Like Paleo and Body Type Eating, Ketogenics, or also as known as ‘Bulletproof Diet’, is simply another way of eating and might be worth a try if you feel like your diet needs a mix-up. Many ‘diets’ or ‘food fad’ information out there can be long winded and little bit confusing so here’s our beginner’s guide to Keto but we’ll add a heap of great links at the end if you want to read more!
What is Ketogenics?
The Ketogenic way of eating is made up of high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrates meals, most successful when done as a cycle e.g. 5 days on, 2 days off but can be incredibly variable depending on your carb tolerance and how quickly your body jumps into ketosis. Eating to these guidelines will change your metabolic state so that carbohydrates are depleted and your body will begin to use fat for energy. This is called ketosis.
By changing from a traditional diet where the food source is made up of predominately carbohydrates, your body stops using glucose as its main fuel source and begins to use fat. So to keep burning that fat...you need to eat more fat!
So what’s the big deal? Once your body hits ketosis and you stick to the nutrition guidelines properly – weight comes off fast. Ketogenic diets are not only praised for its weight loss factors but other numerous health benefits like:
- lower blood glucose (great for those with diabetes)
- cardiovascular health
- cognitive function
So what do we mean by ‘Fat’? In order to reach ketosis you need to be fuelling your body with lots of good healthy fats. As we now know fat is your friend not your foe - so don’t be afraid or wary of the word ‘Fat’.
If you are thinking about starting a ketogenic diet here are the foods you need to be eating:
- Salmon or Fatty fish like Sardines
- Coconut Oil/XCT Oil/Brain Octane
- Grass Fed Ghee
- Nuts & Nut Butters
- Olive Oil/Macadamia Oil/Avocado Oil
- Housemade Mayonnaise/Dressings (avoid supermarket/store bought stuff!)
As we are no health experts or professional nutritionists, this is just a simple explanation to another new way of eating. If this makes sense to you or you feel like you would benefit then why not give it a try.
As always when trying new ways of eating or making significant changes to your diet we do recommend:
- Ease into it
- Listen to your body.
- Make note of what you are changing then make note of how your body is reacting.
- Remember EVERY body is different so work out what works for you
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