Why KETO?


Many of you will have heard of ‘keto’, or the ketogenic diet, and put two and two together to surmise that our KETOnuts are named so because they are keto-friendly. And you’d be right! (sorry, no exciting plot twist here!)

For those of you unfamiliar with this diet, in short (because it is a huuuge topic), the ketogenic diet is a one that focuses on adjusting the way that you eat so that you move from using carbohydrates as your primary source of energy to fat as your primary source of energy. To get into a state of ‘ketosis’ and eventually become ‘fat-adapted’ (the ultimate goal), the diet you follow is typically made up of around 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbohydrate, although there is scope for minor changes to these ratios according to the individual. In general, when first starting out, individuals are recommended not to exceed 20 grams of net carbs in a day but once fat-adapted, can play with incremental increases up to around 50 grams a day whilst still remaining in ketosis. At just 2 grams of net carbs and offering all the flavour a sugary snack does, it’s easy to see why the KETOnut is considered such a potent addition to a ‘ketonite’s’ arsenal!

Ok, so you’re on keto and taking full advantage of Kinetic Kitchen’s pantry to stave off carb-withdrawal pains and optimise your macro ratios, but what are the benefits of being keto-adapted (aka fat-adapted)? Truth be told, there are many, and to explain each one would take up a lot of space and the use of a lot of words that toy with even the most finely attuned keto-adapted brain! So, instead, here’s a short list of what we believe to be some of the most profound evidence-based benefits of keto-adaptation, followed by the names of a few of our favourite resources on the topic for inquisitive minds to explore further:


Keto-adaptation can:

  • Eliminate brain fog and improve cognitive performance.

  • Boost energy levels and eradicate crashes.

  • Improve your cholesterol levels (yes, a high fat diet can improve cholesterol!).

  • Stabilise blood glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity.

  • Optimise mitochondrial function by reducing ROS (reactive oxidative species).

  • Significantly reduce inflammation throughout the body.

  • Reverse metabolic syndrome.

  • Improve prolonged endurance performance. 

  • Spare lean tissue due its anti-catabolic properties.

  • Improve exercise recovery.

  • Improve the quality of your gut microbiome.

  • Burn fat like nothing you’ve seen before.

  • Stave off hunger, preventing overeating and weight gain.

  • Help control seizures linked to various neurological disorders.

  • Delay or prevent the onset of cognitive decline.

  • Improve mental health.

  • Treat, prevent and/or delay a number of diseases from type 2 diabetes to certain types of cancer.


Recommended resources:

Websites:

www.ketonutrition.org

www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com

Books:

 The Ketogenic Bible: by Jacob Wilson & Ryan Lowery

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: by Jeff S. Volek and Stephen D. Phinney

Fat for Fuel: by Dr Joseph Mercola

Editor’s notes: Whilst the majority of people that switch to a keto or high-fat low-carb diet have positive experiences, there are also some that do not. If you are not already experimenting with keto or a high-fat low-carb diet but thinking of making the switch we recommend doing as much research on the topic yourself first and then discussing it with your doctor, dietician or other relevant healthcare professional. None of the above information is intended nor should it be construed as providing medical advice.

 


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