7-day Grab & Go Keto/paleo Diet Plan
This ketogenic and paleo-friendly diet plan is perfect for those who have a busy life style! Here is what I focused on when putting it together: Very simple meal ideas with very little or no cooking required Meals you can easily take to eat at work Net carbs per each meal, not just the daily overview My progress so far - How about you? Some of you know that I've been on a low-carb ketogenic diet for the last 2 years, mostly for health reasons. Before this challenge, my net carbs intake was mostly between 40-60 grams per day, which is a level that helps me maintain my weight. After all the delicious festive meals I've had in December, I knew I need to shed a few pounds. That's how this challenge started! Although Ketostix may not be the most accurate, I used them and measured medium to high level of ketones every single day since the challenge. Before this challenge, I had low readings (light pink colour). Keep in mind you won't see the high readings I did, as I was already in ketosis. If you want to get rid of glycogen in order to quickly get in ketosis, eat no more that 20-25 grams of net carbs a day. What also helps is to include moderate exercise during the initial phase to help your body release even more glycogen and start producing ketones. Remember, if you've just recently started following the ketogenic diet, it is very important to have sufficient intake of electrolytes, otherwise you may experience bad "keto-flu" symptoms. You can use lite salt for potassium, take magnesium supplements and drink bone broth to boost your sodium intake. Now, back to my challenge… Many people ask me why I don't allow dairy and low-carb sweets in this diet plan. The reason is that both of these may impair weight loss and if you are stuck at the same weight for a long time, skipp Continue reading >>
The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To The Keto Diet
The keto diet (also known as the ketogenic diet) is well known for being low in carbohydrates. Keto is a state in which the body produces ketones in the liver, which are then used for energy. The keto diet can also be known as a low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), or any diet that limits carbohydrates to a low level (typically lower than 30 grams of carbs). What Is The Keto Diet? What Happens To My Body during Keto? What Do I Eat? What Are The Benefits of The Keto Diet? Physical Performance during The Keto Diet Are There Dangers to The Keto Diet? When you’re on the keto diet, because it’s lower in carbohydrates, most of your calories come from fats and protein to fuel the body. When you ingest carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into the simplest molecule possible, glucose. This molecule forces your body to produce insulin. Insulin transports carbs across membranes to either be used directly as energy or to be stored for later use (either in fat or muscle/liver glycogen). Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert into and use for energy at any given time. Glucose will be the first thing chosen to use for an energy source. Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream, to transport it around your body, and to store it where necessary. When your body is using glycogen or glucose as its main energy source, your body will not need to burn fat. It’s therefore more likely that your body will store fat so it can be used at a later point in time when your energy (glycogen) levels are low. So, when you’re on a higher carbohydrate diet, your body will use glycogen as its main energy source. However, when you lower your carb intake, your body is pushed into ketosis. Keto is a natural process which we rely on when our food intake i Continue reading >>
Low Carb Diets: What’s The Difference Between Keto, Paleo, And Whole30?
I wish that my 90s teenage self could see the diet trends of today. SHE WOULD DIE. My diets back then (you know, when I didn’t NEED a diet but thought I did) were fat free. Like: totally. Today’s low-carb (often high fat diets) would have seemed like insanity. But even now it can seem crazy because there are so many low-carb-ish diets. So what’s the difference between Keto, Paleo, and Whole30? This post contains affiliate links! This means at no extra cost to use, purchases made after clicking through a link may result in a commission to me. What’s the Difference Between Keto, Paleo, and Whole30? There are a ton of other kinds of diets that are in this sort of realm, but I keep hearing about these three lately. Everyone I know seems to be trying ONE of them. In my mind, they were all sort of jumbled up. So let’s clear up the confusion between keto, paleo, and Whole30! Keto or the Ketogenic Diet This has become a big one for our family as my husband has recently became involved with Pruvit, a company selling ketones. (More on that later.) I have several friends posting UNREAL photos online of how they’ve changed since trying keto. What’s the basic premise? Ketosis is the process wherein your body is using fat for energy, not carbohydrates. This means that your body will start fueling itself by burning up your fat storage. YES! More than just a low-carb diet, it is a HIGH FAT diet. This is really different than some of the other things I’ve tried (like South Beach or when I tried Nutrisystem a few years back) because often even those mostly-low-carb diets encourage low fat and are high in lean proteins like chicken breasts. Your body produces ketones when blood sugar is in short supply. Excess proteins can even be converted to blood sugar, which is why lea Continue reading >>
The Ketogenic Diet 101: A Detailed Beginner’s Guide
I’m about to embark on my 3rd time starting a ketogenic diet. I see great results every time I get back to doing keto and I thought I would share this awesome article by my friends over at Authority Nutrition. This article was originally published by Authority Nutrition and is being republished on my website with permission. I couldn’t write a better article so I’m happy they allowed me to republish it for you all. I hope that you consider this way of eating, which is very much Paleo (with the optional addition of dairy), if you need to kickstart your weight loss, like I do (again)! If you would like to use a free Ketogenic meal plan, then check out these free meal plans by I Breathe I’m Hungry or snag the Ketogenic Cookbook. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat dietthat offers many health benefits. Over 20 studies show that this type of diet can help you lose weight and improve health (1). Ketogenic diets may even have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease (2, 3, 4, 5). This article is a detailed beginner’s guide to the ketogenic diet. It contains everything you need to know. What is a Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet (often termed keto) is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain (6, 7). Ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This, along with the increased ketones, has numerous health benefits (6, 8, 9, Continue reading >>
Ketogenic & Paleo Diets! Are They Good For You?
