What is Keto?

Updated: Jan 21

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The keto diet is a high fat, low carb, and low to moderate protein diet. As a general rule, keto dieters eat below 35 grams of carbs and get 70% of their calories from fat and 25% from protein. A typical diet consists of seafood, low carb vegetables, cheese, avocados, meat, eggs, coconut oil, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, olive oil, nuts, seeds, berries, butter, cream, coffee, tea, and dark chocolate.

Keto is short for ketosis, a metabolic process in the body. In ketosis, the body uses fat as energy instead of carbohydrates. The body mobilizes fatty acids, which go to the liver, where they are oxidized into ketone bodies. In a ketogenic diet, the ketone bodies become the primary energy source.

One common side effect of the keto diet is the “keto flu.” The symptoms are nausea, headaches, and fatigue. The keto flu occurs a few days into the diet and results from the body going into ketosis. When the body switches energy sources from sugars to fats, it is out of balance resulting in the keto flu.

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