The Keto or Ketogenic diet was first devised by doctors 100 years ago as a treatment for epilepsy. Fasting was first used in ancient times by Ancient Greek physicians to successfully treat epilepsy and other diseases.
During the 1920s, several doctors, started using fat-focused diets to effectively reduce epileptic seizures – particularly in children – and their work was based on the Ancient Greek discovery. For two decades this treatment was widely used, but with the development of modern drug treatment, its use declined dramatically. Today, diet is still used in certain cases of epilepsy.
After much research, Robert Atkins MD launched his first slimming diet in 1972 and this used ketosis for the initial weeks of the diet.
The Atkins Diet became popular around the world. In 2013 Dr Attica MD published a blog describing how keto had changed his body weight and health dramatically and interest in the Ketogenic diet soared…
What is the Keto diet?
The Keto diet is a diet that is really low in carbohydrates and high in fats. When someone is following the diet, their body is forced to burn fats for energy rather than carbohydrates. This switch is a metabolic state known as ketosis.
This is natural for the body to do when it finds that it does not adequate glucose supplies to burn for energy.
The body breaks fat down and changes it into fatty acids and these are then turned into ketones molecules by the liver. By limiting the daily intake of carbohydrates to less than 50g, the Keto diet keeps the body in the state of ketosis.
While the daily intake of carbohydrates is strictly limited to 5% of your diet, the Keto diet, allows protein foods equivalent to 20% of your daily intake and good quality fats to account for 75% of food. After a few days on the Keto diet, your body will have run low on glucose and will begin to use stored fat for energy instead. Your body will be in the metabolic state of ketosis and will start to lose weight.
What are good keto foods?
The Keto diet is an effective way to lose weight if you are strict with the foods that you eat to ensure that you maintain Ketosis. In the first three months, you will lose weight faster following the Keto diet than most others.
Carbohydrates must be kept to a minimum but healthy food such as meat, fish, eggs, nuts and healthy oils can be eaten including many vegetables.
The reason why not too many proteins can be eaten each day is because the body will start converting protein into glucose rather than fat and your diet will not be as effective!
If you would like to try the Keto diet, it will be essential to follow the exact guidelines on foods you can and cannot eat and the exact quantities allowed. Before you start the diet, it is best to check with your doctor that they are happy for you to do so.
Can the Keto diet ease any medical conditions?
The Keto diet can help many medical conditions too including diabetes type 2, heart conditions and migraines. The diet has also proved to be successful for those with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Research on the use of the Keto diet is ongoing as it is thought that it can ease anxiety, depression and sleep problems and could have a positive effect on people with bipolar disorder.
Doctors also believe that the diet can help those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. It is already proven that the Keto diet can ease a wide range of medical problems ranging from acne to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and there is an exciting time ahead for researchers as they discover an increasing number of medical conditions that react positively to the Ketogenic diet.