Disclaimer: Please consult your physician(s) before trying the keto diet. The founders and contributors are not doctors or nutritionists.
The ketogenic diet (keto diet) has taken the world by storm. It has been billed as a miracle weight loss diet, which transform our bodies into a fat burning machines. My Fit Keto was created to help the average person sort through all the facts, experts, and misconceptions about the keto diet. Follow us as founders, Olivia and Jonnathan, share their personal journeys from keto doubters to keto lifers. We hope that their experiences help you in living a successful keto lifestyle.
There is so much information out there about the origins of the keto diet. A quick internet search and you’ll find celebrity fitness trainers and health gurus urging people to stay away from the keto diet, calling it the reinvented Atkins diet or “Atkins diet 2.0.” However the same internet search will lead you to lesser known nutritionist, athletes, and fitness trainers promoting it. With so many conflicting messages, who should you listen to?
Let us help you sort through all the information. First of all, we are not health professionals or nutritionists, rather, we our page was created by two ordinary people who were tired of yo-yo diets, fade weight loss gimmicks, and starving themselves. As you read through the information we are providing, we encourage you to do your own research and be willing to test out theories for yourself.
Is the keto diet simply a reinvented/tweaked version of Atkins diet? No. I can easily disprove their claims with the following facts. The ketogenic diet was created in the 1920s to help children dealing with epilepsy, whereas the Atkins diet was invented nearly 50 years later in the 1970s, as a quick weight loss diet. The ketogenic diet was around well before Dr. Atkins hit the market with his low carb craze.
It is also important to note that there are significant differences between the keto and Atkins plans. For instance, it is widely recommended to eat a lower percentage of protein with the keto plan verses the Atkins diet. There’s no protein limit on Atkins, while most versions of the keto plan recommend restricting protein intake to about 15-20 percent of your daily calories. Another big difference is that keto success depends on the body being in ketosis during the entire period. For a person following the Atkins diet, ketosis plays a role only during the first and possible second phases only.
Ketosis means that the body has switched fuel sources from glucose to ketone bodies. The study done in the 1920s found that the patients’ brains functioned more efficiently on ketone than glucose. The research also notated that the symptoms of epilepsy significantly lessened, while a patient was in ketosis. Weight loss was noted as a side effect of being in ketosis, since the patients’ body switched fuel sources from glucose to ketones.
What Are Ketones?
Ketone bodies are chemicals made in your liver which our body produces when there is not enough insulin in your body to turn sugar (glucose) into energy. With the lack of glucose, our bodies turn to fat as an alternative source for energy.
Once our liver converts fat into ketones, it releases the new energy source into your bloodstream, allowing our muscles and other tissues can then use them for fuel.