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Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide To The Bene...

For Keto 101, look no further than this keto guidebook from Amy Ramos that includes an overview of the fundamentals of a ketogenic lifestyle in addition to nearly 80 recipes that use five ingredients or less.

Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Bene...

Equipped with charts that break down the good (asparagus) and bad (rice), the guidebook answers any keto diet questions you may have while providing a two-week meal plan and grocery list to get you started.

After attempting several diets as a 400-pound 32-year-old, Jimmy Moore discovered the keto diet. He was so inspired by the positive changes he experienced that he developed this guidebook along with Dr. Eric C. Westman.

Author and keto diet expert Maria Emmerich has written several keto books touting the benefits of the diet, but this one in particular is meant to guide readers through the meal planning and cleansing process.

Emmerich provides the foundation for fully embracing a ketogenic lifestyle with an overview of the benefits (eliminates acid reflux and improves brain health, for instance) and how to stock your pantry properly by eliminating sugar and high-carb foods and focusing on fatty versus lean protein.

One emerging diet that is becoming mainstream is a low-carb/high-fat diet. However, there is a difference between a low-carb and a low-carb ketogenic diet (LCKD). Ketosis is normally achieved through either fasting or carbohydrate restriction. It is important to clarify that a low-carb diet typically refers to a diet with an intake of 50 to 150 g of carbohydrate per day. However, although this is a lower amount of carbohydrates than the standard American diet, it is not low enough to enter nutritional ketosis. Only when a patient restricts carbohydrates to less than 50 g/day will the body be incapable of fueling the body by glucose and will switch to burning fat [10]. The ketogenic diet is a reversal of the current food pyramid supported by the dietary guidelines. Thus, instead of a diet rich in carbohydrates, it is high in fat (Figure 2). The resulting carbohydrate restriction lowers blood glucose levels, and the subsequent insulin changes will instruct the body to change from a state of storing fat to a state of fat oxidation [10]. Once fats are utilized as the primary fuel source in the liver, the production of ketone bodies begins, a process known as ketogenesis. During ketosis, three major ketone bodies are formed and utilized by the body for energy: acetone, acetoacetate, and β-hydroxybutyrate [11]. All cells that contain mitochondria can meet their energy demands with ketone bodies, including the brain and muscle. In addition, research suggests that β-hydroxybutyrate acts as a signal molecule and may play a role in suppressing appetite [12].

Although the debate about diet and heart health continues, many new studies are revealing that the picture is much more complicated than the diet-heart hypothesis suggested. The need for more randomized, controlled studies of long-term duration are necessary to determine the true effect of dietary macronutrients on cardiovascular risks. It appears from preliminary studies that a ketogenic diet might have favorable outcomes on CVD, but some still view the idea with great skepticism. In medicine, randomized controlled trials are considered the gold standard and many physicians feel that there is not enough of these studies to consider changing their medical advice. It is interesting that while current scientists are unwilling to consider these dietary recommendations due to the lack of long-term evidence, the entire United States adopted the current dietary guidelines based mainly on an epidemiological study done by Ancel Keys [102]. Additionally, when the available randomized controlled studies and prospective cohort studies of that time were analyzed, they did not support the recommendation of dietary fat and coronary heart disease [172,173]. Regardless, the necessity in discovering a healthy diet for most people is an important endeavor, especially since we are currently seeing an epidemic of diabetes and obesity, both of which are linked to cardiovascular disease risk.

Whether you're on the fence about trying keto or consider yourself a full-on veteran of the high-fat, low-carb lifestyle, you could probably stand to read up more on the controversial diet that's been talked about seemingly everywhere.

How do you practice targeted keto? You follow the standard keto diet, but eat more carbs 30 minutes to an hour around workouts. The glucose is meant to boost performance, and you return to ketosis after the workout. If your energy levels are suffering in the gym during keto, this style of eating might work for you.

Whichever method you prefer, take advantage of the convenient ability to test whether you are in ketosis. That way, you can make any necessary changes to your diet to get back on track. The solution may be as simple as reducing your carb intake and cutting back on protein.

Starting a keto diet is a process, and it takes time for your body to adjust. You could experience some mild constipation initially as your gut bacteria changes and you get used to eating different foods. Staying adequately hydrated can help keep things running smoothly.

Keto and intermittent fasting (IF) go hand-in-hand, but you can also experience even more benefits when you graduate to longer fasting on keto. Find out if longer fasting may be complementary to your keto diet journey.

On a strict ketogenic diet, starches, grains and processed foods are restricted. As pictured above, those wraps contain bleached wheat flour, cornstarch, modified food starch, and tons of preservatives, all of which contribute to raising your blood pressure and glycemic index. Not to mention, if you continue to eat things that can trigger your addiction to food, you may not ever receive the full benefits of keto. A clean keto diet will help minimize a lot of the cravings that we have. For healthy keto recipes, click here.

When your body is in a state of ketosis, it is burning nutritional ketones instead of glucose as its primary source of energy. In order for your body to produce nutritional ketones and sustain a state of ketosis, you must eliminate sugar, and keep your carbohydrates at 20 grams or less per day. Your main source of carbs should come from vegetables. You protein intake should be moderate, (contrary to popular belief, keto is not protein heavy) and your fat intake should be 75% of your daily consumption. This specific breakdown of fat, protein, and carbs, aka macros, must be adhered to in order to maintain a state of ketosis.

If you are low carb, and not keto, there is no specific macro breakdown you must follow. Your protein intake will also be higher on a low carb diet. Because of this, your body will not be in a ketogenic state. However, the reduction of carbs will still be beneficial to your overall health and weightloss efforts. 041b061a72


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