The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that will help you lose weight. In medicine is has been used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain-function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the frequency of epileptic seizures.
Weight loss is a great reason for eating a ketogenic diet. It is possible to lose a pound per day on a ketogenic diet. Those with ADD/ADHD will notice improvements in behavior, attention, focus and processing. It is helpful in cognitive memory loss. Those with Parkinson's, ALS, MS, MSA and other neurological conditions often benefit from this diet. It can improve or cure Type II diabetes, and reverse osteoporosis. Triglycerides and cholesterol may be lowered significantly. Generally people feel energized and focused of this diet. Athletes should lose fat and increase muscle mass faster than other diets.
There is a lot of confusion about the term ketosis among medical professionals as well as lay people. Ketogenesis or ketosis is often confused with ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a dangerous acidic condition that diabetics may experience. Ketogenesis or Ketosis is a healthy condition.
The ketogenic diet is often criticized by the poorly informed. The proof of it's remarkable healing qualities, is demonstrated in children with the worst forms of seizure disorders. It often cures epilipsy and never harms the child. You have been incorrectly told that fat is bad. There is no science to back that story. Fat has proven it's value to heal.