Maybe you’ve heard that fat does NOT make you fat, but you’ve had a hard time believing it. Well, I’m here to tell you from my very own experience that it’s really true and it’s time to start believing it… And did you know that if you loose fat by eating more fat and as a result you end up loosing weight, you will actually lower inflammation throughout your body? That’s not a bad thing. That’s actually a very good thing. It’s time to start loving fat, but let me be LOUD AND CLEAR, it must be the right kind of fat. Good quality fat is the key to a healthy approach in eating fat and especially in implementing a ketogenic diet. So, are you ready to get Phat?
Is the ketogenic diet right for you?
Are you wondering what all the recent hype is around the ketogenic diet? Do you know the pros and cons? No diet should be taken lightly and when starting a new diet/lifestyle change it is always a good idea to address any concerns with a qualified practitioner. You may discover after meeting with a qualified nutritionist/health practitioner that you have health conditions that could make a particular diet or lifestyle change a poor choice for your long-term wellness.
So, what is a ketogenic diet?
There is a common misnomer that a ketogenic diet is a high protein, low carbohydrate diet, which is actually incorrect. A ketogenic diet is one that is high in QUALITY fats, moderate in QUALITY proteins and low in QUALITY complex carbohydrates. Percentages of daily intake for each are roughly 70-80% fat (olives, avocados, olive, oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, nuts/seeds, cocoa butter, 80-90% dark chocolate, grass-fed butter, ghee), 15-20% protein (free range chicken, turkey, grass-fed beef, sustainably sourced fish, grass-fed dairy) and 5-10%, and carbohydrate (leafy greens, vegetables and some fruit on occasion). The word “QUALITY” used here is referring to whole, organic and grass-fed foods. You’ll find there are lots of sources that will not clarify this point and it is important to remember this is how you are fueling your body and quality does matter in the long run. The Ketogenic diet is NOT the Atkins Diet and not the Paleo Diet, however there are similarities and cross-over that can make this point confusing.
What is the point of a ketogenic diet?
When you follow a ketogenic diet, the point is to get your body into ketosis. Ketosis is not the same as ketoacidosis, which is life threatening. Ketosis is achieved when carbohydrates are low enough to change the body’s calorie burning mode from glucose to lipids. There are ways to measure and track when the body is burning enough ketones to be in ketosis. Again, a ketogenic diet is not a high protein diet. Too much protein can actually raise your glucose levels and keep your body from going into ketosis or fat burning mode. Protein is not a bad thing, but should be eaten in moderation while on a ketogenic diet and a nice side benefit if you are transitioning from a high protein diet to a diet that consists of moderate protein intake is that you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint. That’s a win-win for you and the planet.
Is the ketogenic diet therapeutic?
The ketogenic diet was originated as a therapeutic diet to combat the symptoms of epilepsy. According to trusted sources, it has since shown very compelling evidence and results in treating many other diseases as well. What should be noted is that a ketogenic diet is first therapeutic, food used as medicine and secondary benefits happen to be weight loss. There are very specific conditions in which a ketogenic diet should not be applied or prescribed, such as in Type 1 Diabetes where there is a high probability of inducing ketoacidosis (life-threatening) or with pregnancy and several other conditions apply as well, however, beyond that, a ketogenic diet should be considered as a last resort for weight loss in only severe or complicated cases. Obesity has been an area where a ketogenic diet has been extremely effective.
Again, what is the hype?
So, why all the recent attention with regard to ketogenic diets you ask? People are hungry for something that is so opposite to the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the outdated food pyramid, which isn’t even created by anyone who has knowledge or training in what good nutrition is. At any rate, regardless of whether or not the ketogenic diet is right for you or not, high quality fats are not the villain as previously thought. Fat is not a cause of cardiovascular disease, in fact, fish oil is one of the best ways to combat cardiovascular disease and is now being prescribed by some conventional doctors as an adjunctive therapy. If you do nothing more, but add fish oil to your diet (high quality sources please) then you will most likely see an improvement in lowering inflammation in your body in general. MCT Oil (medium chain triglyceride) is another great addition that will assist the body in achieving a thermogenic effect, allowing your body to burn more fat and calories. Again, always check with a qualified nutritionist/health practitioner prior to making dietary changes.
If you’re considering the ketogenic diet, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for guidance to in order to avoid the very real pitfalls and dangers. I have training and education in the ketogenic diet and I can help determine if the ketogenic diet is right for you. I can help you to navigate this lifestyle change safely OR help to determine the best lifestyle diet to optimize your personal health and wellness if it is determined that a ketogenic diet is not right for you.