The Ketogenic diet is a high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate approach to eating.
Following this diet encourages the body to become metabolically flexible and shift from using predominantly carbohydrates to fats as a primary fuel source. Making this switch results in consistent energy levels, fewer crashes and enables you to easily implement fasting as you can comfortably go 16 hours or more without eating.
THE KEY BENEFITS OF KETO ARE:
- Enhanced cognitive function and decreased brain fog
- Consistent energy levels throughout the day. No post meal sluggishness or need to reach for a sugary snack to keep you going
- Improved insulin sensitivity
- Simple to follow
- Increasing your ability to fast, which is a great weight loss / management tool and facilitates autophagy (the body cleaning out damaged cells in order to generate new healthy cells)
- Decreased inflammation
What is Keto / The Ketogenic Diet?
The Ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate, moderate protein approach to eating. Eating this way encourages the body to shift from using predominantly carbs to predominantly fat as a primary fuel source. This in tern results in greater fat oxidisation (conversion of fat in to energy), which creates ketone bodies that supply the body with fuel.
Is Keto healthy?
Ketosis is a completely natural state that our ancestors would have experienced frequently not having instant access to food like we do in modern society. This is especially true for people who’s ancestors are from colder climates where the ground freezes in winter and little to no fruit or vegetables would have grown. During the winter months people would have spent large periods in ketosis. Our bodies evolved this way over thousands of years so in our opinion being in ketosis is more natural to human biology than constantly topping up on carbohydrates.
What about fruit and vegetables on a ketogenic diet?
Although we’ve been told our whole lives to get our five-a-day, the latest scientific research is showing that plant foods contain inherent defence mechanisms (phytochemicals). These can disrupt our immune systems and inhibit the absorption of vitamins and minerals. This said, we're still firm believers that human's are naturally omnivores and therefore should consume some fruit and vegetables. However, 'five-a-day' is an arbitrary suggestion and may not be necessary depending on your ancestry. We believe that you can get all the micro-nutrients you need to perform optimally from eating animals nose-to-tail and consuming some organic and local / seasonal fruit and vegetables.
How do I get my vitamins and minerals on Keto?
If you consume high quality, organic and grass-fed meat, including organ meats, this contains all the vitamins and minerals the body needs. Cows and other ruminants digestive systems are able to ferment plants and effectively extract the nutrients from them. These nutrients are then shuttled in to the cows muscles, fat and organs. Human’s aren’t able to do this anywhere near as effectively. For example heme iron, vitamin A and DHA are all found in plant foods, but are in forms that aren’t easily digested by people. However once processed by animals these nutrients become way more bioavailable (easy to absorb and utilise) for humans.