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The ketogenic diet often called ‘keto’ is a very low-carbohydrate, moderate protein, and high fat (LCHF) diet. It shares many similarities with other “clean eating” lifestyles, such as Paleo and Atkins. The idea behind the ketogenic diet is to get your body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural and healthy metabolic state.

When your body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates (glucose) to burn for energy, you create ketones from the breakdown of fats in your liver. This essentially means that when you’re on keto, your body switches from burning glucose as its primary fuel source to ketones. Thus, keto is an excellent way to lose excess body fat and feel good with more energy.

Ketosis usually takes place within 24 hours when you stop consuming carbohydrates.

Ketosis varies from person to person. It depends on your activity level and carbohydrate intake. To put yourself into ketosis, it’s recommended that you follow a ketogenic diet for around three weeks. You enter ketosis when your ketone levels are between 0.5 mmol/L and 0.8 mmol/L.

The ketogenic diet encourages you to abandon processed foods. In addition, the ketogenic diet only allows protein and fat. These keto articles for beginners will take you through all the keto diet basics, diet foods, snacks, ketosis and ketone levels, supplements, and samples of ketogenic diets.