The basics of this diet are easy to get your head around, however, you will need to fine tune the intake of each type of food to find the right balance for you. This is why testing ketones are so important in the beginning, so you can see how your body is reacting to this diet change. The healthy fats and protein you consume on Keto keep you feeling fuller for longer. This, along with reduced levels of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin, can help you to lose weight.
Measure ketones at the same time each day, both for consistency and to remove outside influencers that might affect your ketone levels or interfere with measurement accuracy. Some may wish to check ketones levels about minutes following a meal, consuming exogenous ketones, or exercise.
This critical analysis of the diet should provide the impetus for further clinical and basic research into the diet's application and mechanisms of action. The ability to respond to variations in nutritional status depends on regulatory systems that monitor nutrient intake and adaptively alter metabolism and feeding behavior during nutrient restriction. This review highlights recent research which suggests that the metabolic hormone fibroblast growth factor 21 acts on the brain to homeostatically alter macronutrient preference.