There are lots of “diets” around today that serve all sorts of purposes. One of the more recent is the “Ketogenic Diet” aka “Keto diet”, “Keto”.
Now I don’t advocate one “diet” above all else (Check out my post here about this if you’re interested). But this one is particularly interesting, and having watched it work for me and many clients, and having read all the literature and studies about it, it certainly has my full attention.
Ketogenic Diet in a nutshell
In a nutshell, it is the Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) diet with extra low carbs. So you eat high amount of good fats, moderate amount of protein and low amounts of carbohydrates. Which actually translates into lots of above ground veggies and leafy greens, palm sized amount of protein and lots of coconut oil, avocado, full fat dairy (if you can tolerate), nuts and seeds, cold pressed oils – olive, flaxseed, macadamia, walnut etc).
Eating this way will put your body into a state of nutritional ketosis. This is where your body re-learns to run on very little glucose and uses your body’s fat stores and dietary fats for energy instead. Your body can and will create glucose as it needs through a process called gluconeogenesis.
The goal is to become “keto-adapted”. Meaning that your body is primarily fuelled by ketones (fat) rather than glucose (sugar/carbohydrates).
Why Eat the Ketogenic Way?
Studies have shown the benefit of eating Keto for many different reasons/conditions:
- lose weight – long term and short term
- reverse type 2 diabetes
- boost mental clarity
- increased physical endurance
- reduce food cravings
- normalise blood pressure
Is it safe?
Living in a state of nutritional ketosis is perfectly safe. Providing of course, like any “diet”, you are eating nutritionally diverse and dense meals, that you are feeling well, and you like eating this way. With anything in life, you need to give yourself time to adjust, creating new habits takes time and varying degrees of willpower.
Many people get concerned/confused about ketosis – however the confusion is often with ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a serious type 1 diabetic complication that occurs where excessive ketones are produced in addition to very high glucose levels, due to a lack of insulin. The ketones are not used as fuel and build up causing life-threatening problems.
For non type 1 diabetics, as ketone requirements go up, glucose requirements naturally go down. If you are concerned about these levels, there are tools that you can use/buy to monitor to check blood glucose and ketone levels with a simple finger prick of blood.
Ready To Go Keto?
Sheree is developing a program that will support you with this eating style (will be ready Feb 2017). The program will:
- go into more detail about going keto,
- determine what your portion sizes should be, based on your specific nutritional needs,
- provide recipes, meal plans, and shopping lists,
- measure your ketones and blood sugar levels,
- support is provided via email, skype, face-to-face or phone.
Let me know if you’d like more information about this by calling reception on 1300 855 008, or use the contact page on this website.
Already Keto-adapted and need a little help?
Sheree can help you out with this too.
Simply call reception on 1300 855 008, or use the contact page on this website and I’ll get back to you asap.