The information you will find in this article is the result of research and experiences of practicing keto diet. See your doctor before deciding on any change in eating habits. The ketogenic diet is a therapeutic diet prescribed from the 1920s in cases of epilepsy. It was abandoned for decades after the Second World War and the arrival of new antiepileptic drugs. It has come back on the scene since the 1990s – 2000, with accelerated research in many countries and its experimental use for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and certain cancers.

Fat Loss – Weight Loss

The display of impressive weight loss by many stars is one of the reasons for the recent rise in popularity of the ketogenic diet. Above all, a therapeutic diet that may be dangerous (see section on Warnings and Follow-up ), the ketogenic diet, also called keto diet, can be effective for weight loss and slimming 

On the one hand, the important part of fats, and to a lesser extent, of proteins, acts on the sensation of satiety. The adept keto diet is more quickly satiated and often ends up eating less, which explains rapid weight loss. It also allows the reduction of fat mass. In ketogenic diet, all the available fats are used: the fats of the meals as well as the stored fats. This allows those who practice it with a caloric deficit to have a destocking effect of fat cells.

Principles of the ketogenic diet

In a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body uses glucose as the main source of energy.

Ketogenesis: the basic mechanism of the ketogenic diet (Keto ultra diet review)

A diet low in carbohydrates and high in fat (LCHF: Low Carb High Fat), the ketogenic diet mimics the effects of fasting and triggers a second metabolic pathway: ketogenesis. The liver then produces ketone bodies that will replace glucose as the main source of energy. After about 3 days of carbohydrate restriction (15 to 20, even 30g per day), the body goes into ketosis.

Definition of ketosis:

Ketosis is a naturally occurring metabolic condition that occurs when your body produces ketones. There are three ketone bodies: acetone, acetoacetate and beta-hydroxybutyrate. Ketones are produced by the liver by decomposition of fatty acids. You are in nutritional ketosis (a term invented by Dr. Stephen Phinney ) when you produce between 0.5 mmol / l and 5 mmol / l of ketones.

Signs of entry into ketosis

There are many signs that you are in ketosis. First of all bad breath by the release of acetone. You may also experience decreased appetite, nausea, short-term memory loss, confusion, muscle cramps, fatigue, and dehydration. These symptoms do not normally last more than 24 to 48 hours. The time that the body adapts to this new operation.

More information about ketosis in this article: 

  • Entering ketosis: the first step of the ketogenic diet.
  • Measurement and control of ketosis

The easiest way to control ketosis is to use urine strips available in pharmacies. This method is completely painless and fast: the color of the strip changes if ketones are detected. This is not the safest method because it measures only the ketones present in the urine.

More expensive but more reliable: there are also blood glucose meters that measure the concentration of ketones from a droplet of blood.

Why measure?

It is very difficult to respect the macros of the ketogenic diet/ Keto ultra diet without making a calculation and without preparing dishes in advance. Measuring allows a better control of the entry into ketosis and the evolution of the concentration of ketones over time.