Limiting carbohydrates to <20g per day causes the body to produce ketones. While energy levels differ from one persons needs to another it is basically a ratio of 70-80% fat, 15-20% protein and 5-10% carbs. Sounds simple right? So why do we all get so confused?
Not surprising, the keto diet was also used in the 1920’s by doctors treating patients with epilepsy, neurological disorders and diabetes.
Somehow along the way it got buried under a lot of changes in our day to day dietary guidelines for the general population and for medical treatment.
Basically, the keto diet is low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats.
You will cycle in and out of ketosis. Usually 5 ketogenic days allowing 20 to 50g of carbs. Followed by 2 high carb days allowing 400 to 500g of carbs. This only suitable if you are involved in high intensity fitness training.
Focuses on eating carbs around physical activity. Suitable if you have a regular fitness routine.
Reduces carbs to 5%. Increases protein 35-45%. Decreases fat to 55 – 65%. Suitable if you need to decrease inflammation.
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