The best weight loss program for most people is one which they can maintain long term, and which addresses the root cause of the weight gain. This is where a ketogenic diet is most helpful. The diet addresses, and in most cases, fixes the underlying cause of weight gain: a hormonal imbalance.
If your hormones, and specifically your blood sugar and insulin, are out of whack, you will be more likely to experience extreme hunger and overeat leading to uncontrollable weight gain and increased health issues.
Although other factors are involved, the primary fat storage hormone in the body is insulin, and it’s the best place to start to address a weight problem.
To put it simply, the best weight loss program is one that manages insulin. Let’s dive in further into the site to learn how insulin works and how a keto diet can play an important part in controlling it.
The Ketogenic Diet
The Keto diet involves going long spells on extremely low (no higher than 30g per day) to almost zero g per day of carbs and increasing your fats to a really high level (to the point where they may make up as much as 65% of your daily macronutrients intake.) The idea behind this is to get your body into a state of ketosis. In this state of ketosis the body is supposed to be more inclined to use fat for energy- and research says it does just this. Depleting your carbohydrate/glycogen liver stores and then moving onto fat for fuel means you should end up being shredded.
You then follow this basic platform from say Monday until Sat 12pm (afternoon) (or Sat 7pm, depending on whose version you read). Then from this time until 12 midnight Sunday night (so up to 36 hours later) do your massive carb up...
(Some say, and this will also be dictated by your body type, that you can go nuts in the carb up and eat anything you want and then there are those that more wisely- in my view- prescribe still sticking to the clean carbs even during your carb up.)
During my carb up period- for the sake of those who would like to know of you can get in shape and sill eat the things you want (in moderation)- for the first six weeks I will be relaxed about what I eat in this period but then the following 6 weeks I will only eat clean carbs.
I also like to make sure that the first workout of the week- as in a Monday morning workout- is a nice long full hour of work so I start cutting into the liver glycogen already.
I also make sure to have one last really grueling workout on Saturday before my carb up.
And I am eating a lot of fish, eggs, olive oil and beef!
The Ketogenic Diet
Keto dieting is highly effective for helping individuals to shed body fat. However, if you are using CKD - or the Cyclical Ketogenic Diet - then you are going to want to include some simple supplements in order to maintain your muscle mass, facilitate the fat burning process, and maintain your health during this stressful period.
Creatine is one supplement which is highly effective even when used in a low-carbohydrate, high protein environment. Supplemental creatine keeps the creatine levels of your body slightly elevated, which forces your muscle tissue to hold an addition amount of water. This leads to bigger, fuller and rounder muscles which are capable of moving more weight in the gym. Over time, the added movement equates to new muscle - even in a Ketogenic environment! So keep your creatine dosage going - 10 grams per day should suffice. You should definitely continue to enjoy the very beneficial nature of creatine.
You should always check with your physician before diving into a Ketogenic diet. Completing a blood panel, just as you would before conducting a steroid cycle, is also a very good idea. This isn't your typical diet where you shave a little fat off your daily intake and shed a few pounds. Ketogenic dieting is used by the top professionals in the world to attain amazing shape - and can be used by you too - as long as you diet and supplement carefully.