What are Ketones?
Our bodies have two sources of fuel. We can either burn sugars and store fat, or we can become fat burners.
Nutritional ketosis occurs when the body uses fat instead of glucose as fuel. The liver breaks down this fat into chemicals called ketones, and releases them into the bloodstream. The body is then able to use the ketones as an energy source.
The ketogenic diet aims to induce nutritional ketosis. People do this by eating foods that are high in fat but very low in carbohydrates. Adopting this diet has become a popular way to burn fat and lose weight.
Many doctors and experts believe that in the past, ketones were our body’s primary fuel source, because early humans ate significantly more animal products and far less plant matter and fewer carbohydrates than modern humans do today.
Beginners Guide to Keto: Table of Contents