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The Ketogenic Diet for Weight Loss: Your Ultimate Guide to Rapid Weight Loss and Amazing Energy!: 20+ Mouth-Watering Recipes Included.

 

Use the KETO power to get rid of the extra pounds and Have AMAZING ENERGY today!

This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to embark on a dietary journey that is guaranteed to revolutionize your health. In here you will discover actionable and practical information on how to lose fat and improve energy levels. If you have been on other types of diets before and have struggled to shed those pounds or even boost your energy levels, the Ketogenic diet will help you immensely.

So what is a Ketogenic diet? It is simply a diet where a person consumes foods that provide them with more fat, and very few carbs and proteins. In a Ketogenic diet, you get up to 90% of your calories in form of fats, with the rest being split between the other two macronutrients. 

The Ketogenic diet is aimed at causing a shift in the body’s utilization away from glucose to fats. In other words, you are causing your body to burn fats rather than what it is normally used to – sugars. During this process, your liver produces substances known as ketone bodies.

If you have never heard of or tried the Ketogenic diet, then this book will unravel it all in a simple and clear manner. If you already know something about this diet, then this book will still benefit you by going deeper into some of the details that are often left out in other books. You will learn the brief history of the Ketogenic diet, discover what ketone bodies and ketosis really means, and how ketogenesis impacts your body. There are also some great mouth-watering recipes that you can sample in Chapter 4. Then we discuss the basic principles and practical tips for this lifestyle. Finally, we wrap up with some of the misconceptions and mistakes you need to avoid.

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A Preview Of What You’ll Learn In This Book….!

 

  • An Overview of the Ketogenic Diet
  • History of the Ketogenic Diet
  • Treatment of epileptic seizures
  • Treatment of obesity
  • Impacts and Terms of the Ketogenic Diet
  • Bodyweight versus Body fat
  • Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
  • Ketogenic Recipes
  • Misconceptions and Mistakes to Avoid
  • Basic Principles and Practical Tips


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Chapter 1: An Overview of the Ketogenic Diet

 

We all know that a normal diet consist of three macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. The human body generally takes the carbohydrates consumed and breaks it down into glucose, which is the simplest molecule of all. Whenever glucose is detected in the bloodstream, the pancreas automatically produces insulin, a hormone that serves a very important function. Insulin will either transport the glucose to the tissues that require energy at that time, or it may trigger storage of the glucose in form of fat to be used later when required. Glucose is the obvious choice for energy production in the body because it is the simplest and easiest molecule that the body can use when energy is required. However, a Ketogenic diet advocates for a low carbohydrate intake and elevated fat consumption.

 

One thing to note is that going on a Ketogenic diet and fasting are somewhat similar in terms of metabolic reactions. A Ketogenic diet mimics the metabolic effects of fasting, the main difference being that you will still be consuming food. The goal here is to force your body to produce its energy and meet its calorific demands by burning fats. In order to get to understand just how this entire process works, it is critical that we look at the inner workings of your metabolism. The moment you stop eating carbohydrates, you will experience a decline in energy reserves. This will happen quickly because your body is used to getting glucose to satisfy its fuel demands. Your body will have no choice but to look for an alternative source of energy. The next best thing would be protein. The only problem with this is that it would lead to muscle wastage, which is something you don’t want. Muscles are necessary for all kinds of motion, especially when you consider things from the fight-or-flight perspective.

 

One viable option is free fatty acids (FFAs). Almost all tissues in the body, with the exception of the brain and nervous system, can use free fatty acids. In such a scenario where the body no longer relies on glucose for energy, the brain and nervous system will have to use ketone bodies as an energy source. This is what is known as ketosis. Your body will shift from burning glucose to burning ketones.

 

Ketone Bodies

What are ketone bodies and where do they come from? Ketone bodies, or ketones, are produced from the partial breakdown of free fatty acids in the liver. When ketone bodies are broken down, the body is able to utilize them as a source of energy. It is important to state that ketosis is a natural process. There are times when you are low on blood sugar or feel as if you are starving, yet your vital organs like the brain still need to function. During such periods of time, ketones are the fallback plan to keep your critical body functions going.  It is also important to note that research has shown ketones to have a stimulating effect on the growth of neural paths within the brain. When your body undergoes ketosis, it is simply following a natural process that helps you burn off the excess fat while improving your cognitive function. Ketone bodies are not just produced during periods of starvation. There are certain times when the body utilizes both ketones as well as available glucose in order to keep energy levels high.

