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The Effects Of Caffeine On Ketosis

The Effects Of Caffeine On Ketosis

Nowadays, it seems as if society as we know it, is becoming more and more obsessed with body image and appearance on a day to day basis. Because of this, we find ourselves constantly trying to watch what we eat, watching our figures, and busting our butts in the gym until we feel physically sick in the process. What generally tends to happen is that when we go from one extreme, I.E eating junk and being lazy, to another, I.E eating healthy, but incredibly low calorie diets and exercising until we feel sick, it comes as quite a shock to the system to begin with, and we lose a fair amount of fat. Sadly, the body quickly adapts to these changes and our progress becomes slower and slower with each passing day. Eventually, we’ll find ourselves eating boring and tasteless food, constantly feeling tired, hungry, and irritable due to the extreme calorie deficit, and struggling to complete even the most basic of workouts. What generally then happens is that we’ll weigh ourselves, and notice that, after weeks of dieting, exercising, and making ourselves miserable in the process, we’ve lost barely any weight, if any weight at all for that matter. We then likely feel discouraged, will throw the towel in, and stuff our faces full of as much junk food as possible, before repeating the entire vicious circle all over again. Now, don’t get us wrong, calorie restrictive diets rich in healthy foods do work, but extreme deficits, and bland tasting foods are not good for the body, or the psyche for that matter. Ketogenic diets however, are quickly becoming popular once more, and it is ketogenic diets we’ll be looking at here, alongside caffeine and how caffeine effects these diets. What is ketosis? Ketogenic diets, such as ‘keto’ and the Atkins diet, are not new concepts, as t Continue reading >>

The Effects Of A Low-carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet On The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Pilot Study

The Effects Of A Low-carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet On The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Pilot Study

Go to: Methods Subjects were recruited from the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill areas in North Carolina through a community PCOS support group and by word of mouth. After meeting initial eligibility criteria by phone, including replying "yes" to the question, "Have you been told by your health care provider that you have PCOS?," subjects were asked to attend a screening visit for a medical history and physical exam. Informed consent approved by the local Institutional Review Board was obtained. Baseline blood tests were also performed at the screening visit. There were no monetary incentives for participation. Inclusion/exclusion criteria The inclusion criteria were age 18–45 years, diagnosis suggestive of PCOS based on history of chronic anovulation and/or hyperandrogenemia, no other serious medical condition requiring medical supervision, body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 27 kg/m2, willingness to use acceptable contraception, and a desire to lose weight. Exclusion criteria included pregnancy, nursing or positive pregnancy test during screening period, and rapid progression of hyperandrogenic signs and symptoms. Intervention Subjects received an intensive group education program during monthly group meetings held every other week throughout the 6-month study period. During the first group meeting, subjects were instructed on both the rationale and implementation of the dietary intervention via use of a LCKD diet book and handouts containing suggestions on choice of appropriate foods.[18] Subjects were then instructed to begin the diet the following day. During follow-up group meetings, study outcome measures were obtained, and continued dietary counseling, adjustment of individual medications, supportive counseling, sharing of food choices, and review of urin Continue reading >>

Living Longer With Coffee

Living Longer With Coffee

Drinking coffee on a low carb diet has never been so controversial. There’s a long list of science-backed health benefits of coffee. But is fighting disease and living longer worth the risks of caffeine? Best coffee for low carb diets Caffeine reactions on low carb Benefits, health studies and research When to kick the coffee habit Is Coffee OK for Keto? Some low carbers have no problems with coffee, while others release unhealthy levels of cortisol – a stress hormone. These low carbers become over-stimulated and easily dependent on the caffeine in coffee. Everyone reacts differently to coffee and caffeine. If your low carb diet is stable with minimal cravings for sugar, drinking a few cups of coffee per day is safe – and enough to gain some major health benefits. One cup of coffee adds only a carb or two to your daily total, and is a fast way to add healthy fats to your low carb diet. Best Coffee for Ketosis Espresso and black coffee are almost zero carb, perfect for your low carb diet. Use heavy cream or half-and-half, and sugar substitutes. Feeling adventurous? Drink a healthy fat-burning coffee made with butter. Reasons to Add Coffee It is well-known that small amounts of caffeine are good for attention, clarity and brain function. But coffee also improves our health, extending our lifespan. Some studies show both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee have the same positive health effects. These studies suggest something other than caffeine in the coffee is responsible for the results. Health Benefits of Coffee Coffee stimulates peristalsis, helping relieve constipation. Coffee has beneficial antioxidants. Drinking coffee lowers the risk of depression among women. Coffee with heavy cream is an acceptable low carb treat and an excellent substitute when you’re Continue reading >>

