It seems that the ketogenic diet trend is everywhere at the moment. The ketogenic diet however is nothing new. The ketogenic diets have been used since the 1920’s to treat epilepsy and as an obesity treatment beginning in the 1960’s. So what’s all the fuss about?
Ketosis is the process where stored fat is burned instead of glucose for energy, making you a fat burning machine! Typically, the goal of ketosis is to burn unwanted body fat, and this is done through a very low-carb diet. Other weight loss programs go crazy emphasizing “NO CARBS!”, but at Cambiati Wellness we know that using the right carbs at the right time can still put your body into ketosis. The right type and amount of carbs are still very important for mood, brain health, and much more.
When our clients do the CambiatiCleanse they typically reach ketosis. Now we have a new product that can enhance and accelerate the body’s ability to reach ketosis. Keto-Nootropic combines American Ginseng and ketone salts and acts as a carb free fuel source for energy, reduced cravings, and enhanced athletic performance. It works even when you are not on the CambiatiCleanse!
So why should you consider a ketogenic diet? If you want to burn more fat than ever before then you want to know more about ketosis! Carbohydrates are the body’s primary fuel source once it is broken down into simple sugars, or glucose, which is either burned for fuel or stored within the body. These carbs include foods like bread, pasta, fruits, milk, yogurt, and other starchy foods. All carbs, whether it is Wonder Bread or an orange, are broken down into sugar. The Standard American Diet is unfortunately filled with processed carbs, packaged snacks, and candies with little nutritional value. When these foods are eaten in excess rather than being burned off as fuel, it is stored as fat leading to weight gain. When you put your body in ketosis however, allows the body to target fat for fuel.
When your body is constantly depending on carbs and sugars, it can lead to blood sugar spikes that make your cravings go wild and make you feel exhausted. Turning to sugar when exhaustion strikes at 3pm becomes a viscous cycle that creates even more cravings! Sound familiar?
In ketosis, you burn fat for fuel which supports blood sugar stability and prevents you from getting hangry (hungry & angry) even if you have just had a meal. A study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that a short term ketogenic diet reduced hunger. With balanced blood sugar those intense midnight cravings will decrease resulting in feeling fuller longer and allowing the body to properly digest food. The increase of healthy fats and proteins at mealtime will also help you feel more satisfied. With the ketogenic diet you can experiment with increased healthy fat (yum!) and see where the optimal level is with your body. We recommend doing this with body composition analysis to determine the perfect amounts for your body and to ensure that you don’t go overboard.
There are a lot of versions of the ketogenic diet, but not all ketogenic diets are focused on healthy foods. A healthy ketogenic program has an emphasis of anti-inflammatory foods like wild caught fatty fish, avocado, coconut oil, grass fed meats, eggs, nuts, and seeds. Amounts and types of foods that are healthy for you may differ from this list, so its important to always keep in mind your personal weight loss goals and food intolerances. This stabilizing way of eating is very low in sugar which helps to decrease inflammation. A study by UCSF shows that this style of eating could also reduce inflammation in the brain following trauma or a stroke.
It is important to note that the process of ketosis creates ketones which are released through the urine and are acidic. To combat this, incorporate alkaline rich foods such as non-starchy leafy greens and reduce acidic foods like alcohol, coffee and dairy while drinking plenty of water.
Maintaining a ketogenic diet may often be difficult to sustain long term. Luckily, even when you’re not eating perfect 100% of the time, Keto-Nootropic is a great product to help your body still reach ketosis. By eating a balanced nutrient rich diet and implementing Keto-Nootropic, you will become a fat burning machine!