There are many weight loss programs out there for you to try but a lot of people are unaware of the benefits of the Keto Diet. With the foregoing in mind I came across this article which I think would make a good read for those whop are beginning their weight loss program looking to get into shape for the soon to be upon us summer getaway.
The ketogenic diet gained a lot of ground over the past decade. It surpassed the low-fat craze of the 90s and the high-protein diets of gym junkies to become the front-runner in weight loss and weight management. It revolves around getting dieters into the metabolic process of ketosis, which is a form of metabolism where the body switches from burning sugars (the smallest form of carbohydrates) to burning fat.
When our bodies switch into ketosis there is a myriad of health benefits, but the one big change that makes the keto diet so popular is that it encourages our body to use up our own fat stores. This means no more painful summer chub rub and no more sucking it in.
Keto Diet for Beginners
How do we flip this switch then? The answer lies in what we eat. When we look at food, there are two types of nutrients, macronutrients and micronutrients. Micronutrients are minerals and vitamins, like iron and vitamin C, that are found most prominently in whole, natural foods, and less so in our Standard American Diet (SAD). Macronutrients are what we track on the keto diet. They are the fuel sources found in food, and they come in three types: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
Foods like meats, nuts, and legumes are considered to be high in protein while pastas, grains, and cereals are considered carb heavy for they contain a lot of carbohydrates. The problem with the SAD is that we put far too much importance on high-carb foods in our meals, which plays ping-pong with our blood sugar and can cause chronic inflammation, leading to weight gain and other, more deadly chronic diseases.
On the keto diet we eat high fat in order to lose fat.
We don’t see an emphasis on fat in the SAD, and when we do, the fats are usually *hydrogenated* (trans fats) and highly inflammatory. These are found in oils like canola oil, vegetable oil, and soybean oil. They’re the most common cooking oil in establishments across the country, because they’re cheap to buy in bulk and have a high smoking point. They’re the culprit behind the low-fat diet trends, giving all fats a bad reputation and contributing to the rise of chronic heart disease at the same time.
But not all fats are the same.
In fact, there are two types of fats: these inflammatory hydrogenated oils and saturated fats, or as they’re more commonly called, healthy fats. These types of fats are found in naturally occurring sources like olives, avocados, and grass-fed meats (and butter). These fats are considered healthy because they contribute to HDL (our good cholesterol), help with the absorption of micronutrients, and help fight inflammation.
For those of you not interested in weight loss, you’ll be happy to know that a successful keto diet also has these added health benefits:
Less appetite: Most people find that they don’t get hungry again for four to six hours.
Fewer cravings: No more midnight snack runs and white-knuckling it through birthday parties.
More energy: Hello, morning workouts!
Our brains even start to work better. Ever had a big dessert and the next day you feel like you’re living in a fog? That’s a sugar hangover, and you don’t get those on the ketogenic diet.
Working off of ketones streamlines our bodies because our hormones are no longer playing ping-pong all over the place. In fact, living off of ketones has been reported to help with these ailments as well:
Diabetes, Autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s & Even Cancer!
Is the keto diet for beginners? Absolutely.
Armed with all of the latest studies and information, some of which we’ve already provided, the keto diet can be a safe, invigorating lifestyle change that can give you your health and connect you to the body you deserve. Whether your main goal is weight loss or you just want to feel like a well-oiled machine, the keto diet can deliver on your goals. Armed with our tips and tricks pulled from the latest sources, your first step in the right direction can be an easy one.
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