What is a ketogenic Diet?

A ketogenic diet is simply a diet, which causes your body to run on ketones instead of sugar from carbohydrates like pasta, grains or sugary foods. Ketones are a type of acid formed when your body begins burning stored or dietary fat for fuel instead of carbs. They are actually a very efficient fuel for your body. The most abundant and beneficial ketone is called beta-hydroxybutyrate or BHB.

On a typical American diet, your body is constantly converting sugar from carbs into energy. However, when you change to a high-fat diet and limit your net carbs, your body starts producing ketones for energy. As a result, your body automatically begins burning fat.

On a keto diet, the goal is to switch your body from burning sugar fuel to burning fat fuel.