Keto

The modern-day paradox is that we’re eating more and more low-fat foods, yet we’re still getting fatter, why?

Eating Low Carb/High Fat isn’t a fad, it’s how we need to eat if we want to stop putting on weight and dying early from possible preventable diseases such as heart disease and type II diabetes.  

Being overweight or obese maybe not due to a lack of willpower but a disruption to our hormones, and the major hormones implicated is ‘Insulin’. To make matters worse, high levels of insulin leads to insulin resistance which triggers your body to make even more insulin. Insulin is strongly triggered by foods high in sugar and carbohydrates (starches) which we have been told to decades to eat plenty of. Remember the food pyramid we were taught at school? Where a large portion of our diet should come from grains, breads and pastas? All foods that drive up insulin production, driving up sugar cravings, creating stubborn weight gain or type II diabetes.

Some people may benefit from just going ‘Low Carb’ (that is between 50 to 100 grams of carbohydrate a day). While others may benefit from going full ketosis (anywhere below 50 grams of carbs a day) and for some people going even more extreme (under 20gms).  Intermittent fasting works on a very similar process, as the fasting may induced the body to mini-ketosis periods.   

However, the real key to Ketosis is to eat real food.  Avoid grains, sugars, legumes, processed vegetable oils and anything from a packet or a bottle.  Some people need to remove dairy, others are fine on full fat dairy as we all have a slightly different carbohydrate tolerance. Tip: when you go to the supermarket, stay away from the centre aisles. This is where you’ll find all the heavily processed, packaged foods. The perimeter of supermarkets normally holds the vegetables, the meat, the dairy and, the nuts and seeds.  

Just some of the benefits from a keto diet include,

 - Fat loss
 - No longer hungry
 - Better sleep
 - Clarity of thoughts
 - Reduced migraines
 - More energy
 - Greater endurance
 - Lower cholesterol
 - Lower insulin levels in blood

Recommended reading,

What the Fat and What the Fast, Professor Grant Schofield (AUT Auckland)
The Migraine Miracle Moment, Dr. Josh Turknett
The Real Meal Revolution, Professor Tim Noakes
The Obesity Code, Dr Jason Fung
The Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson

NB – If suffering from diabetes or any other serious disease please contact your healthcare professional before undertaking any drastic change of diet.