There’s a lot of us out there who want to lose weight and are researching the best diet.
Have you heard about Ketogenic diet? According to Wikipedia, the ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain-function.
Testing for ketone bodies in urine
I first heard about Keto diet from my sister, who was diagnosed a stage 1 diabetes. Her doctor told her that she needs to be on keto diet and to research more about it. Her doctor wants her to start this diet and see if this diet will help her and possibly cure her diabetes. He will monitor her for a few weeks before prescribing her any medication.
After 13 weeks of being on keto diet, she came back negative on diabetes and she lost 12 lbs. This conclude that keto might have had the highest factor in getting rid of her diabetes. Even if your symptoms improve, it’s still important to keep up with regular blood glucose monitoring. For type 2 diabetes, testing frequency varies. Be sure to check with your doctor and determine the best testing schedule for your situation.
These are the 7 things I learned about Ketogenic diet:
- It works! This diet works with proper amount of fat, protein, sugar and carbs intake. All diets work if you are determined and disciplined. A few, people that I’ve seen in social media, are often mislead about keto diet. Make sure you do your own research, ask your doctor and be aware of body changes.
- Be a part of keto diet support groups. Many of us are in social media. Find your best support group that will help you along the way. Motivational group, stories and images help to reach your goals. Like or follow as many as you can and be a part of the community!
- It is time consuming. Time is the key to be successful in everything you do. In keto diet, just like any other diet, you need to have time to research, shop, prepare, make or cook your meals. There are some meals or desserts that are time consuming. And make sure you have all the ingredients!
- It could be pricey! Some of the ingredients in keto are pricey! For example, almond butter, it is very pricey! Buying a small container of almond butter is expensive. I usually get mine at Sam’s at $9.68 for a 24 oz container. Grass fed butter, like Kerrygold, and zero calories sugar like Lakanto.
- Watch the Magic Pill on Netflix. My sister, who is on keto diet told about this documentary on Netflix. My husband and I watched it and found it very interesting and informative. I won’t tell any details about it, but it is for you to find out for yourself.
- You don’t have to stay on this diet forever. Just like any other diet. once you reach your goal or your weight goal. Researchers say that, “We’re really not sure what kind of health complications may arise from a long-term state of ketosis (i.e., years and years) if any,” says Pritzker. And it’s not just that. “One reason a person may want to stop keto dieting is if their lipid panel worsens,” notes Haley Hughes, R.D. “If a person who is at a high risk for heart disease is eating increased amounts of saturated fat and sources of cholesterol while consuming less fiber from whole grains, beans, fruits, and starchy vegetables, they may see increased cholesterol levels.” There are also special concerns for those with type 1 diabetes and people taking insulin, who might not be a good fit for long-term keto dieting, she says.
- Consult your doctor. Make sure that you consult your doctor first in anything that you do. Especially if you are taking any medication, unsure about your health and if you are experiencing abnormalities on this diet.