Using The Fat Burning Power ketogenic Diet for Weight Loss
Hello there, This is Bolaji Alli, I am a naturopathic nutritionist and founder of wholistica.org. In this article, I’ll be informing you what the ketogenic diet is and what it is not and how it is the diet that can work when nothing else will.
Medical studies now are proving that the ketogenic diet can help you lose weight, boost your brain health, fight neurological disease, balance hormones, treat epilepsy in children and do a whole lot more.
I’ll share with you in this article the power of ketogenic diet. And for starters, I want to talk about what it is and where did this idea come from. Basically, the ketogenic diet is a very low carb diet. So when you’re on this diet, you’re consuming little to no carbs at all. Now over time, you can move into something called keto cycling which I’ll talk about at the end of this article.
But for starters, you’re doing very little carbohydrates in your diet. Now this was created in the 1920s specifically to treat epilepsy. Epilepsy and seizures were prevalent at the time and they found great results using the ketogenic diet.
The thought was this. Your brain is made up of mostly cholesterol and fat and so when your brain is made up of fat and cholesterol, it’s really important that you’re getting plenty of those things that really support the brain and the rest of the nervous system.
When you are on a ketogenic diet, what happens is your body stops burning sugar for energy, and starts burning fat. Your body creates ketones, and it’s actually a fuel source for your brain. Here’s another thing to know about the ketogenic diet, 70 to 80% of your diet is fat. When you’re on the ketogenic diet, the typical ratio when a person gets about around the first week or two, people may consume about 80% fat, then that ratio goes to about 70% fat, 25% protein, 5% carbs is what I’ve done with some my clients in the past.
And the results have been phenomenal in helping people get into ketosis and experience that health breakthrough. So again, a ketogenic diet puts your body into ketosis, that’s where your body switches from being a sugar-burner into a fat-burner. Now, one of the things I’ve noticed since I started . . . now when I first went into ketogenic diet myself before I began to recommend it to clients, I noticed when I woke up in the morning, I looked leaner. I looked more fit in the morning. Here’s what the amazing thing that happens on the ketogenic diet.
Your body will keep burning fat while you sleep, so your body is actually burning more fat, it’s pretty incredible. But again, your body burns fat rather than sugar for energy. As a result, your body produces ketones as your fuel source Your brain and cells will run off fat instead of carbohydrates. So here are the big benefits of the ketogenic diet.
Number one is weight loss, it’s what I just wrote about in the past few paragraphs. When your body starts burning fat for fuel, you start losing those love handles and that abdominal belly fat that sits right in your gut area. You lose weight really, quickly. In fact, this is my number one diet for people to lose weight quickly.
Number two, PCOS, that’s Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, I can tell you this, in working with hundred of patients over the years, many women that struggle with PCOS even sometimes issues like infertility or painful PMS during the monthly cycle, when that happens, oftentimes, that’s related to a hormone called insulin. And what we found is when both men but especially women with PCOS get on a ketogenic diet, when insulin regulates, insulin is a hormone, all of these other hormones regulate as well-estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol.
They all start to balance out on a ketogenic diet. So if you’ve struggled with hormonal issues and you’ve tried other methods, the ketogenic diet can be the diet that works for hormones when nothing else will.
Number three, mental clarity. Now people for thousands of years have fasted for mental clarity. So when somebody starts doing a fast, let’s say they do mostly a water fast, what will happen is their body will start to go into ketosis as well for fasting. When somebody does just a pure water fast and when you fast and your body starts using ketones for energy, your brain, you have more mental clarity, less brain fog. A lot of times, people say they experience spiritual breakthroughs and emotional breakthroughs when they go on a ketogenic diet or a fast because again, a lot of these carbs and foods we’re eating on a daily basis, they affect our hormones, they cause inflammation and they affect the brain.
Again, mental clarity, spiritual awareness can have greater benefits when you’re following a healthy ketogenic diet.
Number four, lower type 2 diabetes risk. Most people are getting way too many carbohydrates in their diet, thus affecting their insulin levels.. When you go on a ketogenic diet, you give those insulin receptor sites to get burn out. Just so you know, that’s what for the most part, type 2 diabetes is like somebody yelling and screaming in your ear, Those insulin receptor sites burn out and kind of go deaf over time when you have too much sugar and carbs in your diet or consume too many things or have too many emotions that affect your insulin levels.
The name of the game is balancing insulin. When you do that on a ketogenic diet, you can see great results in lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Number five, having a healthier heart. You know, the ketogenic diet, when you’re consuming lots and lots of healthy fats, it can reduce inflammation. Your body . . . again, also support your body hormonally and improve your heart health.
