The Keto Diet Mindset - Deepstash

The Keto Diet Mindset

  • Keep reminding yourself that this new diet that is being followed is not a challenge, but a healthy lifestyle choice.
  • Understand that following this diet will start the body’s metabolic transition towards Ketosis, where the body burns fat instead of blood sugar.
  • You can have the occasional keto dessert and the glass of wine, avoiding the all-or-nothing mindset.

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The Keto Diet

The Keto diet, which is low on carbs and high on fats, is restrictive, especially when most people follow the processed food diet which is high on carbs.

It requires the individual to throw away carbs, junk food, sauces, cold drinks, and starchy veggies while limiting fruit intake.

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Burning of stored body fat instead of blood sugar (Ketosis) has the following claimed benefits:

  1. Anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory benefits
  2. Lower risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, if done with Doctor’s supervision.
  3. Reducing seizures in people with epilepsy.

The initial days of ‘Keto Flu’, where one can get cramps, constipation, low energy, fatigue and nausea, are to be expected. One needs to stay hydrated by consuming electrolytes.

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  • While preparing for this kind of diet, the first step is to go through the kitchen and pantry to get rid of the non-keto stuff, just to avoid any impulsive eating.
  • Then we need to make a meal plan for the week, including snack items.
  • Keep a lot of almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut/olive oils, eggs, canned food and powdered protein.
  • Stock some veggies, frozen berries and broccoli in the fridge, along with coconut milk.

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While making any big change in our lives, we have to deal with the reactions of other people, especially when they are not following this kind of diet and have to eat with you. Ideally, non-keto options should be available for them.

If friends poke into your diet choice, tell them you are satisfied with what you are eating, or have figured out what works best for your body.

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Ketosis
... is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.

The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state

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The Keto diet - documented uses

The keto diet is primarily used to help reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures in children. While it also has been tried for weight loss, only short-term results have been studied, and the results have been mixed. We don't know if it works in the long term, nor whether it's safe.

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A ketogenic diet...

... is predominantly made up of high-fat foods , including butter, oils, meat, fish, eggs and cheese, and very low-carb vegetables such as cauliflower and leafy greens. 

This forces the body to burn fat for fuel, rather than glucose. In order to maintain that state, known as ketosis, followers typically restrict their carbohydrate intake to less than 50g a day

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