There’s the counting calories method, the cutting out allergens method, all kinds of gimmicky brand name methods, the detox method, the intermittent fasting method, the graze all day (small meals many times a day), method. Holy crap there’s a lot of methods! My favorite? The keto-diet or ketogenic diet. Sit back, you’re going to want to hear this.
Ketosis is a normal metabolic process where your body uses ketones from fat as the primary energy source. Where does your body get the fat from? Your body isn’t picky when it comes to the source. It will take some from your food and some from your body as long as you're in ketosis until it runs out of the food source. If you ingest a sufficient amount of healthy fats with a lack of carbohydrates, you will go into a state of ketosis and your body will use this fat to make ketones and burn fat. The weight loss comes when you don’t take in too many calories.
Fat is the preferred energy source of the body and has many benefits. Some of those benefits are disease prevention, weight loss, increased energy, decreased brain fog (more alert), and a decrease in muscle wasting.
I kinda want to point out that the decrease in diseases are diseases that were blamed on a ketogenic diet at one time. What I’m trying to say is eating fat doesn’t increase your bad cholesterol, heart disease, blood pressure and other diseases that fat was blamed for. A ketogenic diet actually helps with these diseases and I want to point out, it also decreases epilepsy, and in some cases, cures it. Now research is being done on how it can help other diseases such as Parkinson’s.
With the keto-diet you don’t take in a lot of high carb foods and therefor your insulin levels stay low and blood glucose levels stay low. With this environment you store a lot less visceral adipose tissue (the fat around your belly) and will produce more growth hormone which burns fat.
How to do a ketogenic diet
In order to be in ketosis you have to lose the grains and sugars and eat more fats. It takes about 10 days to be in full ketosis and about the same amount of time to lose your addictions to grains and sugars. Maybe the 2 are connected? A keto-diet does reduce hunger…
Here’s what a keto-diet looks like. It’s mostly fat at first. At least 70% of your calories are from fat, 20-30 percent of your calories are from protein, no more than 20g of carbs a day. Cruciferous vegetables are your carbs at first. The problem this poses is that a lot of nutrients come from fruits and veggies. You’ll need a good multivitamin and fibre supplement. After 2 weeks you should be in full ketosis and you might be able to add more nutrient filled carbs little by little.
Not all keto-diets cause weight loss. In order for weight loss to occur, you need to have a caloric deficit. If you have a caloric deficit in a high carb diet there will be more muscle wasting and a higher disease causing environment with inflammation and all kinds of problems such as thyroid problems. The thyroid has a huge part in depicting your metabolism. With the keto-diet, your body will burn your love handles to keep the high energy levels and less muscle wasting or health issues in the caloric deficit.
Why is this my favourite weight loss diet? Mostly for the health benefits. Ok, I love bacon… Does it work? Pfft, want to see my abs??? Of course I don’t get abs with just diet alone. I exercise regularly and recommend that everyone does some sort of fun type of exercise. There are more effective types of exercise than others and for more information on exercise or nutrition, contact me and I will gladly help you out.
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