Ketogenic, Ketosis and Ketones
A keto or ketogenic diet is mainly a high-fat diet, with adequate amounts of protein at about 20% and low carbohydrates, less than 5% to be exact. These types of macros change the way energy is used, forcing your body to burn fats instead of carbohydrates. By lowering carb intake, your body goes into a metabolic state known as ketosis—the natural process the body goes through when food intake is low. During ketosis, you produce ketones, which are created from the breakdown of fats in the liver to be used as energy.
Health Benefits of a Keto Diet
It’s no secret that eating right aids weight loss, but how does it affect your cholesterol or even your skin? In recent years, there have been many studies and research done on the ketogenic diet. For example, a doctor in Florida, Dr. Mary Newport, treated her husband, Steve, who suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s with what she called the coconut ketogenic diet. In the story that ran in the Tampa Bay Times, she claims the diet cured his symptoms.
What happens with dementia and Alzheimer’s is the degeneration of the nerve system in the brain, so to treat the disease you need to support the brain nerve system. With a keto diet that’s about 75% fat, that’s exactly what happens because healthy fats support the brain.
Other benefits of the ketogenic diet include:
Cholesterol: A keto diet has been shown to improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels associated with buildup in the arteries. Even though this diet is high in fat, it won’t raise your cholesterol or increase your risk for heart disease since it’s usually influenced by trans fats and sugar, not heart-healthy fats.
Blood sugar: Many studies show a decrease in LDL (bad) cholesterol and eliminating ailments like type 2 diabetes for people who aren’t on insulin. Plus, an increase of the HDL (good) cholesterol.
Acne: A recent study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows a decrease in acne lesions and skin inflammation over a three-month period.
Weight Loss and Hunger: With less insulin from carbohydrates, your body starts to burn its own body fat, not just fat that you consume. Also, fat is naturally more satisfying and ends up giving people a more satiated feeling for longer.
Blood Pressure: Low-carb diets tend to lower blood pressure, which leads to a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other common diseases.
Workouts on a Keto Diet:
When you first start your ketogenic diet, you may find that you don’t have all your strength, since your body is adapting to using fat as its primary fuel. You may experience a bit of mental fogginess or even headaches and a lack of energy, but that’s just because your body is dealing with the lack of glucose and is building a new supply of enzymes. That’s why a pre-workout supplement like BEST PRE WORKOUT™ from BPI Sports is important. BEST PRE WORKOUT™ uses an exogenous blend of ketones that allows your body to enter the ketogenic state faster and counteracts the “keto flu” symptoms with ingredients that boost your energy, increase your strength, improve your performance at the gym and give you mental focus.
More About BEST PRE WORKOUT™:
BPI Sports’ newest pre-workout boasts the organic compound beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) in sodium, magnesium and potassium in salt form. Ingesting BHB has been shown to raise levels of blood ketones for two and a half to three hours after ingestion. There’s also a substantial decrease in your need for oxygen after taking BHB salts. So if you take BEST PRE WORKOUT™, you’ll be able to perform your workout routine at a greater level during that window. This newest pre-workout formula allows your body to go from using glucose (sugar) as its primary fuel to burning fats instead. Plus, you’ll save muscle mass and not burn it away when working out. Instead, your body will use cellular energy and ketone bodies produced from fatty acids.