What is the Ketogenic Diet?
The ketogenic diet is a nutritional strategy that drastically reduces carbohydrates while increasing proteins and especially fats. The main purpose of this imbalance in the proportions of macronutrients in the diet is to force the body to use fat as a source of energy.
In fact, in the presence of carbohydrates, all cells use their energy to carry out their activities. But, if they are reduced to a sufficiently low level they begin to use fats, but the nerve cells do not have the ability to do so.
Ketosis is reached after a couple of days with a daily amount of carbohydrates of about 20-50 grams, but these amounts can vary on an individual basis.
This kind of diet has a great impact on the body. For that reason, it is a recommended diet to reduce seizures in patients who did not respond to drugs especially in children.
Today the success of the ketogenic diet in Turkey and Istanbul is mainly linked to its effectiveness in reducing weight, but it is important to emphasize that it is not an easy regimen to follow. Those who have followed this diet - which is usually proposed for short periods of a few weeks - declare to have a great energy once they have reached the state of ketosis.
What to Eat?
The most important aspect of achieving ketosis is to eat foods that do not contain carbohydrates, limit those that provide few and avoid foods that are rich in them.
On one hand, the recommended foods are:
- Meat, fish, and eggs
- Oils and fats
On the other hand, you should not eat cereals, potatoes, fruits, and soft drinks.
What are the Advantages of the Keto Diet?
The ketogenic diet can:
Facilitate weight loss thanks to the reduction of total calories and the maintenance of constant blood sugar and insulin.
Increase the consumption of fat for energy purposes.
Be useful in treating the symptoms of epilepsy that does not respond to medication, especially in children.
How can it Help me Lose Weight?
The daily consumption of large amounts of sugars leads to a reduction in insulin sensitivity.
Insulin plays an important role in the storage of fats. Since the body can only store a limited amount of glucose, a surplus causes an increase in body fat.
Excluding carbohydrates from the daily diet in favor of fat-rich foods reduces insulin levels and improves sensitivity to insulin. Your body gets into ketosis and burns fat more efficiently.
Here are the three main reasons why the ketogenic diet leads to weight loss:
- The ketogenic diet reduces insulin production and helps control blood sugar.
- Eating more protein and fat leads to satiety faster and longer.
- The satiety caused by a diet rich in protein and lipids can encourage the reduction of daily intake of calories which ultimately leads to weight loss.
The Treatment of Epilepsy in Turkey and Istanbul
The advantages of the ketogenic diet are not limited to weight loss. The ketogenic diet would also be extremely effective in helping epileptic children to control their seizures. In Turkey and Istanbul, about one third of epileptic children respond poorly to available anti-epileptic drugs. Over 70% of these children would respond well to the ketogenic diet according to the statistics of Turquie Santé.