The purpose of Ketogenic diet is to force the human body to remain in its glycogen-deprived state and sustain mild ketosis. Ketosis is known as the phase when the body burns fat to be used for energy. To achieve the ketosis stage, you must learn to lessen your carbs intake and to increase your consumption of fat.
When the body is on a carb-based diet, carbohydrates are turned into glucose which is then used as a chief fuel source. Any glucose that is left or unused is then converted into glycogen and is stored inside the liver for use in the future. As this storage becomes full, glycogen is spilled over and is then stored as fat or adipose tissue. More often than not, the waistline, thighs, arms and buttocks become storage areas.
If you take off the carbs on your diet, these fat deposits become the body’s preferred source of fuel. But if you keep feeding your body more carbs, then it will use up the carbs first rather than the fat deposits – it is that simple. So, using this equation, if you up the level of fat intake, then your body will automatically feed on the fat deposits; it will burn 98 calories for every gram of fat as opposed to just 4 calories for every gram of carbs.
The rule is pretty basic – increase your fat intake and decrease your carb consumption. While you are allowed to eat carbs every now and then, it is advisable to limit your carbs source from the non-whites, meaning, you must learn to say no to pasta or white bread.
This type of diet has medical benefits in that it has been shown to aid people suffering with epilepsy.
About the Author: Jenn writes for The Natural Ketosis Company, a specialist in low carb diet plans.