Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Does the Keto Diet Really Work?



Keto Diet

Guest Post By Steve Theunissen

 If you thought the world had been turned upside down when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, spare a thought for the fat is bad crusaders of the last 30 years. Their mantra has been turned on its head as millions of people jump onto the ketogenic bandwagon and pile their plates with fried bacon, sausages and butter in an attempt to consume as much fat as they can.


Is there any method in this madness or is it just the latest in a long line of off the wall fat loss gimmicks?

How We Got Here


The Ketogenic diet is nothing new. It’s concept of a high fat, moderate protein and very low carb diet has been around for over 150 years. In fact, until the 1950’s, it was the go to fat loss method advocated by the mainstream medical community.

It wasn’t until 1955, in the wake of President Eisenhower’s heart attack, that fat began to be demonized. Since then, the official line has been to get out the fat and pump up the carbs. All we need to do is look around us to see what the result has been.

It’s no exaggeration to say that the low fat, high carb way of eating has been a disaster. As a direct result of it we are fatter, lazier and more likely to drop dead than at any time in our history.

A Return to Keto


The Ketogenic diet is designed to switch your primary energy system from a carbohydrate to a fat source. By switching over from a carb based glucose to a fat based ketone fuel system, you will be actually burning stored body fat as your main way to provide your body with the energy that it needs to function.

When the acids in fats are broken down during the digestive process, they become ketones. This can either be used as energy or stored as reserve energy in the form of body fat.

On a conventional high carb diet, the energy contained in the carbs becomes glucose in the body. This is what the body first turns to in order to get the energy that it needs to function. However, when carb intake is restricted, the body will turn to it’s secondary energy supply – ketones.

Achieving the state of ketosis – when the body is relying on ketones as its energy source – is the goal of the ketogenic diet.


Keto Beats Cravings


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A major side effect of eating carbs is that it releases the storage hormone insulin. As well as dragging around 10% of your ingested carbs off to be stored as fat for a pending time of famine, insulin also causes sharp fluctuations in your blood sugar levels. This leads to cravings – the Achilles heel of anyone who’s tried to lose weight!

However, when you switch to a high fat diet, you will no longer be releasing insulin every time you eat. As a result, you won’t be piling on that 10% of fat storage – and you won’t get the sugar cravings that come with carbs.

In addition, a high fat diet is extremely filling. A meal of sausages, fried eggs and tomatoes will fill you up for at least 4 hours. That is because it is fat, not carbs or protein, that triggers feelings of satiation.

So, Does It Work?


The keto revival has been underway for around 20 years. There are literally millions of people the world over who can relate their experiences of just how successful it is at losing weight. In addition, there are scores of peer reviewed scientific studies that show just how effective a ketogenic diet is at lowering body fat levels.

 In fact, it is safe to say that following a ketogenic eating pattern is the fastest, most effective and safest way to lose body fat that exists.

Yet the benefits of keto go well beyond it’s ability to strip of body fat. The Keto diet will also . . .
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ü Control Type 2 Diabetes
ü Fight Cancer
ü Give you more energy

Conclusion


The keto diet is for real. In fact, it’s not really a diet at all – keto is an eating pattern that should form the foundation of your nutritional approach for the rest of your life.

 In our next article, we’ll provide you with a Quick Start Guide to Eating the Keto Way – stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out our weight management foods and supplements at Nutrilives HERE to begin your journey to premium health!


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