15 Health Conditions That May Benefit From A Ketogenic Diet
By Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE Ketogenic diets have become incredibly popular. Early research suggests this high-fat, very low-carb diet may benefit several health conditions. Although some of the evidence is from case studies and animal research, results from human controlled studies are also promising. Here are 15 health conditions that may benefit from a ketogenic diet. 1. Epilepsy Epilepsy is a disease that causes seizures due to excessive brain activity. Anti-seizure medications are effective for some people with epilepsy. However, others don’t respond to the drugs or can’t tolerate their side effects. Of all the conditions that may benefit from a ketogenic diet, epilepsy has by far the most evidence supporting it. In fact, there are several dozen studies on the topic. Research shows that seizures typically improve in about 50% of epilepsy patients who follow the classic ketogenic diet. This is also known as a 4:1 ketogenic diet because it provides 4 times as much fat as protein and carbs combined. The modified Atkins diet (MAD) is based on a considerably less restrictive 1:1 ratio of fat to protein and carbs. It has been shown to be equally effective for seizure control in most adults and children older than two years of age. The ketogenic diet may also have benefits on the brain beyond seizure control. For example, when researchers examined the brain activity of children with epilepsy, they found improvements in various brain patterns in 65% of those following a ketogenic diet — regardless of whether they had fewer seizures. Bottom Line: Ketogenic diets have been shown to reduce seizure frequency and severity in many children and adults with epilepsy who don’t respond well to drug therapy. 2. Metabolic Syndrome Metabolic syndrome, sometimes referred to a Continue reading >>
What Are The Dangers Of The Ketosis Diet?
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the "Atkins" and low carb dieting thing was just coming on in a big way, there was a terrific number of idiotic claims made about the dangers of it -- many of them confusing (as the questioner points out) diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious condition, with voluntary nutritional ketosis, even though there is no relation whatever. But, leaving all that aside, some caution is in order. The diet seems to stress the adrenals. This has been noted anecdotally by many people who've followed the diet. It was also noted by Dr Wolfgang Lutz, one of the early pioneers of the diet, who personally practiced the diet for 40-odd years, as well as advocated the diet to thousands of his patients. He noted in his book on the subject ("Life Without Bread" was the title, though it was published later I believe under a different title) that some patients would suffer mild autoimmune reactions that required small doses of corticosteroids to control. This sounds like what would happen if the adrenals are failing to produce a normal amount of steroids. You can find a lot more of a mostly-anecdotal nature by searching for "ketogenic jaminet". Paul Jaminet is a popular health blogger who has written about what he perceives to be problems with the ketogenic diet, including the possibility of deficiency of mucus and other key glycoproteins. He has some scientific backing for what he is saying, but it is far from air-tight. Read and judge for yourself. You can also learn a lot from the comments below his posts. Jaminet and others have also written about the risk of kidney stones on the ketogenic diet, and this is a serious concern, albeit a rare occurence. As far as the kidney stress goes: this would I believe be easy to avert simply by taking some alkali during Continue reading >>
What Is Ketosis And What Does Low Carb Mean?
Low carb stands for forms of nutrition in which the absorption of carbohydrates (Carbs are non-essential nutrients!) is more or less severely restricted. The ketogenic diet represents in this respect the most extreme type of low carb, in which almost no carbohydrates are consumed and the body metabolism must completely change with respect to its energy generation. Certain tissues in our body, which are otherwise supplied with the carbohydrate component glucose, derive their energy replacement for "carbohydrate deficiency" from the ketone bodies increasingly formed to compensate for it. These ketone bodies, which are detectable in the urine among other places, provide the name for the "ketogenic" diet and the metabolic state of the "ketosis". Here the ketosis can be considered as a type of indicator and is just one of many metabolic changes occurring during the prolonged absence of carbohydrates. For the non-medical ketogenic diet, however, the impact on the lipid metabolism is likely to be of overriding interest. While each carbohydrate intake slows down the lipid metabolism due to an increase in blood sugar and the secretion of insulin, these are properly trained by the ketogenic diet and become more effective in the long run. As most body tissue fatty acids can be used very well as an energy source, a few tangible benefits can hence already be seen: higher and more consistent performance levels, as sufficient energy is always available with the "fatty (acid) pool" (from storage and dietary fats) and the highly effective lipid metabolism among other things, no hunger pangs due to stable blood sugar levels no slowing down of the metabolism or loss of lean substance with the negative energy balance (when used for weight loss) Alongside the various motivations for the ket Continue reading >>
Ketosis-prone Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Presentation
History The presentation of DKA does not differ markedly according to the Aß phenotype. Typical features of polydipsia, polyuria, and fatigue are seen. In patients who already require insulin, the onset of DKA can be rapid when, for example, insulin is abruptly discontinued or a major stressor such as acute myocardial infarction occurs. Patients with previously undiagnosed ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes may have a less abrupt onset of symptoms. Symptoms related to an underlying precipitating event, such as myocardial infarction or infection (eg, pneumonia, urinary tract infection) may be noted. Abdominal pain is also a common complaint associated with DKA, especially in children. The cause of abdominal pain in DKA is not well understood but appears to relate to the severity of the acidosis. Failure of abdominal pain to resolve with treatment of DKA or marked abdominal tenderness should lead to consideration of other causes. Shortness of breath in spite of normal pulse oximetry and clear lungs is common. Continue reading >>
Keto Vs. Paleo Diets: What's The Difference?
