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Alaska's Keto Craze

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Mar 21, 2020 9:20:00 AM

You’ve tried all the popular diets: Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, shake replacements. The options are endless, but it doesn’t mean you have found the right fit for your body. With a little homework, a ketogenic diet could be the key to a healthier you with the added bonus of a full night’s sleep.

Studies from National Institutes of Health show ketogenic diets can drastically lower blood sugar and improve insulin resistance, helping to improve diabetes and pre-diabetes.

It can also improve heart disease including the lowering of blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. And keto is being used—and increasingly studied—as a dietary therapy for epilepsy, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

#1 What is a Keto Diet?
The Keto diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet. It helps to lose weight quicker.

#2 So I can’t eat bread. But can I eat cheese or bacon, or dark chocolate?
Yes! Those are Keto foods. And there are plenty of more.

#3 How can carb reduction help me lose weight? I thought fatty foods are bad.
When you eat carbs, your body uses carbs to maintain its functions.
When you reduce carbs, your body maintains energy balance by shifting its fuel source from carbs to fats. This natural shift is called ketosis.

#4 What is ketosis?
Ketosis is a natural metabolic state. It occurs when your body starts burning fat for fuel instead of using carbs. This leads to successful weight loss. For example, your arms and your belly get slimmer.
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Topics: nutrition, sleep health, KETO

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