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Ketogenic Diet Could Help Us Live Longer, But Could Also Lead To Weight Gain

Ketogenic Diet Could Help Us Live Longer, But Could Also Lead To Weight Gain

The ketogenic diet is based on the basic idea that the body will always burn glucose (which breaks down from the carbohydrates) before it burns ketones (which are the breakdown of fat). By replacing most of the carbs in our diet with fat, proponents say it can fast-track weight loss, curb appetite, treat various health ailments and increase athletic performance. The diet originated in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy, but became trendy in the fitness industry among those trying to shed and shred. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian also tried chewing the fat. While the keto diet has been slammed as a fad and is known for its side effects including constipation and bad breath, new research suggests it can improve memory and lifespan. READ MORE: * Which diet is really best for you? Here's a dietitian's advice * Best and worst of the 10 most popular diets * Which diet is best for weight loss? In two new studies mice were fed either a ketogenic diet, a control diet, or a low-carb, high-fat diet (ketogenic is a more extreme version of low-carb and accounted for 89 to 90 per cent of total calorie intake in the studies) and put through tests of physical health, fitness and memory. In both studies the keto mice lived longer and showed memory improvements, while only one showed maintenance of physical fitness and strength as mice aged. For the benefits, however, there was a catch. Mice that stay on a keto diet eventually become obese. To avoid this the mice were cycled between regular diets and the keto diet. "This study demonstrates that energy-controlled, high-fat LCDs are not detrimental to health, but rather a KD extends lifespan and slows age-related decline in physiological function in mice," the study authors concluded. "It is most probable that th Continue reading >>

16 Ways Keto For Women Is Different + Doesn’t Need To Suck

16 Ways Keto For Women Is Different + Doesn’t Need To Suck

As a female, we have to tinker the keto diet a little more than our male keto-ers do. For example, during shark week I can’t eat meat or I’ll end up on the couch in agony, with a heating pad, wanting to tear my ovaries out. So, I have to opt for things that are more easily digestible to my puffy, unhappy insides. Keto for women is just different. For one week every month we have brain-consuming cravings, we weigh more, have a hard time digesting, we get headaches and cramps and dammit we just want a blanket, some chocolate and a tub of icecream. end OK, but you get it. We also have other things to think about, like vaginas and boobies. For these two special things, we need to make some alterations too. You can’t just cut out some things. How to make keto for women easier and less grouchy Here are some tips I’ve cooked up over the past year that I’ve been told have been really helpful, enjoy! Eat yogurt. The diet says no, but I SAY YES. Men don’t need to care about the Lactobacillus acidophilus in yogurt, but a good healthy vagina does! Dannon makes a Light & Fit “Diabetic Friendly” vanilla yogurt that’s only 3 carbs per cup. Take cranberry supplements. Additionally, we need cranberry to ward away pesky urinary tract infections if we ever plan on forgetting to pee after sex again. So, take a cranberry supplement every day, and accept the carbs that come with it. Prepare for the lady in red. When the red devil is in town and you “need” sweets, opt for a handful of dark chocolate chocolate chips. The gourmet ones, real dark chocolate ones have the least carbs. The Milk Chocolate Almond Bars from Meleleuca only have 7 carbs for the entire bar, 9 for the DHA-enhanced dark chocolate ones which is also awesome. Remember that meats take more Continue reading >>

What To Do About Post-menopausal Weight Gain, Even On A Ketogenic Diet?

What To Do About Post-menopausal Weight Gain, Even On A Ketogenic Diet?

