Rethinking diet and health in the modern day
So what is healthy? Well, if you were asked that question you would likely say: to eat appropriately, to exercise and to get check-ups at your local GP. And you’d be right! Taking the appropriate steps to live this way is a little more tricky, but completely and totally worth it.
It’s also worth knowing the benefit of developing a keen sense of awareness on new information about health. Discoveries are being made all the time, and new habits and fitness trends are less of a ‘flavour of the week!’ and more compounding in their evidence. The prevalence of online information is perfect for this sort of enquiry, as the possibility of researching more and more into the science behind certain ‘fad diets’ allows for a deeper and more wholesome understanding of the marketing behind it.
There have been many health discoveries in the last 10 years. If you work and have the usual responsibilities that come with life, it can be difficult to try and keep up with them all. How do you know which will work better and what’s realistic to include in your diet?
All of these tips will work for you, but make sure you get advice from your GP before starting a radical new diet or plan.
Ketosis is a wonderful new tool, exploding in popularity. Rather than dictating a certain amount of calories to eat, or simply making you feel ashamed for eating certain food groups, ketosis allows for a radical and wonderful new method of transferring your body to renewed health. Put simply, ketosis is the absence of carbohydrates in a diet. Well, at least drastically reducing them. Atkins is a diet you may have heard of, except Atkins is not true ketosis because it verges on the border between the body going into ketosis and running on glucose.
What is ketosis? Well, when you remove carbohydrates from your diet, this starves your body of the fuel it has likely run on all of your life. Instead, you supplement your diet with high-fat, medium protein, and very low carb foods. Plenty of green leafy vegetables, meats, healthy fats such as avocado, coconut oil and MCT oil, and fatty fishes are allowed. This means eating bacon, eggs, avocado and spinach for breakfast – well seasoned – is nothing you should feel guilty about! There are many more foods that are allowed in a keto diet, meaning that there’s no need to get bored. It does require some planning and some compromises when eating out, but on the whole it’s a wonderfully nutritious and healthy diet. But why even do it?
Within the first few days of starving carbs, your body will go into something called ketosis. This means that your liver produces ketones which are basically little nodes of fuel that allow for your body to run on fat as its main energy source. Yep, that’s right, the stomach you thought was over-zealous will now be the primary fuel your body burns! This is the best way of all to lose weight fast and in a healthily. Supplemented with exercise, you can lose pounds every week, and without the horrors of continual carbohydrate craving.
It’s much more than weight loss though. It can also help you suppress your appetite and allow for much more healthy portions of food, it can improve your cognitive functioning and your general healthy energy levels throughout the day. It can also reduce inflammation linked to heart disease, help with hormone regulation (especially testosterone) and generally help you live a healthier, less insulin-spiked life. You must make sure you keep and eye on your calories, so eat plenty of healthy fats and enough proteins, and eat magnesium, potassium and sodium in decent amounts to maintain your electrolytes (this does mean salting your food!)
Ketosis is a wonderful new dietary advantage that more and more people are using to improve their lives, so why not try today?
You may have heard of intermittent fasting. This is a great way to once again regulate your health and lose unnecessary weight. But say the word ‘fasting’ and people are likely to get a little nervous. Surely not eating food is like to yo-yo dieting, because nothing can be worse than starving yourself of food for your health?
Well, this fasting isn’t difficult to contend with. Imagine the hunter/gatherers of old, the people who we share an identical physiology with. These people often went long periods without a huge amount of food to eat. They might find 1 or 2 hunting successes a day. They certainly did not eat 3 meals a day with consistency. In order to replicate their conditions, skipping 1 meal a day or eating them all within an 8 hour period (and fasting for 16) in a cyclical daily manner can help your body rid itself of the cellular toxins it often carries around.
This is one of, if not the best way to develop a more conclusive attitude to your personal health. This helps you suppress calories, allows your body to work on repairing its own toxins without worrying about digestive work, and also helps your mood, emotional stability, general satiation levels and potential lifespan.
Combined with ketosis (after a long period of successful fat adaption) this could potentially be a wonderful new life of dietary method you begin to experience. We couldn’t blame you for seeing the benefits.
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