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Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet (also known as the keto diet) is a low-carb, high-fat and moderate protein diet. It encourages you to exclude grains, sugar, fruit and tubers. When we eat a high amount of carbohydrates the body produces glucose which it uses as its primary energy source. Since any fats we eat are not needed for energy the body will store them. By lowering your carbohydrate intake the body goes into a state of Ketosis which is when it begins burning the fat you eat (plus any extra you are carrying) for energy.

PROS

Weight-loss: The keto diet definitely helps you lose weight. Your body burns fat instead of storing it because fat is its new primary energy source. What’s more multiple studies confirm that people following the keto diet lose considerably more weight than those following a low-fat diet.

Controlled blood sugar: The keto diet puts your body into a state of ketosis, which naturally controls blood sugar levels. This significantly reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

Mental benefits: Ketosis, produces ketones which provide energy to the brain and people following the Keto diet frequently report feeling more focused and being able to concentrate for longer periods of time.

More energy: When the body starts using fat as an energy source energy levels improve, what’s more the reduced carbs will prevent you from experiencing the sugar lows commonly experienced in a conventional low fat diet.

You won’t feel hungry: No part of this diet requires you to feel hungry and snacking is allowed, just be vigilant about what your snacks are. You are lowering your carbohydrate in-take but this does not mean you eat less it just means you replace carbs with fat. Fat is generally more filling than other foods so if this makes up the majority of your diet you are going to feel more full and stay full for longer.

Better skin: Many notice improvements in their skin and reduction in acne when following the keto diet. There are studies suggesting that the keto diet also assists with a number of other conditions or diseases but more research is needed to validate these findings.

Large variety of options: Though this diet requires you to lower the amount of carbohydrates you eat there is still a large number of foods you can eat while following Keto. This means you can still have variety in your diet and situations like eating at a restaurant are not made difficult.

CONS

You will initially experience ‘keto flu’: As your body adapts to your lower carb intake and your increased fat intake you may experience reduced energy levels, grogginess and headaches. This is known as ‘keto flu’ and should only last for a few days.

Increased urination: It is common to urinate more often when following the keto diet. Just ensure you drink enough water so that you do not become dehydrated.

Bad breath: When the body goes into a state of Ketosis it is normal to experience bad breath. This is not a long-term effect and can be combatted in the usual ways such as chewing gum as long as it is sugar free.

Research will be required: As you begin this diet you will need to do some research on the foods you eat and read labels before you buy foods. Many foods that seem keto-friendly actually contain ‘hidden’ carbs.

CONCLUSION: The keto diet is easy to follow, highly effective for weight loss and offers a number of proven health benefits. It has been shown to be an effective choice for all metabolic types, but due to its low carb nature, will be particularly suited to those with a protein type metabolism. We highly recommend the Ketogenic diet*

 

*Please note, that while the Keto diet has been shown to be a healthy nutritional plan, you should always speak to your Doctor before starting any new diet.

 

    Macro-Patterning

    Have you ever tried a diet, found it to work for a while, and then after just a few short weeks, found that your weight is stabilising or perhaps even increasing again, despite the fact that you are being diligent with the diet?

    If you have then you’re not alone, and what’s more there’s a scientifically proven reason for what you experienced!

    Without going into the science too much, what happens is that after a certain period of time, your body becomes conditioned to it’s new fuelling programme and adjusts metabolically. In fact, in some cases, depending on the diet chosen, and the calorie intake, it may even go into a form of ‘starvation mode’ which means that your metabolism is down-regulated so much, that you feel tired and listless and any food that is eaten is immediately converted into fat. Basically your body assumes that future intake of calories will be low, and makes the appropriate adjustments, and then, long story short, you gain the weight back.

    So, with that in mind, I’d like to introduce the concept of Macro-Patterning.

    Macro-Patterning is basically an elegant word for another well known dieting method known as ‘Carb Cycling’, and involves following a pattern of up and down regulating the number of carbohydrates you eat.

    Some days you eat a moderate amount, some days you keep them low, and other days you eat a lot.

    And, in doing so, you prevent your metabolism from adjusting to it’s new fuelling program, and subsequently experience continued weight loss as desired.

    What’s more, because macro-patterning actually requires you to have high carb loading days, it means you can even plan a ‘diet endorsed’ cheat day. Which means, when you have that planned or even unplanned meal out, as long as you regulate the days after, you can ignore your diet, and not gain weight as a result!

    Also, Because Macro-Patterning is more about ‘regulation’ of carb intake, it can also be incorporated into many mainstream diets (for example if you are a vegetarian).

    Interested in learning more, or even giving Macro-Patterning a try?

    Why not try out a dedicated Macro-Patterning Plan

    I’ve listed two of the best programs available on the web, below.

     

    The 14 Day Rapid Fat Loss Plan:

    A standard macro-patterning plan, with a particular focus on the early stages of weight loss experienced when switching to a carb cycling routine.

    Price: Currently available for the reduced price of $17.

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    The FOUR Cycle Solution:

    A standard macro-patterning plan, providing equal focus on the various stages of carb cycling, from rapid weight loss in the early stages, through to the later 3 stages and ultimately to the ongoing maintenance of a healthy weight.

    Price: Currently available for the reduced price of $10

     

      Metabolic Cooking

      Have you ever tried a diet, lost some weight, then found that a few months later, you ended up putting all the weight back on plus a little extra?
      If you have, then you’re not alone. Many people (myself included) have experienced a similar pattern.
      Don’t you wish you could find a solution which is both effective AND sustainable? If that’s you, then I have some great news for you.
      Dietary Experts, Karine Losier and Dave Ruel (Who have regularly Featured On many Radio Programs, TV Shows, Websites and Magazines) have created an excellent program which is both sustainable AND effective, and can be used even in the most indulgent of seasons (like this one for example)
      It’s called Metabolic Cooking and it teaches you how to create wonderful dishes which taste great and boost your metabolism too!
      What’s more, they’re offering this amazing product for the significantly reduced price of only 10 Dollars!
      So, why not enjoy foods which will get your metabolism really cooking, and check out the metabolic cooking program now!

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        Oven Roasted Ratatouille

        paleo ratatouille

        Ingredients

        1 baby eggplant
        1 zucchini (4-5 inches long)
        2 Roma tomatoes
        1/2 cup diced white onion
        2 tbsp. clarified butter
        1 garlic clove, finely minced
        3/4 tsp. salt
        1/2 tsp. dried marjoram or 1 tsp. fresh marjoram
        1/2 tsp. black pepper

        Directions

        Preheat the oven to 400°F. Dice the eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Pour the clarified butter, marjoram, garlic, salt, and pepper into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add the eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and onions. Toss well to evenly coat the vegetables. Spread all ingredients out on a baking sheet lined with foil, making sure not to overcrowd it; nothing should be overlapping. Place the sheet in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are lightly browned on top. Dish out into bowls with a spatula and serve.