As each January rolls around, a different diet regime becomes the word on everyone’s lips.
In 2018, the Keto Diet (or Ketogenic Diet) has surged back into popularity, with celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian trying the weight loss programme.
But what is the Keto Diet all about? And what does the menu look like — and of course the results?
Here’s what you need to know.
What is the Keto Diet?
The name of the diet derives from the intention to get the liver to produce ketones for the body to use as energy.
Ketones are a byproduct that occur when the body breaks down fat for fuel as a result of a low carbohydrate intake.
It’s often referred to the Low Carb Diet too, as the menu consists of cutting back on your intake.
Kourtney previously spoke on her app about keeping her body in a constant state of ketosis.
She said: "My doctor said one of the fastest ways to detox metals is to try to keep my body in a state of ketosis, which occurs when the glycogen in your liver is depleted and the body burns fatty acids for energy.
"To do this, I stick to a low-carb diet, with high proteins and healthy fats, and I eat 3 meals a day—with no snacking in between."
The idea is for the body to break down stored fat to use as energy, instead of relying of fuel from carbs to keep you going.
Carbohydrates such as pasta and potato are high in glucose, which is the easiest molecule to convert into an energy source.
Hence why, given the choice, your body will opt for this rather than relying on existing fat sources
What do the recipes look like?
Obviously, all your favourite carbs are limited. No more lunch time jacket potatoes…
But on the flip side, health fat consumption goes up. SO olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seed are all on the menu.
Non-starchy vegetables, like greens such as broccoli, courgette, asparagus and cucumber are favourites
When it comes to protein sources, organic, pasture-raised and grass-fed meats are recommend where possible. But do not go overboard in lieu of carbs.
What are the weight loss results of the Keto Diet?
Obviously, this will vary depending on your existing body shape. But if all goes to plan, the first week will see the most dramatic weight loss of up six or seven pound, but bare in mind this might be water weight, not all fat loss.
After your body is in burning mode, you can expect more steady weight loss. A safe rate is around one or two pounds each week.
Is it good for you?
A less extreme version of low carb diets we’ve seen in the past, the Keto Diet consists of a good balance of other food sources if you stick to a balanced menu.
Like any new diet, it’s best to consult your doctor before testing it out, especially if you have any existing health conditions.
Is it safe for diabetics?
Over on Diabetes UK, they have released a statement on the matter. It reads: "The current evidence suggest that low-carb diets can be safe and effective for people with Type 2 diabetes.
"They can help with weight loss and glucose management, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. So, we can recommend a low-carb diet for some people with Type 2 diabetes.
"But there is no consistent evidence that a low-carb diet is any more effective than other approaches in the long term, so it shouldn’t be seen as the diet for everyone.
"At the moment, there is no strong evidence to say that a low-carb diet is safe or effective for people with Type 1 diabetes. Because of this, Diabetes UK does not recommend low-carb diets to people with Type 1 diabetes."
As always, please consult your doctor before embarking on a new diet, especially if you suffer with diabetes
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