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Understanding Net Carbs on a Keto Diet

The benefit of counting net carbs on a keto diet is that it allows you to track your carbohydrate intake more accurately and stay within your daily carb limit. On a keto diet, the goal is to enter a state of ketosis, where your body burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. To achieve this, you need to limit your daily carb intake to a certain amount, usually 20-50 grams of net carbs per day.

Net carbs are the total carbohydrates in a food item minus the fiber and sugar alcohols. Counting net carbs allows you to focus on the carbs that will affect your blood sugar levels and potentially kick you out of ketosis. By tracking your net carbs, you can make sure you stay within your daily limit and maintain a state of ketosis, which has been linked to various health benefits, including weight loss, improved blood sugar control, and increased energy levels.

The Benefits of Keto and Net Carbs

When eating for ketosis, the body adapts to burning fat, creating ketones for fuel instead of glucose.  Ketogenic eating involves consuming high amounts of healthy fats, moderate amounts of protein, and low levels of high-antioxidant carbohydrates, such as green, leafy vegetables and berries. It is a gluten-free, sugar-free (no added sugars) way of eating.  Some people are even dairy free and vegan or vegetarian and still eat a ketogenic diet.

As you can imagine, this type of eating has been used to help address many ailments in the body, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, hormone imbalances, childhood epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, arthritis & chronic inflammation, fibromyalgia, insulin sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, MS, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and much more.

If you want to know how you can jump start your weight loss and increase your energy, sign up for Dr. Kalaba’s new 5 Day Keto Kickstart!

Dr. Kalaba is a chiropractor in Tucson, AZ, practicing gentle chiropractic care and providing health tips to help you live the best rest of your life.

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