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Our tedious schedules have made it nearly impossible to walk with the tick – tock of the clock. We are caught up with studies, job that we can’t spare an hour for work out. We know how much our body urges us to burn calories. How we are awe – struck by models on the covers.

We lose tears but not those stubborn fat and flabby arms. Fat makes us stagnant, sluggish and unproductive.

Keto diet has impressed the fitness – freaks. Although it was discovered to cure epilepsy in children. No more sweaty gym sessions, lactic acid build up in muscles, and getting sore muscles. Keto diet isn’t just celebrity trend diet. You can also follow it for at – least 60 days and the outcome is astounding.

Keto diet is a low carb to no carb diet, with fat and protein rich foods and the metabolism is called ketosis.

Metabolism –

It shifts the metabolism from carbohydrates to fats. Fats broken down to ketones which are burned to produce energy.  First the stored glycogen is used from Liver and then body switches to fat.

Acetyl Co- A produced from pyruvate which in turn is produced from glucose during Glycolysis is not produced during ketosis instead Fat produces Acetyl CoA which enter Krebs Cycle.

Also 1 ketone body produce 2 Acetyl CoA which enters Citric Acid Cycle and produce 20 ATP molecule. Hence the body has to flush the extra ketones in sweat and urine. Hence the fruity odour. Thus we don’t need carbs for energy production. Stored fats and proteins can pave the way!

Advantages of Keto Diet –

It improves health, helps lose weight more

It also has benefits against Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Epilepsy.

It improves level of cholesterol.

Lower sugar levels and improve sensitivity for Insulin.
As it improves insulin levels, research has shown it improves Polycystic Ovary syndrome.

Foods to eat –

Meat – Excess protein is converted to glucose.
Fish – Salmon, Tuna
Cream and butter.
Nuts and seeds – Almond, flax seeds ( can have in moderation)

Foods to refrain from –

Soda / juice

Side effects of keto diet:

If you are considering this diet you should know about it’s side effects too
-You may suffer from keto flu few days.
-You may feel nauseous, dizziness, get headaches, you may feel starving all the time. 
-You get keto breath (fruity smell)
– It has been said that men suffer loss of libido ( sexual desire)
– Constipation
– Weakness
– As the body burns fat for energy and produces ketones, they need to be constantly removed though urine, so you may need to go frequently for nature’s call
– Fatigue
– Vomiting

To Note:

To follow Keto diet you need to be persistent and patient.  You must get a keto diet plan from a Dietician and follow the diet for at least 2 months and you will be dumbfounded to see the drastic change in your weight effortlessly as I dropped my jaw when I saw a friend of mine lose kilo grams after 2 month visit.
Happy Dieting!

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Fatima Hashmi

Fatima Hashmi

A doctor to be. Co-author, Vajra World record holder. Tooth fairy with writing skills. " I write I believe, it gives me the freedom to be me."
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