What is Keto?

Keto is short for ketogenic. Being on the ketogenic lifestyle, or adopting the ketogenic diet as a lifestyle, means you are making a conscious effort to:

  • consume red meats with connective fats
  • consume limited amounts of dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower.
  • avoid consuming processed foods, sugars, sweeteners (natural and artificial), and carbohydrates
  • avoid consuming oils and fats from seeds, nuts, and vegetables
  • avoid consuming grains, seeds and nuts
  • forcing the body to produce ketones as a result of carbohydrate restriction
  • keeping in a consistent state of ketosis; nobody remains in a constant state of ketosis
  • eventually conditioning the body to be ketone-adapted (fat-adapted); preferring to use blood ketones instead of blood glucose as it’s primary energy source

The ketogenic lifestyle is NOT

  • a short-term diet
    • you will NOT reap the benefits of being ketone-adapted in a short period of time
  • chasing blood ketone levels
    • higher blood ketones doesn’t mean it’s better for you
  • chasing the state of ketosis
    • becoming ketone-adapted is the key, not staying in ketosis all the time
  • chasing weight loss
    • weight loss is a beneficial side effect of being ketone-adapted
  • eating “keto foods”
    • most foods which are labelled “keto” are highly processed with faked nutritional counts
  • consuming supplements or exogenous ketones to stay in ketosis
    • the cost of exogenous ketones will eventually make the lifestyle unsustainable
    • consumption of exogenous ketones does NOT allow the body to burn stored fat

Benefits of being on the ketogenic lifestyle

  • body runs on cleaner energy as a result of using ketones instead of glucose
  • weight loss due to the body metabolising stored fat to ketones for energy
  • better control of blood glucose levels due to low carbohydrates consumption – resulting in reversal of diabetes and other insulin-related metabolic disorders
  • lower body inflammation levels due to avoiding high-inflammation oils in seeds and it’s
  • an overall healthier lifestyle from choosing to eat more whole foods over processed foods

Types of ketogenic diets

  • Healthy Keto (Strict Keto) Diet
  • Carnivore-Keto Diet
  • Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) Diet
  • Low Carb High Protein (LCHP) Diet
  • Cyclic Keto Diet
  • Dirty Keto Diet or Lazy Keto Diet

Will Consuming Exogenous Ketones Speed Up Ketosis?

Consuming exogenous ketones will NOT speed up your ketosis. It may put you in ketosis, but it doesn’t do the following:

  1. Your body needs to quit carb-glucose-addiction
  2. Your body needs to learn to metabolise more stored fat to the liver
  3. Your liver needs to learn to turn the fat into ketones
  4. Your body needs to learn to prefer ketones over glucose for energy

Consuming exogenous ketones may put you in a state of ketosis (measured blood ketones is high), but it will only last 2h before the body purges the ketones.

Even if you can afford to consume exogenous ketones over a long term, it’s likely you will be practising dirty/lazy keto and still consuming carbs. When you stop consuming the exogenous ketones, everything will bounce back.

You may want to watch this video for a more detailed explanation: What’s The Deal With Exogenous Ketones?