The Ketogenic Diet 101: A Detailed Beginner's Guide

The Ketogenic Diet 101: A Detailed Beginner's Guide

The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that 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. 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, 10, 11). The ketogenic diet (keto) is a low-carb, high-fat diet. It lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, and shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones. There are several versions of the ketogenic diet, including: Standard ketogenic diet (SKD): This is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs (1). Cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days. Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts. High-protein ketogenic diet: This is similar to a standard ketogenic diet, but includes more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% Continue reading >>

Carbohydrate Sensitivity Quiz

Carbohydrate Sensitivity Quiz

ARE YOU CARBOHYDRATE-SENSITIVE? Take my carbohydrate sensitivity quiz to find out! Do you feel sleepy or foggy 2 hours or less after eating a meal or snack that contains sugars or starches? Yes Do you tend to gain weight around your middle, instead of in your hips and thighs? Yes Do you feel hungry when you shouldn’t need any more food? Yes Do you frequently crave sweets, starches, or dairy products? Yes Do you wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time getting back to sleep unless you eat something sweet or starchy? Yes Do you get irritable, restless, tense, or anxious in the early evening before dinner? Yes Do you have a hard time controlling how much sugar or starch you eat? Yes Do you have symptoms of “hypoglycemia” if you don’t eat every 2-3 hours? [Typical hypoglycemic symptoms include feeling shaky, panicky, irritable, anxious, or lightheaded when you’re hungry.] Yes Do any of the following diseases run in your immediate family? Do you often binge on sweets, starches, or dairy products? Yes Do you prefer sweets and starches over all other types of food? Yes Do sweets and starches make you feel temporarily less depressed or less anxious? Yes Do you feel you need to carry food with you wherever you go? Yes Do you tend to get panicky or hungry while exercising? Yes Women only: Do you feel much more emotional in the days prior to your period? Yes Your carbohydrate sensitivity score is 0. What does my score mean? The more YES answers you have, the more likely it is that you are sensitive to carbohydrates (insulin resistant), and the more seriously you should consider cutting back on carbohydrates in your diet. How can I be sure my symptoms are due to carbohydrates? These symptoms are just a collection of common clues. For more accurate informati Continue reading >>

The Morning Cocktail I Drink Instead Of Coffee

The Morning Cocktail I Drink Instead Of Coffee

Try this morning tea cocktail instead of coffee. It’s rocket fuel for the brain. I started experimenting with fat-plus-stimulant beverages in 1998 and 1999 while on the Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD). For the above tea blend, I now add turmeric and ginger to the aged pu-erh, usually Rishi brand. The above video was shot while filming the parkour episode of The Tim Ferriss Experiment TV show. We filmed 13 episodes back-to-back and I needed a morning pick-me-up that could be prepared quickly but sustain me for hours. The tea prep might seem reminiscent of Bulletproof Coffee, and it is. They serve similar purposes. For this reason, I jokingly referred to the cocktail as “Titanium Tea” with the production crew. Alas, BP coffee looks like a delicious frappuccino, and my concoction looks like diabetic horse urine. Here’s why I still drink TT Horse Urine nearly every day: I’m a caffeine “fast metabolizer” according to genetic test results from 23andMe, Navigenics (since acquired), and personal experience. If I drink a cup of black coffee, I feel like a superhero for 30 minutes, then need two cups to get back to baseline. But… When I use a blend of — say — green tea and fermented black tea, I’m combining slightly different pharmacokinetics and biological half-lives, so respective peak plasma (blood) concentrations of stimulants and other compounds are staggered. Instead of one single high point and then a rapid descent into fatigue, I have multiple high points. Rather than feeling amazing for 30 minutes and then fatigued, I can feel 20% more effective for 3-4 hours. This can be extended further if I include a tea like yerba mate (I like Cruz de Malta), which includes three xanthine alkaloids. For our purposes, you can think of these three xanthines as “st Continue reading >>

