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Is The Ketogenic Diet Safe for People with Diabetes?
If youve been diagnosed with diabetes, chances are youre looking for simple yet effective ways to control your blood sugar. And, if at all possible, without the use of daily shots or medications.
As Ive mentioned in earlier blog posts, exercise is one of the best natural ways to manage blood glucose. But perhaps the most obvious way to keep blood sugar at a safe and consistent level without insulin is to pay special attention to what you eat. And, in the case of diabetes, limiting your carbohydrate intake may be the key.
What Is the Keto Diet?
At first glance the ketogenic (keto) diet may seem like a crazy idea for type 2 diabetics. After all, many patients are put on diets to help them lose weight. The keto diet is high in fat, but it is very low in carbs, and this combination can help change the way your body stores and uses energy. With this diet your body converts fat instead of sugar into energy, which can improve blood glucose levels while reducing the need for insulin.
Ketosis VS Ketoacidosis
Ketosis and ketoacidosis are two very different things, which are often confused. But its very important you understand the difference.
What is ketoacidosis?
Ketoacidosis (KA) is a life-threatening condition in which your body doesnt make enough insulin. This causes you to have dangerously high levels of ketones (substances occurring when the body uses fat stores for energy) and blood sugar. The combination of both makes your blood incredibly acidic, and this can, in turn, change the normal functioning of your internal organs such as your liver and kidneys. Patients suffering from ketoacidosis must get treatment immediately or they could slip into a coma and even die.
Ketoacidosis can develop in less than 24 hours and mostly occurs in people with type 1 diabetes. However, KA can also occur when type 2 diabetics do not manage their diet and insulin properly.
It gets a bit confusing when we talk about ketosis, which results from the ketogenic diet.
Ketosis is, in fact, a mild form of ketoacidosis, but is not harmful. When following a low-carbohydrate diet or fasting, your body naturally goes into ketosis. This is because your body has switched over and is now burning fat stores (in this instance, a good thing) instead of using sugar for fuel.
The main difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis is that with ketosis, you are making healthy choices that bring about the creation of ketones, but with ketoacidosis, your body is not working properly and the ketones in the blood are a sign of trouble.
Understanding the Ketogenic Diet
The goal of the ketogenic diet is to have the body use fat for energy instead of carbohydrates or glucose. In order for diabetics on this diet to have enough energy, they increase their fat intake. While they still get a little energy from proteins and carbs, the majority of fuel comes from stored fat and then eventually fats from foods.
Its important to talk about the kinds of fats diabetics should be eating. With this diet, people should increase their consumption of heart healthy foods, not saturated fats. Some healthy foods that are commonly eaten in the ketogenic diet include:
Are there potential dangers on the ketogenic diet?
Though the ketogenic diet is quite safe and even beneficial for diabetics, there is sometimes a chance a patient can develop diabetic ketoacidosis. Anytime you change your bodys primary energy source from carbohydrates to fat, your blood becomes flush with those ketones we talked about. And, anytime there are too many ketones, there is a potential risk for developing ketoacidosis. However, this is most likely to occur in those with type 1 diabetes. It can still happen in individuals with type 2 diabetes, although is it quite rare.
The warning signs of DKA include:
If youre on the ketogenic diet, its a good idea to test your ketone levels to make sure you are not at risk for developing diabetic ketoacidosis. There are at home urine strips that will help you do this.
Monitoring Your Diabetes
While the ketogenic diet is straightforward, it does require careful monitoring. You should begin by having your doctor check your blood glucose and ketone levels. Once youve been on the diet for some time and your body has adjusted to using fat for fuel, its still a good idea to see your doctor once a month for testing and to determine if your medications need any adjustments. And, even though you will most likely see your symptoms improve on this diet, be sure to regularly monitor your blood glucose at home, ideally before and after meals.
I am a big fan of the ketogenic diet and many of my patients have had huge success on it. Having said that, its not necessarily for everyone. This should be looked at as a long-term strategy, not a short one. Some people simply find the dietary restrictions too difficult to commit to. Since yo-yo dieting is bad for everyone, and can be downright dangerous for diabetics, you should only begin the ketogenic diet if you feel you can stick to it.
As always, I encourage you to speak to your own doctor about whether or not this diet may be right for you. And, if you decide to go for it, be sure to check in with your doctor regularly to make sure your body is responding well. Those patients who do respond well to the diet will be rewarded with less symptoms and may even be able to completely get off of their medications.
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Unlike many fad diets that come and go with very limited rates of long-term success, the ketogenic diet (or keto diet) has been practiced for more thannine decades(since the 1920s) and is based upon a solid understanding of physiology and nutrition science.
The keto diet works for such a high percentage of people because it targets several key, underlying causes of weight gain including hormonal imbalances, especially insulin resistance coupled with high blood sugar levels, and the cycle of restricting and binging on empty calories due to hunger that so many dieters struggle with. Yet thats not a problem with whatson the keto diet food list.
What is the keto diet? Rather than relying on counting calories, limiting portion sizes, resorting to extreme exercise or requiring lots of willpower (even in the face of drastically low energy levels), this low-carb diet takes an entirely different approach to weight loss and health improvements. It works because it changes the very fuel source that the body uses to stay energized: namely, from burning glucose (or sugar) to dietary fat, courtesy ofketo diet recipes and the food list items, including high-fat, low-carb foods.