Is low-carb eating safe for hyperthyroidism and AFib? What about calories per serving in our recipes? And what can be done about post-menopausal weight gain, even on a ketogenic diet? Get the answers in this week’s Q&A with Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt: Calories per serving? I’m very surprised that you do not include calories per serving in your recipes nutritional breakdown. I understand that counting calories is not the main objective of this diet. However I feel it is important to know how many calories I’m consuming along with how much fat, how many carbs and how much protein. Are you planning to include calories per serving in your recipes? If not, is there any way for me to calculate the calories per serving of your recipes? Your website is amazing and I am very happy to have found it and to be a member. The lectures and interviews have helped me very, very much. I am trying to keep my calories below 1500 a day. If you feel counting calories is useless or not necessary for weight loss please explain as I believe is one of the significant numbers I should be looking at to optimize my weight loss. Thank you very much, Rick I don’t believe that the number of calories is a very helpful number, and most people would probably do great never, ever knowing about it. Please remember that a hundred years ago, when just about nobody even knew what a calorie was, almost everyone was slim. And today, when we completely obsess about calories, we have an obesity epidemic. When it comes to food, quality is far more important than quantity – because the quality determines the quantity we want to eat. Best, Andreas Eenfeldt Is low-carb eating safe for hyperthyroidism and AFib? Hi, I have just been diagnosed with A-Fib and hyperthyroidism. I was eating low carb but have been unabl Continue reading >>

35: Natural Sugars, Weight Gain From Fat, Gluconeogenesis Overstated, Weight Stall On Period

35: Natural Sugars, Weight Gain From Fat, Gluconeogenesis Overstated, Weight Stall On Period

LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD AT ITUNES If you are interested in the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet, then this is the podcast for you. We zero in exclusively on all the questions people have about how being in a state of nutritional ketosis and the effects it has on your health. There are a lot of myths about keto floating around out there and our two amazing cohosts are shooting them down one at a time. Keto Talk is cohosted by 10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Arizona osteopath and certified bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles” who thoroughly share from their wealth of experience on the ketogenic lifestyle each and every Thursday. We love hearing from our fabulous Ketonian listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at [email protected] And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes and listened to the past episodes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Adam share more great answers to your best keto questions today in Episode 35. KEY QUOTE: “In the minds of bodybuilders, gluconeogenesis is overstated. But in the rest of the world it is not. That protein effect is heavily dependent on one’s level of insulin resistance and amount of lean muscle mass.” — Dr. Adam Nally Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 35: – Does each meal need to match your macronutrient ratio for keto? Hi guys! I have been following the keto diet for the past two months. I just ordered the Ketonix breath ketone analyzer to see if I am in ketosis or not. I’ve already lost 14 pounds, but I have a question for you guys to address: Does each meal that I eat need to fit the macronu Continue reading >>

Ketosis & Late Menstrual Cycle

Ketosis & Late Menstrual Cycle

Ketosis occurs when a person is deprived of dietary carbohydrates, causing the body to burn glycogen and fat stores for energy. This can lead to rapid weight loss, which may cause late or missed periods in some women. If you are experiencing ketosis and your period is much later than usual, consult your doctor. Video of the Day Your body burns dietary carbohydrates for energy. If you do not provide it with carbohydrates, it burns its fat stores instead. This process releases small carbon fragments called ketones into the blood, which causes the state known as ketosis. A common sign of ketosis is unpleasant fruity-smelling breath that results when your body tries to expel excess ketones by breathing them out. Although it is often marketed and promoted as a safe weight-loss and detox solution, ketosis can cause long-term liver and kidney damage. Ketogenic diets are extremely strict, high-fat, low-protein and low-carbohydrate diets that intentionally cause a state of ketosis, usually for quick weight loss. These diets may produce the desired results, but the weight loss is rarely sustainable since it returns quickly once you return to a normal diet. More importantly, they are not safe. Ketogenic diets can cause a host of problems, including kidney stones, constipation, cognitive problems, osteoporosis, high cholesterol and disruptions in the menstrual cycle. There are many reasons your period may be late. Some fluctuations in your menstrual cycle are normal, or may occur due to stress, your contraceptive method or even pregnancy. More serious causes include hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems or menopause. Extreme weight loss such as that caused by ketosis can cause your menstrual periods to diminish or stop altogether. If you are following a ketogenic diet and your peri Continue reading >>

