Your body can run on glucose or it can run on fat. If your body doesn’t have enough glucose to use for energy, the liver starts turning stored energy, which is fat, into ketones. The ketones can be used by the muscles, brain, and rest of the body as fuel. Ketosis is this normal metabolic process that happens when the body switches to “fat burning mode” whenever you haven’t eaten like overnight while you sleep.
The ketogenic diet encourages the body to burn fat as fuel by restricting the intake of foods which trigger specific hormones. By limiting carbohydrate intake the metabolic hormones direct the body to burn fat for fuel. There is also a natural anti-inflammatory effect which has a positive impact on health.