Lately, I have noticed that there has been quite a bit of publicity being given to the Ketogenic Diet. It seems that it’s the latest ‘buzzword’ in weight loss, but do you know exactly what it is? This week , I will give you the basics on the Ketogenic Diet including why you should give it a try!
What is a ketogenic diet?
A ketogenic diet is a diet low in carbohydrates, but contains a higher amount of fat and protein. The reduction in the consumption of carbohydrates places the body in a state of ketosis, which is a metabolic state where stored fat provides most of the fuel the body requires to function.
Why is stored fat providing the fuel?
Our body uses the carbohydrate we eat for fuel by breaking it down into its most simple form (which is glucose). So if you restrict the amount of carbohydrates in your diet, your body is forced to find a new source of fuel: and that is stored fat. Ketones are the by-product of burning fat for fuel, which is why it is referred to as a ketogenic diet.
Who should do it?
Ketogenic diets are a great way to lose weight without feeling hungry. This is because protein & fat are also very ‘filling’, so even the biggest appetites find they are not hungry on a ketogenic diet. Be aware, that when reducing carbohydrates, you may see the number on the scales go down quite quickly. This is because the body will lose water as a result of carbohydrate stores being used up, so it is really important to drink plenty of water when on a ketogenic plan. More and more research is finding that low carbohydrate diets are the most effective for weight loss, particularly in severely obese individuals.
While this is a great way to lose weight (and you will), it really is not a ‘forever’ diet. So if you lose weight following these principles, you need to be very careful about introducing ‘good’ carbs back into the diet as if you go ‘too hard, too soon’, it is too easy to regain your lost weight.
So the best way to get lasting results on a ketogenic diet is to visit The Natural Way. We have a Quick Start program which is our own user-friendly version of a ketogenic diet. It’s not all about Quick Start though: we offer you a personalised selection of 100% natural formulations that will keep your body healthy while you lose weight as well as weekly, one-on-one support throughout your weight loss program and FREE maintenance. That means once you reach your goal, you are a client for life and we will make sure you never put your weight back on with education and ongoing monthly check-ins (so you are accountable for your actions).
If you want to find out more call 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754 663) and make a FREE appointment at your nearest clinic. Or visit our website to access our at home program: www.thenaturalway.com.au