Both the Keto and the paleo diet share their low-carb DNA, but have been developed for vastly different purposes. Thanks to Robert Atkins, low-carb diets are incredibly popular, but two of these diets have been unfairly lumped together. The ketogenic and Paleolithic diets focus on some of the same basic principles, but differ greatly in outcome. The difference: What it Means to be Ketogenic It is important to note that historically the ketogenic diet is a tool for disease management, not weight loss. It is a common dietary intervention for conditions such as epilepsy, for example. The goal is to force the body into a state of ketosis— the process of the body burning stored fat. On this plan, you achieve ketosis through fasting, the reduction of carbohydrates and the increase of dietary fat. A 2004 study published in Experimental & Clinical Cardiology found that long-term adherence to a ketogenic diet may: Reduce body mass Lower blood LCD and glucose Increase the level of HDL or "good" cholesterol The incredible piece here is that this diet actually seems to treat epilepsy very well, but there is a catch; it's incredibly difficult to tolerate. According to WebMd, the diet prescribes that dieters to consume three calories of fat for every calorie of protein or carbohydrate. That's a lot of fat. WebMd explains: "A meal might include a small portion of chicken, a little bit of fruit, and a lot of fat, typically butter or cream. Frankly, it's a difficult diet to swallow. What is the Paleolithic Diet? The Paleo plan focuses more on eating meat under the assumption that early cave dwellers had limited access to grain and greens, and thus were "made" to eat a diet primarily composed of protein. Practitioners of this plan focus on getting energy from animal products that are h Continue reading >>
The Ketogenic Diet Recipe Book:
A ketogenic diet is a very low carbohydrate, moderate protein and high fat based nutrition plan. A ketogenic diet trains the individual’s metabolism to run off of fatty acids or ketone bodies. This is called fat adapted or keto adapted, when the body has adapted to run off of fatty acids/ketones at rest. This nutrition plan has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation. It also improves cellular healing and mitochondrial biogenesis which supports stronger and healthier cells. All of this leads to reduced risk of chronic disease as well as improved muscle development and fat metabolism. The final one is the area that I and many others who have pursued a state of ketosis fall into. At this point in my life, I have no chronic diseases, I feel great 99% of the time, but I am always looking to improve my productivity and performance. I have found being in mild-ketosis to be one of the best ways to improve my energy, mental acuity, creativity, physical strength and overall life performance. This guide is designed to give you a quick overview of the keto diet and actionable steps to take so you can get started today! It is 12 pages long, full of graphics to help you understand the concepts and strategies and you can read it in less than 10 minutes. Here are a list of great snack alternatives that fit into the Ketogenic Diet program nutrition principles. You will love the simple substitutions and ideas you get from this guide. We have direct links so you know exactly where you can purchase these items. The ketogenic diet is an advanced nutritional approach that improves fat burning, preserves lean body tissue and improves brain function. The Ketogenic diet also starves cancer cells of their preferred fuel source (sugar) and allows our immune system to Continue reading >>
Macro Tracking Changes, Ketogenic Mode, & Body Snapshots