Keto Diets or Paleo Diets- Are they effective or is it just another quick fix approach to lose weight? If it is effective, can we follow it in the long term? What happens when we stop following them? What are the cons of following the so-called Paleo & Keto diet? First of all, let us understand what Keto & Paleo is and the basic difference between the two? A Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carb diet. The Paleo diet consists of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables excluding dairy or cereal products and processed food. A Paleo diet is based on the theory of going back to the ancestral style of eating food where they would hunt their food and eat the unprocessed natural foods. They may not consume the dairy products considering it was for their livestock. Both Paleo & Keto diets are trying to either remove or reduce the carb intake in our daily diet stating that our bodily functions can happen without carbs. Well! That’s partially true. However, one needs to completely understand the importance of carbohydrates in our body before we jump on to the bandwagon of Keto or Paleo thinking it’s the magic quick fix that’ll help us lose weight forever. Carbohydrates are responsible for providing our body with the energy it needs for normal day to day functioning. Besides this it helps us: Generate powerful antioxidants and protect our cells from damage and ageing Helps hormone and immune functions It regularises bowel movements because of the fibre content It cleans the body What happens if you do not have your Carbs? In the absence of carbs, fat cannot be utilised for energy The body may be able to carry out its functions in the absence of carbs however it affects the mind since carbs also help functioning of brain cells and neurons A low carb diet leads to Continue reading >>
Bulletproof Vs. Paleo Vs. Low-carb And Ketogenic Diets: What’s The Difference?
I was in my 20s when I started suffering from severe fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. I was 300 pounds, sick constantly, and almost had to drop out of grad school because I couldn’t concentrate. Back then, I thought my inability to think clearly and perform at high levels was some sort of moral failing. I would beat myself up. I would work harder and stay up later, trying to catch up with my peers. I tried every diet imaginable, including raw vegan and years of falling off the low-fat bandwagon. I hit the treadmill for hours every day. Nothing worked. So I took matters into my own hands. The Bulletproof Diet was born after a decade of working with some of the world’s top health and nutrition researchers. Over a span of about 15 years, I devoured thousands of research papers and books on human nutrition. I used my body as a testing ground to determine what worked best for my biology. The result is a diet that has helped thousands of people lose fat and gain the energy and clarity they thought they’d lost forever. So, what differentiates the Bulletproof Diet from other low-carb diets? Read on to find out. For an in-depth plan on how to boost energy and increase brain function in just two weeks, get your copy of Head Strong. Bulletproof vs. Paleo: The Big Picture If you were to map out the most popular diets, you’d see a vast spectrum of practices and plans ranging from low-fat vegan to high-fat, low-carb (HFLC). This deliciously fatty end of the spectrum is where the Bulletproof Diet and the Primal, Paleo, and Atkins diets would lie. The Paleo diet eliminates processed foods and focuses on what our paleolithic ancestors ate – mostly meat, plants, nuts, and seeds. The Bulletproof Diet is similar but designed to maximize your willpower by reducing cravings and m Continue reading >>
How A Paleo Ketogenic Diet Can Help You Lose Significant Weight
Trying and trying to lose weight but nothing getting you where you want to be? If this is the all too common problem you face, then it’s time to take a note from Kim Knoch from the Eat Fat Lose Fat blog and her new book, Kick the Weight with Keto, which is all about how a paleo ketogenic diet can help you lose weight. Now I must begin by saying there’s a BIG difference between nutritional ketosis, or “keto” for short, and ketoacidosis. You may have heard of ketoacidosis, which is a serious, medical condition. By contrast, a keto diet is a great way to help you burn fat, rather than glucose, as a source of energy. Kim’s Story Kim Knoch is the first person to admit she has struggled with her weight over the years, and this book about the ketogenic diet is a raw reveal to the struggles she’s faced trying numerous diets, with the highs and lows that will always come with dramatic changes to your lifestyle. Kim documents that she first began a Weston A Price diet some 7 years ago. Although initially seeing some weight loss, Kim soon began experiencing issues including joint pain, wild swings in blood sugar and mood swings. It wasn’t until 2012 that Kim started to employ nutritional ketosis, while incorporating a few things she had had success with through a paleo diet to form her now paleo keto diet. The Fat That Fuels You A paleo ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate protein, low-carbohydrate diet where you train your brain to use ketones for fuel instead of glucose. I know what you must be thinking: she wants me to eat a high-fat diet??? Why yes By lowering your carbohydrate intake enough, your body will start to break down that fat for fuel! By following paleo keto, Kim has lost an amazing 40 pounds, and she describes it not just as a diet she’s trying, r Continue reading >>
Should You Combine A Ketogenic Diet With Paleo?
