Natural Ketosis Blog Archive

November' 2015

Low Carb Lifestyle - A Change For Good

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?

 

So you have taken the decision to lose weight, the next thing is researching the best method that will not only help you with your goal, but most importantly, also to keep the weight off long-term. There are various options out there available whether it be shake diets, meal replacement diets, calorie counting, etc. Yes following these approaches will give you a result - but how long will this last?


Studies continue to show that the hormonal chaos that our bodies are placed under when we go on a ‘diet’ and lose weight is a big contributing reason to individuals experiencing ‘yo-yo’ dieting throughout their life.


Change your habits and you’ll start seeing the benefits


Start by looking at the items in your shopping basket. The way an individual’s metabolism makes use of the calories found in food varies from person to person. It is dependent on a number of things such as type of food eaten as well as type of bacteria present in the gut.


Processed foods are very easily digested and do not require a lot of effort.  On the other hand green vegetables, nuts, meat and fish require a lot more energy to be properly digested.  Most importantly however, they provide much better amounts of vitamins, minerals and nutrients both for your body but also for your gut bacteria.


Start by basing your meal choices around dietary fibre options such as lovely green vegetables and berries for those mighty antioxidants. Choose full fat dairy options as these contain fat-soluble vitamins that our body needs for optimal function.


Stay away from items that say low in sugar and low in fat, these will have artificial additives added to them and have little to no nutrient content. Base your food choices on quality rather than quantity.

 

How can Natural Ketosis help?


Natural Ketosis is a low-carb, high-protein, moderate-fat diet. Although we are in the same school of thought as Atkins, our approach to diet and lifestyle is different.


All our foods have been carefully designed to ensure that we seal in the nutrients of our ingredients without compromising on taste.


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.  

 

 


References:


Sumithran P & Proietto J (2013) The defence of body weight: a physiological basis for weight regain after weight loss. Clinical Science, 124, pp231-241



Giving Up Sugar for Good

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?

 

Take the Plunge


Emerging research continues to show that excess sugar consumption is unhealthy - it is stored as body fat, contributes to weight gain and in turn increases our risk of developing conditions such as diabetes.


So, giving up sugar is a worthy cause! Research continues to show that a diet low in sugar and processed foods helps to promote health. It also helps weight loss, improves energy levels and helps you to feel better in yourself.


Natural Ketosis - Losing weight with real food


The Natural Ketosis way of doing things is quite simple.


On our programme we embrace whole foods. The difference between these types of foods is the way they are digested within the body. By choosing real foods, the essential nutrient requirements are met whilst in turn helping reduce cravings in between meals for sugary items.


The Natural Ketosis way is about being healthy and making the right food choices. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any further questions. We’ll answer any questions you have and help you make an informed decision.

 

Red Meat & Health - What does the WHO say?

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.

 

So, what does the report actually say?


The report, published in The Lancet, is very clear about the fact that red meat and processed meats are two very different food products and their effects on health are different as well. Red meat are foods such as beef, pork, lamb, goat, etc whereas processed meats are items such as hot dogs, sausages, and other canned / preserved meats.


With regards to red meat, the report says that observation studies (not clinical intervention trials, the gold standard method of nutrition science) show a “positive association” with developing cancer in humans. It does however go on to say that the evidence is limited, and that other explanations for this positive association may also be present. Unfortunately, due to the nature that studies investigating these other explanations would require, they would be unethical to perform on humans.


It is important to note that good quality reared red meat does have a place in a healthy, well designed, low carbohydrate ketogenic diet. Red meat provides the body with good quality bioavailable protein, essential fats, as well as a range of micronutrients such as B vitamins, iron and zinc.


When it comes to processed meats, the WHO report classifies them as carcinogenic. However, whilst tobacco is also classified as carcinogenic, they are not equally dangerous to health. Tobacco increases the risk of cancer 1,000+ %, whereas consuming processed meats increases the risk of cancer by 18%.


Real Food vs Processed Food


We all love food, so does that mean that foods such as sausages, bacon, chorizo, etc are bad? In this instance, reading the label will definitely help you make an informed decision. The food environment that we live in has unfortunately created food-like products sharing the same names and thereby creating more confusion.


Take the following example,  2 different brands of sausages, however can you really call both real foods?


A family favourite brand ingredients:


Pork (42%), Water, Pork Fat, Rusk (Wheat), Starch (Potato, Wheat), Vegetable Protein (Pea, Soya), Less than 2%: Salt, Yeast Extract, Flavourings, Stabilisers: Diphosphates, Guar Gum, Sodium Alginate, Antioxidants: E300 & E307, Preservative: Sodium Metabisulphite, Colour: Cochineal, Casing made from Beef Collagen


A top range sausage brand ingredients:


Outdoor Bred British Pork (97%), Potato Starch, Salt, Dried Herbs, White Pepper, Preservative (Sodium Metabisulphite), Nutmeg, Filled into natural sheep casings


Yes, both have ingredients other than simply pork meat, but one option is definitely better than the other - a higher meat content and much less preservatives and additives present.


Take Home Message


The intended outcome from the WHO advice is to make us more aware of the food environment that we live in. Most importantly, it is also there to help us make the best food choices that we can to improve and maintain our health.


If you would like to find out more about the report, the WHO has a Q&A page dedicated to help breakdown what their guidance is actually saying. This will help you make an informed decision about your food choices.


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