27 Feb ONLINE FEATURE: Big Fat Diet
Though it sounds like a distant planet or a term from high-school chemistry, the keto (ketogenic) diet is relatively simple. Invented about 100 years ago to reduce seizures in children, the recently repopularized regimen is similar to South Beach and Atkins.
Basically, by consuming a lot of fat, a moderate amount of protein and very few carbohydrates, you coax your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. In ketosis, your body burns dietary fat (fat taken in through food) and fat cells (stored fat) for energy first. In contrast, on the Standard American Diet or another eating plan high in carbs, your body would initially turn to glucose or sugar, delaying the burning of body fat.