Not Losing Weight On A Low-carb Ketogenic Diet? Don’t Give Up And Read Further

Not Losing Weight On A Low-carb Ketogenic Diet? Don’t Give Up And Read Further

The ketogenic diet is not only known to be one of the most effective weight loss tools, but has proven to have many health benefits. Ketosis is a state at which your body produces ketones in the liver, shifting the body's metabolism away from glucose and towards fat utilization. Unless you can check your blood ketones, using Ketostix is an easy way to detect urinary ketones. It's not the most accurate method, but may be good enough to find out whether you are in ketosis. In some cases, weight loss may be difficult even on a low-carb ketogenic diet and there may be a few possible reasons for weight stalling, which I have listed in this post. If you want to know more about the ketogenic diet and how it can help you lose weight, have a look at my Practical Guide to Keto Diet which is freely available on my website also as PDF. 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 Top Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight on a Keto Diet 1. Carbs are Too High Your carbohydrate intake may be too high. Try to decrease your daily carbs limit. Also try to include coconut oil in your diet. Coconut oil consists of MCTs (Medium chain triglycerides), which are easily digestible, less likely to be stored by your body and are used for immediate energy. MCTs are converted in the liver into ketones, which helps you enter ketosis. If you want to know more about carbs, check out this post. For more about ketones, have a look at this post. 2. Protein is Too High or Too Low Your protein intake may be too high/ low. Protein is the most sating macronutrient and you should include high-quality animal protein in your diet. If you don't eat enough protein, you Continue reading >>

The Keto Diet Is The Only Thing That Stopped My Emotional Weight Fluctuation

The Keto Diet Is The Only Thing That Stopped My Emotional Weight Fluctuation

The day I turned 29, I made a vow to myself to lose 70 pounds by the time I turned 30, hoping to drop from 190 pounds on my 5'3 frame down to 120. The fatness of my body was very much tied to my psychological well-being. When I was a senior in high school, I went on the Zone Diet and got down to 128 pounds. Then, as fear and anxiety about going to college grew, so did my body. And I ballooned up to 170 by the following year. Seven years later, when I got my first teaching job at a behavioral school, I managed the stress of trying to teach current (and future) criminals by going home and binge eating every night. I gained 40 pounds in a matter of six months, topping out at my all time high of 210. I cried in the doctor's office that day, unable to believe that I had gained so much weight, so quickly. So, I quit that job. And my boyfriend at the time promptly dumped me. Completely lost and feeling very alone, I figured the solution was to lose weight. I dropped 20 pounds. A year later, 10 of those pounds were back. These examples are not the only times I've gained and lost. If I listed all those other times, this would be a much longer article. In short, I learned that I gain weight when I'm under stress or depressed, and lose weight as an attempt to release the negative feelings from my body. When I turned 29, I decided I was fed up with this cycle. I wanted to release the burden of weight worries and learn to use food as fuel, rather than as an emotional crutch. That's when I found keto, a very low-carb, high-fat diet. I pored over posts online, read recipes, and Googled around until I made my decision. What helped me choose keto was hearing about how satisfying it was. Many people reported feeling satiated from eating higher fat, whereas typical low-fat diets tend to l Continue reading >>

