What is the Ketogenic diet?
The ketogenic diet (LCKD) is a very low-carb, high-fat diet. It involves significantly reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.
When your body is in ketosis, it becomes really good at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain.
Ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This, along with the increased ketones, has numerous health benefits. It may be effective for improving glycemia and some studies have shown a reduction in the medication required by people with Type 2 diabetes.
What do you eat on this diet?
On this diet, the emphasis is on what you eat, not how much. In other words, you don’t have to count calories. The goal is to eat 50 or less carbs each day. The fewer the carbs, the more effective the diet.
Eat: Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables growing above ground and natural fats (like butter).
Avoid: Sugar and starchy foods (like bread, pasta, rice, beans and potatoes), and beer.
Here is a picture showing how many grams of digestible carbs there are per 100 grams (3.5 ounces) for each of these low-carb foods:
What’s the take-away for you?
- This diet may be a good choice for you if you are trying to lose weight and/or decrease the mediation you are taking for your Type 2 Diabetes.
- It is important to eat a balanced diet and supplement with a multivitamin to make sure that your body is getting all of the nutrients it needs.
- You should always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting a diet like this one to make sure that it is a healthy method for you.