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?

70-75% Fats
20-25% Protein
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.


Results

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.

38 comments:

  1. Last year I visited a homeopath who recommended the same sort of diet plan as I am insulin resistant. It did work but I fell off the wagon.I am trying to cut down carbs and sugar.

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    1. You definetely need to do that, I know is hard but work hard and it will be better for you!

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  2. This is great information... and I "over carb" and am an overweight gal - and so delighted you are feeling and doing well and beating cancer! That's the best news ever!

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    1. I also over carb-ed my life. I feel better now with less of it. And Thanks and I am very happy I am managing to kill that stupid disease!

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  3. My diet is very much KETO based, but it's also dairy-free. I friggin' love it. I don't process carbohydrates and sugars, and dairy and nuts for that matter - so the Keto way of living has my name written all over it. I don't do it for weight loss purposes. I do it for health reasons and it works so very well for me! :)

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    1. That is good, this is also a great diet for diabetics, and a whole bunch of people, it's not a weight loss for me, it's a way of life!

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  4. I have never herd of this diet before thanks for sharing this info Paola very informative. have a blessed week
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  5. Well done for getting on top of the cancer. That looks like a very tough diet to stick to, but worth working at for your health.

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    1. It is very tough, specially for a past lover like me. But when you have a motive like cancer things get a lot easier to deal with.

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  6. This is really interesting and a very clear explanation of how it works. GG

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  7. 2 years ago my colleagues tried to this and failed to complete it! But the last one who gave up said she lost weight and it was obvious.


    Gigi |¤ https://bmobshelldrawer.wordpress.com/

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  8. Paola, thanks so much for being so open about your story. It really moved me and I am so impressed by how well you manage to fight the cancer. You're a role model!
    If you ever need support, feel free to reach out. I'd do my best :)
    x M.
    projectemme.com

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I don't think myself a role model but I try to help whoever I can.

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  9. A lot of good information in this post ! even tho I have a normal diet just healthier and a little lighter I wish you all the best in yours

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    1. You have to do the diet that is the best for your body and that makes you feel the best.

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  10. Very informative post. The diet sounds great, quitting in carbs is so hard though �� I always try this but falling off the wagon is not difficult. Nice post!

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    1. Carbs is absolutely hard to quit, I think any diet is quiet easy after you try to do this one.

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  11. Sounds like an interesting diet. I would be interested in trying it.

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  12. Very informational post! If I could let go of these carbs 😩 I'll be one step closer to success lol

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  13. You are such an inspiration! Sharing this information, I believe will help not only people who fight the same struggle also those who eager to do healthy diet.

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  14. Interesting diet. I don't think I could do it though. I love fruits and veggies too much!

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    1. fruits and veggies are the only allowed carbs you can have.

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  15. Man I need to do this to kick start myself OFF sugar, AGAIN! Man, It is the devil. I am going to do it. I am going to do it. I AM...going to do it!!

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  16. I tried it for a week, combined with sport, but then I stopped it :( I have been meaning to give it a try again!

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    1. While I did I went full on to the gym, hard core, it imporved my resistance very quickly.

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  17. I've done it once. I lost weight, but it can't be done for a long period of time, as the skin looses strength, and there is lost of energy as well. Nowadays I understood that for my body, and my metabolism (each person have different ones), what works is a low-carb diet, but not as low as the ketogenic. I avoid white carb always, and food that is primarly carb, almost always. Starchy vegetables are good (besides of potatoes)! But the most import, is to eat FAT. Good fat. Nuts and good oils, so the body won't starve itself, and you won't feel hungry the whole day! And also very important: clean eating and healthy food should be a lifestyle, not only a diet to lose weight quickly! :)

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    1. my body, skin, and everything actually improved very quickly with this diet, and now that I am doing a normal light diet but with carbs, I do not feel as great.
      I did take magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin D supplements.
      Funny how each body responds.

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  18. I've never heard of the ketogenic until now. Thanks for providing a wealth of information and a stellar infographic. Would you say this diet was hard to maintain?

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  19. This was very informative. I tried this for a while and noticed that my skin improved a lot! But had to stop it as I don't think it was the right diet for me

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