The biochemistry behind the ketogenic diet is what makes this diet so interesting. The Keto diet has more science behind it than most other diets. It was discovered in a medical setting while attempting to reduce the number of seizures in children with epilepsy and doctors discovered the amazing benefits of weight loss in the process.
The diet has become highly criticized and ignored by doctors because of the close resemblance to ketoacidosis, a serious complication of diabetes. Because the name is so closely related, doctors, who are not dietitians, automatically raise the red flag.
We have also been under the programming of the FDA, Federal Government, and so-called experts for many years that fat is bad. Because society as a whole think fat is bad for us then we tend to not accept it as a real solution to our growing epidemic of obesity.
So, what is the biochemistry of keto? Let’s keep it simple.
The body will burn glucose (sugar) for fuel if it is present in the body. The body wants to keep fat stores for as long as possible to make sure we will always have a sufficient supply of energy even when times of famine are present.
If there is no presence of glucose in the body then it will turn to its fat stores for energy causing what is called a “state of ketosis”. The body will burn stored fat for fuel giving us ample energy for mental and physical reasons. The body actually prefers this method and cognitive and physical energies function at peak levels using fat over glucose.
But as I said before, the body is greedy and it will not burn its preferred source of fuel when cheap resources are available. If we eat lot of carbs, sugar, flour, etc. the body will never enter ketosis.