In Keto Meal Part I, I discussed what Ketosis is and how it is beneficial. In a nutshell, the goal is to reach the state of Ketosis, which is a metabolic state in which the body does not have enough glucose sugar derived from carbohydrates and therefore begins to burn fat instead. Switching to a healthy source of food will lead to weight loss and other benefits to your health. It is a win-win if this state can be achieved and maintained. Admittedly, it is very difficult to change dietary habits, particularly when you have used carbs for your energy source all of your life. But the constant flow of success in weight loss and other health benefits justify the change.
It is not new, in history, for whenever there was a famine or shortage of food, people didn’t have much in the carbohydrate category of food, and it was forced Ketosis, and they were thin, but not necessarily healthy. On the plus side, it has been used in pediatric practices to treat severe epilepsy for it was found to have anticonvulsive effects, and according to the Journal of Neurochemistry, Johns Hopkins still uses it in the treatment of such cases.
It got kickstarted as an effective diet when celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian and Halle Berry, and big-time athletes like Tim Tebow and Lebron James endorsed it.
What is “Low Carb,” really?
It means a serious commitment must be made. You must consume less than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day, meaning no-no to rice, potatoes, bread, pasta, grains, beans, most fruits, sugars, and low fat dairy products. What you have been eating as a source of our required glucose will be gone, so you have to eat fats and lots of it. It is recommended that one eat 65% of the daily diet in fat. Thus you must eat healthy fats from eggs, avocado, fish like salmon. The magic workable number in food intake is fats 70%, protein 25%, and carbs 5%.
Oh My God, I Will Starve
The interesting thing here is that one following even this strict routine isn’t hungry because the combination of protein and fat is very satisfying, and that is why this diet is successful. You lose weight by not being hungry. The liver makes Ketones which suppresses appetite. So there is an appetite or a hunger suppressant effect going along naturally with the switch off carbs. Between meals, one doesn’t feel hungry but the body has the capability to then burn fats during these periods for fuel. And those fats go to fuel and not on your gut, arms, butt, wherever it chooses to land. And guess what, the new foods you eat are all healthy, as you are no longer eating that junk that the American Food Industry lines the shelves with at your market. You lose weight and eat good stuff now.
Next up in Keto Meal III
Don’t go away far, for, in the next issue of Keto, you will see the science behind this, what kind of fats are good fats and what are bad, a list of good food and bad, and a recipe.
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