Ketogenic Diet Faq: All You Need To Know

Ketogenic Diet Faq: All You Need To Know

Below is an list of the most commonly asked questions about the ketogenic diet. Simply click on the question you're interested in and it will take you right to the answer. If you have any more questions, please let me know by leaving a comment and I'll add it to the list! KetoDiet Basic Facts Foods & Diet Plans Health Concerns Troubleshooting 3 free diet plans to help you kickstart your diet, lose weight and get healthy Recipes, giveaways and exclusive deals delivered directly to your inbox A chance to win the KetoDiet app every week KetoDiet Basic Facts Why is it that conventional diets don't work? Most of us would say we get fat simply because we get lazy and eat more. But what if it's the other way round? What if we just get fat and as a result we eat more and become lazy? For the last decades we have been given wrong advice about nutrition and effects of fatty foods on putting on weight. What if the main problem is that due to our modern diets we cannot satisfy our appetite? A study on this subject concluded with a surprising result: the fatter people get, the more inactive they become, not the other way round. And what if the interests of the authorities offering advice are influenced by economic reasons? To learn more about this, I recommend you watch The Food Revolution on Youtube Ketogenic diets are, in fact, closely related to the Paleolithic diet. Both exclude carbohydrates and aim at eating real food. Today carbohydrates make the majority of our diet and have significant implications for our health including hormone balance. For example, insulin, which is responsible for storing fat in our body, is greatly affected by excessive carbohydrate consumption. Carbohydrates are without doubt the most fattening element in our diets. Based on studies performed over th Continue reading >>

“you Have Literally Saved My Life”

“you Have Literally Saved My Life”

Here’s an impressive life transformation story, from Gareth Hicks: The Email Hej Andreas! Thanks for such an inspirational site! I was informed by my doctor at the end of 2012 that I needed to make some significant changes to my life – as I was nearly 44 lbs (20kg) overweight – and had a very poor fasting lipid profile. This coupled with high blood pressure (routinely 160/120) and little exercise, I was classified as a 15% daily risk of heart attack – and was racing towards CVD. As someone with a history of family heart disease, I knew I needed to do something different! As of tomorrow, 19th Feb, I will have been living a Low Carb High Fat lifestyle for one year. I have lost (and easily kept off) 35 lbs (16 kg) so far – by living on real food – with lots of fats added to make it extra tasty. I have completely removed pasta, most bread (I occasionally use unleavened bread with curry), have almost completely removed sugar – and live on a diet that is mostly curry, cauli-rice and fresh vegetables washed down with a glass of extra dry cava. I have inspired lots of people in the UK to adopt a lchf lifestyle, based on you – and your website – and am currently helping about 20 people on a one-to-one basis, as well as several others via Facebook. I’m a follower on twitter and Facebook – as well as the original DietDoctor.com website – and have created my own interpretation based on what I have learned from you – @curryandcava, www.curryandcava.com (still being developed) and on Facebook – curryandcava.com ;) Many people in the UK are desperate for this type of information – so please keep it coming – and I will keep sharing it !! Please also feel free to have a look at the pages and feedback anything you’d like to highlight! I have done extensi Continue reading >>

The Effects Of Coffee On A Low Carb Diet

The Effects Of Coffee On A Low Carb Diet

So you're a regular coffee drinker who's considering a low-carb diet. Better weigh that decision carefully over your next Venti Bold because the diet recommends you limit your java intake. According to the Atkins website, caffeine in coffee may lower your blood sugar or increase food cravings. While it's always a good idea to consume only moderate amounts of coffee no matter what diet you're following, it may be the diet itself and not the coffee that affects blood sugar and cravings. Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet. Video of the Day While there is an association between coffee and better blood sugar, it's not known to cause hypoglycemia. It's recommended that you limit your intake of caffeinated beverages when you have issues with hypoglycemia, however, because of how it might affect your health in other ways, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. If you feel disoriented, dizzy, irritable, tired or anxious after drinking a cup of coffee on your low-carb diet, consult your doctor immediately. Coffee and Cravings A 2011 study published in the Journal of Nutrition investigated the effects of coffee, both regular and decaffeinated, on appetite in a small group of healthy men. The study found that neither type of coffee had any effect on appetite or intake. This study was small, and the participants were not following a low-carb diet, however. If you're craving certain foods while on the low-carb diet, it may be more that you're missing the taste or how the food makes you feel. While low-carb proponents report ill health effects for some people who drink coffee while following the diet, you are allowed up to 2 cups a day as tolerated. If you drink several cups a day and decide to cut back as suggested, you might want to do so slo Continue reading >>

