I get asked about ketogenic diets for bodybuilding or weight loss goals a lot. People always wants to know what the best diet is or what they can do to lose fat faster. Truthfully, most people have no clue what they are getting themselves into.
While a ketogenic diet may work better then a low carb diet, I don't know if people are ready for them.
First off, a ketogenic diet is one where there are no carbs. Without carbohydrates the body turn to burn fat as the primary fuel source. Since this is happening the body can tap into stored bodyfat for energy and we can end up leaner. Well while that is possible we need to look at what may happen.
For starters your energy will be drained. Without carbohydrates your body won't know what energy source to turn to for a few days so you may experience feelings of weakness while you train or until your body becomes adapted at using fat. While this isn't a bad thing you must understand that you have to change your training intensity. There's no way that you can keep training with super high volume while you use one of these diets.
The next thing that you have to understand about using a ketogenic diet for weight loss or bodybuilding is that you need to eat more protein then normal. Since you don't have carbs, and carbs are protein sparing, you need to consume more protein so you don't lose muscle tissue. So make sure that you are eating at least 6 meals per day with a servings of protein coming every meal.
Then you have to make sure that you are getting enough fiber. Look to consume fiber from various sources such as green vegetables and fiber powder or pills like physillum husk. Now you need to add some healthily nutritional supplements since you want to make sure that you do your best to burn fat on these keto diets for weight loss and bodybuilding. First, make sure you consume healthy fats like omega-3 fish oils, cla, and gla. These fats will help to burn more body fat. Then you want to purchase a good branch chain amino acid powder as bcaa's help to retain muscle mass and prevent muscle breakdown.
So in conclusion, a ketogenic diet may be the best for weight loss or bodybuilding but you need to make sure you are eating enough and taking in the right nutrients or you'll lose too much muscle mass.