My take on “The Keto Diet”.
…..Hello everyone and thank you for visiting.
The Keto Diet is now the rage. It is a high fat, high protein diet. This diet forces the body to burn fat rather than carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are usually converted into glucose (sugar). If there are fewer carbohydrates the liver converts fat into fatty acids. This, in turn, ends up as ketone bodies. They replase the glucose as an energy source. When this process happpens, the result is called Ketosis! It creates an elevated level of ketones in the brain.
These foods are refined carbohydrates: fruits, breads, pasta, grains, white flour, and refined sugars. These are eliminated and rightfully so because they make our blood sugar soar!! Not good. When blood sugars become elevated time and time again it takes a toll on the Pancreas. Our Pancreas secrets insulin. We can wear out our Pancreas eating these types of foods and develop diabetes.
In my opinion, proteins and carbohydrates must be balanced. I prefer a diet that is nutritional balanced.
The Atkins Diet similar to the Keto Diet restricts carbs based on the premise that the body burns both carbs and fat for energy. By reducing carbs and eating more protein and fat you will loose weight. It works by burning stored body fat more efficiently.
This is how it works…By restricting carbs the body goes into a state of Ketosis. Ketosis meaning it burns fat for fuel. In Ketosis the body gets energy from Ketones, carbon fragments created through the breakdown of fat. The benefits is that the body feels less hungry, so you eat less. (So they claim). The side effects are: Bad breath, constipation, increased cholestrol, kidney stones, and osteoporosis.
A typical plate of food for breakfast would look like this: two eggs, bacon, avocado, butter and a small abount of fruit, berries, strawberries, or blueberries.
Thats is some heavy duty protein and fats! They both follow a very strict intake of carbohydates. So, once the glucose is used up your body turns fat into fuel.
My recomendation for weight loss and health is balance. Just like our daily lives.
1-Keep a food journal, keep track of calories, exercise, and your weight loss goals.
2- Recognize Emotional Eating- we eat when we are boared or upset, take note of what triggers your eating.
3-Diet is a crucial determinannt of good health and works in combination with a regular exercise routine.
4-Never pursue a restrictive or fad diet for long periods of time. They are nutritionally inedaquate.
5-Take a break when you are eating, just to see if you are full.
6-Eat lean proteins, veggies and healthy fats at every meal.
7-Steam, grill or bake your food.
8-Enjoy your meal. No seconds, and try to eat half while skipping desert and bread.
……….remember to Breathe… make a memory everyday, and don’t apologize for who you are…. rebecca