The Science Behind The Ketogenic Diet
Ketosis is simply using ketone bodies as the primary source of fuel and energy. These ketone bodies are derived from fat stores within the body so basically being in a state of ketosis means your body is using fat for fuel. This is contrary to the Standard American/Western diet in which glucose, as derived from carbohydrates, is the primary fuel source. When the body breaks down fat for energy, the vast majority of that fat is converted into ATP molecules. During that conversion process, ketones are produced. When you eat fewer carbohydrates, your body has to find an alternative fuel source and it turns to fat for supplying its energy needs. It just so happens that most of your bodies organs, brain and tissues prefer the energy derived from ketones as opposed to glucose.
Its important to realize that the ketogenic diet is not a fool-proof weight-loss diet….its a fat-burning diet. This often leads to dramatic weight loss for those that have excess fat stores because the body will use them up. However, if your not morbidly obese to start with, you won’t have to worry about wasting away to nothing. If your in shape and not incredibly overweight, your body will use the fat you ingest through your daily diet for fuel.
But hey, whats so exciting about another fuel source for they body? Most of you are probably thinking that there is no need to experiment with alternative fuel sources since you feel just fine on your daily diet of rice and chicken breasts, (if you’re healthy) or ice-cream and french fries, (if you’re not). Well allow me to introduce you to the world of alternative fuel and superior performance. Maintaining a glucose dependent diet is the equivalent of driving one of the cars straight from the Flintstones….a whole lot of effort to not get anywhere fast. Compare that to a ketogenic diet where you are now cruising in a classic muscle car with 11:1 compression and running on jet fuel…..I’ll take the latter please.