You’ve Heard of Keto?
I can say that I’m fully immersed in the Ketogenic way of eating as I have followed the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat way of eating for 13 months now. I use the Carb Manager application daily and have successfully lost 45 pounds – and kept it off for 7 months.
This way of eating is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. My mental clarity coupled with the weight loss is exactly what I needed to get out of my slump. Take a look for yourself.
The first picture was taken during April 2018 and the second picture was taken during March 2019. The only change I made was that I strictly followed the ketogenic way of eating. That’s it. Cutting out sugar and carbs isn’t as hard as you think it’ll be. For reference: Photo on left was a size 16 jean/XL shirt and on right is a size Small dress and sweater.
What Is The Keto Way of Eating (WOE)?
The Ketogenic Way of Eating (ketogenic diet) is a low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat diet. As a diet plan, it shares many of the same foods and drinks as the Atkins diet and other low-carb diets. What makes the Keto way of eating different is that it focuses on drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing those carbohydrates with fat. This drastic reduction in carbohydrates puts your body into a metabolic state that is called ketosis. The point of going into ketosis is to help your body become efficient at burning fat for energy. While this is happening, your body turns the fat into ketones in the liver, supplying energy to the brain. A cautionary note: ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. Make sure you check with your doctor before making any changed to your way of eating.
Why Go Keto?
There are a number of reasons why people go on a ketogenic diet. In most cases, it is to lose weight. In some cases, they are medically supervised and use the ketogenic diet as part of a treatment plan.
- Weight Loss. Due to lowered insulin levels and the body’s ability to burn stored fat, those who adhere to the diet find that they lose weight more quickly than with conventional diets.
- Cancer Prevention. There are medical studies, such as those conducted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, and the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, that are showing good results with the ketogenic diet being an effective treatment for cancer.
- Lower Cholesterol. A modified ketogenic diet, what might be called a moderately low-carb diet, is beneficial for healthy adults who are at risk for metabolic syndrome, those struggling with losing weight or controlling levels of blood sugar.
- Improve Cognitive Function. Ketogenic diets are being used to help treat Alzheimer’s symptoms and those on the diet have shown a reduction in those symptoms and improved cognitive function.
- Reduced Seizures in Epileptics. The Epilepsy Foundation endorses the ketogenic diet because it has been shown to help control seizures in some people with epilepsy. Doctors usually recommend the ketogenic diet for children whose seizures have not responded to several different seizure medicines.
As you can see, the keto is more than just a low-carb/high-fat diet to lose weight. It is being studied and used now as a part of the treatment of many different diseases. The big plus is that I’ve stopped some of my medications (with doctor supervision). I have more energy and am less cranky. That’s always a good thing!
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