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The key feature of the keto diet is cutting down on carbs. High carb diets create lots of glucose that the body converts to energy. Since a carb-fed body has little need to draw on fat stores for energy, fat accumulates on the stomach, hips, and other body parts. On a low carb or ketogenic diet, the reduced carb intake forces the body to draw on its fat stores for energy. The body breaks down fats in the liver to create the ketones that become its main energy supply. The keto diet, therefore, aims to trigger a natural bodily process to burn fat. Weight loss comes from a dramatically lower carb intake rather than cutting out calories.

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1. What is the First Step in a Keto Diet?

For maximum success, you need to start your keto diet by making a plan that you can stick to. Decide how fast you want to get your body into a ketogenic state. The more aggressively you cut carbohydrates, the faster you can activate this process. Fasting is the quickest way to reach a ketogenic state, but nobody is capable of following this path for long. For most people, a gradual transition is probably going to be easiest. The keto diet is a practical path you can follow to achieve this state while still satisfying your hunger.

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