The Keto Diet
A keto diet is well-known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s also known by other names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, and low carb high fat. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis. Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which result from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The focus of the keto diet is to force your body into this state and burn off fats.
How do I achieve this?
When starting a Keto Diet, you need to focus on what is restricted, mainly carbs. Ideally, you want to restrict your carbs to 15g a day or less. The faster and more you cut carbs, the faster you will enter the state of ketosis. Please do not confuse this with dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is still very necessary for healthy body function. How do you calculate the carb intake? You take total carbs and subtract dietary fiber. Your resulting number (typically in grams) is your carb intake.
Make sure to keep the carbohydrates coming from veggies, nuts, and dairy. Wheat (breads/pasta), starch (beans/potatoes), and fruit should be limited. Some common foods that are low in carb intake are bok choi, broccoli, romaine lettuce, spinach, cabbage, and cauliflower. Kale and green beans are still low in carbs; however they are much higher in carb intake than the others.
The ratios of your nutrient intake should be about 60 to 70 percent of your daily calorie intake as fats. Proteins should be 20 to 30 percent and carbs should not exceed 15 grams per day.
Please also be sure to supplement your dietary changes with essential vitamins such as C, A, E, and a high quality multivitamin. Fish oils high in omega-3 fatty acids are also very excellent. Be sure to drink lots of water as your body will be needing it during the shift into ketosis.
Benefits of the Keto Diet
Weight Loss: Your stores of fat will be eradicated, as your body is burning this fuel as the main source of energy.
Blood Sugar: For most people, there should be a decrease in LDL cholesterol over time and helps minimize type 2 diabetes.
Energy Levels: Fat is much higher in energy than carbohydrates. Per gram, fat (9 calories) is over double the energy as carbs (4 calories).
Cholesterol: Keto diets are known to improve triglyceride and cholesterol balance.
EnduraQ and the Keto Diet
EnduraQ is supplement containing EMIQ, a superior form of the flavonoid quercetin. The Keto Diet and EnduraQ are very complimentary and help each other achieve body and health goals. There are two main ways EnduraQ helps:
One of the clinically proven key benefits of EnduraQ is that it helps promote the breakdown of fat within the fat cells. When combined with Keto (which targets fat for fuel), you are now attacking and burning fat on two fronts.
The second way is that as you exercise to help burn that fat, EnduraQ promoting your body’s natural ability to manage inflammation. This allows you to work out more often and recover faster.