WHAT IS A KETOGENIC DIET?
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet.
The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain function. However, if little carbohydrate remains in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source.
That’s where Ketosis comes in:
Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides energy. Generally, ketosis occurs when the liver is metabolizing fatty acids or ethanol at a high rate in the absence of glucose and converting the product acetyl-CoA into ketone bodies. The first ketone body to be produced is acetoacetate, followed by enzymatic reduction by beta-hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase to beta-hydroxybutyrate with NADH and a proton as a cofactor, or loss of a carbon dioxide molecule to form acetone. As the liver itself lacks the metabolic machinery required to utilize them, the product ketone bodies are entirely released into the blood for use by the rest of the body.
In short: you body will burn your fat as energy source, which leads to healthbenefits such as a having more energy, clearer skin, better mental performance, lower stresslevels, lower triglycerides, lower bloodsugar levels, weightloss, good cholesterol levels, and it is also used to treat epilepsy.