Recent research has proven that many people perform best on a high-fat, low-carb, low-sugar diet similar to that of our ancestors. The most compelling of these dietary methods is the ketogenic diet, which focuses on turning your body back into a fat-burning machine through a natural metabolic process known as ketosis. By shifting your primary source of fuel from glucose to fat, going keto erases the need for sugar intake, your body’s need to use insulin, and the frequent cravings that often lead to unhealthy snacking.

Beyond fostering a more natural and regimented nutritional model, a high-fat, low-carb, low-sugar ketogenic diet can have the following health benefits:
Lessens reliance on carbohydrates and sugar for bodily fuel Helps lower blood pressure and improves cholesterol Reduces cravings for processed foods and sugary snacks Fights epilepsy and other seizure-inducing illnesses
Combats brain disorders like Alzheimer’s Increases weight loss Improves energy levels Provides a natural remedy to many diabetic-related ailments
Ketosis takes place when your body is producing ketones — a byproduct of breaking down fat for energy when carbohydrate intake is low. Here’s how it all works:

Glucose (derived from sugar) is the body’s main source of fuel for one reason: It’s the easiest molecule to break down and convert into energy. That may sound like a good thing, but it creates a dietary imbalance that causes your body to store fat rather than burning it off. Ketosis shifts this imbalance by depleting your body’s available glucose, and in turn, decreases blood sugar and insulin levels. By doing so, it shifts your internal metabolic processes back to using fat as their primary fuel.

Ketosis and ketone production have officially been initiated once your body begins breaking down fats for energy. This process can be induced through methods such as fasting or prolonged exercise. The ketogenic diet seeks to induce ketosis to make your body a lean, mean, fat-burning machine.