Everything You Need To Know About The Keto Diet

Everything You Need To Know About The Keto Diet

A ketogenic diet is a low carb, high fat diet. One of its main goals is to train your body to get its energy from a whole different source – ketones, rather than glucose. When you eat carbs, your body naturally converts them into glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert into energy and is your body’s immediate go-to for fuel. Insulin is what carries the glucose all through your bloodstream and gets the converted energy to where it needs to go. Because of this process, the fats you eat don’t often get used and end up getting stored away. They are considered as more of a backup for your body and because of the high amount of carbs the majority of people consume, fats rarely get touched. The ketogenic diet (AKA keto diet) breaks this cycle. Through the dramatic drop in carbs, your body starts to go into a state known as ketosis. This is what happens when the amount of healthy fats you eat greatly outnumber the amount of carbohydrates you eat. When you start doing this, your body has no choice but to resort to this ketosis state. The fats you eat will start getting converted into ketones through your liver and those ketones will become your body’s main source of energy. This is a whole different way to get your body into a metabolic state. Rather than starving it of calories, you are starving it of carbs, training your whole system to make ketones as your body’s main source of energy. Different Types Of Ketogenic Diets Standard Ketogenic Diet (SKD) – This is the typical form of the diet. It is very low carb and moderate protein. 75% fats, 20% protein and 5% carbs. Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD) – This is a more advanced form of the diet, typically used by athletes. It involves high carb days. For example, 5 keto days will be Continue reading >>

The Power Of The Ketogenic Diet With Dr. Dom D’agostino

The Power Of The Ketogenic Diet With Dr. Dom D’agostino

Dr. Dominic “Dom” D’Agostino is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Why people frown so much on the ketogenic diet? Most people don’t like it because of a lack of education, even in the nutrition branch. The diet can help a lot with overcoming type II diabetes and obesity. It’s not really feasible for most because there is too much restriction. The diet contains a lot of saturated fat, which scares away most people. Doctors are not really educated on nutrition, because it doesn’t fit in their busy schedule. Nutrition is the pillar of good health, but we lack studies. The studies are hard to do and really expensive. Without research, there’s no evidence for doctors. 10% of the population could benefit from a ketogenic diet. 40% of the population could follow a modified ketogenic diet that keeps the ketones in the blood elevated. What can you use the diet for? There are many applications for athletes. It’s not optimal for every endurance athlete. People over 40 would respond really well. How much protein intake do you need? It takes1 to 1.5g per kg per day to stay in nutritional ketosis. Too much protein causes the ketones to decrease. If you have a fast metabolism (ectomorph), then you need 2g per kg per day. A typical ketogenic diet has a 4:1 ratio, so 4 parts fats, 1 part of protein and carbs. In a modified Atkins diet, the amount of protein is increased to 25 to 35%. Eric Kossoff is the leader of the modified diet for people with seizures. Impact of ketogenic diet on type I diabetes Dom has a student in his class with type I diabetes. That student found tha Continue reading >>

Keto And Caffeine, Impact On Ketosis?

Keto And Caffeine, Impact On Ketosis?

Many questions that I get from friends and family are related to keto and caffeine. Since I am a frequent coffee drinker and usually have 5 to 6 cups of black coffee every day I decided to check it out a little to see if there is any research or indications that caffeine will impact on ketosis. So far in my researching in this topic I have not found any real proof that shows that it has any impact. There is some indication of people who claim they have a slower keto progress when drinking coffee or tea compared to when not. But there is not a big enough sample to draw any real conclusion on this. It might be that caffeine could interrupt the glucose metabolism, which in turn could affect ketosis but there is no real evidence to support this. Then when considering the insulin resistance there is another thing to consider. Ketosis decreases the insulin resistance by improving the insulin sensitivity, which means the ability for the cells to absorb glucose. There is some indications that caffeine might increase the insulin resistance but this has also not been proven in any studies. There was a study made at Duke University Medical Center in August 2004 that looked at the effects of caffeine on the blood glucose levels and insulin resistance. The study result showed that 250mg of caffeine did not change the glucose levels. The interesting part of this study however was that there was actually an increase in the glucose levels if you had 75g of carbohydrates together with the caffeine. As the result from the study shows the glucose levels might increase if having caffeine together with a meal with a high amount of carbohydrates but there is no indication what the impact is for people who eat according to a low carb diet. This has also been mentioned by Lyle McDonald who is Continue reading >>

