The goal of the ketogenic diet is to put your body in a state of ketosis. What that really means is that your body is burning fat for fuel. Most people struggle to shed the excess pounds because their bodies are using glucose as fuel, instead of fat.
So, the fat never comes off and they wonder why it’s so stubborn.
Ketosis needs to be monitored so that you know if you’re on track. You can do this using urine strips or a breathalyzer. Do note that you should consult your doctor first before embarking on this diet.
If you want to turn your body into a fat-burning machine, you’ll need to get it used to tapping into its fat stores for fuel. In order to do that, you’ll have to consume most of your calories in the form of fat.
About 70 – 75% of your daily calories should be comprised of fat. About 20 – 25% should be protein, and your carb intake should be around 20 to 50 grams. You should NOT exceed 50 grams of carbs.
It may seem strange that you need to eat fat to lose fat. Yet, that’s exactly what you need to do. When the body gets more than enough fats from the diet, it realizes that it doesn’t need to cling on to its fat stores.
So, it burns off the excess fat much more readily. This is the biggest benefit of the ketogenic diet. With many other calorie-restriction diets, the moment you reduce your calories, the body stubbornly retains its fat stores for future use.
With the keto diet, this problem is overcome, and you keep burning your fat without facing opposition from the body.