Lipolysis And Why You Can Gain Weight Eating Too Much Fat

Lipolysis And Why You Can Gain Weight Eating Too Much Fat

There are a lot of conflicting views and advice on the web about what is a well formulated ketogenic diet, especially for weight loss. Lots of people promote Bullet Proof Coffee, Fat Bombs, eating sticks of butter, adding carbs or doing carb ups, etc. In this article I want to clear up the metabolic processes that are involved with a ketogenic diet, insulin resistance and how to leverage them to heal your body and as a result, lose weight. What Causes Insulin Resistant and Weight Gain? The primary cause of weight gain is high dietary carbohydrates. This causes insulin to respond and store the excess fuel (blood glucose) that results. This is also the stem of most diseases. Check out this chart by Ivor Cummings. As you can see, impaired insulin signaling is the stem of most diseases we face. There are several other factors that contribute (not enough sunlight, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor sleep, magnesium deficiency, stress, etc), but the impairment of insulin signaling (insulin resistance) and the resulting inflammation is the core cause. So it is very important to understand how to reverse insulin resistance. Controlling our insulin levels (reducing carbohydrates) is just one part. What is the cause of insulin resistance? Some people will say high glucose levels. Others will say being obese. While some say high insulin levels. High insulin is partly true but what really causes the break down of metabolic function is when our body fat (adipose tissue) gets very large and can’t hold anymore fat. Adipose tissue is a very important signaling component in our bodies. Keeping our fat cells happy turns out to be very important to our metabolic function. The key is to reduce our fat cell size. You can have people with a lot of fat cells but the cells are small and they Continue reading >>

12 Reasons You Can’t Trust Your Scale

12 Reasons You Can’t Trust Your Scale

12 Reasons You Can’t Trust Your Scale – In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale. ~Stephen Phillips 12 Reasons You Can’t Trust Your Scale There are many positive physiological changes that can be observed after following a nourishing traditional foods diet which be missed if a person is only focusing on the scale. The scale does not show changes in skin texture and tone that often occur with a diet high in quality fats and protein. You can weigh 2-5 lbs more at the end of the day than the beginning. You weigh more when you have eaten out the day before and had inflammatory foods like gluten and vegetable oils. Inflammation from irritating foods can cause swelling in the gut which can cause 10-15 lbs of water weight gain. You can gain 5-10 lbs in the week before or during your period. You can lose up to a pound with a proper elimination (have you gone #2 lately?). Scales can vary 5-10 lbs depending on the quality. If you are a scale hopper you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Muscle is more compact than fat so you can lose inches (and look leaner) even when you don’t lose pounds on the scale. A body fat test is a much better indicator of health than a scale because it separates lean muscle from fat tissue. Body fat calipers and full body immersion tanks are much more accurate indicators of body fat stores. Wouldn’t you rather be more lean muscle than fat? A body fat test will tell you how much muscle you have but a scale never will. Much of our conditioning about the scale comes from the doctors office where they use Body Mass Index charts based on weight/height which are unreliable because they do not take muscle mass into account. Anot Continue reading >>

For Ladies Only: A Keto Guide

For Ladies Only: A Keto Guide

Shark week. Checking into the Red Roof Inn. Surfing the Crimson Wave. Getting a visit from Aunt Flo. The Red Badge of Courage. That time of the month. Whatever euphemism you use for it, women inevitably have to deal with menstruation and all the weird junk that goes along with it. We here at Ketovangelist get a lot of questions about keto and periods. A. Lot. So, at the behest of our coaches- and after much whining on my part- I’ve put together this little “what to expect” guide for women to help a sister out when it gets down to the issue of menstruating. You’re welcome. One thing to keep in mind: Your period is still your period. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a zillion times: keto is not magic. and it isn’t the cause of everything that will happen to you after you start eating this way. For the most part, your period is going to be your normal period while you’re keto. You might have cravings, you might cramp, you might be light or heavy, or early or late. All the same stuff you dealt with during menstruation pre-keto you will probably continue to deal with now that you’ve changed your food lifestyle. That being said, there are a few issues we do see pop up from time to time and I will address them, in no particular order: If you’re hungry, eat A direct quote, if I may, from our lovely coach, Mary Roberts: “Hormone hunger is real hunger.” And she’s right. Right after ovulation the body ramps up production of estrogen and progesterone, both of which can cause your body to feel hunger. The bottom line is that, as we all should know, our menstrual time is a stretch of a few days where hormones are screwy. We might be tired, we might be cranky, and we will probably be hungry. All of that is perfectly normal and you are not expected to sit an Continue reading >>