Making that switch will place your body in a state of ketosis, when your body becomes a fat burner rather than a sugar burner. The steps, or keto basics, are surprising simple:
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The classic ketogenic diet is a very low-carb diet plan that was originally designed in the 1920s for patients with epilepsy by researchers working atJohns Hopkins Medical Center. (1) Researchers found that fasting avoiding consumption of all foods for a brief period of time (such as with intermittent fasting), including those that provide carbohydrates helped reduce the amount of seizures patients suffered, in addition to having other positive effects on body fat, blood sugar, cholesterol and hunger levels. (2)
Unfortunately, long-term fasting is not a feasible option for more than a few days, therefore the keto diet was developed to mimic the same beneficial effects of fasting. Essentially it works by tricking the body into thinking it is fasting (while reaping intermittent fasting benefits), through a strict elimination of glucose that is found in carbohydrate foods. Today the standard keto diet goes by several different names, including the low-carbohydrate or very-low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet(LCKD or VLCKD for short).
At the core of the classic keto diet is severely restricting intake of all or most foods with sugar and starch (carbohydrates). These foods are broken down into sugar (insulin and glucose) in our blood once we eat them, and if these levels become too high, extra calories are much more easily stored as body fat andresults in unwanted weight gain. However, when glucose levels are cut off due to low-carb intake, the body starts to burn fat instead and produces ketones thatcan be measured in the blood (using urine strips, for example).
Keto diets, like most low carb diets, work through the elimination of glucose. Because most folks live on a high carb diet, our bodies normally run on glucose (or sugar) for energy. We cannot make glucose and only have about 24 hours worth stored in our muscle tissue and liver. Once glucose is no longer available from food sources, we begin to burn stored fat instead, or fat from our food.
Therefore, when youre following a ketogenic diet,your body is burning fat for energy rather than carbohydrates, so in the process most people lose weight and excess body fat rapidly, even when consuming lots of fat and adequate calories through their daily food intake. Another major benefit of the keto diet is that theres no need to count calories, feel hungry or attempt to burn loads of calories through hours of intense exercise.
In some ways, its similar to the Atkins diet, which similarly booststhe bodys fat-burning abilities through eatingonly low-carb foods, along with getting ridof foods high in carbs and sugar. Removing glucose from carbohydrate foods will causethe body to burn fat for energy instead. The major differences between the classic keto and the Atkins diet is the former emphasizes healthier fats, less overall protein and noprocessed meat(such as bacon) while having more research to back up its efficacy.
In fact, those differences with Atkins outline some of the popularketo diet myths, such as it being another high-protein plan, recommending any type of fat and that barely any science research backs up the benefits. These are nutrition lies, plain and simple.
Ketosis is the result of following the standard ketogenic diet, which is why its also sometimes called the ketosis diet. This takes place when glucose fromcarbohydrate foods(like grains, all sources of sugar or fruit, for example) is drastically reduced, which forces the body to find an alternative fuel source: fat. This state can also be achieved by multiple days of total fasting, but that isnt sustainable beyond a few days. (Its why some keto diet plans combine intermittent fasting or IMF with the keto diet for greater weight loss effects.)
Although dietary fat (especiallysaturated fat) often gets a bad name, provoking fear of weight gain and heart disease, its also your bodys second preferred source of energy when carbohydrates are not easily accessible.
In the absence of glucose, which is normally used by cells as a quick source of energy, the body starts to burn fat and produces ketone bodies instead. Once ketone levels in the blood rise to a certain point, you enter into a state of ketosis which usually results in quick and consistent weight loss until you reach a healthy, stable body weight. See this keto diet review, a before and after trying keto for 30 days.
To sum up a complex process, you reach this fat burning state when the the liver breaks down fat into fatty acids and glycerol, through a process called beta-oxidation. There are three primary types of ketone bodies that are water-soluble molecules produced in the liver: acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone.
The body then further breaks down these fatty acids into an energy-rich substance called ketones thatcirculate through the bloodstream. Fatty acid molecules are broken down through the process called ketogenesis, and a specific ketone body called acetoacetate is formed which supplies energy.
The end result is staying fueled off of circulating high ketones (which are also sometimes called ketone bodies) which is whats responsible foraltering your metabolismin a way that some people like to say turns you into a fat-burning machine.Both in terms of how it feels physically and mentally, along with the impact it has on the body, being in ketosis is very different than a glycolytic state, where blood glucose (sugar) serves as the bodys energy source.
So, is ketosis bad for you? Absolutely not. If anything, its the reverse. Many consider burning ketones to be a much cleaner way to stay energized compared to running on carbs and sugar day in and day out.
And remember, this state is not to be confused withketoacidosis, which isa serious diabetes complication when the body produces excess ketones (or blood acids).
The goal is to keep you in this fat-burning metabolic state, in which you will lose weight until you reach your ideal set point.Some research suggests this may be a novel approach to reverse diabetes naturally.
