3 Things Malaysians Need To Know About The Keto Diet

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There are many diets we indulge in, and specifically as Malaysians, our staple diet revolves specifically around nasi lemaks and sugar-laden drinks (is it wrong that we salivated thinking about this?). In Malaysia, it’s hard to stick to a regimented diet, what more one that’s somewhat a “fad” diet. The ketogenic (a.k.a keto) diet may not be revolutionary, but it ’s one that ’s currently buzzing, with celebs and #fit icons on the low-carb bandwagon.

Not just limited to weight loss, it ’s interesting to know that the keto diet — a low-carb, high-fat diet— has also been used to treat epilepsy in children. We spoke to some experts about the keto diet and found out there are three things that you need to know before trying it out.

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how the hey does it work?

Here’s the situation: When you chow down a carb-loaded meal, your body converts it to glucose. The problem most of us face? There’s an abundance of glucose produced and the body cannot store it all, so, it converts all that extra glucose into fats.

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However, with the keto diet, you eliminate the chance of that happening. It’s because you’re only packing yourself with foods that are high in fat and way low on carbs.

You end up eating: Seafood, low-carb vegetables (AKA no potatos or starches), cheese, avocado, meat and poultry, eggs, coconut oil, yogurt, olive oil, nuts and seeds, berries, and butter and cream.

Dietitian Hani Hamima from Pantai Hospital, Klang explains that this diet promotes the process of ketosis where fats stored are broken down to form ketones – this then becomes the body’s main energy source apart from carbohydrates. The winning point? There’s not much glucose to go around to be stored as fat which then gets in the way of you and your favourite jeans!

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