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Why is the KETO Diet a good choice for weight loss?
If you spend any time at all on social media lately, you have seen a ton of conversation on the KETO Diet. And usually it’s the KETO Diet for fantastic weight loss. Yes, you can lose weight on the KETO Diet. The truth is, you can lose weight on virtually any “DIET” if you stick with it. We at FitFluential don’t like to encourage diets necessarily and are strongly in favor of finding a way to eat for LIFE- sustainability is the key. If you dramatically change your life to an extreme “DIET” thinking you’ll lose weight in 30 days then go back to the way you were eating, you are kidding yourself. It won’t work.
That said, let’s talk about what the KETO “Diet” is (and by “diet” we really mean a way of eating, an approach to eating vs. a fad diet that you stop and start), what the benefits are, and where you can find more information.
To put it simply, when you eat the KETO way, dramatically reducing carbs and increasing healthy fats, your body goes into ketosis, where it burns fat for energy vs glucose from the carbs you used to take in in larger quantities.
Caveat: Just “going keto” isn’t a guarantee for fat loss. This is clearly an entirely different post (and we’ll publish a post on this topic coming up, be sure you are subscribed here!) but your mind has to be the right place and you have to have reasonable goals for fat/weight loss before you start any program. If you think you’ll “go keto” and just cut carbs and start eating endless amounts of steak and butter and cheese, then 1) your mind is not in the right place and 2) you may likely gain weight.
No matter what you do…..CALORIES COUNT. Weight loss occurs when you are in a caloric deficit whether that’s from Paleo, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Meal Replacement Shakes, Slim Fast or whatever!! (note we do not recommend Slim Fast ok? Just making a point)
Is the KETO Diet just another version of The Atkins Diet?
It’s easy to mix these things up, if you were exposed to a lot of Atkins Diet media back in the day. With Atkins in the first phase, you restrict carbs dramatically and your body should go into ketosis.
Ketosis is “a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues, which is typically pathological in conditions such as diabetes, or may be the consequence of a diet that is very low in carbohydrates.” according to the dictionary. Like we explain in this post, in ketosis, your body burns fat vs. glucose from carbs, so….yea, you burn fat.
With Atkins, they do not limit protein. With Keto, they do suggest limiting protein. The typical ratio for KETO macros is 70F/20P/10C. 70% fat give or take, 20% protein give or take and 10% carbs give or take. With Atkins, after the first phase they do increase carbs, whereas KETO suggests limiting carbs in perpetuity.
What is Ketosis?
a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues, which is typically pathological in conditions such as diabetes, or may be the consequence of a diet that is very low in carbohydrates.
What is the KETO Diet?
For this part of the KETO Talk, we are letting Thom King, author of Guy Gone Keto do some explaining. The following are some clips from his incredibly informative site- with some outstanding KETO products- GuyGoneKeto.com.
You might be scratching your head and asking yourself, “haven’t we been told that the key to a healthy diet is to limit fatty foods and meat, and to eat lots of whole grains and fruits?”
Organizations such as the CDC will suggest that diets high in carbohydrates and low in oils and fats are good for you. These recommendations are excessively high in carbs, and many of us unknowingly overeat them because of hidden fillers and added sugars in processed foods.
The Keto Diet takes a less traditional approach. It focuses on consuming a diet rich in healthy fats, moderate amounts of high-quality protein, and a very limited amount of carbs. These three food groups are your macronutrients (or macros). By limiting the amount of carbs and sugars consumed, the body naturally switches its metabolic process into a state known as ketosis. When the body enters ketosis, it becomes a fat-burning machine that uses up stored body fat, and fuels itself with the dietary fats you consume.
To Summarize, The Keto Diet Is:
High in fat (appx 60-75% calories from fat)
Medium in protein (appx 15-30% calories from protein)
Low carb (appx 5-10% calories from carbs, which is between 15 and 50 grams of carbs a day)
A way of eating that shifts the body’s metabolism into a state of ketosis and burns stored and dietary fat for energy
These are good guidelines to start, but your personal macronutrient needs will vary based on several factors, such as your age, gender, body fat percentage, activity level, and health/fitness/weight loss goals. To more precisely calculate your personal macronutrient profile, check out our Keto Calculator.
What questions do you have about the KETO Diet? Are you currently on the KETO way of life? We’d love to hear your success stories! Tell us in the comments below!
Check out the Guy Gone Keto Product Line! OMG.
If you are just starting a keto approach to eating or you are a long time keto fan, we strongly recommend heading over to the GuyGoneKeto SHOP and checking out Thom’s extensive line of Keto-Friendly products. HINT: we have tried them all and LOVE THEM!! Seriously addicted.Try them out and let us know what you think!