Heres how the keto diet works:
Wondering how many carb foods you can eat and still be in ketosis? The traditional ketogenic diet,created for those with epilepsy consisted of getting about 75 percent of calories from sources of fat (such as oils or fattier cuts of meat), 5 percent from carbohydrates and 20 percent from protein. For most people a less strict version (what I call a modified keto diet) can still help promote weight loss in a safe, and often very fast, way.
In order to transition and remain in this state, aiming for about 3050 net grams is typically the recommended amount of total carbs to start with. This is considered a more moderate or flexible approach but can be less overwhelming to begin with.Once youre more accustomed to eating keto, you can choose to lower carbs even more if youd like (perhaps only from time to time), down to about 20 grams of net carbs daily. This is considered the standard, strict amount that many keto dieters aim to adhere to for best results, but remember that everyone is a bit different.
Once ketone levels in the blood rise to a certain point, you officially enter into a state of ketosis. This state results in fairly rapidand consistent weight loss until you reach a healthier (and stable)body weight. Overall, people enter into this state at different rates, usually after 34 days of fasting or following a very low-carbohydrate diet (20 grams of net carbs or less) that forces the need for an alternative energy source. (3)
The process occurswhen the liver breaks down fat into fatty acids and glycerol a process called beta-oxidation. In particular, three primary types of ketone bodies that are water-soluble molecules are produced: acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone.
Rather than drawing energy from glucose, you stay fueled off of these circulating ketonesor ketone bodies essentially, burning fat for fuel. This is the principalgoal of the ketogenic diet, which can be achieved by adhering toa very low-carbohydrate, high-fat food list withonly moderate amounts of protein.
The optimal state is reached when they body stays in that state for at least a few weeks, when any type of side effects diminish greatly while the benefits are more pronounced with the body becoming a fat burner.
Here are examples of high-fat, low-carb foods on the keto diet food list:
On the other hand, the types of foods youll avoid eating on the keto, low-carb food plan are likely the same ones you are, or previously were, accustomed to getting lots of your daily calories from before starting this way of eating. This includes items like fruit, processed foods or drinks high in sugar, those made with any grains or white/wheat flour, conventional dairy products, desserts, and many other high-carb foods (especially those that are sources of empty calories).
On a keto diet, weight loss can often be substantial and happen quickly (especially for those who start out very overweight or obese). The 2013 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that those following a keto diet achieved better long-term body weight and cardiovascular risk factor management when compared with individuals assigned to a conventional low-fat diet (i.e. a restricted-energy diet with less than 30 percent of energy from fat).(4)
A 2014 keto diet review published in the International Journal of EnvironmentalResearch & Public Healthstates:
One of the most studied strategies in the recent years for weight loss is the ketogenic diet. Many studies have shown that this kind of nutritional approach has a solid physiological and biochemical basis and is able to induce effective weight loss along with improvement in several cardiovascular risk parameters. (5)
In part, keto diet weight loss is a real thing because high-fat, low-carb diets can both help diminish hunger and boost weight loss through their hormonal effects. As described above, when we eat very little foods that supply us with carbohydrates, we release less insulin. With lower insulin levels, the body doesnt store extra energy in the form of fat for later use, and instead is able to reach into existing fat stores for energy.
Keto diets are high in healthy fats and protein also tend to be very filling, which can help reduce overeating of empty calories, sweets and junk foods. (6a) For most people eating a healthy low-carb diet, its easy to consume an appropriate amount of calories, but not too many, since things like sugary drinks, cookies, bread, cereals, ice cream or other desserts and snack bars are off-limits.
Often caused by lymph node removal or damage due to cancer treatment, lymphedema occurs because theres a blockage in the lymphatic system and results in the swelling in leg or arm. A 2017 study involved patients who suffered from obesity andlymphedema and who embarked on a 18-week ketogenic diet. Weight and limb volume was significantly reduced. (6b)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder, and it affects women of reproductive age. Symptoms include obesity, hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. A pilot study took 11 women through 24 weeks of a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet (20 grams or less per day). Among the five who completed the study, they lost 12 percent of their weight on average and reduced fasting insulin by 54 percent. Additionally, two women who previously experienced infertility problems became pregnant. (6c)
This process of burning fat provides more benefits than simply helping us to shed extra weight it also helps control the release of hormones like insulin, which plays a role in development of diabetes and other health problems. When we eat carbohydrates, insulin is released as a reaction to elevated blood glucose (an increase in sugar circulating in our blood) and insulin levels rise. Insulin is a storage hormone thatsignals cells to store as much available energy as possible, initially as glycogen (aka stored carbohydrates in our muscles) and then as body fat.
The keto diet works by eliminating carbohydrates from the your daily intake and keeping the bodys carbohydrate stores almost empty, therefore preventing too much insulin from being released following food consumption and creating normal blood sugar levels. This can help reverse insulin resistance, which is the underlying problem contributing to diabetes symptoms.In studies, low-carb diets have shown benefits for improvingblood pressure, postprandial glycemia and insulin secretion.(7) Therefore, diabetics on insulin should contact their medical provider prior to starting a ketogenic diet, however, as insulin dosages may need to be adjusted.
