The ketogenic diet craze. Ketogenic diets have been in use since the early 1970s and even before. The dietetic Association does its best to discourage and dissuade people from using these programs for no other reason other than they just don’t understand. Because these programs are so effective for so many people they keep returning in popularity over and over again. Currently the so-called Keto program is gaining popularity once again. Let’s take a look at why these diet programs remain popular and remain effective for millions of people who use them.
Ketosis is a term we use when a human body is utilizing fat for fuel instead of glucose or body sugar. Because the standard American diet has become so heavily laden with sugar and sugar forming foods, we have created an epidemic of what is called insulin resistance and subsequent obesity. Even just 20 or 25 years ago we would generally not see insulin resistance in individuals until they reached 40 years of age or so. Today we see moderate to severe insulin resistance in people as young as their teen years. Each generation inherits this potentially deadly situation at a younger and younger age, fueled by constant consumption of sugar and sugar forming foods. Genetically speaking our ancestors did not have access to nor did they consume concentrated sugars in these incredibly high amounts. Their lifestyle and their eating habits were much different from ours. Our ancestors were physical people, most of them did physical labor or work, which helps to burn any excess glucose formed from dietary foods. In those days people consumed about 20 pounds of sugar per year per person. Today however, the average person consumes his or her own body weight in sugar or more annually. For some people this appears, at least on the surface, not to present overt problems such as elevated blood sugar, insulin resistance or obesity. But for many, many millions of people it has done exactly that. Insulin resistance, obesity, and type II diabetes are at epidemic proportions like at no other time in human history. This is why the ketogenic type diet has become so effective for the majority of these individuals.
As we said before, ketosis is the process the body goes through when it burns fat for fuel instead of glucose. Stored body fat, which leads to overweight and obese conditions, is the result of the body’s hormone called insulin, which converts glucose or rather excess glucose into triglycerides and stores them in your fat cells. This process has virtually no limit, which is why some people can gain an excess 100, 200 or more pounds without stopping. Once an individual becomes insulin resistant there are only two ways to effectively address this serious issue. The first is through dietary restrictions. These individuals must greatly curtail their consumption of sugar and sugar forming foods in order to lower their insulin levels and halt the conversion of this excess glucose to body fat. The second potential benefit in managing insulin resistance can come from key nutrients. Chromium, vanadium, aspartic acid, and several herbal extracts such as cinnamon, can help regulate and modulate blood sugar and subsequently insulin levels. The ketogenic diet, now referred to as the Keto diet, is generally safe and effective for most everyone. We are often taught by dietitians and well-meaning physicians that a state of ketosis is potentially dangerous. However, unless you have a unique metabolic disorder, nothing could be further from the truth. There are generations of indigenous peoples who go from cradle to grave in a constant state of ketosis. These individuals are lean, healthy, strong, and overall physically fit. Fortunately, many medical doctors are beginning to see the value, benefit, and safety of these types of programs. If we are ever to get a handle on the obesity epidemic it will only be through ketogenic approaches. The standard American diet and our own inactivity have contributed to this deadly disease process and only by reducing or greatly controlling the consumption of carbohydrate foods will there be hope and help for the tens of millions of people suffering from this disorder. Medical science is all too aware of the dozens and dozens of complications that can result as a direct link to obesity, not the least of which is type II diabetes, which has become epidemic in the last 20 years.
There are many forms of the Keto diet such as the Atkins approach, the Keto approach, and our own unique program, which we developed right here in our research Institute of Nutritional Science. If you have tried low-calorie diet programs without success, it is likely that you are insulin resistant, especially if you are 50 pounds or more overweight. You can take the guesswork out of determining the biochemical causes for your obesity by taking our Weight Management Evaluation. This evaluation can pinpoint how your body metabolizes various food groups and is designed to help us develop a weight management program that will have the greatest chance of success for you.
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