Frequently asked questions and general Keto overview:
Although I have done a few articles on keto misconceptions and write-ups on my extreme end of the keto spectrum diets such as the all bacon diet and carnivore diet, I realized that I haven’t posted a general overview so her you guys go! Feel free to ask any further questions below.
What is a ketogenic diet?
A ketogenic diet is any diet that induces ketosis. (Ketosis – Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones.
Is Keto a High Fat Diet?
It is not necessarily a high fat diet but often times is.
Gluconeogenisis (GNG) is not a supply driven physiological process. Excess protein does not increase glucose via GNG.
(https://academic.oup.com/…/artic…/doi/10.1210/jcem.85.5.6573, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18561209, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1460185,
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11238483, on and on)
Are There Different Types of Keto Diets?
There are multiple variations of the ketogenic diets, but most will typically fall in 3 main categories:
Standard Ketogenic Diet (SKD) – Low carb all the time in constant state of ketosis. This is where the vast majority of keto dieters will be and remain as the others are geared toward those with specific goals and a plan for those goals.
Targeted Ketogenic Diet (TKD) – Same as SKD with a small amount of extra carbs around training (preferrably before).
Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD)- Any regimen where carbs are intentionally re-fed for a short period of time while the remainder of the time is spent in/entering a ketogenic state (only specifically recommended for those with high enough workload that normal rate muscle glycogen replenishment via gng is insufficient for workouts and electrolyte issues are ruled out as the workout limiting factor.)
Keto can be mixed with any lifestyle that does not expound carbohydrate need:
- You can be paleo and follow a keto diet
- You can be vegan and keto, but it can be difficult
- You can follow a healthy keto diet, but you can also follow a diet poor in nutrient density that is still ketogenic.
- And so on…
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