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Eat Fat to Get Fit - The Ketogenic Diet Explained

by Jaime A. Heidel
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(The Best Years in Life) Have you tried diet after diet only to lose the weight you wanted and then gain it all back? You're not alone. Millions of people just like you are so frustrated with trying to lose weight, they're ready to give up. Don't give up yet.

There are a lot of so-called "diet" programs out there that teach you to count calories, take pills or subsist on a tiny boxed meal that takes 2 or 3 bites to finish. (Mmm, satisfying. Not!) The only thing the people selling these products want is your money. If you were to actually succeed through any of these companies, they'd go out of business.

Starving yourself with extreme calorie restriction is never a good idea. Especially with these pre-packaged diet plans as most of them are low-fat and high in synthetic chemicals. Low-fat diets are virtually guaranteed to keep the weight on because your body needs and craves the right kind of fat to stay healthy. 

Most of these diet pills aren't any better because they'll either make you too sick or too anxious to eat. With the ketogenic diet, you eat fat to get fit and won't feel deprived.

The Ketogenic Diet Fills You Up with Healthy Fat

With the ketogenic diet, your goal is to put your body into a state of ketosis or a "fat-burning" state. When you eat a high-sugar, high-carbohydrate diet, your body burns sugar for fuel. In a ketogenic state, it burns fat for energy. To get your body into this ideal state, you must significantly reduce your carbohydrate intake and bump up your intake of healthy fat and protein.

You combine this with "intermittent fasting" to keep you in a fat-burning state long after the diet is over. Intermittent fasting involves eating in a short 6-8 hour window and fasting the rest of the time. The easiest way to do this is to do more of your fasting at night as you sleep and then skip breakfast, eating your first meal at lunch.

The Ketogenic Diet Starves Cancer Cells to Death

Multiple studies have revealed a strong connection between a high intake of sugar, carbohydrate and fructose and the development and proliferation of cancer. The Journal of Cancer Research has shown that pancreatic tumor cells utilize fructose for the purpose of dividing and spreading throughout the body.

When you restrict your carbohydrate intake to below 50 grams, your body will no longer have glycogen stores to use for energy. At this point, it will start producing ketone bodies, which will be used as an alternative energy source. The good news is, the cancer cells cannot use these ketone bodies and starve to death.

What to Eat on the Ketogenic Diet  

When you're on the keto diet, you're getting most of your nourishment from healthy fat, second from protein, and third from a minimal amount of carbohydrates.

·         Healthy Fat

       Avocado

       Coconut Oil

       Olive Oil

       Butter

       Soft/Hard Cheese

       Mayonnaise

       Beef Tallow

       Nut Butter (Avoid Peanut)

       Heavy Whipping Cream

       Sour Cream

       Cottage Cheese

·         Meat

       Grass-Fed Beef

       Organic Poultry

       Organic Pork

       Wild-Caught Fish

·         Nuts

       Almonds

       Walnuts

       Macadamia Nuts

       Nut Butters (Avoid Peanut)

·         Eggs

·         Vegetables

All vegetables are allowed on the ketogenic diet, except those that grow in the ground. Avoid potatoes, parsnips, rutabagas, carrots, and turnips. Everything else is fine. Load up on dark, leafy green vegetables for filling, digestion-regulating fiber.

·         Fruit

Stick to low-carb fruits on the ketogenic diet. Cherries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, kiwi fruit, watermelon, grapefruit.

·         Sweetener

Stevia is the only acceptable sweetener on the keto diet.

·         Water, Coffee, Tea

Water, coffee, and tea are the only drinks allowed on the ketogenic diet.

It takes 10-30 days of strict adherence to the diet to reach a ketogenic state. You may feel fatigued, cranky, and irritable at first but this will pass as your body makes the transition.

If you have a serious medical condition, consult with your physician and a certified dietician before using this diet. If, during the fasting time of the diet, you feel you're going to pass out from hunger, eat something. Your blood sugar should stabilize as you get used to the change but always listen to your body.

When 30-60 days are up, you will be able to slowly re-introduce higher-carbohydrate meals once or twice a week and your body should remain in ketosis. Just don't overdue it. 

If nothing else has worked for you, give the ketogenic diet a try and watch those excess pounds melt away.

EDITORS NOTE: When fighting cancer meat and dairy should be avoided - with the exception of the small curd organic cottage cheese or quark in the Budwig flaxseed/cottage cheese (or quark) combo. Additionally, we specifically recommend against eating the Atkins Diet which we consider an unhealthy fad diet.  See:

The Atkins Diet Reviewed

See also:

The Best Years in Life Diets and Weight Loss

Get the Skinny on Cooking Fats

For more information:

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/87/1/44.short
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/70/15/6368.abstract

About the author:

Jaime is a professional freelance writer with a passion for natural health and wellness. Her website, I Told You I Was Sick, was created to help those living with chronic pain and illness find natural ways to heal.

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