The Keto Diet and Weight Loss

Jul 13 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

If you have had a desire to shed some extra pounds, then perhaps you could have come across ketogenic diet, which is popularly known as Keto diet. It is a popular weight loss plan that promises significant weight loss in a short time.

But far from what most people believe it to be, the diet is not a magical tool for weight loss. Just like any other diet, it takes time, requires a lot of adjustment and tracking to see results.

What is the Keto diet?

The keto diet is aimed at putting your body in Ketosis. This diet plan is usually low carb with high intake of healthy fats, vegetables and sufficient proteins. In the this diet, there is also an emphasis on avoiding highly processed foods and sugars.

There are several types of Keto diets: standard ketogenic, cyclical, targeted and the high-protein diets. The difference in them depends on the carb intake. The standard ketogenic diet is low carb, high fat and adequate protein is the most recommended.

Is the Keto Diet Safe?

Most critics of the Keto diet say that it is not safe because of the emphasis on consuming high fat content. This is guided by the misconception that fats are bad for you. On the contrary, healthy fats are actually very good for you.

With this diet, you get lots of fats from healthy sources like avocado, nuts, fish, butter, eggs, coconut oil, palm oil, seeds like chia and red meat.

How Does the Keto Diet Aid in Weight Loss?

So how does the keto diet really work and help your body lose excess pounds? When on a high carb diet, your body uses glucose from carbohydrates and sugars to fuel body activities. When on a ketogenic diet, you supply the body with minimal amounts of carbs and sugars.

With reduced sugar and carbs supply, the glucose levels in the body are depleted causing the body to look for alternative energy sources. The body therefore turns to stored fats for energy which is why the Keto diet leads to weight loss.

This condition where your body burns fats for energy other than carbs is called ketosis. When your body goes into ketosis, it produced ketones as the fuel source rather than depending on glucose. Ketones and glucose are the only two power sources that fuel the brain.

Benefits of Ketosis and the Keto diet

Besides just aiding in weight loss, putting the body in ketosis comes with other health benefits too. Here are some of them:

  • Enhanced mental clarity
  • Improved physical energy
  • Steady blood sugar levels which makes it a good remedy for epilepsy and diabetes
  • Improved and enhanced skin tones
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Hormone regulation especially in women

The Ketogenic diet is one of the best diets you can follow for weight loss and to enhance your overall health. The diet can also be used for children who are overweight. There are numerous studies that support the diet showing significant results especially when coupled with exe

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White Willow Bark – The Critical Weight Loss (Diet) Assistant

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Hippocrates was possibly the first person to record the benefits of white willow bark. He did so in the Fifth century BC. In 1828 a French pharmacist, Henri Leroux and an Italian chemist, Raffaele Piria, we able to isolate a compound in the grayish brown bark from the white willow tree (Salix alba) known as salicin. Since then, salicylic acid, an active derivative of salicin has been further separated out and has found a home as one of the primary ingredients in aspirin.

In an effort to get bigger, better, faster, the body building industry popularized the concept of “stacking” or combining certain ingredients to take advantage of their synergistic effect. Synergy occurs whenever ingredients are combined and the specific combination of those ingredients provides a greater benefit than the individual benefits that could be realized if each of those ingredients were taken independent of each other.

For decades, the ECA stack reigned supreme for its popularity in the body building industry. This was a “stack” that combined Ephedra, Caffeine and Aspirin. Although the ratio of this combination varied, 25 milligrams of ephedra was commonly combined with 200 milligrams of Caffeine and 325 milligrams of Aspirin. Unfortunately, this combination became extremely hard to put together when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the sale of all dietary supplements containing ephedra on February 6th, 2004. Despite numerous studies demonstrating the safety of ephedra in controlled doses, the FDA would not budge on their finding that ephedra posed an “unreasonable risk of illness or injury.” On August 17th, 2006, after being challenged in a federal appeals court, the FDA upheld the ephedra ban with a 133,000 page report citing 19,000 individual adverse reactions. In the wake of this dilemma, ephedra alternatives were quickly located to combine with caffeine and aspirin.

Conceptually, the ECA stack effectively assists with weight loss and energy gain. Certain stimulants, such as ephedra are known to be “beta agonists”, meaning they function as keys on a certain gene in the body (by targeting the “beta-2 adrenergic receptor” or “ADRB2”) to unlock a genetic response. Three responses that are believed to be unlocked are increased levels of norepinephrine, increased levels of epinephrine and increased levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP).

Norepinephrine and epinephrine are quite similar. Both are common neurotransmitters in the brain that also function as hormones in the body. As norepinephrine levels and cAMP levels increase, heart rate increases and the release of glucose is triggered from stored energy in the body. When taken in a stack with caffeine and aspirin, this chain of events increases blood flow to muscle tissue and increases body temperature, creating a thermogenic effect on the body. It is also believed that during this process, the body begins burning white adipose fat tissue, appetite becomes suppressed, and fatigue is reduced as energy levels increase.

When a stack of stimulants and aspirin (or white willow bark) enter the body, a little light goes off (not literally) telling the body that it was just stimulated as the metabolism begins increasing. In response, the body begins producing phosphodiesterase inside your cells and prostaglandins outside your body’s cells. Both of these reactions lower cAMP levels, slowing the metabolism boost from the ECA stack.

Caffeine prevents cAMP levels from decreasing by blocking the production of phosphodiesterase inside cells, while further increasing the body’s production of epinephrine, which again helps raise cAMP levels. Aspirin (or white willow bark) prevents cAMP levels from decreasing by blocking the production of prostaglandins outside the body’s cells. Through these specific actions of caffeine and aspirin (or white willow bark), thermogenesis is sustained for longer periods of time while the metabolism is held at a higher rate, allowing the body to burn more calories longer.

Taking this combination of ingredients prior to exercise should also help with a better work out, as the body will not get fatigued as quickly and muscles will recover and feel fresh faster. All that being said, please remember that your body is not designed to burn stored fat as fuel, if you are eating more calories each day than your body is burning as fuel. Taking a dietary supplement may help your body burn more calories, but do not expect dramatic, long-term changes in your body shape without also making lifestyle changes to your eating and exercise habits.

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