A ketogenic diet
is a very low-carb and high-fat diet, considered to be when you eat a level of carbohydrate of around 30g of carbohydrates per day or below.
How a ketogenic diet works
On a ketogenic diet, blood glucose levels are kept at a low but healthy level which encourages the body to break down fat into a fuel source known as ketones.
The process of breaking down or ‘burning’ body fat is known as ketosis. People on insulin will typically require smaller doses of insulin which leads to less risk of large dosing errors.
Source of energy becomes fats instead of carbohydrates. So the body starts flushing out fat in the form of energy.
The diet helps burn body fat and therefore has particular advantages for those looking to lose weight, including people with prediabetes or those otherwise at risk of type 2 diabetes.
Benefits of a ketogenic diet
Ketone bodies produced from burning fat for fuel have been shown to have potent weight loss effects, help lower blood glucose levels and reduce people’s reliance on diabetes medication.
The diet has also shown evidence of having benefits on:
- Reducing triglyceride levels
- Reduces Bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Raises your metabolism and you feel more energetic