Natural Ketosis Blog Archive

October' 2015

New Study: Low Carb Better for Long Term Weight Loss

A new study published this week in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, found that low carbohydrate diets are much better approaches for weight loss than low fat diets.

 

The Study

 

This new study directly compared 53 previous trials with data from 68,000 participants that had either looked at low fat weight loss approaches and/or low carbohydrate approaches. The aim of this study was to find out which approach is best for long term weight loss success.

 

After all the number crunching, it was found that low carbohydrate approaches were significantly better at producing long term results. The researchers also commented that their findings do not support low fat approaches for “meaningful weight control.”

 

How can Natural Ketosis help you transition to a low carbohydrate lifestyle?

 

Cutting out carbohydrates can seem easy - no bread, no pasta, no rice, no cakes. However stress and a busy lifestyle can lead to you not eating regularly throughout the day and also not making the right food choices.

 

To help you achieve the benefits of a low carbohydrate lifestyle, Natural Ketosis helps you to follow a well designed diet to ensure that you are getting all the right nutrition your body needs.

 

Here at Natural Ketosis we believe that the way to a healthy lifestyle is to decrease the amount of sugars and starches in your diet and make sure you consume enough beneficial fat throughout your day. On our program you will be advised about what we mean by beneficial fats and how to incorporate them successfully into your diet.

 

We are happy to help. So if you have any further questions or would like to know how switching your diet can help you achieve your goals, then please do get in touch with us and we’ll be more than happy to help.  

 

 

 

Are Starchy Foods Healthy?

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.

 

Starchy Food - What Are They?


Food items that fit under this term can be broadly classified as fitting into the following categories: breads, pastas, rice, cereals and grains. These food groups are also commonly referred to as complex carbohydrates.


Complex carbohydrates consist of a series of glucose (sugar) molecules linked together in a long chain. Once in the gut, our digestive enzymes break these links thereby releasing the individual glucose molecules. It is these molecules that are then absorbed into your bloodstream and have a direct impact on your blood sugar levels and in turn cause a spike in insulin levels.


Still not convinced? This picture below helps to illustrate how much sugar is found in common starchy foods:


low carb infographic Starch is concentrated sugar.jpg


This information is important, especially if you have diabetes and you are looking at effectively managing your diabetes.


So what’s the final verdict?


Minimising sugars in the diet is always a positive and your body will thank you for it. However, starchy carbohydrates will still have a negative impact on blood sugar levels as starches are linked sugar molecules. Hence, once digested, starch will have the same impact (and sometimes bigger) as granulated sugar does on blood sugar levels.


Ever wondered why you might be struggling to lose those extra few pounds even though you are eating “healthy”? It’s because you are still supplying your body with sugar and not allowing your body to burn fat for energy to supply your day to day needs.


By focusing on fruit and vegetables that are naturally higher in dietary fibre will help to ensure that you are meeting all the vitamin and mineral requirements for optimal health, but without compromising your blood sugar levels in the process. This will help to reduce inflammation but also help to improve your energy levels as you move away from depending on sugar bursts for energy.

 

Fat is Here to Stay

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.

 

Beneficial Fats


When we talk about dietary fats being an important component in the diet, this is not a mandate to eat deep fried foods and confectionary. By consuming beneficial fats in your diet, we mean the use of butter, extra virgin olive oil and/or coconut oil in your cooking. We also mean consuming oily fish such as salmon, trout, herring, etc and also the consumption of eggs and full fat dairy. Before panic sets in about the high amount of cholesterol consumed, science is continuously showing that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease.


So, is fear of fat fat ruining your diet?


Here at Natural Ketosis we believe that the way to a healthy lifestyle is to decrease the amount of sugars and starches in your diet and make sure you consume enough beneficial fat throughout your day. On our program you will be advised about what we mean by beneficial fats and how to incorporate them successfully into your diet.


The importance of fat in the diet is often taken for granted as fat has been on the receiving end of bad press for years. Fat needs to form part of a healthy diet as it is an important carrier of fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. On our program you will be advised about what we mean by beneficial fats and how to incorporate them successfully into your diet.


Regularly consuming beneficial fats in your diet will help combat common side effects of consuming too many carbohydrates in your diet such as feelings of sluggishness, craving sweet foods after each meals, feeling physically full but still feeling hungry, etc.


Here at Natural Ketosis we believe in making the right food choices and being able to navigate the confusing food environment we live in.


We are happy to help. So if you have any further questions or would like to know how switching your diet can help you achieve your goals, then please do get in touch with us and we’ll be more than happy to help.