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Eating Fat To Gain Muscle: The Deets On The Ketogenic Diet



Maybe it’s just another trend, or this maybe the one that will work for you: the Ketogenic Diet.

Whenever we consume something high in carbs (white rice, breads, pastas, basically anything starchy and desirable) the body produces glucose (aka a form of sugar), which is the easiest molecule for the body to convert into energy, and then insulin, which is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream.

Since glucose is your primary fuel source, the fats in your body are not needed as much and are then stored, and we all know what that looks like on different parts of our body.

However, when you begin to limit your carbohydrate intake, the body enters into a state called Ketosis.

This is a natural process that helps us to survive when our usual food source is running low, and then we begin to produce ketones, derived from the breakdown of fat in the liver.

Ergo, when we opt to use our stored energy in lieu of consuming more carbs and producing more sugar, we burn more fat because it is what we are using for fuel; and this also happens to be the end goal of a proper Ketogenic Diet.

“Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits,” writes the keto experts over at Ruled.me.

Keto is typically high in fat, moderate in protein, and very low in carbs; as the lesser carbohydrates you consume, the faster you enter ketosis and start to produce ketones.

Ruled recommends portioning of about 70% fats, 25% protein, and 5% carbohydrate in a day.

However, as with any new undertaking, you should first consult with your physician to clear you on any risks having a high-fat diet might have on you.

But if you’re interested, learn more about the Keto Diet here, and find some recipes over here to get started.


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