Today we have a few changes to the dynamic macronutrients feature. These changes are on the web version only, but will be rolled out in the mobile apps as well in their next updates. We’ve had the dynamic macronutrient targets feature for a long time, which lets you set and display preferred macronutrient ratio target. However, the macro targets have always been computed off of a fixed calorie target (the yellow bar). Today, we are changing this to also be dynamically derived from your energy expenditure (calories burned) and your weight goal. This is more in line with what people expect, and the old behaviour has caused a lot of confusion for people. If you stubbornly prefer it the old way, we can help you override it if you email our support. Ketogenic diets are becoming extremely popular. We’ve added some specific improvements for people following a nutritional ketosis diet. In the macronutrient settings, if you select the ‘Ketogenic’ option, now, instead of the previous fixed ratios, we dynamically calculate your maximum ketogenic protein and carbohydrate limits based on your lean body mass and exercise levels. Anything remaining, gets assigned to fats. We offer three ketogenic diet presets: Rigorous, Moderate, and Relaxed, as well as an option to choose custom values. You can now hover your cursor over the macronutrient bars to see the top contributors to that macronutrient in your diary. This is especially helpful on a strict ketogenic diet where it can be critical to figure out what foods might be tipping you over your carbohydrate and protein limits. In ketogenic mode, we also add some buttons next to the targets for easy logging of blood glucose and ketone measurements. Body Snapshots Under the trends tab we have added a new ‘Snapshots’ section wher Continue reading >>
Long-term Effects Of A Ketogenic Diet In Obese Patients
Go to: Abstract Although various studies have examined the short-term effects of a ketogenic diet in reducing weight in obese patients, its long-term effects on various physical and biochemical parameters are not known. To determine the effects of a 24-week ketogenic diet (consisting of 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g/kg body weight protein, 20% saturated fat, and 80% polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat) in obese patients. In the present study, 83 obese patients (39 men and 44 women) with a body mass index greater than 35 kg/m2, and high glucose and cholesterol levels were selected. The body weight, body mass index, total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood sugar, urea and creatinine levels were determined before and after the administration of the ketogenic diet. Changes in these parameters were monitored after eight, 16 and 24 weeks of treatment. The weight and body mass index of the patients decreased significantly (P<0.0001). The level of total cholesterol decreased from week 1 to week 24. HDL cholesterol levels significantly increased, whereas LDL cholesterol levels significantly decreased after treatment. The level of triglycerides decreased significantly following 24 weeks of treatment. The level of blood glucose significantly decreased. The changes in the level of urea and creatinine were not statistically significant. The present study shows the beneficial effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. It significantly reduced the body weight and body mass index of the patients. Furthermore, it decreased the level of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood glucose, and increased the level of HDL cholesterol. Administering a ketogenic diet for a relatively longer period of time did Continue reading >>
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Eating Fat To Lose Weight? The Ketogenic Diet Is High-fat And Low-carb
But he didn’t start dropping the pounds until a friend who had lost a lot of weight suggested he try a ketogenic diet. Gross switched to the high-fat, ultra-low-carb diet and lost 70 pounds in seven months. And he’s kept at it for five years. Though online searches about ketogenic diets started spiking last year, the diet was created in the 1920s as a way to treat epilepsy. When you’re on a keto diet and you’re in what’s called ketosis, a metabolic process forces the body to burn stored fat because there’s not enough glucose for energy. Fans of the keto diet say they have more energy and better focus. The diet, however, is restrictive and can be difficult to maintain. A group of local nutrition experts say the diet is safe, but they were split over whether they would recommend it for everyone. Burning fat How does the diet work? Our bodies break down carbohydrates when we eat. Those carbs are turned into glucose that fuels our cells, giving us energy. Eating keto A difficult start Continue reading >>
What Are The Major Causes Of Ketosis?
