What is Ketogenic Diet?
This diet was created by Dr. Geyelin knowen as “The Ketogenic” or “keto” diet which became very popular in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy and diabetes.
Keto Diet limits intake of carbohydrates to no more than 50 grams a day, which is the rough equivalent of 2 slices of white bread or a cup of white rice.
Whereas, dietary guidelines laid out by the US Department of Agriculture recommend consuming between 225 and 325 grams of carbs a day.
On the keto diet, the body goes into starvation mode and start using its fat reserve as energy.
Research suggest that low-carb, high-fat diet may promote “fast weight loss”, reduce appetite, and reduce the signs of age-related diseases.
More study is needed to understand the long-term effect of this diet, especially for heathy people.
What is Ketosis?
The ketogenic diet works by eliminating glucose from body same as other low-carb diet. The body normally utilize glucose to produce energy as we live in on a high-carb-diet.
The body actually starts burning reserved fat when glucose is not available as food source. This situation is called placing human organism in ketosis state.
This diet result the body to burn its reserved fat. This diet claim has positive effects on multiple diseases as seen in few patients, but definitely need further studies.
Ketogenic diet decreases the intake of carbs and substitutes them for proteins and healthy fats. Following video explain the basic about Keto Diet –
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Refer “Complete Keto Diet Food List: What to Eat and Avoid” list at “Keto Diet Blog”
What are Ketone Test Strips?
If you who want to know about your ketosis state, “Ketone Test” strips are an affordable and easy way of detecting ketone levels in body. These strips are known as ‘ketone sticks’ and work by urinalysis to understand the volume of acetoacetate in our urine.
How Do Ketone Strips Work?
The process looks like this
- Take a urine sample in a clean container/jar recommended for pathological test
- Hold the end of the strip in the urine for a few seconds
- Ensure to shake the strip to remove any excess “liquid” before removing from the container/jar
- Wait 15 seconds until the ketone strip changes colour
- Comparing the colour of your ketone strip to the colour chart will let you know if you’re in ketosis
Here is a video for your reference
Knowing how to read the ketone strip is important. Below is the colour chart
Below is a reference for level of Ketosis in human body