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Background on the Ketogenic Diet

Background on the Ketogenic Diet

So what exactly is the Ketogenic Diet that we promote so much here? To start simply, it is an eating regimen that promotes your daily calories come from high fat intake (70%), medium protein intake (20%), and very low carbohydrate intake (5%). While exact amounts will vary per person, this is a general guideline to get started.

Maybe you have heard of similar high fat / low carb diets, and that it is very “trendy” right now. Actually, this specific diet was cool before most people of the modern era thought it was. It is a great place to start and learn about how and why the diet came about. It became a specified diet in the early 1900’s as a means to help epileptic children, who did not respond well to their prescribed medication, with their seizures.[1] It actually died off for a good while because industry pharmaceuticals were becoming very popular. Because of all of backlash people have given to these pharmaceuticals, the diet has made a strong comeback in the last decade, and for good reason. People are finally starting to see that your body can heal itself without the negative aspects of taking drugs.

My goal here is not to bash drugs as a means of treatment, but rather to promote alternative ways that can provide a much better outcome and feeling of happiness for patients. One of the most effective ways is the Ketogenic Lifestyle that we promote.

This diet has been used recently by the common public as an awesome way to lose weight and feel good doing it. While this is a great outcome, we view this as a positive side-effect instead of the main goal. The main goal we want to promote is better and happier living free from diabetes, and the weight loss just happens to accompany this goal naturally due to all the positive effects on your body.

The National Institutes of Health (and a plethora of other private practice doctors) report findings that this diet can not only help with weight loss and epilepsy, it can help prevent (and reverse or cure in many cases) cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, and many other neurological / autoimmune diseases.[2] The one we are most interested in is the effects on diabetes. It is amazing the kind of diets that some national organizations will promote to diabetics. We find it to be disgusting in their methods of marketing false information, and we so badly want to help people and counter that unhealthy movement. That is why we have a specialized focus in helping people with diabetes specifically.

It seems so counter-intuitive that eating “greasy and gross fats” can help you become healthier and less fat. We totally understand that, and that is why we are trying to provide the most amount of credible information there is to offer. For a more detailed guide to why these fats are actually healthy and not destructive, please visit our What is Ketosis? page. We go into a great amount of detail as to why this eating regimen works in your body.

Some doctors that we would personally recommend to research are:

Dr. Jeff Gerber – Dr. Jeff Volek – Dr. David Unwin – Dr. Laura Saslow – Dr. Maleah Holland – Dr. Tim Noakes

These are some of the best in the industry, and no, they are not getting paid mass amount of money to do this research. Many of them actually spend money to do their research as it is very hard for them to acquire funding. That is how badly they believe in this high fat / low carb diet. It truly is sad that in a day and age that promotes open mindedness and rigorous study, we cannot seem to give the people with answers a proper voice. That is what we are here to do, and we are excited to help you along your journey.

References:

[1] Wheless JW. (2008). History of the Ketogenic Diet. Epilepsia 49(Supplement 8): 3-5.

[2] Paoli A, Rubini A, Volek J, Grimaldi K. (2013). Beyond Weight Loss: A Review of the Therapeutic Uses of Very-Low-Carbohydrate (Ketogenic) Diets. The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 67(8): 789-796.

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  1. […] See how this can get confusing? It is one large cycle – that’s it. It feeds back into itself. One way to stop the cycle from continuing onward is to stop your consumption of carbohydrate and sugar. Get your body to rely on a different (and better) source of fuel, and you won’t have this problem. The idea that glucose must be the energy we use is ridiculous! Not only is that not true, there are better sources out there – like fat. This is the reason we promote a ketogenic diet. You are switching your main fuel source from glucose to “ketones.” You can find out more about it here! […]

  2. […] evidence behind why avoiding carbs and eating fats is the best thing for your diabetic condition (Background, The Ketogenic Diet and Type 2 Diabetes, and A Second Look At “Whole Grains”), but we wanted to […]

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