A lack of carbohydrates completely. In 2014 I ate a ketogenic diet which consists of only fat from meat and dairy. You want to eat a lot of fat cause just chicken isn’t enough since it’s mainly protein. See your brain uses carbs for fuel. So once you start eating only eggs,milk, burgers, cheese, bacon and half and half. Your brain has no carbs to use for fuel so it starts converting fat into fuel for the brain. It’s very important that the brain has fuel! Half and half was my favorite to drink it’s sweet and full of fat but also has carbs which didn’t help me get into ketosis. This wasn’t until I had already been eating nothing but bacon and eggs for breakfast and I mean copious amounts! Lol I remember eating rotisserie chickens like I had been living on a island. I remember one day I ate four of them all in one day and I was still hungry. I drank a gallon of water a day. I was always hungry I always felt unsatisfied. It was miserable. I knew I was in ketosis cause when I peed, it was very yellow and there was a salty smell every time. That’s how I knew. I read about it before evening trying it. I was very strict with my diet I never cheated. I had a six pack. I had ZERO fat on me. Until….I started eating like 6–8 burgers a day. Burgers were the only thing that made me feel satisfied or full. So I ate them a lot then I started to gain weight. Bye abs lol. Then I started powerlifting and I gained mass fast! I don’t recommend this diet because a diet high in fat is the number one leading cause of colon cancer. It’s the one macronutrient that if in excess can cause heart and colon problems. Carbs in excess can too with diabetes and such. But it’s a lot less harder. Really anything in excess isn’t healthy for you. And you need carbs. I didn’t las Continue reading >>
Is There A Benefit To Consuming Carbohydrates On A Ketogenic Diet?
Starting at an early age, I had already begun internally challenging nutritional rhetoric. As a kid, breakfast cereal was my jam, but I still remember that while I sat at the table, slurping down all that soggy goodness that is unique to breakfast cereal, I would read the cereal box and ironically wonder about the validity of the food guide pyramid. Yes, the now-regrettable food guide pyramid. I would think, “11 servings of bread?!” or, “only 2 servings of meat/eggs?!” Needless to say, I was destined to be a muscle-head. Although it did not occur to me at the time, my enjoyment of drinking half-and-half, licking mayonnaise off the knife after making a sandwich, or eating the individually-wrapped butters at the diner while waiting for our food would come to help me realize the full extent of our errors in the nutritional guidelines. Obviously, I am a supporter of high-fat, high-protein diets, and at this point, nearly all nutrition professionals agree that dietary fat was inappropriately demonized in our recent history. While evidence mounts for carbohydrate-restricted diets for health outcomes, there are still those who are not convinced and continue to support the fat-restriction model. Neither is “wrong.” Both diets “work.” However, while someone like myself who very much likes dietary fat but does not really like foods that predominately contain carbohydrate (sugary stuff aside), there are those who love potatoes even if they are devoid of all the fixings. The point here is, if you can’t follow the diet, don’t bother. That being said, “good” diets should contain: 1) appropriate total calories, 2) moderate to high protein, 3) plenty of vegetables, and 4) inverse intakes of fat and carbohydrate, which involves something called the Randle Cycle. Continue reading >>
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Five Steps To Jumpstart The Ketogenic Diet
In this post we will take a look at how Heads Up Health can help you successfully navigate the challenges of implementing and maintaining a ketogenic diet. In particular, we will introduce tools that can help you track your progress, fine tune your approach and find exactly what works for your own body as you adopt a low-carb ketogenic lifestyle. If you want to skip ahead and start logging some data now, use the button below to create your account. Or read on for our “Five Steps to Jumpstart the Ketogenic Diet.” Step 1 – Master Your Macronutrients (Protein, Fat & Carbs) The hardest part about going keto, especially for beginners, is learning how to adjust your food intake to meet the requirements of a ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb diet (25 grams of carbs per day is a common starting point). The rest of your daily calories will come from protein and fat, the exact amounts of each depend on your goals (muscle building, fat loss, endurance athletics, disease management etc.). If you’ve never counted calories or read food labels before, learning how to correctly adjust your diet can be tricky at first. Start by calculating your target protein, fat, carb and calorie goals by using a macronutrient calculator designed for ketogenic diets. We’ve included a few good calculators in the appendix. Example: When I first came off the Standard American Diet and started keto for general weight loss, I set a goal of 80% fat/15% protein/5% carbs. It took a few weeks of trial and error to learn which foods I could to eat in order to reach my goals, but it got easier with practice. Over the course of about six months my weight dropped from 197 pounds to 184 pounds and my body fat dropped from 24% to 20%. Overall I was very pleased with these initial results. On Continue reading >>
Everything You Need To Know About The Ketogenic Diet
Nutritional science is evolving very fast. We do not know everything, and as is the nature of science, we never will. For those who are experts in the area, it's extremely exciting. The greater understanding that we have through good quality research means that are an array of diets out there that will suit the varied individuals within the populations. There is no one-size-fits-all. In fact for some people, standard healthy dietary guidelines go out the window. The ketogenic (keto) diet is a perfect example, and is something dietitians do advocate, for certain individuals. ■ What is a ketogenic diet? The keto diet is high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrate. This involves eating a lot more fat, often lowering your protein intake and reducing your carbohydrate intake to minimal amounts. In other words it's not 'low-carb' which involves cutting out breads, pasta, rice, potatoes etc - it goes a step further. For example, if you usually eat scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast, a 'low-carb diet' would usually mean reducing the bread from two to one slices. A keto diet would involve eating no bread, and using a lot of oil or butter to scramble the eggs in. The other important thing to know is that it is not a nutritionally complete diet, and it requires supplementation. It's also rather expensive to follow. ■ What happens within your body on a ketogenic diet? The body usually fuels itself on a mixture of carbohydrates and fats. The more out of breath we are, the more we use carbohydrate as our main fuel. The brain is different, it only uses carbohydrates. Therefore, when you change your diet to contain extremely low levels of carbohydrates the brain is starved of its main fuel. The body is forced to adapt. It turns on ketogenesis which stimulates the pr Continue reading >>
What Are Some Lesser Known Gmail Tips?