Have you noticed that you feel better after adopting a Paleo diet? There’s actually one more tweak to your diet that you can make to feel more energized, lose weight faster, and become mentally clearer. That tweak is to convert your Paleo diet to a Paleo/ketogenic (Keto) diet. Fair warning, a Keto diet isn’t appropriate for all people, but by the end of this article you will know if giving it a try is worth it. A Crash Course In Keto Glycolysis and ketogenesis are the two processes that the body uses to produce usable energy for your cells. Glycolysis is dominant when carbohydrates are available. It involves converting glucose into pyruvate, which produces a net gain of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate, the basic unit of cellular energy). But when your carbohydrate stores run out, that’s when it’s ketogenesis’ time to shine. Compared to the small amount of carbohydrate stores you have at any time, you have a massive reserve of fat that can be used for energy. Through ketogenesis, stored fat is broken down and converted to ketone bodies (a type of molecule) which can then be used to create ATP. When your body is relying on ketone bodies for energy, it is said to be in a state of ketosis. The image below shows a simplistic version of these two energy systems. Note that almost all of the ATP is made in the dark blue citric acid cycle (TCA) at the bottom. What is a Ketogenic Diet? Remember that ketosis only occurs when you are more or less out of carbs. A ketogenic diet is designed to keep you in ketosis, mainly by limiting how many carbohydrates you eat during a day. The typical starting guideline is 50 grams per day, but some people need to restrict further than that, while others can eat more and still remain in ketosis. It’s important to understand that the body Continue reading >>
Paleo Vs Keto Diet: Which One Is Right For You?
When it comes to burning fat more efficiently, accelerating weight loss, and living an all-around healthier lifestyle, two diets have been on the radar of health enthusiasts: the Paleo diet and the Ketogenic diet. While both diets include many of the same foods and have overlapping similarities and benefits, each has a different purpose. Let’s take a look at how the Paleo vs Keto diets measure up against one another, which one is right for you, and why. Paleo vs Keto: Here’s What You Need to Know Before we compare the similarities and differences of the Paleo vs Keto diets, it’s helpful to know why a person may choose to follow each one. What is the Paleo Diet? When it comes to the Paleo diet — which is based on eliminating grains and legumes due to their phytic acid content — it’s more of a lifestyle choice to focus on eating quality foods that support digestive health (1). Most dairy products are also off limits on the Paleo diet because they contain lactose, which is hard for most people to digest (although some people do include ghee or grass-fed butter). By removing the most difficult foods to digest, the Paleo diet can be therapeutic for gut health, autoimmune conditions, blood sugar balance, and weight loss (2)(3). What is the Keto Diet? On the other hand, the Keto diet is targeted primarily towards those who want to experience dramatic weight loss. However, the Keto diet can also help improve medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (4). In fact, the initial purpose of the Keto diet was to prevent and treat seizures, when it was first discovered in the 1920s (5). But today, the Keto diet is best known as a rapid weight loss and fat burning strategy. The reason the Keto diet promotes accelerated Continue reading >>
Paleo Vs. Keto: What’s The Difference?