The keto diet can reduce the risk of heart disease markers, including high cholesterol and triglycerides. (8) In fact, the keto diet is unlikely to negatively impact your cholesterol levels despite being so high in fat. Moreover, its capable of lowering cardiovascular disease risk factors, especially in those who are obese. (9)
One study, for example, found that adhering to the ketogenic diet and keto diet foods list for 24 weeks resulted in decreased levels of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood glucose in a significant percentage of patients, while at the same time increasing the level of HDL cholesterol. (10)
Certain studies suggest that keto diets may starve cancer cells. A highly processed, pro-inflammatory, low-nutrient foods can feed cancer cells causing them to proliferate. Whats the connection between high-sugar consumption and cancer?The regular cells found in our bodies are able to use fat for energy, but its believed that cancer cells cannot metabolically shift to use fat rather than glucose. (11)
There are several medical studies such as two conducted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center for the University of Iowa, and the National Institutes of HealthsNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, for example that show the ketogenic diet is an effective treatment for cancerand other serious health problems. (12)
Therefore, a keto diet that eliminates excess refined sugar and other processed carbohydrates may be effective in reducing or fighting cancer. Its not a coincidence that some of the best cancer-fighting foods are on the keto diet food list.
Over the past century, ketogenic diets have also been used as natural remedies to treat and even help reverse neurological disorders and cognitive impairments, including epilepsy, Alzheimers symptoms, manic depression and anxiety. Research shows that cutting off glucose levels with a very low-carb diet makes your body produce ketones for fuel. This change can help to reverse neurological disorders and cognitive impairment, including inducing seizure control. The brain is able to use this alternative source of energy instead of the cellular energy pathways that arent functioning normally in patients with brain disorders.
A related clinical diet fordrug-resistant epilepsy is called the medium-chain triglyceride ketogenic diet, in which MCT oil is extensively used because its more ketogenic than long-chain triglycerides. (13a) Another dietary therapy for epilepsy called Low Glycemic Index Treatment (LGIT) was developed in 2002 as an alternative to the keto diet. LGIT monitors the total amount of carbohydrates consumed daily, and focuses on carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index.) (13b)
Clinical improvement was observed in Alzheimers patients fed a ketogenic diet, and this was marked by improved mitochondrial function. (14a) In fact, a European Journal of Clinical Nutrition study pointed to emerging data that suggested the therapeutic use of ketogenic diets for multiple neurological disorders beyond epilepsy and Alzheimers, including headaches, neurotrauma, Parkinsons disease, sleep disorders, brain cancer, autism and multiple sclerosis. (14b)
The report goes on to say that while these various diseases are clearly different from each other, the ketogenic diet appears to be so effective for neurological problems because of its neuroprotective effect as the keto appears to correct abnormalities in cellular energy usage, which is a common characteristic in many neurological disorders.
In mouse models, a study showed that a keto diet could slow disease progression for both ALS and Huntingtons diseases.In fact, more than one animal study has discovered a potential benefits of the low carb, high fat diet or intermittent fasting in delaying weight loss, managing glucose and protecting neurons from injury. (14c,14d)
Interestingly, its also been shown to slow disease progression in mouse models of both ALS and Huntingtons diseases.
Researchers believe that the ketogenic diet can also help patients with schizophrenia to normalize the pathophysiological processes that are causing symptoms like delusions, hallucinations, lack of restraint and unpredictable behavior. One study found that the keto diet lead to elevated concentrations of kynurenic acid (KYNA) in the hippocampus and striatum, which promotes neuroactive activity. Some studies even point to the elimination of gluten as a possible reason for improved symptoms, as researchers observed that patients with schizophrenia tended to eat more carbohydrates immediately before a psychotic episode. (15)
Although the exact role of the keto diet in mental and brain disorders is unclear, there has been proof of its efficacy in patients with schizophrenia. And, to boot, it works to reverse many conditions that develop as a side effect of conventional medications for brain disorders, like weight gain, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risks. More research is needed to understand the role of the ketogenic diet in treating or improving schizophrenia, as the current available studies are either animal studies or case studies, but the benefits of a low carbohydrate, high fat diet in neurology is promising.
Now, theres even evidence that a low-carb, high-fat regimen (as the keto diet is) helps you live longer, compared to a low-fat diet. In a study by the medical journal The Lancet that studied more than 135,000 adults from 18 countries, high carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality. Total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction or cardiovascular disease mortality.
In fact,saturated fatintake had aninverse associationwith the risk for suffering from a stroke, meaning the more saturated fat someone is consuming on a daily basis, the more protection against having a stroke they seemed to have. (16a)
The keto diet also appears to help induce autophagy, which helps clear damaged cells from the body, including senescent cells that serve no functional purpose but still linger inside tissues and organs. In animal studies when rats are put on the ketogenic diet, autophagic pathways are created that reduce brain injury during and after seizures. (16b)
In fact, inducing autophagy is now a popular biohacking technique for helping remove signs of aging poorly and keto is one way to get there.
If youre new or just still learning the ropes, your biggest questions probably revolve around figuring out just what high-fat low-carb foodsyou can eat on such a low-carb, ketogenic diet. Overall, remember that the bulk of calories on the keto diet are from foods thatare high in natural fats along with a moderate amount of foods with protein. Those that are severely restricted are all foods that provide lots of carbs, even kinds that are normally thought of as healthy, like whole grains, for example.
