Ketogenic Diet

Sitting with a friend yesterday (over sushi) he mentioned this diet, but my wife had already researched it, and we had it on our Mesubim plate. It’s a kind of modified Atkins diet, low carbohydrate foods, and higher medium-chain fats.

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein and low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to control epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. “Keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. This is an alternative fuel source for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply.

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Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar).

The liver produces ketones from fat. These ketones then serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially for the brain. The brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day, and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose or ketones. The main benefit is it increases the body’s ability to utilize fats for fuel, which gets very lazy on a high carbohydrate diet. When on high carbohydrate diets the body can usually expect an energy source to keep entering the body. But in the state of ketosis, the body has to become efficient at mobilizing fats as energy.

A typical ketogenic meal includes a small amount of protein, a source of natural fats, i.e. butter, beef tallow, lard, duck fat, cream, olive oil, and coconut oil, etc. And while I know people lose weight when they diet, you should be careful when trying new diets. The Ketogenic diets emphasize foods rich in natural fats and adequate in protein and restrict foods high in carbohydrates, including sugars and starches.

While I am sure this diet has a place in a place in treating epilepsy, I am also sure it can be adapted to a normal routine of an adult or a teenager. I am not so sure that anyone can take the decision to change their diets (substantially) unless they have no other choice, and or unless it is medical, or a serious lifestyle change is considered and well-practiced.

What will likely happen is your body will teeter-totter between what it is used to and what you are trying to tel it to do.

Personally, I believe that the best diet is: a selection of high-quality raw materials, mostly organic or otherwise, foods that are consumed in sequence with a balanced way of thinking. If you study the Japanese diet, you could draw a similar comparison, that is in terms of the percentages of food intake by category. These days young Japanese will destroy their future by the increasing popularity of fast foods, quick fixes, and high sugar intake.

The proof is in the pudding, so look at the statistics and avoid reading too many diet gimmicks, stick to what makes sense and don’t forget everything in moderation including moderation.


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