The Ketogenic Diet & what you need to know!

There has been a lot of talk about the Keto diet lately. Maybe you’ve heard the talk, maybe you’ve tried the diet. There is also a fair amount of confusion about “Keto”. Keto is short for Ketogenic and refers to a process the body uses to burn fat for fuel as opposed to carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates are easy for the body to use and when we are eating a fair amount of carbs the body doesn’t have to use fat for fuel. However, if the carbohydrates are not the primary diet for the body, it will convert to burning fat or go into a state of ketosis. During ketosis, the body will burn the fat we eat for fuel and also the excess fat that is stored on the body, which is what will lead to weight loss on the diet.

The Ketogenic diet was originally a medically prescribed diet for Epileptic seizures in children. It was found to prevent or dramatically reduce seizures and after a time many children never experience seizures again even after stopping the Ketogenic diet. More recently, it has been found to significantly impact diabetes, auto immune issues and even certain cancers.

One reason the Keto diet has such medical benefit is that an over-consumption of carbohydrates causes body to create toxic byproducts which affects the body at a cellular level and puts stress on the liver (our main detoxing organ). By removing excess carbs, the body starts to regenerate healthy cells and the liver can function more normally.

I originally participated in a Ketogenic diet training program with doctor who prescribes this for his patients. After learning more about the potential benefits for the body, and seeing how much confusion there is about ketosis, I decide to create a class to help people to understand how it could benefit them. Every time I have offered this class it has sold out.

It is a great way to rebalance the metabolism, loose weight, eliminate cravings, get blood sugar issues under control, detox the body, have much more energy and surprisingly more focus and clarity of thought. This was the biggest surprise for me, I feel much more energized and motivated.

I don’t believe in fad diets, I also don’t believe in yo-yo weight loss. I think the Ketogenic diet is helpful for everyone because it allows for an understanding about foods that are good for us and gives us sustained energy. We were scared away from fat and have been misinformed about healthy and unhealthy fats. We have also been misled about carbohydrates, if you look at the food pyramid, we are instructed to make refined carbohydrates the bulk of our diet. This is completely false and is leading to obesity and chronic disease.

I don’t advocate that everyone stay on the Ketogenic diet indefinitely, that should be based on your individual metabolism, health and lifestyle. What I do advocate is that everyone try the Keto diet (even temporarily or as a cleanse) so that you can understand its principles and make it work for you and your lifestyle. Once you understand what healthy carbs are, what fats are truly healthy and how much protein we should be eating, you can move into a healthier way of eating that works for you. Not just because it is healthier but because you will actually feel better.

My Keto classes this semester are:

Southgate – Asher School
Monday, February 11 6:30-8:30pm
REGISTER HERE

Monroe County Community College
Thursday, February 28 6:30-8:30pm
FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE
TO REGISTER, CALL  734-384-4127

New!!! In-depth Keto

(2 week/ 2 hour classes)

This class will provide a jump-start into the Ketogenic diet with all the resources you need to be successful. In addition to the information presented in the regular Ketogenic Diet class, this class will provide meal ideas, grocery lists, meal prep suggestions, as well as a two-week format to support your progress and get all your questions answered.

Southgate – Asher School
March 18 and 25 6:30-8:30pm
REGISTER HERE

Monroe County Community College
April 17 and 24 6:30-8:30pm
FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE
TO REGISTER, CALL  734-384-4127

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