The biggest shifts in your daily habits will be how you food shop and how you cook, and recipes that are ketogenic need to be followed rather than just low-carb. You will require the healthy fats in order to get into ketosis and have enough energy without the carbs. And you will be considerably more energetic and healthier when cooking your own keto-friendly food rather than buying supposedly keto foods off the shelf.
Therefore, make sure you understand the keto diet rules and start stocking up with the keto grocery list.
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Most healthy fats contain zero net carbs, especially the kinds listed below, which also have other health advantages. (17) Fats should be included in high amounts with every meal throughout the day.
Animal proteins (meat, fish, etc.) have very little, if any, carbs. You can consume them in moderate amounts as needed to control hunger. Overall, choose fattier cuts of meat rather than leaner ones. For example, chicken thighs and legs are preferable to chicken breasts because they contain much more fat. Weve got quick keto diet chicken recipes to help.
Dairy products should be limited as well, to only now and then due to containing natural sugars. Higher fat, hard cheeses have the least carbs, while low-fat milk and soft cheeses have much more.
Most condiments below range from 0.52 net carb grams per 12 tablespoon serving. Check ingredient labels to make sure added sugar is not included, which will increase net carbs. (Stevia anderythritol will become your go-to sweeteners because neither raise your blood sugar combine for a more natural sweet taste and, remember, a little goes a long way!)
Consume the unsweetened drinks below only moderately, having just 12 small servings per day. These will typically contain between 17 net carb grams per serving.
One teaspoon of sugar has about 4 net grams of carbs, while every tablespoon has about 12 net grams.
One slice of bread, or small serving of grains, can have anywhere from 1030 net grams of carbs! Cereals and cooked grains typically have 1535 grams per 1/4 cup uncooked, depending on the kind.
Most fruits simply contain too many carbs and can prevent you from reaching your goals if you eat them. So when on keto, stay away from especially the sweet fruits like mangoes, papayas, bananas, oranges and apples.
As you can see above, theres a surprising number of approved keto foods, especially for such a high-fat diet. The keto diet menu centers around healthy fats, grass-fed meats, non-starchy vegetables and fat-based fruit (avocado).
So what are some keto lunch ideas? I suggest you visitmy page on keto diet recipes as well as keto diet snacks(including fat bombs!), in order to get started the right way on a ketogenic meal plan!
As you will see, simple keto meals begins with the healthy fat consideration first, making sure plenty of low-starch veggies surround the fat along with a moderate protein source. Wild-caught salmon, as a high-fat fish, is a perfect keto choice, and easy keto meals can be a fatty cut of healthy protein like salmon or lamb served with plenty of green veggies.
For a keto diet breakfast, the egg is often the perfect main ingredient because of its status of a filling, healthy fat. For a quick keto breakfast, you may choose a keto smoothie using a keto protein powder. Use an approved keto fruit like frozen blueberries and some coconut milk, and then you have a delicious start to your day.
For more keto meal ideas, go to the recipe section on this site and search diet type by ketogenic and youll see hundreds of options.
A common question is: Can the keto diet be followed if youre a vegan or vegetarian? With keto, its actually less challenging than most diets, as there is limited emphasis on animal products and instead more plant-based healthy fats than other eating plans.
The key for a vegetarian or vegan keto diet isswapping your starchy veggies for low-carb vegetarian options and also be sure to get in a hearty dose of healthy fats and protein.
Whats the difference between a vegan and vegetarian keto diet? Unlike vegetarians, vegans are more restricted in their use of animal products. While both options eliminate meat entirely, vegetarians can include non-meat animal foods like eggs, grass-fed butter and ghee to help meet their protein and fat needs while vegans rely solely on plant products such as nuts, seeds and veggies.
Another common question: is it possible to have a vegan pregnancy on a keto diet? Absolutely, but as discussed below, it may be important to follow a keto-alkaline diet to maintain proper pH balance.
When youre out and about, is it possible to stay on your new keto diet? At most restaurants, yes, its usually easy to follow the keto diet rules above when you order.
Forketo fast food options, it gets a little trickier, as in general I dont support eating fast food because of low-quality ingredients, processed foods, cheap oils, etc. However, the fast casual space, in places like Chipotle and Panera, better food (even organic and/or locally sourced) is available.
Keto-friendly fast food means buns, fries, breaded meats and shakes are off the menu. On the menu? Best of all are salads with healthy fats like avocado, nuts and seeds. Lettuce-wrapped burgers, soups and zucchini noodle bowls are also allowed.
Although a standard ketogenic diet is even more restrictive in terms of carb intake, a moderate keto diet (just as some folks have followed a modified Atkins diet with options like a carb cycling diet) is another option that will very likely still be able to provide substantial weight loss results and other improvements in symptoms. Including slightly more carbs can be very useful for maintenance, allow for more flexibility, provide a higher fiber intake, and overall may feel more sustainable long-term socially and psychologically.
Be aware that its not uncommon to experience some negative reactions and side effects when transitioning into this way of eating. Although not everyone, some people will experience flu-like symptoms, often referred to as the keto flu, but which usually subside within a couple of weeks.
