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Our focus is on a healthy ketogenic diet. A ketogenic diet plan is structured around eating fewer carbs and more protein and healthy fats. However, this doesn’t mean you can eat a diet solely consisting of bacon and cheese. The ketogenic diet focuses on healthy sources of protein and fats from food like fish, avocados, and nuts.
It’s clean fat, lots of high fiber veggies, and lower carb (not no carb). It is not simply meat, cheese, and unhealthy fats. You should feel full off a small amount of food. It’s a more sustainable weight loss at 8 lbs a month.
We couple our keto diet plan with goals that are specific to your needs so you can achieve the best results for your body. You’ll have a realistic pathway to help you lose weight in the healthiest way possible.
Ketogenic diet plans involve consuming more protein and healthy fats (e.g. monounsaturated fats) than carbs. By giving the body fewer carbs, the goal is to get the body to burn fat instead.
Carbohydrates fuel your body by converting into glucose (blood sugar), which then gives your body energy. When your carbs are cut out or lowered, like with a keto diet, your liver replaces the carbs your body would normally burn with fat. So your body starts burning fat, which then converts into ketones.
Ketones are the substances that your body makes when breaking down fat for energy. They are produced when you eat very few carbs and replace your carbs with food high in protein and healthy fats.
Keto diets are designed around ketosis, which is the process of making ketones. By eating a diet that’s extremely low in carbohydrates, it forces your body to switch into fat burning mode, without limiting your diet with fasting and portions like as other diets.
The result not only shows a normal increase in energy after adjusting to your new diet, but also often includes fewer feelings of general hunger.
Because ketogenic diets force your entire body to switch its fuel supply, it makes it significantly easier to access and burn off fat stored in your body, as your body runs mostly on fat during this diet.
Ketosis has levels that can be measured to keep you in an optimal ketosis zone. Once you start on a ketosis diet, your body can take between a few days and a few weeks to switch to start using nutritional ketones from your fat. Incidentally, if you deprive yourself of enough food, you can start to experience starvation ketosis, which is ketosis onset by not eating enough food. The key is to find a good balance that’s good for your body. Finding your optimal level of ketosis can be found using ketone strips.
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Ketone strips are used to check if you’re ketone positive, and if so, by how much. They’re easily administered with a urine test and can be used as a great way to see where you are in your diet, and how to achieve your weight loss goals.
Ketone test strips let you know exactly if you’re in ketosis. Ketone tests can show when you’re reaching a good balance of eating foods that are low in carbs that still conform to your individual diet.
In the early stages of keto diets, ketone strips can help you ensure that your diet is working in a quantifiable way. Seeing definitive results showing you that your body is in ketosis often proves as excellent motivation to keep up with your diet and attain your weight goals.
Ketogenic diets are designed with many benefits that other low carb diets lack, in that it allows you to both increase your energy and lose and then maintain healthy weight.
Keto diets have been found to help you:
Keto diets don’t help you lose weight at the cost of muscle loss, but rather fat loss, which is good for you, and your body.
Once your body switches from using carbs as fuel to using fat, your body has a much larger pool to access energy from your fat stores.
Ketosis lowers your blood sugar levels and helps fight the negative effects of high insulin levels, which can significantly help with your diabetes.
Just like fat being used to energize your body during physical activity, through ketosis, your brain also has a steady stream of energy, keeping your focus longer while avoiding swings in glucose.
Keto is medically proven to reduce the effects of epilepsy, which can help many patients with epilepsy rely less on medications to control seizures, and more on diets. This also shows to have positive mood increases.
Reducing your carbs causes a reduction in blood pressure, which gives your body a reduced risk of many common health issues.
Low carb leads to an overall reduction in appetite after a very short time.
Ketogenic diets work because your diet promotes ketosis, which burns fat instead of carbs for energy. Limiting carbs and then decreasing your starch and sugar cravings also helps with weight loss. Minimizing your carbs means fewer calories and more weight loss. When your diet focuses on burning fats, it’s easier to attain your weight loss goals.
When your body switches from carbs to fat as a source of energy, you need to increase your healthy fats intake. This helps to support healthy weight loss, and also to provide the right essentials for your body to stay in ketosis. Eating lots of foods that are low in carbs and low in healthy fats is unhealthy for sustained weight loss.
While your carbohydrates are to be kept at a minimum, keto diets, including the Mediterranean Keto Diet, still allow you to eat healthy amounts of protein-rich foods, and low-carb foods with lots of healthy fats. This is achieved by excluding high-carbohydrate foods such as starchy fruits and vegetables, bread, pasta, grains, and sugar while increasing the consumption of foods high in healthy fat such as lean meat, seafood, eggs, cream, and butter. All meals should be consumed with plenty of water.
When you’re buying food at the grocery store, go for organic and natural options when possible. No store bought food should have more than 7 grams of total carbs. Think of it this way, if you can’t replicate how to make the food in your kitchen, you probably shouldn’t eat it (e.g. Velveeta and hot dogs).
Buying food from the list below will make keto meal prep a breeze. Some food that’s generally acceptable for ketogenic diets are listed below.
Dairy products provide the higher fat and low carbs necessary for a ketogenic diet. Choose full fat over low fat or fat free dairy products. Cheese can be included in almost any meal or snack.
Most vegetables are good to include on your keto shopping list and should be the source of most of your carbs daily. While it’s great to get your daily intake of vegetables, not all veggies are created equal. If you’re making a salad, include regular salad dressing over low fat dressings.
Lean meat and seafood is typically very good for ketogenic recipes, due to their high protein, high fat, low carb counts. Grass-fed meat is preferable to other meats, and seafood is best when caught wild. Both of these kinds of meats provide the healthy fats keto diets require.
Don’t reach for the bag of chips in the office breakroom. There’s plenty of excellent keto side dishes and snacks that will fill your appetite, taste delicious, and will keep you in ketosis.
If you live in the Austin area and want to lose weight, we can help get you started on a ketogenic diet plan. When you adhere to our plan, it’s difficult not losing weight. Start the journey to your healthiest self with Blue Tree Health today.