The keto diet
The ketogenic diet has been around longer than you think. In fact, our ancestors that roamed the world lived in a ketogenic state in efforts to sustain hunger and use fats for fuel. With the ketogenic diet the goal is to eat high amounts of healthy fats, moderate protein, and low carbohydrates. At the end of day for keto to work properly your fats should be 75% of total calories, while protein are a moderate 20% and carbs 5%. If you want this plan to work properly you must monitor your calories so you don’t knock yourself out of ketosis. With the keto plan MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) are the preferred fat source and can be found in coconut oil. These have been found to produce more ketone bodies than long chain triglycerides. Burning this kind of fat is a cleaner source for the body than using glucose/sugar. You don’t require insulin to break down your energy and you don’t get the highs and lows of your blood sugar. The downfall of this plan is if you eat too many carbs you knock yourself out of ketosis and you have to work to deplete your body of carbs before you switch to fat burning mode and that requires low energy days. As more and more diet fads come and go the ketogenic diet has made a strong comeback and is used by many doctors when insulin use has become compromised. No, I am not making medical claims, but when I personally put myself through a process or use a supplement I like to tell people the benefits I encountered and share the love.
Studies have found that a low carb high fat Ketogenic diet works better than a low-calorie restricted low-fat diet. This diet sounds great considering it recommends fats like butter, eggs, and bacon but can be hard when trying to deplete your body of glucose. This requires a lengthy 1-3 weeks of carbohydrate depleting until the body creates ketones to burn fat. Thankfully there are now therapeutic ketones you can take in powder form to get your body in a ketogenic state in less than hour! Yes, you read that correctly, less than an hour. How do I know for sure?? I use a blood testing kit to read the mmols of ketones in my blood. That means I had proof of ketone bodies in my blood an hour after consuming keto-os. It’s like drinking a pre workout that actually flips on your fat burning switch and knowing it actually works! I have been using keto-os in my daily routine for the last year and a half and never looked back. Not only is it helping me burn fat, it has reduced inflammation in my body and nagging ailments like my sciatica in my lower back, tendonitis in my shoulder, and I definitely have better mental focus.
So, how does this help with nutrition? It’s simple, while the ketones are in your system you burn fat. I also notice it curbs my appetite and removes my cravings. I don’t get the roller coaster sugar highs and lows so it makes sticking to a healthy plan easier. One question I get asked the most is “Do I have to do the ketogenic diet for it to work?” The answer is no, but it definitely helps get you into ketosis a lot easier. Whenever I had a party to attend where I knew there would be a large spread of food I would drink my keto-os and knowing they were in my body burning fat relieved me but also reduced my cravings so I wasn’t eating everything in front of me. Ketones, are a powerful fuel source and it’s one supplement I can count on. Besides, who doesn’t want to burn a little fat and get better focus and mental clarity?? I know I do.