What is a Keto Diet?

Keto is the latest buzz word in the world of diets, short for the word Ketosis which is sometimes referred to as the ketogenic diet or putting your body in starvation mode or fasting to burn body fat.

How does a Keto Diet Work?

The Keto Diet involves reducing or eliminating as much as possible carbohydrates (carbs) from the food you consume. Carbs are easily transformed by your body into sugars (Glucose) which it then uses for energy, if there is any excess sugar your body converts it to Fat and stores it for times when there is a shortage of food, so the fat can be converted back to usable energy using keytones to break down the body fat, hence the term Ketosis.

Ketogenesis pathway. The three ketone bodies (acetoacetate, acetone, and beta-hydroxy-butyrate) are marked within an orange box

Is the Keto Diet Sustainable?

The Keto Diet deliberately induces fat burning (ketosis), originally intended for when food is in short supply. One of the best modern day examples of a people group who practice this process in a natural way are the Inuit people in Alaska and Eskimos. During the summer when food is in more plentiful supply their body fat increases, then during the winter months when it is far harder to gather food, Ketosis breaks down the body fat they have stored to sustain them through these cold months.

 In modern times this is not really necessary for the vast majority of the world, yet we are considering artificially putting ourselves into the ketosis state for extended periods of time through methods such as the Keto Diet where we are deliberately lowering the intake of carbs to trigger the body to break down and burn our body fat. Of course this will work and does use a natural bodily function however is it the complete picture and is it really the route to a healthier you?

How can Finest Nutrition Help?

Our Isagenix 30 day weight loss plan uses the principals of Intermittent Fasting : Based on the concept that the human body is designed to function optimally when during one or two days a month food intake is especially low. When you think about our ‘hunter gatherer’ design, food was not captured every single day, some days would pass surviving on berries, fruits, vegetables and plants, this is part of our make-up. Intermittent fasting is how Isagenix merges with the Keto Diet but with balanced nutritional support in place to ensure it is done in the healthiest way possible.

Will I put the weight back on after a Keto Diet?

Many of us are sick of Yoyo dieting, hitting a target weight but then over time putting it back on, triggering another push of denying ourselves, whether that is using the Keto Diet, Slimming World, Weight Watchers or any other plan. Scientists believe that the human body can only create additional fat cells, but not destroy them once they are created. This means that although we can lose fat through a variety of methods it is easy for the body to fill them again.

Research suggests that Aloe Vera is one of the few plants that can help the human body cleanse itself naturally of unwanted toxins and fat cells. Helping to make weight gain less easy for the body, with our 30 day weight loss system the Intermittent Fasting regime is supported with a nutritionally dense Aloe Vera based drink maximising the effectiveness of your bodies natural detoxification processes helping your body rid itself of unwanted toxins from our environment and releasing no longer needed fat cells.

The New York Times reports:

 “The fact that fat cell number can be increased but not decreased most likely contributes to the body’s drive to regain weight after weight loss, said Dr. Kirsty L. Spalding, a cell biologist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden

“Following weight loss, adipocytes become smaller, generally smaller than those from people with a similar B.M.I.,” Dr. Spalding said. One hypothesis is that those smaller cells might send signals to increase appetite and fat storage, which could help to explain why weight loss is so difficult to maintain, though much more research is needed.”

Whilst there are mechanical methods to remove fat cells such as liposuction, we prefer to turn to nature and search for the plants, herbs and natural sources that can help with fat loss.

Is the Keto Diet bad or is there a better alternative?

Ketosis is a natural function of the body and we believe it should be embraced as part of a healthy lifestyle and have a number of products that fully support Ketosis, if your desire is to follow the keto diet long term we are certainly able to assist with that goal however rather than putting your body into the ketosis state for extended periods of time, we feel a more balanced and healthy aim is to enter Ketosis for a couple of days once or twice a month, often referred to as Intermittent Fasting.

We must respect that some people with certain health conditions can do very well on a Keto Diet indeed for those with specific medical needs it may be essential, however for the vast majority of us, entering ketosis once or twice a month in a nutritionally supported way  has the optimal effect.

According to Yolanda Smith, BPharm of News Medical Life Scientist, side effects of a full Keto Diet can be:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger
  • Confusion, anxiety and/or irritability
  • Tachycardia
  • Lightheadedness and shakiness
  • Sweating and chills

Isagenix works by inducing Ketosis for short periods supported by regular balanced nutrition. A user may initially suffer from headaches the first few instances as your body begins to release and flush out unwanted toxins, but intermittent fasting with a our 30 day systems should be side effect free, making it our preferred solution.

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Weight-Loss Disclaimer

Weight loss should not be considered typical. In a study performed in 2012 by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, subjects lost an average of 9 pounds with an average of 2 pounds of the loss from visceral fat after 30 days on an Isagenix system. The subjects also had a greater level of adherence and had more consistent weight loss from week to week compared to subjects on a traditional diet.