Do You Keto?
I am not a fan of diets that are temporary fixes. These diets may help us lose crazy amounts of weight quickly, but at what price? Besides the actual monetary cost (up to $700 to lose 25lbs according to Bankrate), we may find ourselves quickly gaining back weight (plus more) and destroying our metabolism. If weight loss is your goal, making permanent changes is the key to lifelong health and wellness. Then, diet doesn’t mean something you are on temporarily, but what you choose to eat daily, which is how I will be using the word today.
There are so many diet trends out there. Paleo is HUGE right now. Personally I can’t Paleo. I am from Wisconsin and cheese is an everyday food for me. In fact, I am pretty sure I have more than five different cheeses in my refrigerator right now. Hang on, I’m having my son count as I type this…he will get back to me. If you are not familiar with Paleo Diet, you eat as if you are caveman. That means you can eat meat, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds.
Btw, my son just got back to me….11 different cheeses in my fridge currently.
With the Paleo Diet you can’t have pasta, cereal, candy, or…dairy. I agree with a lot of this, but see paragraph above for reasons why this would never work for me.
I am a fan, though not great at, the Mediterranean diet. This is similar to the Keto diet because it allows and encourages you to eat healthy fats. There are differences though. Here you are primarily eating plant-based foods. This includes fruits and vegetables. You can also eat whole grains, legumes, and nuts. You use olive oil instead of butter. You replace salt with herbs. AND you can have cheese and wine. Double bonus! Plus scientists (feel free to look up on Pubmed) have agreed that this is a healthy diet proven to help people with cardiovascular disease. I have tried to eat like I am Italian for years. For me though, it can be tricky to not overindulge in the whole grains, wine, and cheese. I do love the variety of this diet and would recommend it to many.
But today I want to focus on the Ketogenic diet. This is sometimes just called the the Keto diet or Keto. This is a VERY low-carb, high-fat diet. It is similar to the first phase of Atkins. By reducing carbs, our bodies go into a state of ketosis. This means our body starts to use our fat as a source of energy instead of sugar. What are we eating when we are keto-ing…fish, eggs, meat, pork, and poultry. Think protein. For anyone who has been on Atkins, you know how hard this can be to maintain. So why would you want to even try to do this one-note diet?
If you were to search on Pubmed, some benefits of a Ketogenic diets include: enhanced physical performance, increased cognitive performance, reduction of cholesterol levels, triglycerides, and glucose levels, and slow tumor growth (tumors love glucose A.K.A sugar).
This may seem counter-intuitive. Why do you decrease cholesterol and triglycerides IF you are eating a lot of fat? When our body is in the state of ketosis, it is using fat for energy. We are using what we are consuming. Our body won’t store it.
I have found in the first few months of being on a Keto diet that my energy level is amazing! I was getting very used to 2pm naps. Now I have enhanced energy level that lasts all day long. I no longer have brain fog. As a business owner and a mother of three, sometimes I didn’t know if I was coming or going. Now I feel focused, and clear. My appetite has actually decreased. I can easily make it through a busy day at the clinic without even a craving. I am steadily losing weight, and frankly, I just feel better. And an added bonus, this won’t destroy your metabolism.
But I have to admit, I am getting some help. For me a keto diet would be almost impossible to maintain. I was a vegetarian for over a decade and eating meat is still not my favorite. I found a supplement called Re:Sults. After taking the supplement, it turns my body from a sugar burner to a fat burner. It puts your body into a state of ketosis without having to adhere to a strict diet. And I noticed the results from day one. Even my kids have noticed the changes. Not only has my energy levels increased, but I don’t crave sugar like I did before. I loved carbs before. Now I can go many days without eating or drinking any. True I am not technically on the keto diet, but my body is in the state of ketosis.
If you are looking into changing your life, finding a diet you can live with is the key. Then, it is no longer a diet, but a lifestyle. As a very good friend pointed out to me, “If you don’t make any changes, what will your life look like in 5 years?” Do you like what you see? At Health Connections Chiropractic Center I give free nutritional consultations. You can book online on the website here or call 651-330-4686.