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Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet:

Keto wouldn’t be so popular if it didn’t have benefits–and there are many of them.

Blood sugar and insulin levels improve:

As ketogenic diets cut out sugar and carbohydrates, blood sugar levels tend to fall. In recent times, many people with diabetes are successfully managing their condition using a keto plan.

Effortless dieting:

Have you ever tried a low-fat diet before? If you have, you may remember how difficult it can be to control food cravings.  However, keto diets encourage satiety due to their higher fat and protein content .

Massive reductions in triglycerides: 

Triglycerides are one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Carbohydrate restriction leads to lower triglyceride levels.

Keto helps manage brain-related diseases and illnesses:

Ketogenic diets can be therapeutic for a variety of brain conditions, whether severe chronic diseases or mild problems. Research shows that being in ketosis has potential benefits for brain tumor cases, depression, epilepsy, and migraines

Significant increase in HDL levels:

Lower intake of carbohydrate combined with higher fat consumption tends to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. Cardiovascular researchers accept that higher HDL levels are protective against heart disease.

Leads to greater weight loss than other diets:

In several studies directly comparing low-carb and low-fat diets, diets low in carbohydrate promote more significant weight loss. This weight loss is likely due to greater satiety from foods higher in fat and protein.

May protect against some cancers:

Cancer cells have a preference for glucose to fuel growth. And while they can still grow in carbohydrate-restricted conditions, some studies suggest that ketogenic diets may help prevent/fight certain cancers. At present, clinical trials are ongoing .

Note: This is still very early science and there is no clear evidence on the topic. No diet should be considered as an alternative to conventional treatment.

Possible benefits for Alzheimer’s disease:

Further research is necessary, but ketogenic diets may help by supplying the brain with ketones, which it can use for energy. Alzheimer’s patients have impaired glucose metabolism, and studies show ketone levels positively correlate with memory performance and cognition.

Reduction in blood pressure:

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Conventional advice may over-estimate the impact of salt, and excessive refined carbohydrate intake has a larger effect on blood pressure than sodium.

Ketogenic diets naturally reduce refined carb consumption, and many following such diets experience a decrease in blood pressure

It’s enjoyable, and it’s sustainable:

And this last one’s pretty obvious. What sounds more appealing to you: low-fat crackers, skim milk, and a fat-trimmed chicken breast? Or steak, cheese, and some dark chocolate?

Key Point: Ketogenic diets have a lot of potential health benefits, but we shouldn’t claim them to be a cure-all solution. Keto is also very sustainable because most of the food tastes delicious.

By Michael Joseph, MSc

The Ketogenic Diet Versus Low Fat Diet Plans

Much has been said over the years about the ketogenic diet and with celebrities like Megan Fox, Mick Jagger, and Adriana Lima being fond proponents of the diet, it remains very popular.

What is the real difference between a ketogenic diet and a low fat diet plan? While many may swear about reducing fat intake, studies show low carb plans are actually more effective for both weight loss and reducing high cholesterol.

Ketogenic Diet

There are several low carbohydrate diets, but the ketogenic diet generally limits your carb intake to 20 to 50 grams a day. The ketogenic diet requires you to enter the stage of ketosis, and that generally does not occur unless you are consuming about 20 grams of carbohydrates per day.

A sample menu plan when you’re on a ketogenic diet looks like this:

Breakfast: bacon or sausage, eggs, and coffee with cream and stevia

Snack: 1 ounce of cheese with cucumbers or celery

Lunch: Tuna salad or egg salad wrapped in lettuce or lettuce wrapped burger with ghee

Snack: ½ avocado or 10 olives or flaxseed crackers with salsa

Dinner: Cajun chicken with a side of vegetables cooked in ghee or steak with vegetables in ghee or salad with olive oil and vinegar or grilled salmon with a side of spiral cut zucchini pasta with sauce

Snacks between meals can also include string cheese, a cup of chicken broth, 6 almonds or peanuts, turkey lettuce wraps, hard-boiled eggs, smaller portions of leftover meals, 1 tablespoon of cream and much more.

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Low Carb Diet for Nutritional Ketosis

How to Add More Fat to Your Low Carb Diet for Nutritional Ketosis

Lately the interwebs have been buzzing with Jimmy Moore’s summer 2012 weight loss success after tweaking his macronutrient ratios. I have been on the edge of my seat waiting to see how he did it. He is basing his new refined low carb diet on the advice from the great book The Art and Science of Low Carb Performance by Dr. Phinney and Dr. Volek.

