A keto diet is a diet which composes more fats than carbs. By going into a keto diet, your main source of energy changes from carbs to fats. The best-balanced proportion of a keto diet is 65-85% fats, 0-10% fats, and 20-30% proteins.
As a new beginner of the keto diet, your body may experience some abnormalities as it acclimatizes to the ketone rich diet from a carbohydrate-rich diet. The first common adaptation sign is a keto flu. This occurs when you change your main source of energy from carbs to ketones. Some of the flu symptoms include nausea, increased heart rate, headaches, mental fogginess, fatigue, and muscle cramps.
The general performance of your body may also decrease. The lack of performance may manifest in reduced energy and endurance, fatigue and the lack of motivation to perform in exercise or physical activity. You may also experience rapid weight loss when you switch from a carbohydrates diet to a keto diet. Water from the body is lost when insulin levels in the blood reduce due to a consequent reduction in carbs and this is why one loses weight on the switch. Weight reduction is also caused by the breakdown of glycogen stored in the body by glucagon to glucose so as to supplement the low blood sugar level of your carb deprived body. Both the reduction of glycogen and water from the body cause the loss of weight.
There are merits one reaps by switching to the keto diet. When one switch to a keto diet, they experience increased energy levels. Keto diets contain fats and ketones which have a higher calorific value as compared to carbohydrates and for this reason the diet results to more energy released during respiration. High energy means better and sustainable performance in tasks which require large amounts of energy.
Enhanced cognition is also a benefit of switching to a ketone rich diet. Brain cells have a preference to ketones as a source of energy as compared to the glucose. Switching to a ketone diet would see you have an increase in cognition performance of your brain with an increased concentration and remembrance.
There is a difference in the body composition of an individual on a ketone diet is different from one on a carbs diet. While on a ketone diet, your body is acclimatized to breaking down fats for energy and this way your body burns fat reserves to provide ketones for your body as it is in a state of kenosis. Due to the reduced fat levels in the body, you keep fit easily. Here are the merits you will reap when you switch to a ketone diet.