Keto Explained Simply

What's Keto Low Carb

If you are interested in keto explained simply, read on!!  But if you are looking for more of a in depth biological/physiologically explanation, it probably would be better to google a medical study on the subject.

So to start, our body runs on energy (calories) and energy comes in the form of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. However, not all energy forms are equal and your body prefers to prioritize in this order:

  • Simple Carbohydrates
  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Protein

Your body looks for simple carbs first, if it doesn’t find any, it will look for complex carbs, next fat and so forth.  For many people though, the intake of carbohydrates exceeds the amount of energy your body needs so it never gets around to the fat or protein, and will actually convert the leftover carbs to fat and stores it on your body.

The simple idea of keto/lowcarb is to cut carb intake, so now your body’s choice for energy would be:

  • Simple Carbohydrates
  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Protein

Your body is now converting the fat storage into energy (which is the exact definition of ketosis) and that is the reason for the weight loss attributed with keto/lowcarb.  You are effectively ‘burning fat’.  There are many other benefits of keto/lowcarb with supporting research as well (if you are interested, you can find the research citations below).  Since using fat is a ‘cleaner’ source of energy for your body, your body responds with:

  • Increased Energy Levels
  • Heightened Mental Focus
  • Improved Blood Sugar Control
  • Lower Cholesterol (after a couple of months on diet)
  • Increased Efficiency in Metabolism

On an important note – if your body runs out of fat, it will start to burn protein and muscles, which is something you do not want.  The keto/lowcarb diet is classified as the low carb, high-fat diet.  So make sure you keep up the fat intake to give your body the fuel it needs.

Keto/lowcarb is not mainly focused on portion control or ‘starving yourself’ to lose weight, rather it is to eat and attain calories from the right food groups (also known as your Macro).  If you cut out the carbs and replace those calories with fat and protein, you WILL start to see and feel the effects of keto/low carbing!

Keto Explained Simply - Food Group

The next question everyone wonders is exactly how many carbs/fat to consume in a day.  Truth be told, there is no one answer and will depend on the individual.  Keto’s popular ranges are between 20-50g carbs where as lowcarb is usually somewhere around 50-100g daily.  So our humble suggestion for people starting out is be mindful of your carb intake, keep it simple, and try to cut what you are comfortable with.  Listen to your body and see what works for you.

The important part to remember is that keto/lowcarb isn’t a quick fix.  It’s a lifestyle – so it has to be something you are comfortable and committed to.  Hopefully, our recipes will help with that and will make you understand that just because you limit your carbs doesn’t mean can’t enjoy delicious foods!  The trick is to replace carb ingredients with keto/lowcarb ingredients.  Here are some examples of substitution ideas geared for Asian cuisine.

Keto Explained Simply - Ingredient Chart

If you ever have a question, have an Asian dish that you need ketofied, or just want to say hi – let us know and we will try to create something you for!

We wish you a very warm welcome to keto/lowcarb lifestyle and hope it brings you the health benefits it has brought us!!

Keto Explained Simply - Keto, Low Carb, Keto for Beginners

*Note – the way your body operates is much more complicated then what is summarized above, however for the purpose of this page, we provided a very simple explanation.  We are not nutritionists or licensed professionals by any means.

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Harvard School of Medicine

University of San Francisco

Shellu Xualai PhD Candidate at University of British Columbia

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