You may have heard the term "keto" or ketogenic floating around. So what exactly is ketoacidosis, ketosis and ketones? Here, we break it down for you.
After years of being restricted to therapeutic nutrition in hospitals, the ketogenic diet (typically called the keto diet) is back as one of the hottest diet trends in America.
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What if you could pull up a seat in front of some of the smartest, most plugged-in experts in their fields—doctors, nutritionists, cardiologists, prevention specialists—and ask them to recommend one thing you can do to better your health? Just one. This is, after all, Resolution Time, when we get all excited to make a fresh start and draft looong mental lists of the changes we want to make: get more sleep, stress less, drop 20 pounds, go vegan, take up power yoga, yada, yada, yada. All very noble. But baby steps are the name of the game when it comes to long-term success.
As a rule, I shy away from extreme diets or eating regimens. Atkins? Never heard of him. Whole 30? Wholly not going to bother with it. Paleo? Some things are better left in the history books.
However, the simplicity of the ketogenic (keto for short) diet appealed to me, and seeing as I had a wedding to attend—and a bridesmaid's dress to wear—I needed something effective to help me shed some weight, and fast.
Many people trying to lose weight have found themselves on the never-ending quest for protein-rich foods. We know protein can help with weight loss—it is more satisfying than carbs and fat, and will help keep you feeling full. Higher-protein diets are linked with lower BMIs and smaller waists and protein helps build muscle and boost metabolism.
Sugar is everywhere, so it's no surprise that the average American consumes almost 17 teaspoons of added sugars per day (that's more than 1/3 cup, and adds up to 34 pounds of sugar per year). And though there's no denying the wonderfully sweet taste it provides in so many of our favorite baked goods, beverages, condiments and more, sugar contributes extra calories—without healthful nutrients—to our diets.
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Imagine a different approach to your New Year's resolution, one that doesn't immediately assume you need to restrict your food options and daily meals to be healthier.
Imagine not focusing on a number of pounds to lose, calories to eat (or not eat) or minutes you absolutely must exercise each day.