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Keto

Ketogenic diet

 

The keto diet follows a more primal way of living, meaning that the macronutrient (protein, carbohydrates and fats) ratio is based on a high fat, moderate protein and very little carbohydrates. For example a ratio of 65/30/5 would mean that 65% of your calories are from fat, 30% are from protein and 5% are from carbohydrates.

Leading expert in primal eating Mark Sission says ‘Keto is the meal plan our ancestors thrived on for thousands of years, one which supported lean, strong and healthy bodies for both the men and women.’

Ketogenic diets allow us to be the fat burning machines we are genetically hardwired to be. Just like our early ancestors who thrived on good fats like seeds, nuts and animals for thousands of years. They didn’t have soda, potato chips or pasta, and as a result they were healthy finely tuned machines.

How does Keto work?

By increasing fat intake and reducing carbs the body goes into a state of ketosis, meaning the body will break down fatty acids to create ketone bodies which are then used as energy. This process allows the body to use fat as its main source of energy not sugar.

Why is being a fat burner better than a sugar burner?

When carbohydrates and sugars are consumed the body converts them into an energy source known as glycogen. This process spikes your insulin level. Why it this important? Because elevated levels of insulin and blood sugar promote fat absorption and fat storage. In short it prevents the release of fat as fuel, which means your is storing. Keto friendly foods do not cause the same spike insulin, which means your blood sugar levels remain constant.

Keto provides the best form of nutritional freedom since you do not have to eat every three hours to keep the engine burning and maintain high energy levels. Why? Good fats burn longer and more consistently than sugars do, as a result you will have a feeling of fullness long after eating. The same can’t be said for sugar where as little as 30 minutes after eating you can be  hungry again. This happens because empty calories like rice, pasta and bread do not provide the body with what it really needs.

Not all fat is created equal.

When referring to fats, we’re talking about healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, seeds, organic coconut oil, olive oil, bacon, sausage and fat dense fish like sardines and salmon. Not unhealthy fats like corn oils, vegetable oils, margarines, corn syrups, potato chips, and processed meats like hot dogs and cold cuts.