When approaching for the first time the Ketogenic Diet you might be confused with the Ketogenic Lifestyle. Although they are very similar it is useful to know what is the Keto Lifestyle. You are going to learn here the little difference between Keto Diet and Keto Lifestyle.
What Is The Ketogenic Diet
You should already know that the Ketogenic Diet is a diet that promotes Ketosis.
Ketosis is a metabolic state where you burn fat instead of carbs to get energy.
Ketogenic Diet is a diet where you force your body to burn fat to produce energy.
Usually the term “diet” has a connotation of “temporary”.
When you think “I am doing a diet” you normally associate this to a time limit.
For example, a diet can be of 1 week for a cleans. It can be of a few weeks, for example 12 weeks transformation challenge. 4 weeks weight loss, and so forth.
In all these case there is a time limit.
We also usually associate a diet to a goal, an objective, as you saw from the previous examples.
These can be muscle growth, weight loss and others.
Lastly the Keto Diet has several advantage.
What Is The Keto Lifestyle
You know Ketogenic Diet and Ketosis, but what is the Keto Lifestyle? We’ll get there in a moment.
We need to define the term Lifestyle first.
Lifestyle is the way an individual lives their life, including style, possessions, attitudes and habits.
In the context of Fitness and Nutrition we are more concerned about eating habits.
Hence for example the types of food, quantity and frequency one eats.
We should also add the lifestyle is more intended as a long term habit rather than temporary.
Knowing what is Ketosis and what is Lifestyle we can put them together.
The Keto Lifestyle is a nutrition habit that is keeping the body in a state of Ketosis.
While the Ketogenic Diet is more commonly a temporary nutrition regimen followed to achieve a specific goal.
The Keto Lifestyle is more the eating habit that one adhere in order to benefit from the advantages of Ketosis.
Why Following A Keto Lifestyle
Ketosis has many advantage and some of these can be the reason behind someone deciding to have a Keto Lifestyle.
- Body Fat Control, Ketosis is known because in this state the primary fuel is fat, keeping the body fat percentage under control
- More Constant Energy, one benefit of Ketosis is also releasing energy in a more constant way rather than with spike, resulting in more energy and mental clarity
- Medical Conditions, some conditions might be treated or mitigated by Ketosis
While the Keto Diet is a short term way to achieve a specific goal, the Keto Lifestyle is a long term habit followed to benefit from the advantages of Ketosis.