The Ketogenic Diet, also known to be a low carb diet, effectively reverses how our bodies operate, changing the game of nutrition, as we know it. I’m sure the Paleo diet has also been on your radar, and yet, there are still major improvements that can always be implemented, or even taken out, right? Trying out different diets are a part of this health revolution!
The Ketogenic regimen has been said to allow and integrate a completely new lifestyle, while concluding in a more energetically, vital, you. Evidently our bodies were meant to work more efficiently as a fat burner than a sugar burner. As the Paleo diet is also used therapeutically for gut health, preventing disorders and blood-sugar balance, I want to make one thing clear: the major difference between the two diets, is the ability to lose weight effectively and immediately by the Keto diet.
Fact: Did you know, the body will instinctively produce “ketones” in the liver to be reused as energy?
Ketosis is actually a natural process. When our bodies notice our food consumption is lessened, it begins to breakdown fats in our liver. What’s the point of this, one might ask? Well physically put – to have a properly maintained metabolism, by decreasing carbohydrates from our daily food intake.
Here, is a list of what to eat and NOT to, in order to prepare for the Keto diet:
Do Not Eat
- Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.
- Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.
- Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
- Tubers – potato, yams, etc.
- Meats – fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, etc.
- Leafy Greens – spinach, kale, etc.
- Above ground vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
- High Fat Dairy – hard cheeses, high fat cream, grass fed butter, ghee, etc.
- Nuts and seeds – macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.
- Avocado and berries – raspberries, blackberries, and other low glycemic impact berries
- Sweeteners – stevia, erythritol, monk fruit, and other low-carb sweeteners.
- Other fats – coconut oil, high-fat salad dressing, saturated fats, etc.
As you can see, this diet is not as exciting as the ice cream diet (yes, this is a real thing) or as bland/challenging as the raw food diet. . . but WILL have you reconsidering ingredients – mostly where sugars may play a role – the next time you purchase your favorite snack, or prepare a meal. I truly believe it is crucial when grocery shopping to refine and become more intrinsically mindful with what we allow into our bodies. This is the first way to make contact within our own inner worlds.
After doing some research, I found out some pretty serious benefits:
Studies have now shown that the diet can have benefits for a wide variety of different health conditions (this information was taken from another reliable source):
- Heart disease: The ketogenic diet can improve risk factors like body fat, HDL levels, blood pressure and blood sugar.
- Cancer: The diet is currently being used to treat several types of cancer and slow tumor growth.
- Weight (fat) loss: On keto, your insulin (the fat storing hormone) levels drop which allows your fat cells to travel to the liver and get converted into ketones. Your body effectively becomes a fat burning machine!
- Diabetes: Keto naturally lowers blood sugar levels due to not eating as many carbs so your body can’t produce glucose.
- Alzheimer’s disease: The diet may reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s and slow down the disease’s progression.
- Epilepsy: Research has shown that the ketogenic diet can cause massive reductions in seizures in epileptic children.
- Parkinson’s disease: One study found that the diet helped improve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome: The ketogenic diet can help reduce insulin levels, which may play a key role in polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Brain injuries: One animal study found that the diet can reduce concussions and aid recovery after brain injury.
- Acne: Lower insulin levels and eating less sugar or processed foods may help improve acne.
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To dive further into the “how to’s” in regards to the Ketogenic Diet – such as how to sustain a low carb appetite and nurture your bodies energy levels, check out our friends conversation – here.
All in all, although the “ paleo vs. keto trend talk” may have already taken over, it seems like the Ketogenic diet certainly has had some tremendous traction and influential assist on healthier habits and compelling weight loss. May we all educate ourselves and be open to the new and improved ways that further generate our health, while illuminating a less conditioned way of be-ing on this miraculous planet! We are health. We have a choice. Remembering, we are all in this together!