A Healthier Approach – Ketogenic Diet

Whenever we think about having fun, we often associate it to hanging out with friends, getting drunk, eating junk food, midnight snacks, loads of chocolates, and a lot of other not-so-healthy activities. At one point, there was a time when I told myself that I had to change my ways, in all honesty, I was getting chubbier and was often sick. I needed to change my lifestyle, my diet, and probably do some exercise routines as well. It all starts with self realization and dedication to achieve a goal for your own good.

I found myself searching by typing in keywords in the web such as “how to be healthier”. I came across this website from harvard medical school about Ketogenic diet and it’s pros and cons.

In essence, it is a diet that causes the body to release ketones into the bloodstream. Most cells prefer to use blood sugar, which comes from carbohydrates, as the body’s main source of energy. In the absence of circulating blood sugar from food, we start breaking down stored fat into molecules called ketone bodies (the process is called ketosis). Once you reach ketosis, most cells will use ketone bodies to generate energy until we start eating carbohydrates again. The shift, from using circulating glucose to breaking down stored fat as a source of energy, usually happens over two to four days of eating fewer than 20 to 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. Keep in mind that this is a highly individualized process, and some people need a more restricted diet to start producing enough ketones.

Decision and Food Choices

It is said that Ketogenic Diet improves brain function and a good way to improve blood sugar levels. Knowing that there are people in my family that had diabetes, it made me more enthusiastic to pursue this type of diet. However, it is safe to say that anything consumed in large amounts can be dangerous. This is why I found this video called the Ketogenic Diet 7 day Mealplan that can basically be a good source of a balanced diet.

 

Is it Hard to Achieve?

When I started this diet, it was really hard at first. The thing is, I had to achieve ketosis. For some, achieving the state of ketosis was easy – I heard that it actually varies from person to person. I started consulting some of my friends that were undergoing ketogenic diet and informed me that there were supplements to help me achieve my goal. Of course before getting into the groove, I checked if consuming dietary supplements are a good idea. I basically found this article from The Office of Dietary Supplements that made me well informed about my next step.

Scientific evidence shows that some dietary supplements are beneficial for overall health and for managing some health conditions. For example, calcium and vitamin D are important for keeping bones strong and reducing bone loss; folic acid decreases the risk of certain birth defects; and omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils might help some people with heart disease. Other supplements need more study to determine their value. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not determine whether dietary supplements are effective before they are marketed.

After viewing a lot of information in the web from watching videos or reading articles, I still needed to maintain this type of diet. Luckily I found this gem on the web that guides you throughout your way in terms of getting into ketosis and of course maintaining this type of diet.

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