Peas in a Pod, or Beets vs. Broccoli There are a lot of similarities between Paleolithic (Paleo) and ketogenic diets (KD), particularly when compared to the now discredited ‘Standard American’ low fat, high carbohydrate diet. As a result, people may reasonably assume that all low carb diets are pretty much equal in their nutrient contents and physiological benefits. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth, and the resultant confusion has distracted us from fully understanding how best to apply carbohydrate-restriction to improve individual well-being and function. The similarities between Paleo and keto cluster around what they exclude: all grains and grain products (refined and unrefined), peas and beans, and refined sugars. In addition, the paleo diet excludes all dairy (milk, cream, and cheese), whereas the ketogenic diet allows butter, full fat cream and natural cheeses. The differences between the Paleo diet and KD are many, including: Range of foods allowed Recommended amounts of protein Amounts and sources of carbohydrates allowed or recommended Type, quality, and quantity of science supporting diet safety and efficacy Most importantly, the source and consistency of fuel to supply brain energy needs – specifically the availability of ketones at adequate levels to replace glucose as the brain’s primary fuel FOOD TYPE PALEO KD Natural meats, poultry, fish (including ‘farmed’ sources) Allowed Allowed Eggs Allowed Allowed Full-fat dairy (cheese, butter, ghee, Greek yogurt, cream – including ice cream) Excluded Allowed High sugar fruit (orange, banana, apple, cherry, grape, peach, pear, pineapple) Allowed Excluded Low sugar fruit (berries, melon, tomato, avocado, olives, coconut) Allowed Allowed Non-starchy vegetables (lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, c Continue reading >>
Paleo Diet & Ketosis
The Paleo diet is based on foods humans used to eat during the Paleolithic period, which ended 10,000 years ago. The idea is that human genes have evolved to eat particular foods, which have been replaced by many refined and processed foods in our diet nowadays. Advocates of the Paleo diet claim that it is the best one for keeping your weight under control and optimizing health. Video of the Day The Paleo diet focuses on unprocessed and whole foods. Carbohydrates are almost nonexistent on a Paleo diet, since agriculture had not been introduced at that time. Therefore grains, legumes, any food made from flour, as well as dairy products and sugars are excluded from this diet plan. Instead, the Paleo diet is based on an adequate amount of protein from grass-fed meat, free-range poultry and eggs and wild-caught fish. The diet also includes generous servings of healthy fats, including avocado, olives and olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are also part of the foods allowed on the Paleo diet. What Is Ketosis Low-carb diets are usually ketogenic diets because they induce a metabolic pathway called ketosis. When you consume very limited amounts of carbohydrates, the body needs to switch from using carbohydrates to using fat as its main source of energy, as explained by Dr. Michael Eades. By burning fat for fuel, the body produces ketone bodies that can be used by different organs, such as your muscles, brain and heart. Ketosis constitutes a normal metabolic pathway and is not harmful, say diet proponents. Following low-carb diets, such as the Paleo diet, is a good way to induce ketosis and force your body into fat-burning mode. In addition to burning fat for energy, ketogenic diets have been shown to make people feel fuller on fewer calories. Continue reading >>
What’s The Difference Between A Ketogenic Diet And A Paleo Diet?
If you’re health conscious, you’ve probably heard of the paleo diet. The diet has its roots in the Paleolithic era, which stretched from about 2.5 million to 12,000 years ago. The paleo diet exploded into the mainstream in 2011, and it’s been the fastest growing diet trend since, with strong ties in the CrossFit community. Paleo should not be confused with the ketogenic diet, a very low-carbohydrate diet developed in the 1920s to curb childhood epilepsy. Recently keto, as the ketogenic diet is often called, has gained more widespread popularity as a way to lose weight quickly, reverse serious health problems, and boost energy levels. The keto diet has a number of celebrity followers including Kim Kardashian and LeBron James, while Tim McGraw and Jessica Biel are advocates of Paleo. Paleo and keto have some key similarities, but they’re also different. Keep reading to learn what makes paleo and keto unique, and to discover the pros and cons of trying either. The Paleolithic Diet Modern people eat radically differently than our hunting-and-gathering ancestors did 12,000 years ago when all calories likely came from wild game, nuts, berries, and vegetation. Processed foods—such as bread, snacks, cereal, and soda—make up 67% of the average American’s calories. On average, 15% of modern Americans’ daily calories come from refined sugar, which contains no nutrients. While most Paleolithic hunters and gatherers probably ate a large shopping bag full of highly nutritious wild greens every day, modern Americans eat few fruits and vegetables and almost no wild foods. Our meat is much higher in saturated fat than wild game because farmers fatten livestock with grain and corn. Today, most Americans eat large amounts of highly processed soybean and corn oils, which ar Continue reading >>