Keto Headache Guide

Keto Headache Guide

Try 5 keto headache remedies proven to work within 30 minutes. Learn why a keto headache happens on a low carb diet and find out how long yours will last. See how to prevent a keto headache from recurring in the future. Keto Headache Cures If you need immediate keto headache relief, here are five different proven remedies you can use to cure it within 30 minutes. This works just as well if you have a keto headache first day in versus a keto headache two weeks in. 1. Drink warm water with half teaspoon of table salt. You might want to try the simplest solution first. Add half a teaspoon of table salt to a 24 ounce glass of warm water (3 cups) and drink it. This should cure your headache within 20-30 minutes if it’s being caused dehydration or sodium deficit. I have tried this drink both cold and warm. When the water is cold it’s damn near intolerable, but when the water is warm, I can get it down. 2. Drink a carton of bone broth. If warm salt water isn’t to your tastes, then try sipping down a carton of bone broth. You can drink chicken or beef bone broth, doesn’t matter. Drink 16 ounces (2 cups) or more to ensure you get enough sodium. The beef bone broth pictured above is a bland, almost tasteless drink that I much prefer with a spoonful of butter added. Butter improves the taste and keeps you inline with your keto macros as it adds a lot of fat. 3. Drink vegetable bouillon dissolved in two cups of water. Boil two cups of water in the microwave, then drop in a bouillon tab and stir it with a spoon to help it dissolve. Drink up. This is a good headache remedy if you’re doing vegan keto. It’s also surprisingly delicious. The vegetable bouillon is definitely the best tasting of the 5 keto headache remedies. I had never even heard of it before I started my rese Continue reading >>

Can Caffeine Kick You Out Of Ketosis?

Can Caffeine Kick You Out Of Ketosis?

Low-carb dieters who consume very few carbohydrates often go into ketosis. Ketosis develops when you use up your glycogen stores and need an alternate source of energy. Your body forms ketone bodies as it breaks down fat to use for energy, and you excrete ketones in the urine. Low-carb dieter use ketone test strips to ensure that they're following the diet correctly and burning fat. Caffeine might disrupt glucose metabolism, which could affect ketosis, although only anecdotal evidence of this exists. Video of the Day Insulin resistance, the inability of cells to respond to and absorb glucose, can raise glucose levels and cause weight gain. Ketosis decreases insulin resistance by improving insulin sensitivity, meaning the ability of cells to absorb glucose. Insulin helps cells take glucose from the bloodstream to use for energy. Improving insulin sensitivity helps you lose weight. Caffeine might increase insulin resistance. Caffeine and Insulin Resistance Caffeine might increase insulin resistance, which might make losing weight more difficult and also increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, although this has not been clinically proven. A study conducted by researchers from Duke University Medical Center in the August 2004 issue of "Diabetes Care," published by the American Diabetes Association, discussed the effects of caffeine on blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity. This study showed that 250 mg of caffeine did not change fasting glucose levels but did raise glucose levels after consumption of 75 g of glucose compared with placebo. Although caffeine might raise glucose levels after eating a meal high in carbohydrates, it's unclear that this effect occurs after a low-carbohydrate meal such as those eaten by low-carb dieters. It's also unclear wheth Continue reading >>

Adrenal Fatigue Diet And Low Carb Diet

Adrenal Fatigue Diet And Low Carb Diet

The Role of Sugar Intolerance and Addiction in Chronic Illness I have been working with chronic fatigue for almost thirty years and I use hair tissue mineral analysis with all of my patients. Along with the indicators of adrenal fatigue which are always present in these cases, glucose intolerance and insulin resistance are nearly always revealed in the test results. Over and over again, I hear people saying they had no idea that this was happening. Though not always, the most severe cases can't help but know how badly sugar affects them. But sometimes even then, they have remained very confused about why they have certain symptoms and problems. This is partly due to the aggressive promotion of low fat, high carb diets and the equally aggressive attacks against low carbohydrate diets that have been ongoing for over forty years. Once I have explained the test results and the need to eliminate all sugars from their diet, I often get calls and emails expressing amazement at how quickly they felt better and at what a big effect sugar and other high impact carbohydrates was having on them. This is even before they have begun using the Nutritional Balancing protocols based on the test results. For many people, certainly in my case, knowing this many years before could have changed the course of years of illness and suffering. But no health practitioner was going to tell us we needed a higher fat and lower carbohydrate diet. An adrenal fatigue diet requires a low sugar or low carb diet. Maintaining blood sugar balance is a function of the adrenal glands. The more work you give the adrenals by over eating sugars and starches, the more stress you will put on your adrenal glands every single day no matter what else you do. Complex Carbohydrates I wish I had understood just how imp Continue reading >>

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