Keto is a metabolic state in which your body switches from primarily burning glucose and carbohydrates to fat and ketones as fuel. This way of eating typically involves consuming a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, and higher fat diet. When you do this, your body starts to increase breakdown of fat which produces ketones in our body and puts us into a state known as ketosis. A keto/ketogenic diet can help you lose weight fat, lower your appetite, improve mental focus, and several other health benefits.
Macronutrients (also known as macros) are the nutrients that our bodies use daily as fuel. Macronutrients consist primarily of three categories: fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Traditional American diets are very high in carbs. However, on a keto diet, macros differ in that carbohydrates are lower (5-10% of your calories), proteins are moderate (15-30% of your calories), and fats are higher (60-80% of your calories).
Many people start eating keto for its proven weight loss benefits. Some studies show that it’s possible to lose up to 4.5 pounds per week eating keto (Kasper et al.,1973). However, there are many additional benefits to eating keto aside from losing weight. Some of these benefits include: