What is Keto?
In many ways, the ketogenic “diet” is as much of an art as it is a science, and effectively fine-tuning a keto “diet” depends on experience. With this in mind, our founder and owner has 18 years of experience in ketosis eating.
Despite the current surge in popularity ketogenic eating dates back to the 1920’s, this eating plan has been used to treat epilepsy for almost a century and is increasingly being studied for therapeutic efficacy in a number of neurological disorders, including various types of headaches, neurotrauma, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, brain cancer, autism, pain, and multiple sclerosis. Most of these conditions are insufficiently treated using big pharmaceutical techniques. To make things worse a lot of medications prescribed for these conditions have many side effects, which some individuals can hardly bear.
Even in cases where medications could manage to reduce the symptoms of a disorder people may look for more natural treatments, paving the way for ketosis to become the “natural” support for treating some of these neurological disorders.
*Anti aging by altering energy metabolism
*Mood stabilizing properties comparable to taking antidepressants.
*Improved brain tumors on the ketogenic and MCT-based plans (based on several human cases)
*studies are being done that being in ketosis might help ease some of the deviant behaviors seen in children with autism spectrum disorder
Obesity and metabolic diseases have become the world's biggest health problems. A ketogenic eating plan may improve metabolic health by improving insulin function, lowering inflammation and promoting fat loss. There are so many emerging and trending “diets” today but few are actually backed by research. The benefits of a ketogenic eating plan is well-supported and backed by science. There is strong evidence that a ketogenic eating plans are very effective for not only losing body weight but decreasing the percentage of body fat, muscle sparing (or preservation of), as well as improving many markers of disease.
A ketogenic eating plan is a high-fat, moderate-protein and low-carb diet. It primarily works by lowering insulin levels, producing ketones and increases fat burning.
Keto for Fat loss
A ketogenic eating plan effectively turns your body into a fat-burning machine, while simultaneously helping you lose weight and boost your energy levels. The keto eating plan will not leave you feeling hungry after eating a pre-set number of calories for the day, it is a satisfying and filling method of eating.
Keto After Weight Loss Surgery?
It is very simple …you would have to modify your approach to ketogenic meal plan if you have had weight loss surgery. The basic premise of keto is high fat, moderate protein & low carb would simply have to merge with the high protein-low carb bariatric philosophy. Result would = high fat, higher protein, low carb plan that would suit your altered stomach and digestive system.
“Keto - Flu”, is it real?
Yes it is real. This does not happen to everyone and it does not last forever, 2 weeks or less is the most common time frame for the keto-flu. The Keto-flu happens because you are forcing the body to convert from burning glucose for your energy source/fuel (what it has been used to) to burning body fat for the energy source/fuel. The keto-flu may include poor energy and mental function (brain fog), increased hunger, sleep issues, nausea, digestive discomfort and poor exercise performance. But I promise you this is not here to stay if you stay on track. If you stick with a KD, the benefits are extremely impressive, not only for weight loss but for your health.
Benefits of switching to a Keto eating plan, some of which are:
*Low Carbs = Lower Appetite
*More Weight Loss
*Loss of Pesky Belly Fat
*Lowered Blood Triglycerides
*More Good Cholesterol
*Less Bad Cholesterol
*Improvement in Type 2 Diabetes
*Reduced Blood Pressure Levels
*Lower Bad Cholesterol
*Hyper tension Resolution
*Improved good cholesterol levels
*fights metabolic disease
Are keto foods only for people following keto meal plans???
No absolutely not! Even if you do not follow a Keto eating plan you can eat a keto meal. It is packed full of healthy fats, nutrients, low carb…after all why would you not want to eat a healthy meal.
Types of Ketogenic Diets
Classic Keto: This is the most strict version, it will require weighing & measuring foods & also requires a 4:1 ratio of fats to carbs or protein. This is an individualized & structured plan which your diet will consist of 90% fat.
Modified Keto: This version is intended to be less restrictive. If you are a newbie this might be a good place to start, or if you’ve done the more strict method above whether it was for a competitive sport or for serious weight loss and you are in need of tapering down into a more sustaining, long-term eating lifestyle.
MCT: This version is higher in protein and carbs than the classic keto. MCT stands for
Medium Chain Triglycerides (highly ketogenic man-made fats).
Modified Atkins: For the record, I do not support this version!! Fat is encouraged in this version and Carbs are limited but fats should accompany carbs when consumed. Protein has no limit at all in this version.
Intermittent Fasting: When shortening the window of time that you eat during the day it launches the body into ketosis. Basically a dietary intervention! The body is forced to burn energy from fat when you eat during an 8-hour window of the day, and fast for the other 16 hours.
Ketosis occurs when the body is denied access to glucose which is its main fuel source, in turn it redirects your body to burn your body fat storages for your fuel.
Inside ketosis, body fat storages are broken down for energy and ketones are produced from this.
Some people use a ketogenic meal plan to lose weight by forcing their body to burn surplus fat stores.
The ketogenic way of eating was originally developed in the 1920’s to treat epilepsy but was inadvertently discovered to offer many other health benefits.