There’s no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to healthy weight loss, but the high-fat, low-carb, low-sugar ketogenic diet is soaring in popularity with dramatic results being posted online
The background: Eating fat does not make you fat
It’s important to have a low-fat diet, right? Well, no. Quite simply, we’ve been sold a lie. By the 1970s we’d put a man on the moon but we’d begun to fall for the biggest popular myth in nutrition– that we should be eating less fat – with sugar becoming the new fairy-tale enemy when it comes to healthy eating and weight loss.
Health charities and academic institutions alike are now attempting to dispel bad information about low-fat diets that have been doing the rounds for four decades. A report by the UK’s National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration is calling for a major overhaul in dietary guidelines and a return to earthy whole foods like meat, fish and dairy.
Low fat, “lite” and “low cholesterol” products are no longer deemed beneficial for heart health since they often pack in non-organic ingredients, and calorie counting could be a total misnomer altogether. The biggest pitfall of all, however, is the sheer overabundance of sugar that we ingest on a daily basis, which aside from damaging your liver and heart, can impair your mood and is a leading contributor to diabetes and obesity.
So what is the ketogenic diet?
If (like me) you want to explore an intriguing diet that allows you to eat real portions, then pay attention. Our bodies burn glucose for energy, which we tend to get in huge quantities from carbohydrates and directly from sugar. However, if we drastically reduce the sugar/carb intake, our bodies begin burning fats for energy. Think of it like converting your car from unleaded petrol to electricity – expect your body does it all by itself. The absence of glucose takes us out of “glycolysis” and into a state of “ketosis”, resulting in the production of ketones when the body is forced to burn fat. And that’s where the name comes from, but you already figured that out.
My experience going keto
While many find sweet relief from soda, chocolate and fruit juice, I’m thankfully not too sweet-toothed. But deciding to forsake the glorious goodness of bread, pasta, rice et al is no mean feet. And it’s essentially all the same on the inside – the carbs are broken down into sugar and it all becomes fuel. After an initial bout of headaches within the first 24 hours – a classic withdrawal – it was a matter of furiously Googling the carb and sugar content of all my favourite ingredients to learn what’s now feasible.
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