Weight Gain, Weight Loss In Two Short Periods

Weight Gain, Weight Loss In Two Short Periods

Last weekend, Anita and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary with a short trip and a stay in an historic bed-and-breakfast. I did my best to be true to both my wife and my diet. The B & B provided me with eggs, meat, and coffee in the morning. I ignored the platter of chocolate-chip cookies available 24 hours a day. (Anita did not.) We picked restaurants where I could put together tasty low-carb meals. All in all, things went fine, until I weighed myself the morning after our return. Did I discover that romance was an aid to weight loss? No. Just the opposite. I discovered that I’d gained more than two pounds — 2.4 pounds, to be exact. There wasn’t much to be done but to rededicate myself to eating LCHF. I did, and soon lost the pounds again. Here is a table that sums up the two periods of weight gain and weight loss. Average Daily Consumption and Weight Change in Two Periods I’m a little more confident in the numbers for the second period since I was eating at home for most of the meals. But lets assume all the numbers are reasonably accurate. I ate almost the same average daily calories in the two periods, just eight more calories per day in the second period (in which I lost weight). The numbers for fat, net carbs, and protein show a lot more variance. Compared to the weight gain period, in the weight loss period I averaged 9% more fat, 18.7% less net carbs, and 22% less protein. For the two short periods, the differences in weight change and in consumption of fat, net carbs, and protein clearly support the tenets of my LCHF diet. Keep dietary fat high, net carbs low, and protein moderate. That’s the recipe for losing body fat. I still wish I hadn’t gained weight during our romantic getaway. But otherwise I have no regrets. I haven’t had any regret Continue reading >>

The Ketogenic Diet: An Answer For More Than Weight-loss Resistance

The Ketogenic Diet: An Answer For More Than Weight-loss Resistance

The ketogenic diet is rapidly becoming one of the hottest topics in health for good reason. It’s a quick way to drop extra weight and get lean, and has numerous positive effects on overall well-being. Developed in the 1920’s to improve brain function in epileptic children, it fell out of popularity when anticonvulsant drugs hit the market. The recent resurgence of the diet is exciting since it’s so effective for weight-loss 1 and healing a variety of other health conditions. I have been following my Cellular Healing Diet for many years; but, more recently have been on my Advanced Cellular Healing diet, essentially a ketogenic diet, and have achieved the best health and fitness of my life (read my personal experience with the diet at the end of the article). I now believe it’s one of the best tools available to improve health and get into your best shape yet. Note: This diet is not for everyone, and can simply be used as a tool for healing weight-loss resistance and other conditions. Once good health is achieved, you may return to following a diet that suits you genetically, or the Cellular Healing Diet. However, some people should stay on the ketogenic diet for life to have lasting energy and remain lean. 2 whole, pastured eggs ½ can unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk 1 cup ice 3 caps vanilla extract 2 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder 1 tsp sea salt Continue reading >>

Here's How To Transition Off The Keto Diet (without Gaining Weight)

Here's How To Transition Off The Keto Diet (without Gaining Weight)

While clinical nutritionist Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNC, recommends the keto diet as a temporary diet, one of the biggest complaints in doing so is the immediate post-keto weight gain. So what happens when you forgo the high-fat lifestyle and go back to regular life? Do you just gain all the weight back? Dr. Axe has a strategy for transitioning out of ketosis. The key here is to not go from your (for most people, drastically different) diet back to your normal eating habits, especially if said habits were carb heavy with lots of processed sugars. In fact, Dr. Axe has noted that he's seen this same thing happen with thousands of clients, keto or otherwise: the second someone is done with a diet, they go ham with the unhealthy foods. It's not a hallmark of stopping keto but rather of stopping any kind of diet. However, since keto is such a specific diet with such unique parameters for macronutrients, he has a few eating and dieting techniques that he recommends for coming off keto: Paleo. First and foremost, he suggested transitioning from keto to Paleo. They're similarly low-carb, but Paleo is more maintainable for a long period of time with a good balance of essential macronutrients. Carb Cycling. This is a technique that Dr. Axe's wife uses for weight maintenance and health. He explains it in deeper detail on his website, but it generally consists of eating more carbs on certain days of the week and fewer on others. Dr. Axe told POPSUGAR that carb cycling is a great way to transition off of the keto diet. GAPS Diet. The GAPS diet focuses on promoting a healthy gut — anything from inflammatory bowel disease to leaky gut syndrome. On said diet, you avoid all processed foods and sugars, grains, starchy carbs and potatoes, and dairy. TCM. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM Continue reading >>

