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The 411 on The Ketogenic Diet
The Ketogenic Diet (aka Keto) is one of the most popular diets being followed right now. For some it is a passing fad, but for others it is life-changing. So what exactly is the Keto diet??? It is an approach to eating that uses high-fat, moderate protein and very low carbohydrates to fuel the body. This approach is in contrast to the way that many of us eat which is very high-carb, high protein and unhealthy fats. By eating the Keto way, our bodies shift from burning glucose as fuel to burning ketones or fat (ketosis). Some experts are suggesting that by burning ketones for fuel, our bodies have a chance to balance blood sugar, balance hormones and reduce inflammation. Many people who have followed the Keto diet have reported weight-loss, increased energy, reduced hunger, increase mental focus and better sleep. This discussion will highlight a new book on the Ketogenic diet by Dr. Josh Axe.
So……..what exactly should you eat on a Ketogenic diet??? There are many different interpretations of this diet leading many to believe that you can eat any fatty food, a modest amount of protein and avoid all carbohydrates and you should be good to go. Unfortunately, this version of the diet is not the most beneficial or the healthiest approach to achieving ketosis. In his book Keto Diet, Dr. Josh Axe approaches this diet in simple and practical ways. He provides an overview of the Keto diet and suggests a number of approaches to achieving ketosis along with the intended health benefits. He has shopping lists, meal plans and recipes for a 30-day kick-start and progresses to Keto-cycling as a long-term option. He highlights his top 25 recommended “Keto” foods www.draxe.com/keto-diet-food-lists and includes several supplements www.draxe.com/keto-diet-supplements and their benefits as options to maximize the benefits of the Keto diet. He also provides great discussion on the use of this diet for many known health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, lupus and even cancer. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the Ketogenic diet and provides user-friendly guidelines to help beginners get started. Dr. Axe steadfastly believes that food is medicine and this book supports his true commitment to the role of functional medicine and health.
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