Just like Jimmy, many long time low carbers and nutrition enthusiasts have tried various methods – thyroid/adrenal protocols, parasite cleanses, homeopathy, HCG diets, colonics/enema’s, Leptin resets, green juices, bone broth diets, probiotics, meditation, EFT, positive thinking, HITT training, Slow Burn, Crossfit – you name it. We can all relate to his struggle of “doing everything right” but not losing weight. Maybe Jimmy Moore, Dr. Phinney and Dr. Volek have found the missing link to the low carb weight loss puzzle: restricting protein? Jimmy’s success in losing weight has given us all hope that if he can do it, maybe we can also bust through our own personal plateaus.

Is monitoring protein and increasing fat the answer to low carb weight loss stalls? It is worth a shot and it can’t hurt to try, as long we make sure to eat the highest quality fats. Read my article about which fats are healthy to eat here: Which Fats Are Healthy at GrassFedGirl.com. Please make sure and eat the right fats or you will not succeed long term on a low carb diet.

Protein free for all:

I came into low carb and paleo in the summer of 2010, and have always eaten plenty of protein and fat without worrying about percentages. This lifestyle has kept my weight stable, tamed my autoimmune condition and helped me regulate my blood sugar but I would love to lose a few extra pounds (who wouldn’t?). I have seen Paleo and low carb work wonders in my clients as well, but some people need extra help to fine-tune their low carb results.

Keto-what?

In their book, Phinney and Volek instruct readers to restrict protein and carbs to lose weight and become keto-adapted. Keto adaptation is where the body burns fat instead of relying on glucose (carbs) for fuel. The authors think that if we eat too much protein it will also turn to sugar, preventing the body from becoming keto-adapted and burning its own fat as fuel.

What should my protein intake be?

What does limiting protein mean in practical terms and how much do we actually need daily to get into nutritional ketosis? This chart should from A New Atkins for a New You, should help:

Don’t forget to keep counting those carbs:

Another tip Dr. Volek and Dr. Phinney give readers in The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance is to keep carbs very low — 50 grams or less.

Getting into the optimal Ketone Zone:

It is my understanding that optimal levels for nutritional ketosis and fat burning are (1.5 – 3 mmol/L) mode. This can be measured with a blood ketone meter. It can take a week or so to get into this zone, so keep checking and don’t give up.

How to increase your fat:

If someone is limiting protein and carbs, they need to increase fat to be full after meals. Fat is very satiating. But who wants to eat plain butter? I wanted to give you some interesting ways to lower protein intake but still feel fulfilled without resorting to drinking olive oil.

Ghee: butter makes it better:

Add butter to each bite of meat. Dr. Volek and Phinney advise using Irish grass fed butter because it is more nutritious. I like to add a big bite of grass fed butter to each bite of meat to speed satiation. Don’t forget about ghee which is just butter with the casein removed. Ghee is extra delicious on top of steaks and soups. Some people who can’t tolerate butter can tolerate ghee.

Cheese please:

Add a variety of cheese if tolerated, but try to get organic and/or raw milk cheese whenever possible. Hormones and antibiotics that are given to animals are concentrated in milk products. Use caution on serving sizes; in his New Diet Revolution, Dr. Atkins advised a limit of 4 oz of cheese per day. If your weight loss stalls, removing dairy may help speed up results. It is a common food sensitivity, causing intestinal stress.

Cream of the crop:

Add cream if tolerated; again go for grass-fed and organic dairy to lower the chemical burden on the liver; this will improve fat burning. Also check for the thickener carrageenan, a carcinogen and gut irritant.

Veggies as Fat Vehicles:

Use low carb veggies like kale chips, spinach, celery, endive, romaine, etc, as a fat vehicles. See my last article on CarbSmart.com about adding crunch to your low carb diet.

Mucho (homemade) Mayo:

Try this easy recipe for macadamia nut oil mayo, it will add life to chicken or ham. Beware low quality fats like soybean and canola; Volek and Phinney find they can make low carbers feel unwell.

What Is Ketosis?

What Is Ketosis?

What Is Ketosis?

The body typically gets its fuel from dietary carbohydrates, which includes foods like rice, bread, pasta, and other grains, along with fruit, sugars, and vegetables.

When carbohydrates, specifically starches and sugars enter the body they are broken down into glucose, and used by the body for energy. The hormone insulin then steps in to remove glucose from the bloodstream and the body either uses it for energy or stores any that is unused.

Any glucose that is not immediately used as fuel will be sent to the liver and muscles to be stored as glycogen as a fuel reserve, and any unused glycogen in the muscles, such as through exercise or energy expenditure turns to stored body fat.

For people with a carb sensitivity or those with insulin resistance it’s a grim outlook that can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes…

High carb diet = high glucose in the blood = high insulin = high amounts of body fat

The Keto Flu

Some people may experience keto flu when they begin a low carb diet. While not everyone will fall prey to it, you should be aware of the symptoms: sleepiness and fatigue, brain fog, nausea, headaches and upset stomach.

It doesn’t last long and to be honest, most changes in diet result in similar side effects so it is to be expected.

