The Ketogenic diet involves the intake of fewer carbs and more fats, allowing your body to burn fat for fuel instead of carbohydrate.
The Ketogenic diet causes the liver to produce “ketones”, small fuel molecules that serve as an alternative source of energy for the body. As ketones are produced only when the body has lesser carbs available, the diet focuses on reduction in the intake of carbs. Once the intake of carbs is reduced, the body turns to the stored fats for its fuel supply, allowing you to burn fat 24 by 7. Moreover, reduced intake of carbs leads to low insulin levels that too contributes to the fat burning process.
When on a ketogenic diet weight loss, you are expected to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that serve as sources of carbohydrates (there are no complex carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, potato, cereal, sweet potato, rice, quinoa or any other grains or legumes involved in this diet). You can consume normal to moderate amount of protein that can come from foods like chicken, fish, meat, cheese, eggs, tofu, and a moderate amount of fat in the form of nuts, avocados, oils, and butter.
Are There Different Types Of Ketogenic Diets?
At Melbourne Naturopathy, we have two types of ketogenic diet weight loss. The ULTRALITE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM, & THE SHAKE – IT WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.
The Ultralite program involves having three meals per day, in which you weigh and measure your food and have four sachets of protein powder per day in between meals to feel full, restrict cravings, and get vitamins and minerals and maintain muscle mass. The protein powder is available in 7 different flavours so that you can enjoy a different taste on every day of the week.
The Shake – IT Weight Management Program involves having one shake per day as a meal replacement, and two meals containing vegetables and protein. This program also permits two protein snacks, one piece of fruit, and small portion of nuts.
What Are The Benefits Of A Ketogenic Diet?
- Lose excess body fat rapidly
- Maintains muscle mass
- Increases energy
- Restricts cravings
- Ensures clearer skin
- Improves digestion
- Detoxifies your system
- Sharpens your mind
- Improves sleep
- Enhances memory
- Stabilises blood sugar levels, so is suitable for diabetics
- Balances hormones
- Teaches you about portion control
Are Ketogenic Diets Safe For Everyone?
Ketogenic diets are safe for everyone. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is best to avoid this diet. Also, if you have any medical condition, you must first check with your medical practitioner if your body can take diets like this one.
Ketogenic diets are safe for people who are on prescribed medications and supplements. Also, you can exercise regularly along with this diet for better results.
Once you have lost the required amount of weight using the ketogenic program, you will be put on a maintenance program.