 

The ketones are used to ensure that there is enough energy for survival. Infants also depend on ketosis as their primary mode of survival. Mother’s breast milk does not contain much glucose, but rather ketone bodies that are used to provide essential energy. As kids grow up, they are pushed to start consuming a diet that is filled with carbs and sugars. This is when all the unhealthy eating habits start, resulting in weight gain and low energy. The reality is that a metabolism that burns fat is totally natural and safe. Ketosis has been tried and tested for years and the results speak for themselves. It can be used to treat disorders and is also a good lifestyle to adopt. Once you understand how the Ketogenic diet impacts your body, you will have taken a major step towards your overall health goals.  Ketosis It is important to clarify the meaning of the term ketosis in order to remove any confusion that there may be regarding this term. In most cases, people make the mistake of confusing ketosis and another dangerous metabolic condition that affects diabetics, known as ketoacidosis. This condition will be discussed in the next section. Ketosis can be referred t as a metabolic condition characterized by the burning of fat to generate energy for the body. Instead of breaking down glucose, the body breaks down fatty tissue into ketone bodies. This is what makes the Ketogenic diet one of the most effective ways to use up body fat and thus lose weight. When you start to consume more fats and reduce your carb intake, your body gets used to breaking down fats for energy production. The moment your body adapts to burning fats that come from foods, it will also find it easier to metabolize the excess fatty deposits around your body. Ketosis as a metabolic process has also been found to repair some of the damage that a carbohydrate-laden diet inflicts on the body, for example, insulin sensitivity and poor metabolic functions.

 

Ketosis is safe and can be used in the treatment of a number of ailments. Compared to taking different kinds of medicines your entire life, ketosis seems like a more sensible solution. Ketoacidosis This is a dangerous condition that normally afflicts people who are Type 1 diabetic. A person suffering from Type 1 diabetes suffers from low insulin production. They are also likely to have been consuming a diet filled with carbs for a very long time. Let’s say that a healthy individual consumes a meal full of carbs. Naturally, the body will produce insulin to break down the complex carbs into glucose, to be used for energy production. If a Type 1 diabetic eats the same meal as above, their body will go ahead and break down the carbs to glucose, but there’s one problem. They are suffering from inadequate production of insulin. This means that they cannot break down the glucose for energy! The result is that they will eat all they want but they won’t have any energy, thus forcing their body to turn to fat as an energy source. Their body starts to break down fat into ketone bodies for use as n energy source. But therein lies another problem. Insulin is required to regulate the production of ketone bodies, but there simply isn’t sufficient insulin to control the process of producing ketones. The result is an overproduction of ketones. Remember that ketones are derived from fatty acids, and from the name itself, you can tell that the body’s PH will soon turn acidic.

 

This is what leads to the condition known as ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is characterized by symptoms such as inflammation, dehydration, and swollen brain tissues. This condition can be potentially fatal if not caught and treated in time. For people who are not diabetic, there is nothing to worry about regarding the Ketogenic diet. As long as your body is able to produce enough insulin to control the production of ketone bodies and maintain your health, ketoacidosis is not something to worry about. That is why it is crucial that you consult your doctor before you begin the Ketogenic diet. Even a person suffering from Type 1 diabetes can go on a Ketogenic diet, as there are safe ways to make the diet work for such a patient. For example, if you are taking insulin replacement hormones, you can be able to go on a Ketogenic diet. As always, the most important step is to first confirm with your physician. History of the Ketogenic Diet The Ketogenic diet is not a new fad. It has been around for decades, therefore it would be a good idea to review it and see its progression over the years. There are two ways that the Ketogenic diet has evolved: Treatment of epileptic seizures The Ketogenic diet has been used in the past to treat children suffering from epilepsy. It has even been documented that fasting was used during the Middle Ages as a way to control seizures. The early 90s saw incidences of children being starved in order to control their seizures, but this was not a sustainable solution.

 

For this reason, studies were done to look for ways to mimic the effects of starvation while still providing food to the patient. The researchers found out that a diet high in fats, low in carbs, and with minimal protein was the best way to sustain starvation for as long as possible without harming the patient. Dr. Russell Wilder created the Ketogenic diet in 1921. He used it to treat epileptic children who had failed to improve after drug treatments. The Ketogenic diet disappeared after the 1930s due to the introduction of modern medicines. In 1994, the Ketogenic diet made a comeback thanks to a two-year-old epileptic boy called Charlie Abraham. Neither brain surgery nor drugs could help Charlie, so his father did some research and discovered that the Ketogenic diet had been used successfully in the past to treat his son’s condition. Charlie’s seizures were controllable only when he was on the Ketogenic diet. The Ketogenic diet is today widely accepted as a treatment for epilepsy in cases where conventional medicine fails to be effective. Treatment of obesity For over a hundred years, the Ketogenic diet was used to treat people suffering from excessive weight gain.

 

The morbidly obese patients were normally starved of food, as it was believed that this measure would lead to loss of weight. This form of fasting was reinforced by the fact that ketosis led to appetite suppression and improvement in wellbeing. The problem with this type of therapy was that the body soon started eating its own protein, mainly muscle tissue. Apart from that, the weight that a person normally loses during fasting is mostly protein and water, not fat. If allowed to continue for too long, it can turn into potential health nightmare! The 1970s saw numerous studies that revealed the impact of low-carb diets on people with obesity. The conclusion was that, theoretically, consuming a diet containing less than 50 grams of carbs every day would cause you to eat less food. It was around this time that the Dr. Atkins Diet was developed, and it advocated for a high fat, moderate protein, and low carb diet. It is important to understand how the Ketogenic diet works as well as its history. There is a lot of information that is disseminated out there regarding this diet, so you have to ensure that the information you receive is accurate and credible. This chapter has covered the basics of what you need to know before you get started. In the next chapter, we shall look at the impact the Ketogenic diet has on transforming your body, as well as its many benefits.

 
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