Anybody who is setting out on a mission to lose weight will likely want a diet plan that is going to bring big rewards.
But whether the aim is to lose a few pounds or to shed a significant amount of weight, finding the ideal diet for you can prove a tricky proposition.
One such option is the ketogenic diet. This low carb, high fat diet has been heralded as a great way to shed excess weight.
Every diet requires patience and commitment, and the ketogenic diet is no different. Let us explain what the science behind this weight loss method.
What is the ketogenic diet and how does it work?
The ketogenic diet is a low carbohydrate, high fat eating plan.
In simple terms, carbohydrates are generally converted into glucose that provides the energy your brain and body need to function. But if there is a lack of carbohydrates in your body, it will seek alternative energy sources.
This is when the liver starts to convert any body fat you have into fatty acids and ketones – hence the name ketogenic diet. It is these acids and ketones that become the replacement energy source.
When your body has higher levels of ketones in the blood, this state is known as ketosis. Put very simply, once in ketosis, your body starts burning fat you have as an energy source. That’s a good thing if you’re trying losing weight.
What do I eat?
As with any diet, you have to pick and choose the foods you eat carefully, and it’s often a good idea to plan meals and stock your cupboards and fridge accordingly.
Foods that are good to eat as part of a keto diet include meats, particularly red meat, steak, ham and bacon.
Eggs, fish, cheese, nuts and seeds and low-carb vegetables are all good things to include as well.
Foods to steer clear of include anything with a high amount of sugar, as well as pasta, rice, fruit, potatoes and alcoholic beverages.
Other health benefits
Studies have found that people with a ketogenic diet have not only seen significant weight loss, but also increases in their triglyceride and HDL cholesterol levels.
In fact, the ketogenic diet is being used to help manage epilepsy and diabetes, and even in areas such as treatments for cancer, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.
How Evolution Organics can help
We have a broad array of weight management products available at Evolution Organics that can support you if you are looking to commence a ketogenic diet.
We have ketogenic supplements from the likes of Bulletproof, Dr Mercola and Ancient + Brave, as well as from many more trusted suppliers. Our range includes coffee beans and espresso, as well as energy bars and oils.
KetoSports is another trusted supplier of ketogenic-related products, and we have a vast choice available from our online store. These include MCT Powder and alternate energy sources.
And to help you achieve your goals through the ketogenic diet, we have a selection of helpful books that can allow you to truly get to grips with what’s required.
If you’re not sure the ketogenic approach is for you but still want to shed a few pounds, we also have dedicated products for different diets. Take a look at our Paleo, alkalising and high protein offerings.
If you’re starting out on a diet, we wish you the very best with it and hope you get where you want to be!