According to Anna Cabeca, MD, a double board-certified Ob-Gyn, traditional keto diets usually miss the important factor of restoring alkalinity. For many, especially when undergoing the keto diet plan for women, the key is to reach an alkaline pH first before beginning keto in order to prevent feeling agitated, anxious, uncomfortable or overly hungry.
Therefore, she combines the concept of an alkaline and ketogenic diet, and her clients and patients experience weight loss, improved blood sugar control, better quality sleep and reduced menopause symptoms like hot flashes or night sweats.
To help you overcome these keto flu symptoms, here are several steps to try taking:
Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic, clinical nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine. Hes author of the books Eat Dirt, Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine and the upcoming Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones and Reverse Disease (Little Brown & Co., February 2019). Hes also a co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, a health company where the mission is to restore health, strength and vitality by providing historys healthiest whole food nutrients to the modern world.
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A balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. To get the proper nutrition from your diet, you should consume the majority of your daily calories in:
The number of calories in a food is a measurement of the amount of energy stored in that food. Your body uses calories from food for walking, thinking, breathing, and other important functions.
The average person needs to eat about 2,000 calories every day to maintain their weight. However, a persons specific daily calorie intake can vary depending on their age, gender, and physical activity level. Men generally need more calories than women, and people who exercise need more calories than people who dont.
The following examples of daily calorie intake are based on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines:
The source of your daily calories is just as important as the number of calories you consume. You should limit your consumption of empty calories, meaning those that provide little or no nutritional value. The USDA defines empty calories as calories that come from sugars and solid fats, such as butter and shortening.
According to the USDA, Americans consume empty calories most often in:
At the core of a balanced diet are foods that are low in unnecessary fats and sugars and high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. The following food groups are essential parts of a balanced diet.
Besides being a great source of nutrition, fruits make tasty snacks. Choose fruits that are in season in your area. Theyre fresher and provide the most nutrients.
Fruits are high in sugar. This sugar is natural, though, so fruit can still be a better choice for you than other foods with added sugar. If youre watching your sugar intake or have a condition such as diabetes, you may want to opt for low-sugar fruits. Read on to learn about the 11 best low-sugar fruits, from citrus to peaches. People who are watching their carbohydrate intake may reach for fruits such as melons and avocadoes.
Vegetables are primary sources of essential vitamins and minerals. Dark, leafy greens generally contain the most nutrition and can be eaten at every meal. Eating a variety of vegetables will help you obtain the bountiful nutrients that all vegetables provide.
Examples of dark leafy greens include:
According to the USDA, Americans consume refined white flour more than any other grain. Refined white flour has poor nutritional value because the hull of the grain, or outer shell, is removed during the refining process. The hull is where the majority of the grains nutrition lies.
Whole grains, however, are prepared using the entire grain, including the hull. They provide much more nutrition. Try switching from white breads and pastas to whole-grain products.
Meats and beans are primary sources of protein, a nutrient that is essential for proper muscle and brain development. Lean, low-fat meats such as chicken, fish, and certain cuts of pork and beef are the best options. Removing the skin and trimming off any visible fat are easy ways to reduce the amount of fat and cholesterol in meats. The health and diet of the animal are important and influence the fatty acid profile of the meat, so grass-fed choices are ideal.
Nuts and beans are good sources of protein and contain many other health benefits, as well as fiber and other nutrients. Try to eat:
Tofu, tempeh, and other soy-based products are excellent sources of protein and are healthy alternatives to meat.
Dairy products provide calcium, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients. However, theyre also major sources of fat, so it may be best to choose small portions of full-fat cheeses, and reduced-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. Plant-based milks, such as those made from flaxseed, almonds, or soy are typically fortified with calcium and other nutrients, making them excellent alternatives to dairy from cows.
Oils should be used sparingly. Opt for low-fat and low-sugar versions of products that contain oil, such as salad dressing and mayonnaise. Good oils, such as olive oil, can replace fattier vegetable oil in your diet. Avoid deep-fried foods because they contain many empty calories.
The USDA has an online checklist that can help you determine how much of each food group you should consume daily.
Besides adding certain foods to your diet, you should also reduce your consumption of certain substances to maintain a balanced diet and healthy weight. These include:
If you have questions about your diet or feel that you need to lose weight or change your eating habits, schedule an appointment with your doctor or a dietitian. They can suggest dietary changes that will help you get the nutrition you need while promoting your overall health.
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Balanced Diet: What Is It and How to Achieve It
Posted: December 6, 2018 at 7:41 am
When it comes to “the best diet to lose weight” (also known as a “cutting diet”), you’ll get A LOT of suggestions as to which diet to lose weight fast you should follow. However, the truth is that whether it’s keto, intermittent fasting, paleo, and so on, all of these diets work by making it easier for you to eat at a calorie deficit. These diets don’t have a “secret” fat loss effect which has been proven time and time again in the literature. Simply meaning that the best weight loss diet or the best diet for abs for example is the one that you can adhere to the best. However, weight loss is one thing and fat loss is a whole other variable which is MUCH more important when it comes to improving your physique. When it comes to optimizing the best fat loss diet, you need to pay attention to how much protein,fats, and carbs you’re ingesting on a daily basis. I go through how to optimize each of these factors to create the best fat burning diet in my video. I also show a daily nutrition/meal plan (full day of eating) for fat loss with various examples/macros of what I personally eat on a daily basis.
