Hacking Your Body
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
As important as body-fat is, having too much of it isn’t good for your body. When looking for ways to lose that added cushioning, the first thought that would enter the minds of many is to start doing crunches and planks, working those abdominal muscles. Unfortunately, that’s not a very effective stratagem if you really want to see effective results.
That’s because you can’t exercise a specific place in your body and burn off the fat only in that targeted region. If you’re worried about your rice-belly, then you’ll have to burn fat from your entire body to see it go away, not spend hours doing crunches and sit-ups.
Needless to say, our bodies are unique from one another and the same can be said about where body fat is stored. However, there is a way you can hack into your body’s metabolism and supercharge your fat-burning process. If losing body fat isn’t something you are interested in, you could still try it out because there are a huge amount of benefits from following this method.
You must have heard that there is no shortcut to losing weight or getting fit and that you need to follow a strict diet plan and regular exercise to stay healthy. That is true.
In order to access this special body-hack, you have to follow a special diet plan called a ketogenic diet. It’s also popularly known as a ‘keto diet’.
What is it?
Ketogenesis is a metabolic process of the human body. Normally, our meals are rich in carbohydrates, which are broken down into sugars and used for producing energy in the body. When there aren’t enough sugars in the body to maintain its energy, our bodies switch into a process called ketosis, which is a metabolic state. When this happens, your body starts burning fat and turning them into ketones, which are then used to supply our body’s energy needs.
Is it good for you?
By following a ketogenic diet, you significantly reduce the number of carbohydrates you eat, which leaves your body no choice but to switch to ketogenesis. By doing this properly, not only will you be unlocking a way to burn fat fast and naturally, but you’ll also unlock a lot of special benefits such as reducing the chance of getting diabetes or heart disease, even the chances of catching neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s will reduce according to medical research.
You will also have added health benefits such as having more energy, be less hungry, have better mental focus, and physical endurance.
How do I start?
First of all, you’ll have to prepare a diet plan for yourself. Unfortunately, this will require you to do a little homework for yourself. However, the basic idea is to reduce carbohydrate-rich food (rice, potatoes, anything with sugar in it, alcohol) and start eating more protein-rich and fatty food such as salmon, tuna, chicken, red meat, eggs, and plenty of green veggies.
The internet has plenty of simple diet plans to help you switch into ketogenesis and maintain that state. However, it would always be smart to consult with a doctor or nutritionist to have a better understanding of how best to approach this.
Is there anything I should be worried about?
When your body starts running low on sugars, you’ll start having cravings to replenish them. You’ll feel tired, your thoughts will be a little foggy at the start. Remember that this is completely natural. It only means that your body is switching to ketogenesis.
When it does start to happen, you’ll quickly be back into gear and functioning normally again. Make sure to drink plenty of water and stay away from anything that has a lot of sugars or carbohydrates. The moment you eat it, your body will switch back into using sugars, and you won’t be burning any fat anymore.
Remember that going on a keto diet is something that shouldn’t be done in the long term. Ketosis is a survival mechanism in your body that is dormant within all of us, but that’s all it is; a survival mechanism. It’s not suitable to follow in the long run.
However, with proper planning and some common sense, there’s very little to worry about. Your doctor or nutritionist can better help you in finding out if trying a keto-diet every once in a while is the right thing for you.