The ketogenic diet has taken on new life over the past few years and the trend does not seem to be slowing. Originally developed in the 1920s as a therapeutic means to reduce epileptic seizures, it fell by the wayside once drugs were developed to aid the condition. Nowadays, the general public is looking to this diet plan for aid in weight loss but also for its utility in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, reducing leptin and aiding in glaucoma.

Here is the deal, it is really hard to “get into ketosis” and it is even hard to maintain this diet for an extended period of time. It is a therapeutic diet meaning that it is meant for short-term support. For most people, if you like your ketogenic diet you are probably doing it wrong.

If you are set on the program, you must measure your ketones and ensure you are in ketosis. You must pick a fuel for your body to run on – either glucose or ketones. Try the KetoMojo Meter. Know your nutritional needs and make sure your macros are 70% fat – 20% protein – 10% carbs. This is NOT a high protein program. Be sure that your 10% carbohydrates are from a colorful array of vegetables.

All things considered, the fact that this very high fat, very low carbohydrate diet is nutritionally unbalanced for the long run. Many food sources of necessary vitamins and minerals are missing. You cannot have true health without these; building immunity and muscle, repair and proper energy all require a host of nutrients.

Do this instead:

If you are a healthy adult who wants to lose weight, get stronger and leaner; all while building immunity and true health, try a low-carb diet: best quality lean protein + quality, healthy fats + 9-12 servings of vegetables (including a few servings of starchy vegetables each day). Fruit is optional with all of the lovely vegetables but a small serving can be a great little treat a few times each week.

Seems like work? Well sticking to a keto diet is far more work and far less fun! Plus, real food is delicious!

Still need a reason, then try this conveniently named keto kitachari with a side of quality protein (or not). bon appétit.

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