Ketogenic diet – http://www.livebrightandhealthy.com – Here is a quick and easy explanation of the Ketogenic diet. I first came across ketogenic diets, while researching the connection between food and epilepsy. I have this theory, that most ills can be fixed or their conditions improved, through diet. A ketogenic diet is high in fat, mid-level in protein and low in carbohydrates. Basically, we turn the food pyramid on its head. It is used to treat epilepsy in children, aka, pediatric epilepsy. In this diet, carbohydrates which include refined sugars, are almost completely cutout. Instead proteins and fats make up a large part of the meal. Where in a normal diet, the body metabolizes carbs into glucose for energy, in a ketogenic diet, fats are metabolized instead for energy. Starved of carbohydrates, the body is forced to burn fat. This tricks the body into starvation mode and fats are changed into fatty acids and ketones. Ketones are used by the brain to replace glucose for energy. Once this happens, it is known as the state of ketosis. If you develop bad breath, then you are in the ketosis stage. In pediatric epilepsy, ketosis reduces seizures as the energy from fat burning is kinder on the brain, than burning carbs. Foods like white bread, pasta, grains and refined sugar are carbs and can’t be part of a ketogenic diet. High fat foods like butter, cream and mayonnaise are fine. The Atkins diet was the first low carb diet to be based on the ketogenic diet. Later, the Dukan diet refined the Atkins diet and is a popular, more structured, low carb-low fat diet. You are encouraged to exercise lightly and include oat bran as part of the Dukan diet. The latest and very popular Paleo diet, is a low carb, dairy free diet. It is gluten free and low fat as well. The Paleo diet excludes refined carbs but natural sweeteners like stevia can be used. It is a low glycemic diet as well. In fact, if we take out the dairy and limit the carbohydrate containing fruits and vegetables, then the ketogenic diet will probably end up becoming a ketogenic-paleo diet.
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