Very few carbohydrates, a lot of fats, and a lot of proteins: these are the basic principles of the Keto diet. To be precise, this food regimen was born as a therapeutic protocol against epilepsy. Then, it has increasingly spread as a diet for weight loss. The variants of the ketogenic diet, which are very fashionable today, are many. All variants include cutting carbohydrates as a “trick” to make your body use fats as fuel instead, with the result of losing weight.
What is the Keto Diet?
The drastic reduction of carbohydrates for the benefit of other nutrients aims to force the body to use fats as a source of energy, to promote weight loss. The name “ketogenic” derives from the fact that this diet leads to the formation of the so-called ketone bodies by reducing the intake of carbohydrates.
In the ketogenic diet, fats represent 70-75% of the total calories ingested. Carbohydrates do not exceed 5-10%, and proteins are around 15-25% of the daily caloric quota.