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 – Not drinking enough water.

 While on Keto Diet, your body is bound to lose a lot of bodily fluids, and that’s why it becomes very important that you hydrate yourself at regular time intervals. A dehydrated state of the body forces it to store as much fat as possible. Storage of excess fat defeats the purpose of following Keto Diet.

Electrolytes are minerals found in the body and are the electrical signalling molecules used for maintaining functions within the body, such as regulating your heartbeat and allowing muscles to contract for functional movement. These electrical signalling molecules become depleted on a ketogenic diet due to increased water excretion and decreased water retention. 

Dehydration is also proven to slow down the pace of Ketosis in the body. Ketosis is a bodily process wherein it starts producing ketones in the liver to produce energy. Ketone is a type of organic compounds that your body uses in place of those missing carbs.

Also, drinking water makes you “feel full” and prevents you from falling to the hunger trap that your body keeps falling for while following Ketogenic Diet.

It’s no secret that staying hydrated allows your body to function like a well-oiled machine. So, drink up!

By Anirudh Kacker