Why You Have Fat Days And What To Do About Them

Why You Have Fat Days And What To Do About Them

What are fat days? Does your scale go up at certain times of the month? Almost overnight you seem to put on an extra kg or two. It’s a “fat day.” You’ll freak out about it, wonder what’s going on when you’ve been doing so well and then after a few more ‘fat days’ the weight drops off again. For some women, the weight gain is clearly linked to an upcoming period. But some women put weight on in the middle of their cycle. What’s up with that? Have you actually gained fat? Or is it fluid retention? Unfortunately studies have not found a clear explanation for why we gain weight cyclically. The good news is that it’s likely just fluid retention for most of us. If you have regular cycles, you can identify your pattern with a little self quantification. This article will help you find and understand your patterns so you can stop freaking out every month! What time of the month do you gain weight? Some women are at their heaviest during their period – but some women gain more weight around ovulation. For many women, weight starts to climb in the second half of their cycle after ovulation and culminates with a peak on the first day of their period. Several studies have found that peak fluid retention is on the first day of menstrual flow and then it begins to drop off again. Not every woman follows this pattern though. For some women, weight will abruptly rise after ovulation, stay there for a few days before dropping again (but not to pre-ovulation weight), and then stay at that slightly higher weight until after the period finishes. For example, I can put on anywhere from 400g to 1 kg (a few pounds) after ovulation (but I have clients who put on even more than this). During this time I feel way more bloated and fat than I ever do before and during my peri Continue reading >>

How To Start A Ketogenic Diet The Right Way + 3 Costly Mistakes To Avoid

How To Start A Ketogenic Diet The Right Way + 3 Costly Mistakes To Avoid

As you may have heard, the ketogenic diet (keto for short) has been exploding in popularity over the past few years. According to Google Trends, interest in the ketogenic diet has more than doubled in the last year alone. But before you give keto a try, keep in mind that it’s way better to start a ketogenic diet the right way and avoid the mistakes others make. That way you can enjoy the benefits of the diet faster and with better results. Keto diets were first used about 100 years ago to help epileptic children. Now, this diet sees use in helping people lose weight, gain mental focus and energy, get rid of digestive issues, treat type 2 diabetes, and even potentially prevent/cure cancer and neurological diseases. However, while the benefits of a ketogenic diet are substantial, in this article I’ll show you exactly how to properly use a keto diet in order to reap its full benefits. The Basics Of A Ketogenic Diet As explained in this article, a ketogenic diet focuses on putting your body into a metabolic state called “ketosis.” What this generally means is that your body uses fat – rather than sugar – to generate energy for your body. In order for your body to switch into this state, the typical advice is to eat a diet low in carbohydrates, high in fats, and moderate in proteins. (Hence why bone broth is very keto-friendly.) How To Start A Ketogenic Diet A keto diet is pretty simple in theory (low carbs, high fat, moderate protein). But that doesn’t necessarily tell you exactly what to eat, what to avoid, or how much to eat. So What Exactly Can You Eat on A Ketogenic Diet? Healthy fats, e.g., coconut oil, butter or ghee, lard, tallow, bacon fat, olive oil Meats, including organ meats Eggs Fish and Seafood Non-starchy vegetables (especially green leafy veget Continue reading >>

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