Keto Questions Answered
Keto Macros FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
What is “nutritional ketosis” or a keto diet?
We are hoping to be able to provide a more easily understood explanation here & through the site but to get a full scientific understanding of the nutritional ketogenic diet there is only one book you need to read The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Dr. Stephen D. Phinney, Ph.D., M.D. & Dr. Jeff S. Volek, Ph.D., R.D.
Nutritional Ketosis, also known as “keto” (kē-tō), is when the body adapts to utilizing fat as fuel (whether immediately in the dietary fat we eat or, preferably, by using the stored fat in your body the liver makes into ketones).
A big belief behind this way of eating is that some of us have a carbohydrate intolerance, like others have gluten or lactose allergies, our bodies just don’t break down carbohydrates efficiently or maybe our tolerance level is lower than that of a standard western diet.
Every human diet needs 9 amino acids, 2 fatty acids, 13 vitamins, & 15 minerals in essential nutrients because they cannot be synthesized (made) inside the body. All of which are found in proteins & fats. Carbohydrates have no essential dietary need. Our body does not rely on carbs to give us nutrients that cannot be either made in the body itself, or found in naturally low carb foods already.
What are ketones? & ketosis?
Due to the lack of glucose from carbs, low carbohydrate diets allow the body to prioritize the breakdown of stored body fat (fatty acids) through the liver into ketones. Some also refer to this as “keto adaption,” “fat adapted” or “fat fueled.”
Is keto a fad diet?
No, this is not a fad diet. This way of eating has been around for longer than agricultural carbohydrates. There are many places in the word where crops are incapable of growing year round. Not to mention the various nomadic cultures throughout human history who would not have farmed.
Where can I get my personalized Keto Macros?
We have developed a Keto Macros Calculator to give you the proper Keto Macros for your health and fitness goals.
- Co-Author: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living
“Now fast forward to the present. The United States is currently re-assessing a 3-decade, uncontrolled experiment in which carbohydrates were lauded and fats demonized. Concurrently we have become one of the most obese countries in the world. And across the globe, tragically, indigenous peoples with historically low carbohydrate intakes now have extremely high prevalence rates of obesity and type-2 diabetes (e.g., the Gulf States in the Middle East, Pacific Islanders, First Nations in Canada, and Australian Aborigines).”
- Co-Author: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance
"When you go on a weight loss, ketogenic diet, you can eat less fat on your plate because you’re burning the fat that comes from your inside. It comes from your love handles and hips and so on. But if that person's loses weight and decides to stay on low-carb as a maintenance diet, in order to become weight stable, they need to eat a considerable amount of fat now, in other words, they need to increase their fat intake, which should work fine, because by now, their body should be very efficient at burning fat."
- Co-Author: Keto Clarity
“In just the past few decades, the rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses have gotten considerably worse. And do you know what’s most shocking about that? The spike in all of these ailments coincides almost perfectly with the implementation of the government’s Dietary Guidelines in 1980. Coincidence? I think not.”
- Co-Author: New Atkins for a New You
"Patience and persistence are an absolute must as you pursue ketosis."
- Author: Eat Fat, Get Thin
"The most powerful medicine is at the end of your fork, not at the bottom of your pill bottle. Food is more powerful than anything in your medicine cabinet."
- Author: The Big Fat Surprise
“That heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer might be caused by the kinds of carbohydrates consumed in modern diets has also been the conclusion of many doctors and researchers who observed primitive populations as they began to eat these foods.”
- Author: Why We Get Fat
“In other words, the science itself makes clear that hormones, enzymes, and growth factors regulate our fat tissue, just as they do everything else in the human body, and that we do not get fat because we overeat; we get fat because the carbohydrates in our diet make us fat. The science tells us that obesity is ultimately the result of a hormonal imbalance, not a caloric one—specifically, the stimulation of insulin secretion caused by eating easily digestible, carbohydrate-rich foods: refined carbohydrates, including flour and cereal grains, starchy vegetables such as potatoes, and sugars, like sucrose (table sugar) and high-fructose corn syrup. These carbohydrates literally make us fat, and by driving us to accumulate fat, they make us hungrier and they make us sedentary. This is the fundamental reality of why we fatten, and if we’re to get lean and stay lean we’ll have to understand and accept it, and, perhaps more important, our doctors are going to have to understand and acknowledge it, too.”
- Author: Fitness Confidential
"I am just telling people not to eat as many sugars & as many grains & if they do that they will lose weight."
More Ketogenic Information
This is just a general information overview of the ketogenic diet and keto macros.
This is a process, both in adapting and learning, and we are still going through it ourselves.
We like to read up on the latest going on in the keto communities and will share our findings through this blog.