In the book “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” (by Scott Barnhardt) you will find a detailed outline for the ketogenic diet, which is the most popular version of the Atkins diet. If you are interested in how to do the keto diet but don’t know how to do it in a way that will suit your lifestyle, this may be a good place to start. The concepts of ketosis and Atkins are both powerful and after reading this book you should be able to do the diet and be successful.
In this book, you will learn about the principles of ketosis and why low-carb diets are the best way to lose weight. The idea behind ketosis is that your body gets its energy from fat instead of glucose. There are many types of ketosis, and the idea is that there is a phase where you get energy from fat, and then there is a period where you have to start using your own fat reserves.
The most popular form of low-carb diets is the Atkins diet. In this diet, carbohydrates are restricted so much that it leaves you feeling hungry and quite likely to binge on food. Instead of starving yourself, the ideal result of this diet is that you eat only a very small amount of food in one sitting, but still feel ravenous because of the insulin spike.
Ketosis is based on the theory that if you can lower your proper metabolic rate enough to be able to go on a low-carb diet, you will lose weight. This is also an effect of ketosis, but the result is that your body is becoming so used to being in ketosis that it will not have the same problems as with a traditional low-carb diet. When the pancreas does not release insulin to process sugar, it will continue to burn fat instead of sugar as fuel, and this is what keto is all about.
The idea behind ketosis is that your brain’s ketone burning centers actually work. When your brain is in ketosis, it will produce more ketones than glucose, and ketones are easily used by the brain. As long as your brain is in ketosis, keto will help you stay active.
Unlike a traditional low-carb diet, keto can be done on the inside as well as the outside of the body. Since your pancreas cannot process the excess glucose, this will not affect your digestion, and you will experience no side effects from not processing the sugar that you already have in your system. Therefore, you will have fewer cravings, and the lack of sugar will enable you to stay active throughout the day without getting hungry.
As long as you are careful about what foods you eat, and plan out your meals correctly, you will be able to lose weight on keto. You don’t have to worry about counting calories, or counting grams of carbs. All of that can be avoided. Instead, the focus is on eating fewer carbs and getting more protein.
Glucosamine supplements are added to many low-carb diet programs to help with digestion. The main thing with glucosamine is that it helps with healing the lining of the digestive tract. So if you have trouble digesting protein, it will help you digest even more protein, allowing you to eat even more.
By adopting ketosis, you will find that your energy levels will skyrocket. Ketosis will cause your blood glucose levels to rise, but this is temporary. It can take three to five days before you start to see results. Also, since keto is all about metabolism, if you are trying to lose weight, you will be constantly hungry, and you will have a harder time breaking down solid foods into their molecules.
You can also become dependent on these supplements, which is not really healthy. Achieving ketosis on your own is the easiest way to do it, and also because you will also be breaking down protein more slowly. If you want to do the keto diet at home, it is probably best to stick to raw foods like fruits and vegetables, instead of large chunks of meat.
If you have been considering doing the low-carb diets, you may want to read some books on ketosis before you make your decision. Before you put your body into ketosis, consider the side effects, and the expense of doctor visits. Before you try.