- Emphasizes on eating carbohydrates
- Produces glucose from carbohydrates and use it as energy
- Excess glucose is stored as fats which ultimately increases weight
- Restricts on eating fats because it is believed that fats produce fats
- Includes protein in moderation
- Allows for more fruit and vegetable in the menu
- Prohibits on eating more
- No provision to address hunger
- Does not stop cravings
- Emphasizes on eating less carbohydrate
- Produces ketones and uses ketones for energy
- Excess ketones are flushed out from the body, nothing is stored in the body
- Allows for more fats in the food because fat is converted into fatty acids and ketones
- Emphasize on eating more protein because protein builds tissues
- Highlights on eating meat, eggs, fish
- Does not prohibits on eating more
- Addresses the hunger issue
- Alleviates cravings
As you can see, the principles of the ketogenic diet are entirely opposite to a traditional diet. The traditional diet uses carbohydrates for energy and works by converting carbohydrates to glucose. However, in the ketogenic diet, the fats you eat are converted to ketones and ketones are burned to give you energy.
If you are eating a traditional diet, your excess energy is stored as fats and you begin to put on weight. While on the ketogenic diet, the ketones convert into energy and excess ketones are flushed out.
However, you need to remember one important thing. In the ketogenic diet plan, consuming low carbohydrates is not enough. In the first stage, you need to restrict carbohydrates intake and stop relying on carbohydrate for energy. You will have to put your body into a ketogenic state and start using ketones for energy. In the second stage of the ketogenic diet, you will also have to limit protein because when you continue to consume more protein, your body will start using protein for energy, instead of using ketones for energy.