The beginning of the new year is fast approaching and many of you are starting to think about your new goals and resolutions. That being said, most of us have goals to optimize our health and to feel and look our best. The ketogenic diet follows a low-carb, high-fat lifestyle to fuel your body with the energy it needs to be alert and to feel great. This diet means that you reduce and almost eliminate sugar in your lifestyle. When your body runs out of sugar or glucose it turns to stored fat, and that is what your body starts to burn, thus allowing for rapid weight loss.
Many studies have shown that a low-carb, high-fat diet can be beneficial to our health and overall well-being. When your body falls into ketosis, your body starts to use fat for energy instead of carbohydrates, thus allowing the body to lose weight faster. The Ketogenic diet offers other benefits than just losing weight. Some of the other benefits are.
How the Ketogenic diet treats disease
“It is estimated that this year, in 2017 30.3 million people in the U.S have diabetes. That’s 9.4% of the U.S population.”
“Each year 12.7 million people discover they have cancer and 7.6 million people die from the disease. However, evidence shows that 30 - 40 percent of these deaths can be prevented, and one-third can be cured.”
“Chronic illnesses are the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. 133 million Americans have at least one chronic disease.”
Not only does the Ketogenic diet help aid in energy levels and mental clarity, but studies have also shown the Ketogenic diet to help fight diseases such as chronic illness, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Do you or someone you know fall under one of these categories? The ketogenic diet might be the right solution for you
What to eat/drink on a Ketogenic diet
As you follow this diet plan, you might wonder what can I eat and drink?
A traditional keto diet is 75% of healthy fats, 5% carbs, and 20% protein. Healthy fats include things like coconut oil, olive oil, raw nuts, butter, and organic eggs. Stick to grass-fed meats when looking for protein. Eat lots of green vegetables and fruits (sparingly), and even some dairy products are allowed. As far as what you drink while following the keto diet, it is recommended that you stick to, believe it or not, WATER! Drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated and feeling fuller for longer periods of time. Other beverages like soda, fruit juices, can be high in sugars so it’s best to avoid these. However, you could replace the sugar for a healthier alternative like stevia or monk fruit. Herbal tea and Matcha would be a good alternative as well because of the high anti-oxidant levels they contain. When in doubt, stick with water!
When choosing what diet plan to focus on in your life remember that you know what your body needs better than anyone. Factors like age, genetics, and gender can all have different effects on someone who is following a low-carb, high-fat diet. It may be wise to reduce your carb intake gradually instead of all at once. Whatever you decide, do what is best for YOUR body.