Number six, possible cancer fighter. You know, I actually just talked to a friend who’s a doctor in Richmond yesterday and he said, “You know what, I beat cancer with the ketogenic diet.” There are thousands of cases of people that have followed the ketogenic diet and beat cancer naturally. Now listen, I’m not telling you just following a single diet can cure cancer. But I will tell you that following a ketogenic diet, consuming the right supplements, getting your body the right place emotionally and doing all of the things holistically to heal your body could help people experience a breakthrough both in preventing cancer or potentially fighting cancer as well.
So the benefits of this diet is immense. And this is me just scratching the surface in some of the most popular conditions that the ketogenic diet can help. Now here’s some precautions, if you’re going to follow a ketogenic diet, you experience a keto flu. Now a lot of us . . . I saw a study that said sugar is more addictive than cocaine. It is that addictive to the body. People crave it. We have got to break those cravings that are so similar like that of caffeine or of nicotine or tobacco or again, any time you get off something you might be addicted to, you can get flu-like symptoms. It’s no different with the ketogenic diet.
Electrolytes. Now, you want to make sure on the ketogenic diet that you’re getting lots of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
You want to stay really well hydrated, drinking a lot of water and eating a lot of vegetables that are high in electrolytes like celery and cucumber.
Number seven-Don’t over-exercise. When you first get on the ketogenic diet, give your body a few days to adapt and get used to the diet you’re on because sometimes, your blood sugar can drop because your body isn’t yet fully into ketosis, burning fat for fuel.
Number eight-Avoid processed meats: Processed foods are going to put your body into more . . . a higher state of acidosis. So again, on ketosis, when your bodies fall into ketogenic diet, your body tends to be slightly more acidic, So you want to be really cognitive of eating a lot of vegetables, a lot of leafy greens, getting a lot of chlorophyll and alkaline-rich foods into your diet.
And then again, most people don’t drink enough water. Make sure you’re getting plenty of water when following a ketogenic diet. Here are the best foods on a ketogenic diet. Olive oil, MCTs which are found in coconut oil. So we’ve got actually long-chain fats here. We’ve got medium-chain fats here. We’ve got short-chain fats that you’ll find in ghee and butter.
Some are thinking chicken fat. So if you’ve ever eaten a chicken and pulled the skin off, chicken skin is full of collagen and healthy fats, especially, if it’s organic and natural. So again, chicken fat, avocados, flaxseeds, wild meat like bison and grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, bone broth, and the non-starchy vegetables is a perfect mix of foods to consume when you’re on a ketogenic diet. Here are the worst foods and foods that will actually pull you out of ketosis. Added sugars, all grains, most processed foods, and most alcohol will pull you out of ketosis. So these are the foods you want to stay away from that can really affect insulin levels as well.
I would like to share something interesting. Now, when you read about those who have had great results on the ketogenic diet, these are people followed the diet for about 30 days, maybe 90 days or more. So in a short space of time they have experienced remarkable results on the diet. However, some who would want to follow the diet for longer periods go on a modified version called modified keto or carb cycling or what I like to call “keto-cycling” . This is where you really consume essentially a ketogenic diet a few days, along with just a lower generally lower carb diet. In addition, you add a few healthier things on your diet like a little bit more fruit and potentially a little bit of rice or sweet potatoes on occasion. But again, this is a more flexible version, in which you can aim for 30 to 50 net carbs a day. The big thing is you want to stay about 50 or under and then go in and out of ketosis.
In fact, one of my client does this to where she takes three days a week and does a ketogenic, Three days a week where she adds in carbs during those days and she’s noticed huge changes in her body. Again, I’ve done this with thousands of patients and seen phenomenal results and then changing their body. So again, some days eat ketogenic, other days don’t, that’s probably the way our ancestors ate so it’s closer to the perfect original ancient diet there as well. So remember these benefits of following the ketogenic diet. Major benefits with weight loss, balancing hormones and fighting conditions like PCOS, mental clarity, fighting diabetes, healthier heart, and possible cancer fighter.
The benefits of the ketogenic diet are immense. I hope you have learnt a lot about this incredible diet, if you want to learn more about the ketogenic diet, make sure to subscribe here to my YouTube channel at wholistica.org. We’ve got a lot of ketogenic recipes coming out, and some other healthy ketogenic diet foods and tips. Also, if you want to learn more about the ketogenic diet, I’ve written several in-depth articles and have a whole recipe section on my website completebodycleanse.org that goes through ketogenic recipes. In the video below you will learn one of my favourite keto recipes-The delicioua keto mutton dish.