Why Convert to a  Ketogenic Lifestyle


Why is it that "low carb" diets work?  Have you noticed the increased popularity  and information about carbohydrate restricted diets over the last few years?  Do you need help with managing  your children's overweight  issues?  These answers are not as easy as it looks.  With obesity and poor eating habits being a constant challenge for many, it is my hope that I can offer hope and improved health for all who join me in this quest.
Sugar is in almost all the food we eat and reducing that intake will take time as you learn to pay attention to food labels and learn about what is in the food you are eating.   Also , having only healthy snacks in the home helps everyone achieve weight loss success.

A Healthy Lifestyle Begins With You. If you or family members need to lose weight, consider these Health Benefits of a Ketogenic Lifestyle.

1. Weight Loss 
2. Reduced Belly (Visceral) Fat
3. More Protein 
4. More (Good Healthy) Fat
5. Decreased Hunger 
6. More Stable Insulin Levels
7. Reduced Blood Sugar
8. Improved Cholesterol
9. Increased exercise tolerance as you lose weight
10. Reduced pain and inflammation in your body and joints

The worldwide prevalence of obesity more than doubled between 1980 and 2014. In 2013, 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. In 1890, only 3 people out of 100,000 had diabetes. In 2012, almost 8,000 out of every 100,000 people was diagnosed with diabetes! The increasing sugar and carbohydrates has risen substantially in our diets and is attributable to serious health issues like weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes  and many more.

Recent studies are indicating that the diet of choice is the LowCarb-HighFat (LCHF) diet or better known as the Ketogenic Diet. The ketogenic diet is not a diet it is a lifestyle change where rich natural fats, moderate protein and the elimination of sugar, and the restriction of carbohydrates (pasta, rice, breads) are employed. The diet is rich in whole diary, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats (butter, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil). The lifestyle also advocates the increase of healthy exercise.
Exercise is an Important Key.  Exercise is required.  It does not have to be prolonged or hard to do.  Simple exercises 3-4 times a week that the whole family can do will help graduate everyone to a more healthy lifestyle. Simply going for nature hikes, or exploring your neighbourhood via walking is free, simple and when done regularly you will start to notice others will see your efforts.  Challenge your neighbourhood and have a "Walk With US" sign around your neck.  You will be surprised how many people start joining you.  Not to mention how many friends you will meet in your neighbourhood. 

I can only speak to my own experience of weight loss of 40 pounds and 28 inches. Since being in ketosis I have a decrease in pain in my knees and hips, increased energy and I feel more mentally alert. Promoting this lifestyle was a decision not because of the weight loss I achieved but because I want to help others lose weight too.
Please visit my website that I am developing.  It is a work in progress but I change it often and always add new great recipes.  My website  has a few videos you can watch that talks about  ketosis and the ketogenic diet.  Also,  I  have great recipes for all the family to enjoy.   I am slowly adding information about physiology  and more information so that you can build your knowledge on the topic.  Order some ketonex for 28 days and some ketocream for 20 days . You won't believe the difference and no keto-flu.   My order website is:
            
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While the standard American diet contains 45-65% of calories from carbohydrate, ketogenic diets usually restrict carbohydrate intake to about 2-4% of calories. A typical ketogenic meal includes a moderate  amounts of protein, sources of natural fats (for example, butter, cream, olive oil, or coconut oil) and vegetables. The diet restricts the use of sugar, and most starches found in potatoes, rice, pasta and breads with flour.

There are many great ketogenic cookbooks out there available at (Coles, Amazon etc)  to help you make great food with coconut flour, or almond flour,  and substitutes that are amazingly delicious that everyone in the family will like. 
Yes it will take time to plan those meals.    Gets the kids involved making a healthy pizza crust made out of cauliflower...yep a vegetable and it is delicious !!  Let them decide what goes in the salad.  If you have several children....you will for sure never be bored with the variance in their individual tastes... be creative and let them have fun with, veges, fruits, cheese, nuts, and different dressings for the salads.   If you have a home, that vegetable garden comes in handy when you are a keto family.

Many people say to me that eating healthy costs more money, but my own personal experience has been the opposite.  I found I wasn't buying carbonated drinks, processed food or junk food which is expensive.  Once you convert your kitchen to have healthy choices, maintaining your kitchen and the diet becomes easier.  I always have an abundance of fresh cut up vegetables for munching and for use in the salads and lunches.   I also found it helpful to involve the children and ask them which recipes they liked and ask them what they want you to make again? 

Why Ketosis?

The human body needs energy to operate. That energy does not have to come from sugar or carbohydrates.   In the old days we have been taught that :Glucose is the primary fuel for most cells and organs in the body."  The body has an ability to store excess glucose in the form of glycogen.  During carbohydrate restriction, both proteins and fats can be used for energy. Brain cells and our cells can adapt and use ketones from fat breakdown for its energy needs.

Ketogenic diets usually induce weight loss. Insulin sensitivity is improved, and there may be some other metabolic advances as well. Low-carbohydrate diets and periodic fasting has become very popular worldwide.
When no carbohydrate is available, the liver will not break down fat completely. Instead, it produces ketone bodies that are used by most cells to provide energy.

When ketone bodies are produced more quickly than the body needs, ketone levels build up in the blood, resulting in a condition known as ketosis.    Ketone bodies are not only produced when the glycogen stores become depleted. Infact, ketone bodies are produced by the liver all the time.    Research indicates that the heart and kidneys prefer to use ketone bodies rather than glucose as a fuel resource. To dispose of excess ketone bodies, the body uses the kidneys to excrete them in urine, and they are exhaled from the lungs. During ketosis, ketones can easily be detected in the urine.

The hepatic generation of ketone bodies is the normal physiologic response to fasting. Mild ketosis generally develops after a 12- to 14-hour fast. This normal physiological response to varying degree of carbohydrate restriction or fasting is termed nutritional ketosis.

Many people say to me that eating healthy costs more money, but my own personal experience has been the opposite.  I found I wasn't buying carbonated drinks, processed food or junk food which is expensive.  Once you convert your kitchen to have healthy choices, maintaining it is easier.

For many of us, a ketogenic diet defies everything you’ve learned about diet and nutrition through the years. That’s why it may be a bit hard for many to accept. Coffee with butter, bacon, steak, cream and fat cheese. Only a small amount of fruit is permitted (preferable those with higher antioxidants like blueberries, raspberries, black berries, strawberries) . Many will say that such a diet defies common sense. But the fact is that Ketogenic diets have been tried and tested, and there really is no evidence of harm only goodness due to the balanced rich vegetable choices and healthy protein selections.