Why Switch to Keto
The first step in counting carbs is figuring out which foods contain them. But that can be challenging as you get to hear different opinions about all the food items, everywhere you look for information! I understand that. Unhealthy high carbohydrate foods include sugary cereals, crackers, cakes, flours, jams, preserves, bread products, refined potato products, and sugary drinks. Healthy high carbohydrate foods include vegetables, legumes (beans), whole grains, fruits, nuts, and yogurt. This is the general belief that we have been raised with.
I have been emphasizing that commonly known dangers of low carb diets are false beliefs and unsubstantiated fears communicated by people who have a limited understanding of how low carb diets work, or by people with financial or professional reasons to maintain support for the low fat, high carb message, for example, some privately owned associations that receive great sums of money from processed food manufacturers. They can't just suddenly start saying that a high fat, low grain diet is healthiest - they would lose all their funding from companies like KraftFoods, Hershey's and Coca-Cola. While this may sound harsh, in 2016, they seem to be coming around to the low carb idea because they are backing off the dogma on the evils of saturated fat and cholesterol. Well, be as it is, the decision is completely yours. But make sure you have done your research well.
Benefits and Dangers
Ketosis is simply a normal metabolic pathway in which instead of relying on sugar or carbohydrate, the body cells utilize ketones to make energy. Improving general wellbeing through a metabolic change in which the primary cellular fuel source switches from carbohydrate based fuels containing glucose, to fat fuels and fat metabolism products called ketones is the main purpose and goal of a ketogenic diet plan. Ketone bodies elevate blood levels in humans and are effective treatment for many disease conditions, along with having some other very beneficial effects. Earlier, I have discussed some common side effects that are seen in the first three weeks of switching to a Ketogenic diet. If you have been following my previous articles on the subject, by now you should have a good understanding of the fundamentals. It might be wise to re-read those articles, or bookmark them to grab back whenever you encounter a questions about ketogenic diet!
Once you have adapted to a ketogenic diet plan, the most certain result is likely going to be feeling healthier and living happier. Please make your own decisions, keeping in mind that the doctor is getting nutritional ketosis confused with a much more dangerous condition called ketoacidosis. These are two different conditions. Ketoacidosis usually develops when a person with Type 1 diabetes develops a serious infection, has a heart attack or other debilitating illness. Ketoacidosis is a concern for Type 1 diabetics and others whose bodies are unable to make or process insulin correctly. It is precipitated by the inability of the sick patient to administer proper amounts of injected insulin dehydration and accompanied by high blood sugars. Among many other health benefits of a ketogenic diet is that it lowers your fasting blood sugar and insulin levels, helps reverse insulin resistant conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, PCOS, fatty liver and, cools inflammation and in turn, leads to better overall health.
Another important point that I am going to discuss here is that t's only when you combine lots of fat and lots of carbohydrates in your diet that you get into trouble. Carbohydrates provide sugar to your body, which drives up your insulin levels. These high insulin levels cause the body to mishandle the way fats are metabolized and hence more fat is stored or circulates in the blood. This starts the health problems that should be associated with a high carb diet which causes the metabolic syndrome and weight gain associated with insulin resistance, not a ketogenic diet plan.
There is plenty of solid research showing the benefits of ketogenic diet and proving that following a ketogenic diet plan is not detrimental to human health. If you have lingering concerns about the subject, you may read about it in detail before switching to it.
In my next blog, I am going to share an elaborated list of high carb foods and beverages and how they affect your body. Do keep coming back for detailed information on this subject.