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What has come to be called the Keto diet is really a low carbohydrate diet with emphasis upon increased fat consumption. The theory behind this, which is often effective, is that fat burns fat. Therefore, if you increase your intake and consumption of fat your body will burn not only that but the body fat your holding as well. It is essential to realize that this only works if your body is in a state of Ketosis, which means that you must not be consuming more than 20 g of carbohydrates per day because if you do so your body will revert to glucose for fuel and store all of that dietary fat and because of that many people doing Keto erroneously or incorrectly, have actually gained weight. The low carbohydrate concept is not new, it is not a fad, and it can be very effective. It was first made popular in the 1970s by the late Robert Adkins. The Keto concept is just one that emphasizes higher amounts of fat consumption.
This year, or for the last year or so, a new or what we believe is new dietary concept has emerged. This has come to be known as intermittent fasting. It was made popular, and very effectively so, through the books of Dr. Jason Fung MD. He has laid out the proper use of intermittent fasting and shows how combining the concept with a low carbohydrate diet program can produce phenomenal results in a safe and effective period of time. Unfortunately, like many things, intermittent fasting has gone off the track by people writing books, publishing diet programs, and creating apps, most of which are incorrect. Intermittent fasting is not a weight loss program in and of itself. Intermittent fasting is a tool that can be used very effectively but only if the right diet program for each individual, is also implemented. You cannot fast for a period of time, only to then consume any amount or type of food that you wish and expect to have long-term results. You must first decide and determine which type of weight loss program has worked best for you. Once you have done that you can then apply the concept of intermittent fasting with often amazing results.
Another major pitfall that happens to many dieters is the dreaded plateau. This is where your weight loss suddenly slows or comes to a complete halt for no apparent reason whatsoever. While there may be several underlying causes for this phenomena, the single biggest reason is the body’s production of starvation hormones, which slow your metabolism to near hibernation, resulting in a cessation of weight loss and a stubborn plateau.
There are two basic reasons why the body would produce excess starvation hormones and cause this unwanted situation. Firstly, it occurs when we consume too little food. We see this most often in people who are calorie counting as they go on a 1200 calorie diet and then become greedy and want results faster so then reduce their calories to 1000 and even 800 or lower, which then sends a signal to the body that it is starving to death and starvation hormones are produced in high amounts, slowing or stopping weight loss altogether.