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The Best Science-Based Diet for Fat Loss (ALL MEALS SHOWN!)
Posted: December 6, 2018 at 7:41 am
What is cholesterol?
Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries and narrow or even block them. This puts you at risk for coronary artery disease and other heart diseases.
There are two main types of cholesterol. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol. A high LDL level leads to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. HDL is the “good” cholesterol. It carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Then your liver removes the cholesterol from your body.
The treatments for high cholesterol are heart-healthy lifestyle changes and medicines. The lifestyle changes include healthy eating, weight management, and regular physical activity.
Heart-healthy lifestyle changes include a diet to lower your cholesterol. The DASH eating plan is one example. Another is the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet, which recommends that you
Choose healthier fats.You should limit both total fat and saturated fat. No more than 25 to 35 percent of your daily calories should come from dietary fats, and less than 7 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fat. Depending upon how many calories you eat per day, here are the maximum amounts of fats that you should eat:
Saturated fat is a bad fat because it raises your LDL (bad cholesterol) level more than anything else in your diet. It is found in some meats, dairy products, chocolate, baked goods, and deep-fried and processed foods.
Trans fat is another bad fat; it can raise your LDL and lower you HDL (good cholesterol). Trans fat is mostly in foods made with hydrogenated oils and fats, such as stick margarine, crackers, and french fries.
Instead of these bad fats, try healthier fats, such as lean meat, nuts, and unsaturated oils like canola, olive, and safflower oils.
Limit foods with cholesterol. If you are trying to lower your cholesterol, you should have less than 200 mg a day of cholesterol. Cholesterol is in foods of animal origin, such as liver and other organ meats, egg yolks, shrimp, and whole milk dairy products.
Eat plenty of soluble fiber. Foods high in soluble fiber help prevent your digestive tract from absorbing cholesterol. These foods include
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can increase important cholesterol-lowering compounds in your diet. These compounds, called plant stanols or sterols, work like soluble fiber.
Eat fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These acids won’t lower your LDL level, but they may help raise your HDL level. They may also protect your heart from blood clots and inflammation and reduce your risk of heart attack. Fish that are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, tuna (canned or fresh), and mackerel. Try to eat these fish two times a week.
Limit salt. You should try to limit the amount of sodium (salt) that you eat to no more than 2,300 milligrams (about 1 teaspoon of salt) a day. That includes all the sodium you eat, whether it was added in cooking or at the table, or already present in food products. Limiting salt won’t lower your cholesterol, but it can lower your risk of heart diseases by helping to lower your blood pressure. You can reduce your sodium by instead choosing low-salt and “no added salt” foods and seasonings at the table or while cooking.
Limit alcohol. Alcohol adds extra calories, which can lead to weight gain. Being overweight can raise your LDL level and lower your HDL level. Too much alcohol can also increase your risk of heart diseases because it can raise your blood pressure and triglyceride level. One drink is a glass of wine, beer, or a small amount of hard liquor, and the recommendation is that
Nutrition labels can help you figure out how much fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, fiber, and sodium is in the foods that you buy.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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Posted: December 5, 2018 at 1:47 pm
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Posted: November 28, 2018 at 7:42 pm
Downloadthe NHS weight loss guide our free12-weekdiet and exercise plan.
The plan, which hasbeen downloaded more than4 million times,is designed tohelp you lose weight safely andkeep it off.
The plan is designed to help you lose weight at a safe rate of 0.5kg to 1kg (1lb to 2lb) each week by sticking to a daily calorie allowance.
For most men, thismeans sticking to acalorie limit of no more than 1,900kcal a day, and 1,400kcal for most women.
If you find it hard sticking to the calorie limit, use our BMI calculator to getyour ownpersonal weight losscalorie allowance.
If you go over your limit one day, don’t worry: it simply means you’ll have to reduce your calorie intake on the following days.
For example, if you’re a woman and you have 1,700kcal on Tuesday, that’s 300kcal more than your daily calorie allowance of 1,400kcal.
To stay on track, you’d need to cut out an extra 300kcal from your remaining calorie intake over the rest of the week.
The calorie allowance is based on NICEguidance, which states that to lose weight, the average person should reduce their daily calorie intake by 600kcal.
The guide is delivered through 12 weekly information packs full of diet, healthy eating and physical activity advice, including weekly challenges.
Each informationguidecontains a food and activity chart (view sample PDF, 545kb) to help you record your calories, exercise and weight loss so you can see how well you’re doing at a glance.
Printthe chart outand stick it somewhereyou can see it, such as the fridge or a kitchen cupboard, and update it at the end of each day.
In addition to a healthier diet, regular physical activity is an important component of your weight loss journey.
Not only will it help you burn extra calories, but it will also keep you motivatedand improve your general health and wellbeing.
As you work through the weeks, you’llget lots ofideas and structured programmes to help you get active, fromeasy ways togradually build activity into your day,tothe popular Couch to 5K,5K+and Strength and Flexpodcasts.
