A condition in which carbohydrate starvation of cells develops is known as ketosis. Diets low in carbohydrates are some of the ways to reduce symptoms, control and treatment of this condition.
During ketosis, the body cannot or does not have an ability to get energy from carbohydrates. To get energy, the body starts to use ketone bodies, which are formed during fat splitting. Ketosis is a rare condition, which does not occur when adhering to a balanced diet plan.
Ketosis is an alternative source of getting energy that appeared as a result of evolution. Human metabolism has adapted to the lack of carbohydrates in diet. Ketosis may occur in any person, for example, in long-term consumption of meat products only.
However, if the body loses the ability to use carbohydrates, and carbohydrates enter together with food, then high level of sugar is constantly observed in the blood. Therefore, ketosis is often accompanied with:
- Metabolic disorders
- Loss of muscle mass
- Diseases of internal organs
- Cardiovascular diseases
To control ketosis, diets known as Keto diet or Ketogenic diet are used. Unlike most other weight loss diets, the Ketogenic diet involves consumption of high amount of fats and proteins.
Many studies have shown that the Ketogenic diet has interesting features. It turned out that the Ketogenic diet causes weight loss and improves the health of people who do not suffer from ketosis.
During ketosis, diet recipes include fried, boiled and baked foods high in protein. It is useful to cook in the microwave or grill such foods as:
- Sausages and bacon
- Loin, chops, ham and any other pork meat
- Beef, veal, lamb and goat meat
- Shrimp, oysters, crabs, mussels, lobster and squid
- Chicken, pheasant, quail and turkey
- Flounder, herring, catfish, codfish and perch
Diet menu of people with ketosis includes lard, olive oil, coconut oil, beef tallow and ghee. These fats are ideal for cooking dishes at high temperatures. It should be noted that very high temperatures reduce useful properties of fats.
Mayonnaise, avocado oil, and various nut butters can be added in salads and cold dishes. Consumption of oils from grape seeds, corn, sunflower and rapeseed should be restricted.
There are many reasons why the Ketogenic diet surpasses diets low in fat. The main of them is increased intake of proteins. The Ketogenic diet is also good for those people for whom improvement of insulin sensitivity and control of blood sugar level are important.