Keto. The newest diet. What does a keto practitioner, an atheist, and a crossfitter have in common? They will all tell you. So for those of you who have heard of Keto diets, sit down, put your reading glasses on, and follow along.
READY SET GO. Keto is a shortened term used to describe ketogenic diet. A ketogenic diet is a diet that inspires the process of ketosis. Ketosis is a natural survival response that your body initiates when food is scarce causing the production of ketones. Ketones are water soluble molecules produced by the liver using fatty acids as the raw material. These ketones are then used for energy. BOOM!!!!
For anybody who is not a doctor, what does this mean to you? Keto is based on the premise that by limiting carbohydrate intake specifically, not caloric intake, your body will utilize the fuel source it is meant to use (fat stores) for energy. A keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet. It focuses on eating meats, greens, above ground vegetables, high fat dairy, nuts, seeds, avocados and berries while straying away from grains, sugar, fruit, and tubers. If you didn’t get the title, I will explain further. Much like all of my titles, it is a pun. Keto diets pride themselves on not only allowing you to eat bacon but encouraging it. This focus on consuming fats removes calorie dense carbohydrates from the equation essentially shifting your body's fuel source and the process it uses to obtain energy.
Intermittent Fasting vs Paleo vs Keto
Intermittent fasting focuses on the limiting feasting and increases fasting windows to cause the body to fall into the survival response (just as the keto diet does). However, intermittent fasting is about the time windows more than the raw material you are eating. Paleo is as simple as it gets, if you find it in nature ,without any form of processing other than cooking, you can eat it. Keto focuses on your energy source. All of the aforementioned are “diets” with varying premises. They can be used separately or combined to enhance effectiveness.
What you need to know?
If I said it once, I will say it a thousand times. Stop looking at your diet if you are not exercising. There is no amount of good eating that can help you if you are inactive. If you are active, stop measuring your meals and counting your calories. Walk into the bathroom. Shut the door. Take all your clothes off. Look into the mirror. If you are not seeing results, your diet is not working. Every human body is different and a diet that works for me will not work for you. There are people on the Keto diet, intermittent fasting, and paleo diet that see no results. Simply put, stop measuring your meals and start measuring your results.