Lazy Keto vs. Strict Keto

Hello, how are you? Welcome if you’re new and welcome back if you’ve been with me for a while. If you’ve been here for a while you might remember a series called the best/worst of something and in that series, I ranked the best and the worst products. I’ve been thinking for a while what series I would like to introduce next and I decided to come up with (not the final name) a lazy series. In this series, I will be bringing you content about different things for people that are pressed for time. Yesterday I posted the first post you can Click Here to read about how to lose weight in a lazy way.

Today I bring you not just a “lazy” post but it is another keto post. This one is a definition between what is lazy keto vs. strict keto? If you want to learn more than please keep on reading.


The definition of Lazy keto varies significantly from person to person and can be confusing for those who are new to the ketogenic lifestyle. With the recent popularity of the ketogenic “diet” along with a ton of misinformation available from social media and websites cashing in on the trend alike, many think lazy keto is what eating ketogenic is all about (trust me it’s not).

The Lazy keto approach is typically not tightly tracking calories or sticking to protein and fat macros but instead keeping your carb intake under 20 grams or less per day.


Why Are The Keto Police Condemning Lazy Keto?

For many, going lazy keto might even include eating whatever they want as long as it fits within their carb count including sugars, bad fats, grain-based fillers and chemical additives in packaged foods.

Now I’m certainly not the Keto police (I actually don’t even agree with the ketogenic “diet”), but I’m sure you would agree that eating bad food doesn’t match up to the ketogenic way of eating for losing weight or dealing with a disease. Continue reading so I can explain why lazy keto or IIFYM (if it fits your macros) may not be the best approach to drop the extra pounds that you’re hanging onto.

Most people new to keto are doing some form of lazy keto or even low-carb disguised as keto, and I understand. Keto is a vast topic and can get pretty scientific when you start to educate yourself. It can be intimidating!

If lazy keto is what you need to change your life and it will allow you to take control of your health then sit back in the recliner and get comfortable. It is a significant lifestyle change, and you may need to ease into a more comprehensive keto diet to see the long-term health benefits or fit into that new dress by your birthday.


Lazy Keto Works But For How Long

It makes sense when you go from eating sugar filled, starchy carbs and fast food to cutting them out of your “diet”, focusing on your health and eating a whole food diet with fewer carbs you are going to see a change in your body for the better.

If you drink soda and eat french fries all day and suddenly stop you are going to drop some weight and probably feel much better no doubt.

I’ve seen lots of people drop massive amounts of weight doing lazy keto and I have seen hundreds quit because their body is different and they don’t see the immediate results they had hoped for from a more laid-back approach.

There are some things to consider if you are thinking about the lazy keto approach or if you’ve been doing lazy keto and have hit a weight loss plateau.


Tracking Keto Macros Sucks

I agree! Tracking everything you eat all day long can be annoying and time-consuming for most of us. After being on keto for some time, I don’t obsess or log everything I eat on a daily basis either.

I suggest those new to keto start by tracking and getting to know not only the carb counts but also the fat, protein and calories you’re consuming each day and how your body reacts to the changes. I think you will be surprised how quickly the totals of the food you eat each day adds up. Once you have a handle on it, then you can relax and not track as often or at all.


The Lazy Keto Approach Often Ignores Other Essential Macros

If you are not balancing your calories, fat and protein consumption along with your carb intake, you are probably missing out on many of the extended health benefits from keto and your ultimate success as time goes on.

Fat Is Crucial To Your Success

Healthy fat is the most significant energy source on the ketogenic diet. When you get the daily fat consumption macro right for your body and goals, it not only helps tremendously to satiate your hunger but it will help curb cravings for traditional carbs. Taming the desires to snack on high carb food will help you stay on track for longer and meet your goals.

I hear all the time from people doing lazy keto “I’m starving in between meals.” as compared to someone who has their fat macro dialed and has become fat adapted saying “I’m not even hungry.”


Protein Is Key To Ketosis and Your Physique

Getting the proper protein is critical for optimal health and also continuing to burn ketones for energy. When ketones aren’t present, the body can break down amino acids from the protein in your muscles via Gluconeogenesis (GNG) by turning protein into glycogen that can be used as glucose for fuel. The downside to Gluconeogenesis (GNG) is that it keeps your body from moving into ketosis.

Even worse if you don’t eat enough protein your body starts breaking down your lean muscle mass for fuel and it can result in damage to your body, your health, and overall performance.

So making sure you are getting the right amount of healthy fat and not over or under consuming protein is vital to your success. Remember Lazy Keto ignores these essential macros almost entirely.