The best way to ease your symptoms is by increasing salt intake with 2 cups of broth daily or using soy sauce over food to re- balance electrolyte levels in the body. The symptoms will likely disappear within a few days and you will be on your way to ketosis success.

 

 

 

Ketogenic Fat-Fasting with Grass-fed ghee

Ketogenic Fat-Fasting with Grass-fed ghee

Try This Fatty Coffee for Ketogenic Fat-Fasting with Grass-fed ghee

At this point, you’ve probably heard about Fatty Coffee or Bulletproof Coffee made famous by my buddy Dave Asprey.

But can putting fat in your coffee actually help you drop fat? The answer may surprise you.

Now, some people go overboard by slugging many hundreds of calories of pure fat every day in their coffee and wonder why they’re not dropping fat. In this blog post, though, you’ll learn how to make your coffee the right way to rev your fat-burning engines.

Most days, I enjoy 1-3 cups of coffee in the morning with a tablespoon or so of grass-fed heavy whipping cream per cup. If I’m feeling hungry, I might add a teaspoon of full-fat Grass-fed ghee Keep in mind that my typical daily Fatty Coffee calorie burden accounts for around 100-150 calories – NOT the 500+ calories some people dump into their cuppa joe when they’re going nuts with slugging Bulletproof coffee all day. (All calories are not created equal, but they do count.)

A cup of coffee or tea infused with grass-fed ghee, and even a little grass-fed heavy cream can be a tasty way to get quality fats into your diet… especially if you’re doing a ketogenic or cyclical fast and avoiding carbs and protein in the morning to help normalize insulin and blood sugar.

These days, a lot have you have been asking me, “Can I eat fats while I’m fasting in the morning?!”

Sure! When you add fats to your fasting window, it’s technically a ketogenic fast or “Fat-Fasting.” The short-chain fats and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, and whipping cream are burned readily as brain fuel. Compared to the carb-crash cycle that happens when you eat toast and cereal for breakfast, you might feel alert, satiated, and free from cravings when you focus on getting fats in the morning.

Why would you want fat in the morning instead of carbs? Recent research shows that what you eat in the morning programs your metabolism to run on that fuel for the rest of the day. So if you’re eating cereal, bread, juices, or other carbs in the morning, many people experience carb cravings and elevated (fat-storing) insulin for the rest of the day.

But when you focus on fat in the morning, you’re programming your body to BURN fat as its main fuel which can spur fat loss.

HOW TO MAKE FATTY COFFEE THE RIGHT WAY

Since coffee is one of the most sprayed crops on Earth, start with organic coffee to avoid exposure to pesticides. French-pressing coffee is a quick and dirty way to get full extraction from your coffee grounds—or try an AeroPress.

Do yourself a favor and always get the freshest beans you can—most of coffee’s flavors dissipate two weeks after roasting. I love to roast fair-trade, organic, green coffee beans at home on the stove to ensure I always have the best-tasting and freshest coffee possible.

If you can’t roast your own beans, then go for a good quality, freshly-roasted, whole bean coffee to ensure your beans aren’t stale or full of nasty chemicals.

In this video, I’ll walk you through the process I use to make Fatty Coffee, inspired by Dave at Bulletproof. Having a bit of butter and MCT oil in your coffee can be a great way to feed your brain in the morning, but it can be easy to over do it. You don’t need to count calories, but you do need to track what you’re eating and be sensible about what you’re putting in your body throughout the day.

There’s a big difference between one or two cups of coffee, and polishing off an entire pot by yourself. Cheers!

Here’s my recipe for Fatty Coffee…

Source : Fatburningman

So rich and creamy—Try this fat-burning Fatty Coffee recipe for yourself.
Prep time  Cook time 5 mins || Total time 11 mins
Author: Abel James
Recipe type: Coffee
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups hot French-pressed coffee from hand-roasted, fair-trade, organic beans
  • About 1 tablespoon grass-fed whipping cream, butter, or Grass-fed ghee
  • About 1 teaspoon Grass-fed ghee or butter oil, full-fat coconut milk, or coconut oil (optional)
 Instructions
  1. Boil purified water.
  2. Coarsely grind roasted coffee beans.
  3. Add ground coffee to French Press, and pour hot water over the top.
  4. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  5. Steep for 3-5 minutes, then press down on the top of the French Press.
  6. Meanwhile, pour hot water in your mug to warm. Empty hot water from mug, and pour in coffee.
  7. Add any add-ins you’re using like grass-fed cream or butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, and/or spices.
  8. Using a handheld milk frother, skim along the mixture just below the surface.
  9. The frother will whip air into the coffee mixture and a nice froth will begin to form on the top. Fully immerse the frother a couple of times just to mix everything up underneath.
  10. Enjoy.

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