Have you tried so many times to lose weight and keep it off, but failed?
I’ve been fat for so many years and it made me so depressed, tired and unhealthy. My weight started to pile on after I had my first child. It was a total struggle to shed off that ‘baby fat.’
As the years went by, my weight started to increase uncontrollably. I also began to struggle with some health challenges. I had stomach ulcer, joint pains, double knee injuries, with a chronic pain at the back of my neck and my lower back.
I’ve also tried many diets but I found the ketogenic diet to be tailored to the weight loss needs of almost every obese person. So what is the ketogenic diet?
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
The ketogenic diet…often called keto, is a very low-carb, high-fat diet and moderate protein diet. It is quite similar to the Atkins diet and other low-carb diets.
Bascially, keto diet works by drastically reducing your carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. When you do this, your body then becomes super efficient at burning your excess stored fat to use for energy. This will then force your body into a metabolic state of melting fat in your body. This fat metabolizing body state is called ketosis.
The goal of a ketogenic lifestyle is to promote weight loss by altering your metabolism using fatty foods as your primary source of fuel instead of carbohydrates. Your body then switched from relying on glucose as fuel to using ketones from fat.
The end goal is your insulin level is kept very low, your appetite is relatively suppressed and you feel little or no hunger, your body begins to strip off excess fat really fast and you become thinner in no time.
So What Should I Eat On A Keto Diet?
The aim of the Keto diet is to stop eating foods that contain sugar, and to limit your carbohydrate intake. Eat more fats and moderate protein. I recommend that you plan your meal following these standard daily macros: 75% Fats; 20% Protein and 5% Carbs.
Before you begin the Keto diet, plan ahead. You need to draw up a viable meal plan for your two week induction that will transport your body into a ketogenic state. The more restrictive you are on your carb intake, the faster you’ll enter ketosis. One way to en sure your body enters ketosis fast, is to stick to eating only 15grams of carbs a day.
Benefits of the Keto Diet
- Weight Loss. The ketogenic diet makes your body burn fat as the major source of energy. Your body will basically be using up fat stores as energy while in a fasting state. And if you have a big belly, that’s where the fat melts from the most to be you those flat abs you were always dying ot have.
- Appetite Suppressant. Fat is naturally more satisfying than carbs. With carbs, you may feel hungry just some minutes after eating it. However, with fats your body feels satiated for longer, therefore reducing the quantity of meals you eat.
- The ketogenic diet has been known to improve triglyceride and cholesterol levels most associated with arterial buildups. The diet decreases LDL cholesterol over time.
- Blood Sugar. Many studies have shown that the ketogenic eliminates ailment such as Type 2 Diabetes.
- Knee and joint pains. People who have had knee, neck, back and joint pains before they embarked on a ketogenic diet, testify to a pain-free body.
- Women who have chosen the ketogenic diet as a Way Of Life (WOE) have fallen pregnant immediately after years of trying to conceive.
- Recent studies have shown a drop in acne lesions and skin inflammation over 12 weeks.
- Keto dieters feel more energized because they are giving their body a better and more reliable energy source by eating a high fat diet. Fats have been known to be the most effective molecule to burn as fuel.
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