat, but you are training your body to use fat as its main energy source. This state of your body is called ketosis. This is absolutely the state you want to have you body be in if you want to lose fat and maintain muscle growth.
But your ketogenic diet is not over yet! From here on, you have to plan your diet carefully to maintain this state. In this diet, you should take at least a gram of protein for every pound of lean mass daily. This is really helpful int the recovery of muscle tissue after your sports training or gym workout sessions. To illustrate how the ratio works – if you weigh at least 180 pounds of lean mass, then it follows that you take in 180 grams of protein everyday. That means, if you multiply it by 4 (amount of calories per gram) then you get 720 calories from protein intake and rest should come from fat.