Our body runs on energy (calories) and energy comes in the form of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. However, not all energy forms are equal and your body prefers to prioritize in this order:

  • Simple Carbohydrates
  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Protein

Your body looks for simple carbs first, if it doesn’t find any, it’ll look for complex carbs, next fat and so forth.  For many people though, the intake of carbohydrates exceeds the amount of energy your body needs so it never gets around to using the fat, and actually, your body will convert any leftover carbs to fat and stores it on your body.

So the simple idea of keto/lowcarb is to cut carb intake, so now your body’s choice for energy would be:

  • Simple Carbohydrates
  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Protein

Your body is now converting the fat storage into energy (which is the exact definition of ketosis) and that’s the reason for the weight loss attributed with keto/lowcarb.  You’re effectively ‘burning fat’!

There are many other benefits of keto/lowcarb with supporting research as well (if you are interested, you can find the research citations below).  Since using fat is a ‘cleaner’ source of energy for your body, your body responds with:

  • Increased Energy Levels
  • Heightened Mental Focus
  • Improved Blood Sugar Control
  • Lower Cholesterol (after a couple of months on diet)
  • Increased Efficiency in Metabolism

On an important note – if your body runs out of fat, it’ll start to burn protein and muscles, which is something you don’t want.  The keto/lowcarb diet is classified as the low carb, high-fat diet.  So make sure you keep up the right amount of fat intake to give your body the fuel it needs.

Being keto/lowcarb is not mainly focused on portion control or ‘starving yourself’ to lose weight, rather it’s to eat and attain calories from the right food groups for your body (also known as your macros).  If you cut out the carbs and replace those calories with fat and protein, you WILL start to see and feel the effects of keto/low carbing!

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