The Basics of the Ketogenic Diet


Just Now Hearing About the Ketogenic Diet Lifestyle?

keto dietHave you been hearing about a lifestyle nutrition plan called the ketogenic diet? If the term is new to you, you’re not alone. But if you think a ketogenic diet is a one-size-fits-all program, think again! NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida, which specialize in pairing advanced regenerative medical procedures like stem cell therapy with sound nutritional counseling, takes you through this review of the main ketogenic diet types.

Origins of the Ketogenic Diet

Though many people are only just learning about the ketogenic diet, also known today as the keto diet, it has actually been around for 90 years. First conceived in the 1920’s by Mayo Clinic clinician and scientist Dr. Russell Wilder, the ketogenic diet was a ground breaking way to successfully treat Diabetes prior to the era of conventional medications.

It has developed a new-found popularity as more and more people rediscover healthy lifestyle changes that can reduce or fully end dependence on medicinal attempts to control the disease.* The ketogenic diet has also proven highly effective in treating epilepsy, as well as being a nutritional method that delivers health benefits to the general public regardless of any medical conditions.*

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet isn’t just a single type of nutritional program. It’s more of an umbrella term that covers many different types of healthy eating that is high in healthy fats, rich in protein and keeps carbohydrates at a minimum. A keto diet shifts how the body is able to access its energy stores. The liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketones. Ketones (also known as ketone bodies) are comprised of three water-soluble molecules. They are a by-product of the liver breaking down stored fat to be used for energy. It is the ketones that are used by nutritionists to determine how effective a ketogenic diet is in turning stored fat into energy.

Benefits of a Keto Diet

A good keto diet is highly effective in lowering insulin levels in the blood. This makes ketogenic nutritional programs a natural for people who suffer from either type I or type II diabetes. * Ketogenic diets are also known to significantly aid in seizure reductions in those diagnosed with epilepsy.* And ketogenic diets have been used in the treatment of cancer and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and autism.*

But a ketogenic diet isn’t just for those battling chronic diseases. A good keto diet is the basis of an effective, healthy lifestyle for anyone seeking to naturally control weight and restore energy. A properly planned keto diet is safe for both adults and children. In fact, children are particularly good candidates for a ketogenic diet. It is an excellent way to promote brain development in growing children, and a natural combatant of widespread child obesity.

It is important to note, however, that a ketogenic diet for adults is not necessarily the right type of keto diet for children. For most children, keto diets should stay in the range of a 4:1 ratio of fat to carbohydrates.

The Four Main Types of Ketogenic Diets

There are four basic versions of a ketogenic diet.

  1. The Standard Keto Diet

This one is likely the best known to the public, made popular by the induction phase of the Atkins Plan. It is a straight forward method, where the person minimizes intake of carbohydrates every day to between twenty to fifty grams. Each person needs to determine the precise amount of carbohydrates within that gram range that offers the maximum health benefits. The majority of people who follow a ketogenic diet find that the Standard Ketogenic Diet (SKD) works best for them.

  1. The Targeted Keto Diet

Regardless of how well known the Atkins Plan is, it is actually the Targeted Ketogenic Diet (TKD) that is the most traditional. In this program, you consume carbohydrates approximately 30 to 60 minutes prior to exercising. Carbohydrates that are easily digested are the best choice in order to avoid stomach upset during your workout. Choose food with glucose, as opposed to food that has high fructose levels. The reason for this is that fructose replenishes liver glycogen rather than muscle glycogen. It is the muscle glycogen that you want to promote when undertaking a ketogenic diet.

In consuming glucose-based carbohydrates prior to exercising, the carbs are used to best effect. The body burns them entirely, thus preventing significant disruption of ketosis. The recommendation is 25 to 50 grams of net carbohydrates, but less than 25 grams of net carbs can also be done. Consumption should be done 30 to 60 minutes prior to your workout.

Meals eaten following your workout should be high-protein and low-fat. While healthy fats are good for you in general, eating them after exercising can interfere with nutrient absorption and the muscles’ need for post-workout recovery. In short, it’s best to not eat high-fat food following exercise.

It’s important to note that the Targeted Ketogenic Diet is recommended only for highly active people. If you are a light to moderate exerciser, the TKD will not be an effective means of healthy weight control.

  1. The Cyclic Keto Diet

Like the Targeted Ketogenic Diet, the Cyclic Ketogenic Diet (CKD) is recommended only for those practicing a high-intensity workout. It is often used by bodybuilders and other professional, or competitive amateur, athletes.

With the Cyclic Ketogenic Diet, days of high carbohydrate eating are alternated with days of keto dieting. This is commonly called “carb-loading”. Generally speaking, carb-loading will go on for 24 to 48 hours. The Cyclic Keto Diet commonly calls for approximately fifty grams of carbohydrates daily during the non-loading phase, and approximately 450 to 600 grams while in the carb-loading stage. For those practicing a high-intensity workout regimen, the CKD maximizes the loss of fat while it simultaneously builds lean muscle mass.

  1. The Restricted Keto Diet

Used largely for therapeutic purposes, the Restricted Ketogenic Diet (RKD) is based on clinical studies showing that ketosis is an advantageous companion in the treatment of cancer. Restricting daily carbs to 20 to 50 grams, or less, causes the body to run out of its stores of glycogen and begin production of ketones. Ketones can be used by healthy cells to boost energy. But cancer cells are unable to consume ketones. They literally starve to death.

It’s believed by many in the medical community that a ketogenic diet, in combination with calorie restriction, creates an inhospitable environment for cancer cells. The RKD begins with a three-to-five day fast in which only water is consumed. The diet then continues as a low-caloric keto diet. The aim is to reach a blood sugar level of 55 to 65 milligrams per deciliter, with a blood ketone level of at least 4.0 millimolars. With this in mind, most patients using the Restricted Ketogenic Diet as part of their therapy usually need to keep net carbohydrate intake below twenty grams.

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