Over the years, I've discovered and adapted some tricks to make email suck less. Using these tricks and methods have helped me save a lot of time, and more importantly, be effective at getting things done (GTD). Here’s the list: 0. *Getting things done (GTD) First, it's important to note that email at its very essence is a list of todos and notes. What this means is that for every email that comes in, you need to sort it out in a meaningful manner for you to always have an idea what emails (tasks) you need to be acting on, and to be able to find emails when you need them. I use Gmail's wonderful Priority inbox which basically allows you to sort your inbox by sections. Gmail also does a good job identifying which emails you pay most attention to (i.e. important) - you can also help identify it better by clicking on the yellow button in emails. I have three sections (this is the default): A) Important and unread - every new email starts here B) Starred - all emails with stars/flags C) Everything else - self explanatory Every time you open up an email, select an appropriate GTD action: - Reply - Reply and need a reply/response from the other party(ies) > yellow star it - Don't have time to reply / need a further action from you > red star it - Archive it - Delete it - Label it (more on this at the bottom) To get stars: Settings > General > Stars To turn on Priority Inbox: Settings > Inbox > Inbox type > Priority Inbox 1. Shortcut keys This is a super time saver. Never use the mouse again to do the same old things on Gmail. Here are my navigation favourites: c - compose new mail j - go to previous mail k - go to next mail e - archive (goes to All Mail) r - reply gi - go to inbox ga - go to all mail gd - go to drafts l - label gl - go to label Full list of shortcuts here T Continue reading >>
Features Of Ketogenic Diet Plan And It’s Ability To Kill Cancer, Treat Depression, Migraines, And Autism
Features of Ketogenic Diet Plan and It’s Ability to Kill Cancer, Treat Depression, Migraines, and Autism A ketogenic diet plan is a high fat, low protein diet. This diet shifts the body’s metabolism to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Since a ketogenic diet plan is a high-fat diet, more than 50% of its composition is foods with beneficial fats such ground nuts avocado and coconut oil. Research has shown that ketogenic diet plan helps in the treatment of many diseases such as epilepsy in children, cancer, obesity, migraines, and autism. FEATURES OF KETOGENIC DIET PLAN The ketogenic diet plan is high in fats, low in carbohydrates and contains adequate proteins. This composition has an impact on the metabolism of the body. This diet also lowers glucose levels in the body and improves insulin resistance. The liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies are transported into the blood stream. Since many ketone bodies are produced, this state of the body is known as ketosis. 1.ITS ABILITY TO KILL CANCER Cancer is a disease that invades the body. It is caused by abnormal cells that multiply rapidly in parts of the body. Cancer cells thrive on feeding on sugars in the body. This diet does not encourage sugar consumption and the carbohydrate intake is low. By introducing a ketogenic diet plan , body cells will adapt and use fat for energy but cancer cells cannot shift to using fat. Cancer cells, therefore, cannot survive or multiply. There have been promising results in the use of ketogenic diet plan in treating colon gastric cancer and prostate cancer. 2.TREATS DEPRESSION 3.TEATS MIGRAINES The low-calorie ketogenic diet plan causes ketones to be produced from fats in adipose tissue. The ketones produced, in return, produce a lot of energy, les Continue reading >>