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Simple Nutritional Concepts – Ketogenic Diet, Intermittent Fasting

Ketogenic Diet and Low Carbohydrate Diets

Ketosis is a state in which your body metabolizes off extra ketones found in the body and enters a state of ketosis when there is a low enough amount of carbohydrates. When your body is in a ketogenic state it no longer uses carbohydrates as its main source of fuel but instead switches to using the fat reserves that an individual already has in their body when it is done properly. A ketogenic diet consists of healthy fat, minimal proteins and extremely low carbohydrate sources.

CLEAN EATING

Clean eating is whereby all processed food or (‘’man made’’ products) are eliminated from your diet. This includes anything with added sugars, sugar alcohols, artificial flavours or refined foods. Clean eating is based on a concept of eating whole foods that are as close to their natural state as possible minimizing processing.

Balanced Diet

Balanced diet is when all 3 macro-nutrients are included in each meal, this consists of: Protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats in one meal. A healthy balanced diet is the most popular with people who can regularly eat carbohydrates without disrupting their digestive system and storing the extra carbohydrates as fat.

Carb Cycling

Car cycling is when you use Carbohydrates in a specific way to hinder your fat loss progress.With carb cycling, the body is never deprived of carbohydrates in an extended period of time therefore not slowing down your metabolism or your fat loss goals. The body is consistently kept guessing as targeted carbohydrate days are used post workout in order to speed up fat loss.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermitting fasting is when you fast in order for your body to use use stored food as fuel. Intermittent fasting elevates human growth hormone as it helps to burn off stored foods in the body instead of burning muscle as its main source of fuel. The benefits of this type of fasting are

  • proper functioning of cells and hormones
  • to reduce weight
  • to lose body fat
  • to reduce insulin resistance
  • reduce blood sugar levels (prevent onset of diabetes type 2)