The keto diet is basically a high-fat, consistent, adequate protein, low carbohydrate diet which in medicinal circles is primarily used to treat juvenile epilepsy in epileptic children. The keto diet forces your body to use up fats instead of glucose. This causes ketones (one of your body’s major fuel sources) to be produced and utilized, thus causing your keto diet to work more efficiently and bring you the results you want. Ketones are produced when the brain’s metabolism uses fat for energy, unlike glucose, which is made primarily by the liver. Therefore, it is believed that by restricting the amount of glucose in the system and allowing ketones to provide your body with fuel, ketosis can be managed more effectively.
One of the most popular and effective forms of this type of diet involves following a very strict liquid diet. While some diets have included paper or hard snacks for them to take along with their meals, the keto diet requires that your food should all be consumed with fresh fruit or vegetable juices and no breads, pastas, grains or potatoes. These diets have been proven to be very effective in helping to fight serious cases of diabetes and obesity by allowing the body to use fat for energy.
As with any type of diet, it is extremely important that you speak with your physician before going on any type of fat-burning eating plan. There can be side effects to both this type of diet and any other and should be discussed before beginning any type of diet plan. If you are currently being treated for diabetes or are planning to be, you may want to speak with your doctor about including a keto diet in your treatment regimen. Many physicians will actually suggest this type of diet for their patients who are struggling with either type of illness.