Christmas is upon us once again and soon we will be surrounded by tables full of food, boxes of chocolate and lots and lots of mulled wine. It can be a difficult time for all low carbers but with the right mindset, good habits and support you can manage the festive season like a pro. Check out our top tips on making it through Christmas without ending up with a belly like a bowl full of jelly.
At this time of year when the drinks are flowing and the canapes are bulk ordered it can be all too easy to consume your daily carb allowance in about 5 seconds flat. Use our quick guide to choose your alcohol wisely this Christmas and New Year (just stay away from those sandwiches!).
Quite simply, it is a pattern of eating which splits the day into periods of eating and not eating (or fasting). Fasting allows you to maximise fat loss as the body will use stored fat for energy. Through the night, our bodies are in a fasted state which we break with ‘break-fast’. By increasing the time which we allow our bodies to fast we increase the time which the body is burning fat.
Taking the decision to eat better and be more active is great! You are motivated and ready to take on the world. However sometimes life can get in the way resulting in our health goals taking a back seat and before we know it, we are slipping back into old routines.
It is important that you understand exactly what foods you can eat and how best to shop for them. Food shopping can be very daunting, particularly when you are trying to change your eating habits. In order to help you with this, we’d like to give you some guidance when it comes to choosing shop bought foods:
As knowledge about the negative health impacts of excess sugar has on our health becomes more mainstream, New York is about to debate on introducing sugar and carbohydrate warnings to foods served at restaurants. The more information you have about your restaurant food choices the better. But how do you navigate the menu successfully when you are following a low carbohydrate lifestyle?
If you are on social media we are constantly bombarded with food images and everyone seems to be sharing pictures of food. Turn on the TV and there is always a food competition ongoing in some form or another. Even picking up a newspaper, nearly always there will be a food story or some recipes provided to tickle your taste buds. No wonder we are always thinking and craving about food!
An investigation carried out by the UK Charity Action on Sugar, revealed this week that some UK coffee chains’ flavoured drinks can contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar - 4 times more than that recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight is a big step and putting this resolution into action is an even bigger step. However it is also important to stay motivated on your journey to help you reach your goals. Here are Natural Ketosis’ tips for staying motivated on your journey in 2016.
It’s the start of a new year. This is usually accompanied by a set of resolutions to help you stay motivated to reach your goals this year. When it comes to food, at this time of year everyone seems to be on the same page - with our social media homepages filled with recipes and how-to-guides about swapping old food habits for newer, healthy ones. Natural Ketosis is here to help you succeed.
There is a lot of debate about the importance of protein in the diet for a variety of health-related reasons. The best way to ensure you are getting good quality protein is from real wholesome food such as animal and fish protein, however, with the ever-growing number of protein powders available, it is important to make the best choice possible.
With Christmas and New Year just round the corner, many of us will be thinking about our new year resolution. In the majority of cases, a new year resolution is to make the upcoming year all about health and wellbeing. So, how can Natural Ketosis help you keep your 2016 health resolution?
Taking the decision to actively lose weight is a big one. The trigger for this decision may have come either from not being able to fit into a favourite pair of jeans or dress, or looking at a recent picture of yourself and not being happy about it. We are all human and living in a food environment that seems intent on making us heavier does not help. So what can you do?
Excess weight is an issue that is constantly in the media. Whether you know it or not, you are are thinking about it and most likely basing your food choices on what is currently trending to promote weight loss. Research continues to show the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and decreasing our sugar consumption. This helps to decrease the risk of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes. However, why does it feel that giving up something like smoking is heroic, whereas giving up sugar and losing weight is somehow a lesser achievement?
The World Health Organisation has now classified processed meats as carcinogenic, advising to reduce consumption for overall health. Unfortunately, mass media outlets are not reporting the findings correctly, which can lead to people shunning good quality red meat from their diet.
It has become common knowledge that too much sugar is bad for health. Sugar, in the form of fizzy drinks, sweets, ice-cream, etc is known to be bad for our teeth but also for our overall well being. However, starch, another member of the carbohydrate family is often seen as a better alternative. This unfortunately is not the case.
Fat is definitely here to stay. A new report published a few weeks ago by Credit Suisse continued to illustrate this. After looking at over 400 medical research papers and spoken to experts in the field, they also came to the same conclusion - sugar is bad and dietary fats from good sources are good for health.
This week, a piece in the Daily Mail showed how much sugar is found in so-called “healthy treats”. Whereas the ingredients all look wholesome as they label themselves as raw, grain free, vegan, etc a closer look will reveal that in reality they are all very high in natural sugars. Items such as dates, raisins, raw cane sugar - are ALL sugar!
New research shows that honey is as bad as sugar! The research carried out in America and sponsored by the National Honey Board of America, clearly shows that the effect of honey on our blood sugar levels as well as an increase in inflammation levels - the same as highly processed sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup and regular table sugar.
Last week, the nation was gripped by Jamie Oliver’s latest documentary “Sugar Rush”. Jamie revealed the shocking truth that some of us are still oblivious to - that sugar is bad for our health and that it is an irreversible damage in some cases. However, whilst it is great that Jamie Oliver is raising the issue of sugars, hidden or not, we feel that it is also adding to the confusion about what constitutes the right nutrition for overall health.
Over the past few days there has been a lot of debate over a new piece of research. The research advised that the current method of counting calories was not enough in order to improve the health of patients. The reason? The trouble with calorie counting is that foods low in fat are preferred as they contain less calories giving the impression that they are healthier.
Knowing that protein is good for you is now widely understood by men and women in gyms, who have long been guzzling protein shakes at every opportunity. Weight Watchers also introduced the ‘pro-points’ system to reflect the importance of protein.
The amount of sugars and hidden sugars in our diet is currently a hot topic in the media. With the detrimental effects of excess sugar consumption on our health becoming ever more apparent, those of us with a sweet tooth have had to make tough decisions on what to put in our shopping basket and faced having making the decision of what sugar-substitute to use.
With the media’s attention on the amount of ‘added sugar’ in our food, the amount of starch consumed daily by the average Briton is not commonly discussed. If you are looking to cut sugar out of your diet, it is also worth taking a look at the types of vegetables and fruits you eat, as these may also be contributing to a high sugar intake.
Welcome to The Natural Ketosis Company’s blog. We are fed up with the abundance of weight loss myths and miracle solutions that constantly appear in the press. Therefore, we have decided to expose the ridiculous claims that are prevalent in the diet industry and, hopefully in a humorous way, give you our honest opinion about them. We love to hear your opinions so please do not be afraid to comment!