The Keto Diet also aims to; Stabilises blood sugar to reduce cravings, improves insulin sensitivity to treat Metabolic Syndrome & address central obesity, promotes bile flow from the liver to assist fat metabolism, tonifies the thyroid gland to boost the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), addresses the mental emotional disorders that lead to comfort eating & food addiction.
The ketogenic weight loss diet includes an initial consultation & 2 follow up consultations.
The first consultation is to ascertain what you eat and make recommendations for a ketosis diet that suits you.
The second consultation is to ensure firstly, that you have achieved a state of ketosis and secondly to address any issues you have surrounding the dietary recommendations.
The third consultation is aimed to assist you in moving from Phase 1 (short-term) into Phase 2 (long-term) of the diet. This occurs when you are near your goal weight. Phase 2 is the Keto Diet for Health and longevity, mimics fasting and is life extending.
Keto Diet for Weight Loss
This diet is a carbohydrate restrictive, high good fat, high healthy protein (including veg/vegan based protein) diet. Ketosis is a perfectly normal metabolic process. When we are unable to use carbohydrates as fuel for cells to burn for energy, fats are used instead. Ketones are produced as part of this process. In fact, ketones are the preferred source of fuel for our bodies. This diet is suitable for vegetarians/vegans.
Benefits of a Keto Diet
Lowers cholesterol: Lowers LDL & triglyceride levels and raises HDL (good cholesterol). (1)
Induce Rapid Weight Loss: Reduces body weight and body mass index. (1)
Lowers Blood Sugar: Studies show a ketosis diet can eliminate type 2 diabetes. (2, 3)
Enhances physical and cognitive performance: Ketone bodies are the most energy-efficient fuel and yield more ATP. (4)
Suppresses Appetite: High fats diets increase satiety. (5)
Starve Cancer Cells: Cancer cells need glucose for fuel. Only healthy cells can live on ketones. Studies indicate a ketosis diet is an adjunct therapeutic aid in cancer. (6, 7)
Treats neurodegenerative disease: Ketosis is neuroprotective and neuroregenerative (8) & therapeutic treatment in traumatic head injury, neurological disease (9) including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's (10) & epilepsy, (11)
Extends Life: The benefits of Calorie restriction/Keto diet are scientific fact. A Ketosis diet simulates the Calorie Restrictive Diet (12) that scientists have touted for the main reason behind Okinawan longevity. Like CR, Ketosis also activates telomerase the anti-ageing enzyme. Calorie restriction increases telomerase activity and enhances autophagy (breakdown of dead cells). (13) CR improves how cells respond to stress, how they break down (autophagy), induces apoptosis (programmed cell death ie in cancer cells), and alters hormonal balance. Autophagy in particular, is quality control inside cells. It is essential for the maintenance of cellular homeostasis and for the orchestration of an efficient cellular response to stress. Autophagic activity declines with age, and this contributes to the ageing process. (14)
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