Your body needs fuel to run. Gas or diesel? Well, no, it’s glucose or ketones. Our body creates and runs on ketones when there is no glucose fuel source.
The ketogenic diet works by eliminating glucose. Most people eat what has become known as the Standard American Diet (SAD), which is high in carbs. Because of this, our body runs by burning glucose (or sugar) for energy. Glucose is stored in the muscles and liver and there is only enough for 24 hours worth. As soon as we eliminate glucose as our major food source, the body begins to burn stored fat or fat from the diet.
When you follow a ketogenic diet your body is required to switch fuel sources – to burn fat for energy rather than carbohydrates. In the process, most people will release weight and excess body fat, often rapidly, even when consuming fat and adequate calories through this way of eating.
Carbohydrates are easier and faster for the body to burn, and your body will want to stick to that. In order to burn ketones we have to starve the body of carbs so that it is forced to use fat as fuel.
Ketones are the preferred fuel source for muscles, the liver, the heart and the brain. These vital organs do not handle carbohydrates well. In fact they get damaged when we consume too many carbs.