The ketogenic diet has gained fame for its effective weight loss. The high-fat, low-
carb diet promotes nutritional ketosis which is a metabolic state marked by
moderate levels of ketones in the blood. The idea behind carb restriction in terms
of weight loss is that it prompts the release of body fat to be burned or converted
to ketones for energy.
For Decades all major diet trends focus on counting daily calorie intake but keto is
unlike them all. Keto diet demands paying attention to what type of foods you
are consuming instead of fussing about the calorie count. But this does not mean
that you can eat how much you want and still lose weight on a keto diet.
It is true that while on a keto diet you don’t have to obsessively count each
calorie, to the point where you’re always counting exactly how much energy you
are taking in, but it should be used more as a tool. You can get a food scale to
properly track your intake for a few weeks to get an idea of your baseline level of
calorie intake. After you have rough estimates, you can gauge what you should
and shouldn’t be eating, which is what is more important.
However on the ketogenic diet, it is more important to count how many grams of
carbohydrates, protein, and fats you consume than it is to count calories. Typical
keto dieters consume fewer than 20 grams of carbs, between 50 and 125 grams
of protein, and fat that is one to two times their protein. If you stay within these
macros, your calories take care of themselves and you won’t have to bother with
Carbohydrates and proteins have 4 calories per gram, and fat has 9 calories per
gram. If a person consumes 1,392 calories a day which are coming from 77% fat,
17% protein, and 5% carbs as in the example above is very different from that
same number of calories coming mostly from carbs. The fat and protein will keep
you full and in fat-burning mode.
By Saloni Sethi