In this article, I will be answering the question, why does the Keto Diet work? This in relation to fat loss.
While many people put the Ketogenic Diet on a pedestal, there are very fundamental reasons why the Keto Diet produces fat loss “results” and in a very drastic way.
It is these drastic fat loss “results” that bring a ton of attention to this diet and open the floodgates for people to make BS claims to try and make a buck.
What Actually Happens:
There are 3 fundamental reasons why the Keto Diet yields fat loss “results”.
The first and most important reason is the elimination of an entire macronutrient. What do you think occurs when this happens? People consume fewer calories overall. Sure they might eat extra fat and protein calories, but their overall energy intake will reduce in all likelihood.
Since the real cause of fat loss is something called a calorie deficit (consuming fewer calories than you burn), this diet helps with achieving that, and in a very drastic way.
Another result of the Keto diet is the depletion of glycogen stores. Your body has a stored form of carbohydrate within the muscles and liver. This is called glycogen. When you stop taking in carbohydrates, eventually your glycogen stores will deplete.
Around 500 to 600 grams of glycogen are stored across the body. That equates to 1 to 1.4 pounds of weight in your body. The buck doesn’t stop there though. For every gram of glycogen, our body stores 2 to 3 grams of water right along with it. Now all of a sudden, when roughly 1 pound of glycogen is dropped, so is another 2 to 3 pounds of water weight.
That is why such a drastic reduction in bodyweight happens so quickly on this diet.
Another part of the Keto Diet is the high protein and fat intake. These macronutrients tend to be quite filling. So when you eat them in high amounts, it helps suppress one’s appetite. This allows them to more easily adhere to a calorie deficit.
As you can tell from these three quick, logical, and proven facts, the Ketogenic Diet is not magic. It can work, but there are specific reasons for it’s working.
What concerns me about this diet is how strict it is. If someone enjoys carbs, and those get taken away, how likely do you think they will be to stick with this nutrition plan? Not likely. If someone can’t stick to and execute the plan they have to achieve a specific goal, good luck achieving that goal.
So the diet works, but is it right for you? That is the question.
Oh, and I put astricts around the word “results” because they are often, not always, but often, short-lived.
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