As we discussed in our last post, each food choice you make is a combination of 3 main nutrients: 1.) carbohydrates (“carbs”), 2.) protein and 3.) fat.
A Keto diet is basically a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet. Author Mark Session likens fat and protein to hearty logs that burn cleanly, slowly and steadily in a camp fire. Therefore, in the body, protein and fat can provide a long, satisfying, full feeling that can keep one from getting hungry. When not eaten with carbs, a diet comprised of high fat and moderate protein is said to train the body to choose fat as a primary source of fuel. This is so it will learn to burn the excess fat on your hips and thighs for energy, helping you stay slim and satiated.
In contrast, carbs can be thought of as kindling that burns fast and produces a lot of smoke. When carbs are utilized in the body, they not only create quick energy, they also produce free radicals as biproducts of their metabolism (thus the smoke reference). Free radicals damage tissues throughout the body and accelerate the aging process.
So now we can see why some people choose a Keto lifestyle. Some are not only attracted to keto because it is said it can help one lose weight. Some experts believe keto can help reduce the burden of free radicals in the body.