So, what's The Big Fat Skinny?
Welcome! My name is Catlin L. Price and this is my Low Carb/High Fat Personal Lifestyle blog. I created this blog to share my Low Carb success story so that it might inspire the success of others who are looking to lose weight, reclaim their health (and eat lots of bacon in the process, of course). I accomplished what I never thought I could achieve, but did, all thanks to my mother, Lisa G. and the game changer I found in the Low Carb/High Fat (Keto) Lifestyle. Join me as I continue my journey overcoming obesity and eating my way into a long and healthy life.
I lost 86lbs Eating Low Carb/High Fat
What is Keto?
"The goal of a low carb, ketogenic diet plan is to achieve a metabolic state called ketosis. Ketosis is simply a normal metabolic process in which the body cells burn fragments of fats called ketones instead of glucose for fuel. Ketosis is a beneficial process and helps the body survive during times when no food is available. It has also been shown to improve disease conditions such as epilepsy, autism, Alzheimer's, cancer and others."
"There are many low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet plans from which to choose. (The Atkins diet is just the most famous). They all involve following a higher fat, moderate protein, low carb food plan.
The main difference between a regular low carb diet plan and a ketogenic diet plan is the amount of carbohydrate and protein allowed on a daily basis:
- A ketogenic diet plan requires tracking the carb amounts in the foods eaten and keeping carbohydrate intake between 20-50 grams per day. The daily protein requirement will be moderate, and depends on height, gender and how much exercise is done. The balance of calories will be from fats. These ratios ensure that most people go into ketosis and stay there, which is the main objective of the ketogenic diet.
- The nutrient intake on a ketogenic diet typically works out to about 75-80% of calories from fat, 15-20% from protein, and 5% from carbohydrate on a daily basis. Since a ketogenic diet reduces hunger, most find they don't really need to get involved in calorie counting, unless one feels more comfortable tracking them.
The key to understanding a ketogenic diet plan is to remember that one is swapping out the carbs in the diet with a higher fat and a moderate protein intake.
Why high fat and moderate protein? Fats have no effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Protein does effect both blood sugar and insulin, if large quantities are consumed. If you overeat protein, about 56% of any excess protein will be converted to glucose (sugar) in the body, and that extra glucose hanging around will increase insulin, and put the brakes on the body's ability to release and burn fatty acids (go into ketosis).
In addition, eating a diet that is heavy on lean protein (without enough fat) can make one sick with a condition know as "rabbit starvation". It can also wreck the metabolism in other ways."