The Keto Myth - Carbohydrates or Fat? Which One is the Best?
Nothing is stopping the keto diet. Suppose you've decided to commit to the high-fat, low-carb plan after hearing about its touted perks. Things like stabilized blood sugar, a sharper memory, less brain fog, more energy, or most common, quick weight loss, there are a few things you need to know first, and many myths are surrounding this healthy diet. So, let's delve into this diet.
Unfortunately, many doctors have a very outdated view of nutrition. They live in old myths and stereotypes. And some doctors confuse nutritional ketosis with diabetic ketoacidosis. Today we know much more how the body can store and use energy.
What is Nutritional Ketosis?
Nutritional ketosis is a natural state that our body uses to survive during a low food supply. And this is an old evolutionary adaptation mechanism for the human body to survive starvation.
When we do not have a supply of carbohydrates our body starts producing ketones. Blood sugar (glucose) goes down, the insulin goes down, and then stored fat is released with ketones level going up. We become “fat-burning machines” or “Fat adapted”.
It's like we were using petrol (carbohydrates) for fuel but now we become diesel (fat) using machines that are much better for our bodies. Diesel, in this case, is the ketogenic diet, and the standard American (western style) diabetes diet is using petrol (carbohydrates) for energy, and that's the bad way of eating.
Our brain requires the energy to be able to think and rationalize things in our daily life. And there are only two types of energy sources for the brain. They are as follows:
In the body, ketones can be used only when the storage of glucose is very low. Our ancestors who lived in caves did not have an abundance of food so they learned to store energy as body fat. All this only to survive when food was not there.
Carbohydrates are food for quick responses
But if you don't burn them immediately they will turn to fat in your body and the waist will become bigger and bigger. This is what we see today in our society when the average person becomes bigger and that will ultimately put a lot of pressure on your heart and veins. If you don´t burn the carbohydrates then your liver makes fat out of it as it will from bread, pasta, cola, rice, etc.
Fat, on the other hand, is a type of food for consumption.
Fat is utilized immediately without any kind of transformation. It goes directly into the bloodstream and breaks down into glycerol and fatty acids. It is called lipolysis. This is our normal way of getting energy from food.
So is then ketosis dangerous?
Well, it can be if it is combined with at the same time high levels of blood glucose. This combination is not so good for your health and this is what we can see in today's society with elevating numbers of pre-diabetic patients and an increased risk for heart problems such as stroke and heart attacks and also obesity.
So remember, healthy ketosis is when blood glucose levels are low as ketones increases. And bad ketosis is when blood glucose is high and ketones are high. Do you see the difference?
A keto diet can be really simple, but it helps to learn some basic skills.
These tips and guides will help you answer all the common keto questions.
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