Monday, 21 March 2016
Ketogenic diet - Everything you need to know
I did a post not too long ago where I explained what the Grapefruit diet was and if it was actually effective for weight loss, and a lot of people have been asking me about the diet I have been doing to kill off my cancer, and I have been putting it off for a while because every time I would write about it I would get emotional.
But right now, I am finally not getting emotional about it anymore, so I can tell you about it.
Was my emotional behaviour towards it caused by the diet? No. I have been very emotional when it comes to my cancer, anything about it has made me tear up, until a day or so ago.
Don't ask me what I have done, because I don't know.
Enough blablablah, let me tell you about this diet and everything on it, so you can make your informed decision. My opinion here is left out, this is pure research:
What is it?
Ketogenic diet basically focuses on natural fats and protein as a main source of intake, and restricts carbohydrates.
So you can have an idea, a standard diet contains around 45-65% of the daily intake of calories as carbohydrates, while ketogenic diet limits that intake to 2-5%.
What does it claim to do?
It claims to be the best and fastest way to loose weight, reduce epilepsy attacks, kill off cancer, reduces the need for medication for diabetics, slows down and eliminates Alzheimer's, and many others health benefits.
How does it work?
The key here is the restriction on carbs, because when they are broken down they become blood sugar in the body also known as glucose, which is the main energy source of our body.
Switching it up to a high fat and protein intake with reduced carbs, it switches our bodies to stop burning sugar to burning fat.
This change makes the body reduce the blood sugar and insulin levels, provoking ketone body levels to rise.
The heart, muscle and brain reduce the use of glucose, and rely instead on the fats and ketones to fuel themselves.
Thus helping your body function better and other diseases sorted out apart from loosing weight.
How does it work for cancer?
Cells make energy to survive, most normal cells make energy by burning glucose.
When they don't have enough energy they provoke in themselves apoptosis (which is the death of itself - suicidal).
Normal and healthy cells have the ability to regulate between fuels when needed, including changing from feeding on glucose to feeding on fats and ketones.
Cancer cells are defected and don't manage to switch it up between fuels. So they rely purely on the glucose. So the more glucose in the body, the more food it has to survive. And the least glucose they then starve to death. (This is why this diet is called the cancer starvation diet).
How to do it?
5-10% Carbohydrates (for cancer treatment purposes this should be between 2-5%).
Keep in mind to intake daily between 20-60 grams of carbs only.
Be careful not to raise protein too much because it can raise insulin levels creating glucogenesis which elevates blood sugar.
People that did this diet say they have definitely lost weight, which if we analyse how it could have happen, it does make sense. When you change something in your diet, your body automatically goes through a shock and looses weight. Specially if you are feeding it a mainly fat diet, it will understand that it does not need to store fat in case you go through hunger periods. Also because you cut out the carbs, all carb storage will be used because the body has not made the switch yet.
So for weight loss does it works, yes it does.
For cancer treatment does it work? It is not proved yet, there a few studies showing it does and some showing it doesn't. So far it is considered that it may work only for certain types of cancer, and only to a certain stage of it.
Have you ever heard of this diet?
Do you know anything else about it I haven't shared?
Leave me a comment letting me know.