EAT FAT TO LOSE FAT?


A completely different approach to fat loss, nutrition and health, that is getting a lot of press... The Ketogenic diet!

NOW... I know what you are thinking, 'Another fad diet that is going to come.... and go just as fast!' And most of the time I would agree with you. But this is not the case with the Ketogenic diet, it has been around for decades, first appearing in the 1920's, and has stood the test of time because of it's scientific validity and also it's entirely different approach to weight loss. No more cutting calories, or exercising for hours on end!

On top of that their our hundreds of studies coming out recently which are showing remarkable and noteworthy benefits in the treatment of many diseases including:

So, What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The Ketogenic diet is a high fat, medium to low protein and low carbohydrate diet! Varying anywhere from 70-75% Healthy Fats, 15-20% protein and 5-10% Carbohydrates. The plan was first used in the 1920's by researchers working at Johns Hopkins Medical Center (1), and was designed for patients with Epilepsy. It proved to reduce the incidence of seizures dramatically!

In a nut shell, the Ketogenic diet is one that drastically reduces starchy carbohydrates and vegetables, to one that favors healthy fats. The goal of the diet, and what it does

very effectively, is teach your body to burn fat as it's main fuel source and not glucose/sugar (carbohydrates). Basically, it is meant to train your body from using sugar as it's main source of fuel, to fat!

The typical North American eats bread, pasta and other starchy carbs like it was their ticket to winning the lotto, and avoid healthful oils, nuts and seeds as it if were the black plague or TAXES! When cutting them out, your body can only store enough glucose to last you about 24hrs... After that, you will start burning fat, both the ones you consume and your bodies stores fat as fuel! The result is quick and effective weight loss.

How do I become a fat burning machine?

Here are 3 easy steps to follow to help your body get into the state called Ketosis, (where you are using fat as energy):

  1. Remove all starchy carbs, including:

  • ​Bread, croissants, pasta

  • Rice, Quinoa, and the like

  • Potatoes and Tubers

  • Root Vegetables (beets, carrots and etc...)

  1. Replace them by healthful fats, including:

  • Coconut oil, and Shredded coconut

  • Avocado and avocado oil

  • Grass-fed butter

  • Olive and other nut oils

  • Nuts and Seeds

  1. Increase your low glycemic index and load vegetables:

  2. Cruciferous veggies (Broccoli, , Kohlrabi, Cauliflower and the like)

  3. Increase you green leafy veggies or lettuce (Arugula, Collards, Kale, Micro greens, Mustard greens, Swiss Chard, Spinach and etc..)

Are their any side-effects? What should I look out for?

If you are interested in trying out the Ketogenic diet, and are wondering if it is right for you, I have developed a quick guide to making sure you get the most out of your Ketogenic experience:

  1. Make sure your gallbladder and liver are functioning appropriately, and that you do not have any gallstones. The gallbladder is where bile is stored, and bile is your bodies way of emulsifying fats into small little particles we can use! (If that's not working... you will just inflame your body, and only get 1/4 of the benefits!) I also recommend supporting those organs in producing enough bile during the process.

  2. Make sure you are getting enough fiber, if not supplement with some. The Ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrates like fruits, starchy veggies and other starches. These are often great sources of fiber. In consequence, people often complain of constipation or a lack of elimination when on the Keto diet.

  3. Make sure to eat Clean, Virgin and Organic fat sources. To often people see Keto, and think Atkins! 'YAY, I can eat bacon and red meat like it's Armagedon!' That couldn't be further from the truth. Stick to Organic, extra virgin, raw and grass-fed sources of fats... PLEASE

  4. Lastly, like always, consult your healthcare practitioner or Doctor before starting any plan or making any changes to your current plan.

For more information, or to get your personalized plan and start your fat loss and health journey contact us @ info@optimallifestyle.ca!

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