The links below provide the tools and knowledge you’ll need from day one on the plan. Before you download Week 1, it’s worth taking a look so you can:
This guide is intended for use by healthy adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 and over. Find out if you need to lose weight using the BMI healthy weight calculator.
It is not suitable for children and young people or pregnant women. If you have a medical condition, you should consult your GP before starting.
It’s a good idea to seek the advice of a health professional before starting on any weight loss programme.
The NHS Choices weight lossguide has been developed under the supervision and advice of specialist dietitians from the British Dietetic Association, which represents registered dietitians in the UK. Thanks to dietitians at DOM UK (Dietitians in Obesity Management), a specialist group of the British Dietetic Association.
Page last reviewed: 05/12/2016Next review due: 05/12/2019
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Posted: November 28, 2018 at 3:42 am
hGH Replacement Therapy has been a popular Anti-Aging and performance enhancing treatment since as early as 1990, but unfortunately, use of hGH does not come without risks.
Sermorelin Acetate has become a popular alternative as it enables you to obtain the benefits of hGH Therapy, without the associated risks.
This article looks more closely at the benefits of Sermorelin injections as a hGH alternative and the cost associated with it.
To begin with, it is a good idea to have an understanding of what Sermorelin Acetate is and what role it plays when administered via injection.
Scientifically Sermorelin acetate is referred to as growth hormone releasing factor 129 NH2-acetate, this is because it is a peptide which contains the first 29 amino acids that make up growth hormone produced in our bodies.
This contributes to Sermorelins function as a growth hormone secretagogue (a substance which causes another substance to be secreted Wikipedia) in this case, the substance whose secretion is promoted is growth hormone.
For this reason, Sermorelin is often also referred to as an hGH stimulator and is considered an excellent alternative to hGH.
One important thing to understand about Sermorelin is that it promotes healthy function of the pituitary (the gland responsible for our bodys production of hGH) during the aging process.
This is a far cry from aggressive administration of hGH which can, in fact, negatively impact normal pituitary function.
Another distinct advantage of using Sermorelin instead of hGH is the cost involved.
hGH typically costs $1000+ per month of treatment, Sermorelin is a much more affordable option with 3 months treatment of Sermorelin costing significantly less than just one month on hGH.
In fact, Sermorelin is available at as low as $290 per month for a 9mg vial.
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Besides the obvious advantages of Sermorelin injections detailed above, you may want to know how you can benefit from using this therapy.
Perhaps the easiest way to understand the potential benefits of hGh replacement therapy is to look at the symptoms of hGH decline and the effect hGH replacement has on those symptoms.
These are detailed below:
Changes in body composition due to decreasing levels of hGH are reflected by a decrease in lean body mass (muscle) and an increase in fat mass.
Correcting hGH levels has been shown to reverse this state by improving muscle mass and reducing fat.
Research indicates that hGH deficiency in adults contributes to a reduction in bone density and therefore increased risk of osteoporosis.
It has also been shown that hGH replacement therapy for greater than 12 months results in improved bone mineral density and hence, lower risk of osteoporosis.
Due to changes in body composition detailed above, muscle strength is understandably compromised. As hGH therapy corrects body composition and improves muscle mass, muscle strength also improves.
The best results are gained after 12 months of hGH therapy.
By improving bone mineral density and increasing muscle mass and strength, hGH therapy can help to prevent joint deterioration that is a feature of arthritis.
Optimal growth hormone levels are also essential for health of connective tissue such as the Synovium found in joints.
Exercise performance is reduced in individuals with growth hormone deficiency. This appears to be partially due to reductions in bone density and muscle mass but also in part due to a reduction in oxygen uptake.
hGH therapy for 6 months has been shown to improve exercise performance by improving muscle mass and also oxygen uptake
There is evidence of a greater risk of heart disease in individuals with growth hormone deficiency and it has been hypothesized that this is due to a greater propensity to develop premature atherosclerosis (a build-up of plaque inside the arteries which increases risk of heart attack and stroke).
Growth hormone deficiency also results in changes in heart size and function. These changes have been demonstrated to be reversed after 6 months hGH therapy.
Growth hormone deficiency results in a reduced resting metabolism and replacement therapy reverses this decrease. hGH therapy has also been shown to increase protein synthesis, increase fat oxidation, normalize carbohydrate metabolism and reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.
These favorable effects on metabolism may in part explain some of the other benefits of hGH including improved hearth health and body composition.
A reduction in skin thickness and all-important skin collagen is another result of growth hormone deficiency. Both conditions are improved by hGH therapy.
Although adults with growth hormone deficiency are not normally considered to have a compromised immune system, there is some evidence to suggest that hGH therapy can help regulate immune function.
It has been demonstrated that people with growth hormone deficiency have more difficulty with sexual relationships and reportedly, lower energy levels.
Many individuals have found an improvement in energy, libido and sexual performance following hGH therapy, some men even claiming an improvement in problems with premature ejaculation.
Reduced psychological well-being has been reported in individuals with growth hormone deficiency and hGH replacement has resulted in improvements in mood, energy and general feelings of well-being.
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