One of the most common questions I get asked as a nutrition coach is what I think of a certain popular diet.
Generally speaking, as long as a diet provides good nutrients and enough energy for your body’s needs, and is centered on real (NOT processed) foods, if it’s something that works for you, great.
Now, the latest buzz in the diet world is…
The Keto Diet
The idea behind the keto diet is to severely restrict your body’s consumption of carbohydrates (typically under 20 grams a day) so that it is forced to burn fat for fuel.
Under typical circumstances, your body converts the carbs you eat into glucose and uses that as its front line source of energy. But in the absence of any significant intake of carbs, your liver instead has to convert fat—from your foods and ultimately your love handles—into fatty acids and small fuel molecules called ketones.
The ketones then replace glucose as the primary energy source for your body—this is known as the metabolic state of ketosis.
Now it’s important to note that your brain is a “glucose hog” and usually helps itself to all the glucose it needs. But your brain can also use ketones as an effective energy source, so its vital needs are taken care of even in the absence of large amounts of glucose in your bloodstream.
Since your intake of carbs will be greatly reduced, the other half of the equation is that you will be concentrating more on proteins and (good) fats.
But don’t let that scare you! So many people have been (wrongly) programmed to believe that meat and fats cause heart disease, but that’s simply not true. Sugar is the demon behind heart disease, and the keto diet has you avoiding it like the plague.
Proteins and fats also fill you up better than carbs and keep you fuller longer—which also translates to weight loss!
Is it for everyone?
According to current research, the keto diet can be an effective way to lose weight and accelerate fat burning for most people.
It’s especially helpful for diabetics and people with elevated blood glucose and insulin. Many people who are full-blown or on the verge of Type 2 diabetes have seen their condition completely disappear with the keto diet.
Other documented health benefits include:
- Improved mental performance, due to a consistant supply of ketones to the brain, instead of carb spikes and drops
- Improved cholesterol and blood pressure
- Increased physical endurance
- Improvement in epilepsy
- Fewer digestive issues or IBS symptoms
Although the keto diet is pretty universally safe, people who take medication for Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult their doctors first before changing their diets.
And the best news is…
So you can be sure that even if you follow the keto diet, you’ll still be eating meals that are easier on your GI tract, and help pave the way for tip-top digestion and fewer symptoms of heartburn, gas and bloating.
Make sure your bases are covered
If you decide to try the keto way of eating, it’s important to make sure your body adjusts accordingly and has what it needs.
For example, by severely limiting carbs, you may not take in as many B vitamins, vitamin C and various minerals.
But you can ensure that your body has all the nutrients it needs by supplementing with a complete multi-vitamin and mineral formula like Super Core.
Super Core provides a wide ranging, health-supporting blend of essential vitamins and minerals, as well as natural sources of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories!
In addition, you may experience some constipation if you suddenly take in dramatically less fiber than you used to.
But as long as you drink enough water, strive to eat a tossed salad everyday, and help your intestinal tract along with Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula, you can help ensure that your BMs continue running smoothly and regularly!
Beware of the food giants
As you would expect, the food giants have seized the keto diet as a golden marketing opportunity and they have created a variety of snack bars, chips, cookies, etc. that are all “keto friendly.”
Don’t be fooled, my friend. Even if these processed creations are allegedly keto friendly, they’re still processed food and about as good for you as eating an old shoe.
Keep it real. That’s how you will enjoy the best success from the keto diet or any other way of eating. Nature always knows best.
To your health,