The Keto Craze! Reasons Why You Need to Embrace this Lifestyle
Ketosis lifestyle has swept this country unlike anything I have witnessed in my long career in nutrition.
Cady and I recently held an informational teaching seminar on Ketosis to a large group. We received a significant amount of requests for further information for those who could not attend.
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The eight reasons for embracing a Keto lifestyle are the following:
- Reducing body fat
- Increased energy levels
- Eliminating food cravings
- Sustained energy during the day
- Reduce time planning meals
- Significantly reduce inflammation
- Certain serious health concerns
The bottom line of how Keto works to accomplish the above goals is this:
Keto diets teach the body how to efficiently burn fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.
Most of us older than 40 remember the first famous attempt at putting the body in Ketosis which was Dr Atkins. Dr Atkins diet did produce Ketosis and weight loss but was simply not a healthy diet in so many ways. Today’s new Keto guidelines creates both positive results and superior health.
Setting up a Keto plan is actually quite simple once you get the basic rules and learn how to stock your house with the proper foods or learn how to order wisely at restaurants.
You can see from the above chart that eating fats is the primary source of your calories. Carbohydrates will comprise the smallest percentage of your meals and protein will be approximately 25% of your calories. Don’t let these percentages make you feel uncertain as to setting up your meal plan as we are here to help you.
Since fats are 90% ketogenic and only 10% anti-ketogenic, we can get away with significant amounts of fat intake.
- What are healthy fats? Nuts & seeds, coconut oil, ghee, grass fed butters, organic cream, fats from grass fed meats, avocados & high quality olive oil.
- What are unhealthy fats? It is important to avoid non-organic or non-grass fed dairy in large consumptions. Avoid canola oil, vegetable oil, hydrogenated fats, fried foods & trans fats.
This diet & research says: do not be afraid of saturated fats.
“Feeding high doses of fat and cholesterol to omnivores, like rats and dogs, does not produce atherosclerotic lesions in them …In fact, it turns out that people who have highest percentage of saturated fat in their diets have the lowest risk of heart disease … – Dr. Mercola.
Most important part of this macronutrient is the sourcing of the proteins. For meats know that the animal was:
- Able to roam free in their natural habitat
- Not administered antibiotics
- Not fed soy or grains to fatten them up
Finally, make sure you don’t consume too much protein in one sitting. If this does occur it can turn into glycogen (sugar).
One of the most restricted nutrients on a ketogenic diet, the carbohydrate has the biggest effect on ketosis. The general rule is to consume no more than 30 grams to 40 grams of net carbs a day.
Net Carbs = Carbs – Fiber
Generally speaking most carbs will come from veggies & berries in a ketogenic diet.
“Excess carbohydrates in the form of fructose and grains is the root cause of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.” – Dr Mercola, 2009.
My Personal Meal Plan
I have embraced a modest Keto diet because of the overwhelming evidence of its benefits in health and longevity. I do not need to lose any weight so I actually have to try to eat more to insure not losing. However my body fat has dropped into the 9% range since beginning Keto. Here is my own sample menu that I eat in order to stay in Ketosis.
Breakfast: I resigned myself to the fact that drinking my breakfast is my only option due to my busy life. My reasons are the quickness of preparing it, I truly enjoy drinking it and I can choose the absolute optimal products that insure the highest quality foods possible.. Here is my recipe.
- Mix two scoops of either Dr Mercola Whey protein or Metagenics UltraMeal Protein into unsweetened milk. (I use unsweetened almond or goats milk)
- 2 tablespoons of organic ground flax
- 1 tablespoon of MCT oil. (this accelerates the process of reducing body fat and fueling the brain)
- Approximately 15 organic blueberries or 6 organic raspberries
- Green Vibrance Powder. (Supplies so many phytonutrients from green vegetables)
My morning Super Drink starts the day off perfect for my body, brain and energy.
Lunch: Servings of a baked protein of either fish or chicken. Large salad consisting of dark lettuce, containing either raw broccoli or cauliflower, a few cucumbers, grated cheese, and cover it heavily with a very high quality Olive Oil. (a large percentage of Olive Oil is contaminated with low quality canola oil so be an informed consumer)
Afternoon snack: Everyday at 2:30 I will have a food/protein Bar. I only use the following bars. Zunta Keto, Bulletproof Bar, Bhu Fit Bar, Ideal Protein snacks or occasionally raw nuts. For information on ordering the Zunta Keto bar click here.
Dinner: Protein from beef or fish. Large servings of colored vegetables and avocado when available. The only beverage I drink is unsweet tea or water unless I am having alcohol with dinner. (this is not always an option for everyone but in my case it does not kick me out of ketosis if I order it correctly) I have found the perfect alcohol drink for staying in ketosis-I will let this secret out soon.
Late snack: Not everyone needs this snack but in my life I cannot sleep well unless I have a small amount of carbs before bed. I use a zero sugar cereal with high fat organic milk. I test my Ketosis level and despite consuming these carbs I continue in a Keto state. Not everyone can achieve being in Ketosis if they eat the snack so you may have to test this for yourself. (working out hard 6 days a week is the probable reason)
Within two weeks of most individuals embracing Keto, all cravings for junk food disappears. Weight loss starts within the first week. However the term Keto Flu is something that can happen the first few weeks in some individuals. This is where you actually are feeling less energy, bad breath, poor sleep and I encourage you not to give up during this time. It is simply the body learning how to find its new source of fuel which is fat.
Nutrition World offers a large selection of products to assist in maintaining Ketosis.
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Secondly, Nutrition World offers two online programs to assist you in becoming a Keto expert for your own life!
Keto Academy interactive keto plans optimized for quicker and better weight loss results. Designed and tested to give results in just 28 days. For information on this amazing program click here.
KetoEdge is a seminar online with interviews of the leading experts in the world on Keto Diets and the almost magic they create for so many. They are offering a FREE viewing of the Keto Edge Summit for one week so don’t delay. Click here for more information
Lastly is the Ideal Protein Diet at Nutrition World.
The Ideal Protein Diet originated in Canada 20 plus years ago and is a totally supervised ketogenic system within Nutrition World. Nutrition World has coached over 1000 individuals over the past 10 years with an outstanding success rate of 96%! The Ideal Protein Diet does utilize a slightly different method of achieving Ketosis in regard to the fat, protein and carbohydrate levels.
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