These are some of the most commonly asked questions about a ketogenic diet.
What does 'keto' even mean?
Ketogenesis is the bodily process by which your body burns ketone bodies, instead of glucose, for energy. Once your body is burning ketones instead of glucose, you are "in ketosis". So, a 'ketogenic diet' is one which puts your body into this state.
TL;DR When you stop eating carbs, your body switches over to it's other energy source - fat. Pretty rad, right?
How do I get into ketosis?
Stop. Eating. Carbs. That's really it, honestly. You can make it super complicated if you want to, but it's really just that simple.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Fun fact: the word we use for our first meal of the day, breakfast - think about it. Break Fast. Yeah, that's literally what it means. So when you eat in the morning (or afternoon, no judgement), you are 'breaking your fast' since you haven't eaten since your last meal. Basically, it's just limiting the window of time in which you eat. People refer to it online a lot as a ratio of "time not eating"/"time eating" - like "16/8" means that they only eat during a 8 hour window. Maybe they only eat lunch and dinner, starting lunch at noon and cutting off all food intake by 8pm.
Why is Intermittent Fasting a thing?
OK, so you wanted to know why in the hell people do it. Some people do it unintentionally, just because they aren't hungry for long periods (thanks to the fat!). People who do it intentionally probably fall into two categories. There are those who are trying to speed up weight loss, and those who are trying to get other benefits. Other benefits would include mental clarity (some people even get euphoric), increased energy, cellular turnover, anti-aging,