The Ketogenic (Keto) diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain. The ketogenic diet can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This, along with the increased ketones, has numerous health benefits. 

First introduced in the early 1920s, Keto diet is a rage, on even when we are entering 2019. The beauty of this diet is that it allows you to eat food items that your taste buds would still fancy, despite being on a “diet”. 

Getting swayed by the ease & benefits of following Ketogenic Diet, people tend to hop on the bandwagon unprepared. This leads to people failing to derive an optimum level of benefits in adopting the Keto Diet. One mistake that every beginner makes while starting his/her Keto Diet journey is – Excess protein consumption.

Protein is a building block of life and a necessary component of any diet. It’s crucial for:

However, while on Keto Diet, your body is required to convert energy from fats and not from glucose. A simple dietary trick, eating “too much protein” as a substitute for lowered carbohydrates intake, this is a rookie mistake that almost every Keto Diet beginner is guilty of. Consuming proteins doesn’t really affect the ketones level in the body but can have detrimental effects otherwise.  The issue, in this case, is that excess protein intake can lead your body to convert excess protein to glucose through a process called gluconeogenesis. This process is bound to reverse the process of Ketosis, thereby derailing your Keto journey from its desired destination.

One can consume around 80-130 grams of protein a day for weeks, and possibly for way longer, without dropping out of optimal ketosis.

Now that you’ve got the number right, Keto on!

By Anirudh Kacker