The keto diet is short for “ketogenic diet”. It’s a high-fat, low-carb eating plan that has the potential to turn your body into a fat-burning machine.
The keto diet changes the way your body converts food into energy. Normally, your body turns carbohydrates into glucose for energy. Eating a lot of fat and very few carbs puts you in ketosis, a metabolic state where your body burns fat instead of carbs for fuel.
What are Ketones?
When your body cannot get glucose from your diet, your liver turns body fat and fat from your diet into molecules called ketones, an alternative source of fuel. This puts you into Ketosis, aka prime weight loss mode!
You are in ketosis when your ketone levels measure 0.8 millimoles per liter. The keto diet is one way to get your body to make ketones. Other ways to run on ketones include intermittent fasting and using up your glucose reserves by exercising.
Benefits of Keto:
The keto diet quickly boosts weight loss because your body turns fat from your diet and your fat stored into ketones. Unlike glucose, ketones cannot be stored as fat because they aren’t digested the same way.
When you are in ketosis, your body uses stored body fat from your diet as fuel. The result of this is rapid weight loss!
Ketones suppress ghrelin, which is your hunger hormone and increase cholecystokinin which makes you feel full. Reduced appetite means it’s easier to go for longer periods without eating, which encourages your body to dip into its fat stores for energy.
A Keto diet can reduce inflammation in the body by switching off inflammatory pathways and producing fewer free radical compared to glucose.
Ketones are so powerful that they can provide up to 20 percent of your brain’s energy needs, which is way more efficient that the energy you get from glucose. Your brain is made up of 60% fat! This means it needs a lot of fat to keep the engine humming! The good fats you eat on a ketogenic diet do more than feed your day to day activities, they also feed your brain!
When your brain uses ketone for fuel, you don’t experience the same energy slumps as you do when you’re eating a lot of carbohydrates. When your metabolism is in fat burning mode, your body can simply tag into its readily available fat stores for energy.
Fat is a super satiating macronutrient. You eat a ton of good fats on keto, so you feel fuller for longer which means your cravings are curbed!
How to find which approach works best for you
- First, check with you doctor before you make any major dietary changes
- Track your carbs, fat and protein using a food tracking app like MyFitnessPal
- Set goals based on fat and carb intake instead of worrying about calories. Eat until you’re full and listen to your body
What does NPL Keto range do?
The NPL Keto range contains BHB salts which are exogenous ketones. These ketone supplements increase ketone levels mimicking what happens in ketosis when you follow a ketogenic diet.
These supplements reduce the time it takes to get into ketosis and lessons the unpleasant effects such a the keto flu.