So, if you’re reading this right now, chances are that you are planning to lose weight and you wanted to know how to do that. Then probably a close friend or family member probably recommended that you go on something called a Ketogenic Diet. Not sure what that was, you then did a quick search on the internet, and you discovered a lot of articles on Raspberry Ketones (Or maybe you already knew about Ketones, I don’t know).
The point is, you want to go on a Ketogenic Diet, and you want to know if Raspberry Ketones are required for said diet. Well, you will be happy to know that I am here to keep you informed on these sort of things.
When you’re done reading this, you should know all you need to know about ketones.
What are Ketones?
Ketones are chemical substances that the body produces when there is not enough blood sugar in the body, and not enough excess protein that can be broken down to produce more. They are not very active enzymes, and only kick in whenever blood sugar is in short supply.
Ketones are produced through the breakdown of excess fat in the liver. They are then used to fuel all parts of the body, the brain included. Since the brain is an organ that works around the clock and cannot consume fats directly, it needs glucose, or ketones, to survive.
Okay, then what are Raspberry Ketones?
Raspberry Ketones are chemical compounds that are extracted from red raspberries and other fruits and are used in food supplements to aid weight loss through lipolysis. They are completely different from the ketones that are produced in the body.
What is a Ketogenic Diet, Then?
A ketogenic diet is a diet that is high on fat, low on carbohydrates, and allows adequate intake of protein. The point of this diet is to force the body to stop burning carbohydrates and start burning fats. This lowers your insulin levels, and boosts fat burning in your system the more, allowing your body to metabolize easier. This not only helps when you’re trying to lose weight, but also keeps you alert, while reducing your appetite and making you less hungry.
In medicine, this diet is used to treat refractory epilepsy in children.
When your body starts to lose carbs and blood sugar, your body will start to produce ketones to compensate for the lack of glucose. When this happens, the body is into a strange metabolic state known as ketosis. This state is known to reduce the amount of epileptic seizures in epilepsy patients. This is also one of the ways the body sustains itself without food.
If you want to enter ketosis, the easiest and fastest way to do that is by fasting for a long time (Yes, fasting. As in, not eating anything for a long period of time). While this is definitely the most effective method of producing ketones, nobody wants to go through that if we are truly being honest.
A much simpler and less painful alternative to going on an indefinite hunger strike is the Ketogenic Diet. You can observe the diet for as long as you want, and it has the same results of fasting (except, of course, actual fasting).
In one word: no. While Raspberry Ketones are also alleged to aid in quicker metabolism and burning of fat, ketone supplements add little to nothing to a Ketogenic diet. This is because, as said earlier, Raspberry Ketones aren’t the same as the Ketones generated by the body.
So What Do I Eat on a Ketogenic Diet?
If you want to achieve perfect ketosis and maintain it, it would be best for you to consume much the following:
- Natural Fat (Butter, Oil)
- Non-Tuber or Root Vegetables
But the most important thing you need to do is eat fewer carbohydrates since it is carbs that the body is naturally attuned to burn. Carbohydrates are any food that contain a lot of sugar and starch like the following.
- Soda, etc.
I advise you keep your carb intake below 30 grams a day. Lower than that if possible. Also try to avoid canned foods and processed foods in general. Also, your diet should be high in fat; as high in fat, as is healthy of course.
Of course, if you stick to the above diet, you won’t need to keep track of your carbs.
Then What Can We Drink to Achieve Ketosis?
Water, of course. When you’re going on any kind of diet, no beverage is more ideal than the trusty H2O. Coffee and tea are okay as well, just as long as there are no sweeteners. Sugar is a big No-No. Milk can be taken in very controlled quantities. There’s also nothing wrong with the occasional glass of wine now and then.
Are There Any Adverse Side Effects I Should Be Aware of?
The ketogenic diet has been known to have complications, especially if not done well, or overdone. But the side effects aren’t as severe or as frequent as most other alternatives. Some common side effects include constipation, acidosis, and hypoglycemia. (Note that these side effects are short-term and can easily be treated, so there is nothing much to fear).
I believe I have supplied everything you need to know about the Ketogenic Diet, and how it relates to Raspberry Ketones. I hope this article treated you well.