Keto Basics Start Here

 

Our number one goal in creating My Keto Home is sharing what we’ve learned over the last few years, and that includes some delicious keto-friendly recipes!

What exactly is a ketogenic/keto diet? In a nutshell it’s a high fat, low carbohydrate diet in which your body burns fats for fuel instead of glucose (sugar). A keto diet is very low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, and high in fats – 75% fats, 20% protein, 5% carbohydrates. When carbs are dramatically reduced, your body has to find another energy source. By breaking down fats, the liver produces ketones, which the body uses as its primary fuel source. Ketosis is the metabolic state of burning ketones for energy instead of glucose. On a ketogenic diet, you become a fat-burning machine. On a Standard Keto Diet, your net carbs (total grams of carbohydrates minus total grams of fiber) should average between 20 to 30 grams per day. To put that in perspective, the average American consumes about 300 net carbs per day, a little over 50% of their total food intake.

Many scientific studies have determined a keto or low carb diet is more effective than a low fat diet or Mediterranean diet for weight loss. A ketogenic diet generally produces quick weight loss and body fat reduction. Since it’s high in healthy fats, it leaves you feeling full and satisfied throughout the day, therefore you tend to eat fewer calories. If you’re not losing weight after adhering to the guidelines found in the following articles, you may be eating too many calories, even though they’re low in carbs. Additionally, a keto diet is not for everyone. There is no one-size-fits all diet that produces results for each individual. Remember: check with your physician before starting any change to your diet.

Welcome aboard!  Get started on your keto journey with the information you’ll find in the following articles.

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