Well, hey, guys. John DeHart, your keto sensei, NutriKeto. Keto is hot, hot, hot, hot. Everybody's wanting to know, "What is keto? What is keto?" So, guys, I'm going to give it to you in just a little quick two-minute synopsis.
Basically, keto is when you force your body, biohack your body, into becoming a fat burner vs. a sugar burner. So once you move into a ketogenic state - or other term you'll hear is keto-adapted - your body is now going to start burning fat - converting fat, to be more accurate - to ketones so that you can burn for energy. That'll become your primary source of energy, as opposed to sugar or glucose or glycogen that's been stored in your muscles.
So, in a nutshell, that's what keto is. How do you get there? It's really simple, guys. You just go low-carb, right? So a ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet, medium-protein. So a difference from the Atkins diet, where Atkins was a high-protein, kind of a medium-fat diet and super low carb, the ketogenic diet, proven to be very, very good for you, is low-carb, high-fat, medium-protein.
So that's really what it is, and what that does, guys, is basically, if you want to look at the ketogenic diet in really simple layman's terms, what is it all about? It's about insulin control. Insulin, being the highest or the largest produced hormone in the body, is also your fat-storing hormone.
Guys, most people are constantly ... I'm sad. The standard American diet, most people are constantly creating an insulin response for themselves. They're constantly in a fat-storing state. Why? Because their primary diet is sugar and highly-processed carbohydrates, right? That's what the American diet has become, and, guys, that is a recipe for getting fat, out of shape, and a lot of different disease.
What keto does is it flips that all around. If you look at the food pyramid - right? - what do you see at the bottom? You see carbohydrates, right? At the very tippy top, you see fats. That's what the United States Department of Agriculture, the USDA, tells us we should be eating. What keto does is it flips that upside down.
You'll notice our ... I guess it's not on this one. Sorry. But you'll notice, if you look at our logo, it's a triangle upside down, right? Because we want really, really low amounts of carbohydrates and high amounts of fat. That's what the keto diet is. It forces your body into a mild state of starvation.
Guys, before you think, "Whoa, that doesn't sound good. That's unsafe," let me tell you, without ketosis, we, as a human species, would not be here. It's how we survived in the lean times, right? When food wasn't around, your body had to burn its own body fat in order to be able to survive. So that's how we evolved as a species.
The ketogenic diet has been around for well over 100 years. They use it as a cure for epileptic seizures. So when medication failed, they turned to, really, where they should have started - right? - food and diet, to actually cure epileptic seizures. So something about the brain, something about the brain burning ketones. Your brain loves ketones, guys.
So when you go on a ketogenic diet, get ready. You're going to feel a ton of energy. You're going to get rid of brain fog. Guys, it is just ... It's a wonderful lifestyle, wonderful way to live, if you do it correctly. I've got to emphasize a well-formulated ketogenic diet.
If you want more information on that, visit us at nutriketo.com. I'm John DeHart, your keto sensei. Over and out.