Adverse Reactions To Ketogenic Diets: Caution Advised
As the ketogenic diet gains popularity, it’s important to have a balanced discussion regarding the merits of this diet. Let me emphasize right out of the gate that this is not a diet without merits (excuse the double negative); in fact, it has significant therapeutic potential for some clinical pathologies. However, it is also a diet with inherent risk, as evidenced by the extensive list of adverse reactions reported in the scientific literature—and this has not yet been a thorough enough part of the public discussion on ketogenic diets. The AIP Lecture Series is a 6-week video-based, self-directed online course that will teach you the scientific foundation for the diet and lifestyle tenets of the Autoimmune Protocol. This is the first of a series of articles discussing various facets of a ketogenic diet with an inclination toward balancing the discussion of the pros and cons of this high-fat, low-carb, low/moderate-protein diet. My interest in this topic stems from concerns I have over its general applicability and safety, simultaneous with its growing popularity. I feel a moral and social obligation to share what I understand of these diets, from my perspective as a medical researcher. The dangers of a ketogenic diet was, in fact, the topic of my keynote presentation at Paleo F(x) this year (links to video will be provided once available). This series of articles will share the extensive research that I did in preparation for this presentation, including all of the topics covered during my talk as well as several topics that I didn’t have time to discuss (also see the free PDF Literature Review at the bottom of this post). For every anecdotal story of someone who has regained their health with a ketogenic diet, there’s a counterpoint story of someone who derai Continue reading >>
Most People Shouldn't Attempt Low-carb Diets Like Keto Or Paleo
Sustainable health change occurs not by finding a "perfect" diet — finding is fairly passive — but rather through creating an individualized health "mix." Creating is active, and health is an active process. To create an individualized health mix, you have to learn about the various nutrition options available and parse out the nutritional guidelines that will work for YOU. My personal mix is built upon being aware of what I put in my body, as well as pillars "stolen" from a variety of sources. I limit snacking and aim for a substantial gap between dinner and breakfast — thanks, intermittent fasting. I eat almost exclusively from the "outside of the grocery store" — meaning fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and good-quality fats — thanks, Paleo, and habits formed while being vegetarian. Plus, I eat what I love in moderation. I call this my "love it rule" — thanks, Weight Watchers for the balanced approach. I use what works for me and ignore what doesn't. Curious what your "mix" is? Earlier, I covered the pros and cons of high-protein diets. Then, I examined the vegetarian versus vegan versus high-protein debate. I've also tackled "low-fat" diets, the Mediterranean diet, and Weight Watchers. Today a smorgasbord of smaller analyses (I only have so much space and the material for analysis is endless): the ketogenic diet, Paleo, intermittent fasting, and meal delivery services. Ketogenic diet The ketogenic diet advocates extremely low-carbohydrate (10-15 grams daily) and high-fat (75 per cent of diet) consumption. The goal is to put your body into ketosis so that it uses ketones as energy. The rationale is that the diet gives you the benefits of fasting — such as fat loss — without actually having to fast. I know I am supposed to be "Switzerland," Continue reading >>
What Does A Ketogenic Paleo Diet Look Like?
Update: I did a (failed) ketosis experiment on myself that you can read about here, here, here, and here. Jimmy Moore is dropping weight with the fervor of a college wrestler right now on his experimental ketogenic diet. In fact, he’s lost about 47 pounds in the last 3 months, and he’s still going. He’s an awesome guy and he’s been struggling with his weight for a while now, so I’m psyched for him to say the least. He gives updates every month or so on his progress, but he never tells his readers exactly WHAT he’s eating. I’m itching to know. Now, Jimmy isn’t strictly Paleo: he eats full fat dairy, so even if he did report to us what he was eating, it wouldn’t be super helpful to a lot of people. I got to thinking what a ketogenic Paleo diet might look like. Without all that cheese and cream to assume the fat positions, it’d require a lot more tallow, lard, coconut oil, and coconut milk, as well as the fatty meats, eggs, nuts, and avocados. Here’s a picture of one of Jimmy’s meals to give you an idea of the amount of dairy he’s eating (well, at least at this particular meal). I think that’s sausage, avocado, scrambled eggs, some sort of hot sauce, and heavy cream. By the way, I’m in no way criticizing Jimmy right now. If I could eat dairy, I probably would, and I think this meal looks amazing. What’s ketosis? Before I go any further with this, I’ll briefly explain what ketogenic means and why one would aspire to be on a ketogenic diet. Some say you need to eat fewer than 30 grams of carbs per day to be in ketosis. It may be fewer than that to get into a deep state of ketosis, and you must not eat too much protein either. So a ketogenic diet is high fat, low(ish) protein, and very low carb. More on that in a moment. When you are in ketos Continue reading >>