IIFYM Is A Disaster Waiting To Happen

For some “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM) is a form of lazy keto where you eat whatever you want regardless of whats in it as long as you’re under 20-25 grams of carbs each day.

RANT WARNING!!!! IIFYM is a pet peeve of mine so forgive the rant that’s about to ensue. 

The web and social media groups are filled with people sharing low-carb desserts, sugar-free candy and prepackaged foods filled with crap calling it keto. In my opinion, encouraging one another to indulge in low-carb replacements for the foods like brownies and ice cream that frankly got people unhealthy and overweight in the first place is a misstep.

Do you think that’s a recipe for long-term success? Of course not. Keto is all about healthy whole food, removing processed foods, sugar and consuming food that is good for us.

If you fill your daily carb intake with desert replacements and packaged foods, you may be hitting your carb goals, but you’re setting yourself up for a fall later by not changing your unhealthy relationship with food from your high carb living past.

Of course, everything in moderation. An occasional keto dessert or a pint of Halo-Top is fine, but don’t overdo it. Remember this is a total lifestyle change, not just a fad diet. You are working on your mental relationship with food as much as the tastes and dependencies you have developed over a lifetime.


Should You Go Lazy Keto or Strict Keto

If you are just getting started, I suggest trying a more informed approach by tracking what you are eating and seeing how you react to the new changes in your diet. You will learn a great deal about your body and the foods you eat.

On the other hand, if you’ve been doing lazy keto for a while and are hitting a stall in your weight loss or want to try and maximize your results why not give a more focused approach a try?

Try it for a few weeks and see what may be causing you to stall. Are you overdoing the fat, overeating or under-eating protein or consuming too many calories? You will know for sure with just a little more effort, and you can adjust as needed. I think you will be surprised by how much impact even small changes can have on your keto success.


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Paleo “Superfoods”

In today’s post, I talk about some “superfoods” that you might think is but really aren’t.

I like the idea behind the paleo “diet”. It seems sensible to try to emulate the “diet” our ancestors ate while we were evolving.

However… even though I like the idea, I don’t like the way the “diet” is prescribed in many cases. It seems to have gone beyond just science and started becoming more about ideology. There are many modern foods that are healthy but actively discouraged on the paleo “diet”. I think this is a huge mistake.

Nutrition should be about science and doing what works best for the individual, NOT ideology. Humans evolved eating a variety of foods and our genes have changed (not much, but some) since the paleolithic period. I think the idea of a paleotemplate is more reasonable.

That is, eat the foods humans evolved eating, then add the modern foods that you like, tolerate and science has shown to be healthy.

Here are 4 foods that technically aren’t paleo, but are still super healthy.

1. Full-Fat Dairy Products From Grass-Fed Cows

One of the pillars of a strict paleo diet is the elimination of all dairy products.

I think this is a mistake… because plenty of people can tolerate dairy just fine.

Although a large part of the world is lactose intolerant, many populations have acquired an enzyme to break down and make full use of lactose, the main carbohydrate found in milk (Milk).

Full-fat dairy products are particularly healthy, as long as they come from grass-fed cows. This includes foods like butter, cheese, and full-fat yogurt.

Full-fat dairy contains bioactive fatty acids like butyrate, which is potently anti-inflammatory (234).

Best of all, full-fat dairy products are loaded with Vitamin K2, a powerful but often ignored nutrient that regulates calcium metabolism in the body.

Most importantly, Vitamin K2 helps to keep calcium inside our bones and outside of our arteries (56).

Studies have shown that Vitamin K2 is highly protective against fractures (lowering the risk by 60-81%) and cardiovascular disease (78). The Rotterdam study showed that people who had the highest K2 intake had a 57% lower risk of heart disease and a 26% lower risk of death from all causes, over a 7-10 year period (9).

In countries where cows are largely grass-fed, consuming full-fat dairy products is linked to major reductions in the risk of heart disease (101112). One study from Australia showed that those who ate the most full-fat dairy had a 69% lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who ate the least (13).

A lot of people are concerned that because full-fat dairy is high in fat and calories, that it can cause weight gain. However… the evidence disagrees. In fact, eating dairy fat is linked to a reduced risk of obesity in numerous studies (14).

That being said, there are some people who can’t tolerate dairy. If you get some sort of negative reaction from eating dairy products, then by all means avoid them. But for people who do tolerate and enjoy them, then there is absolutely no scientifically valid reason to avoid quality dairy products from grass-fed cows.

Unprocessed, full-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows are incredibly healthy. They are high in important vitamins like Vitamin K2, as well as beneficial fatty acids like butyrate.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is one of those rare indulgent foods that happen to be incredibly healthy and nutritious. Derived from cocoa beans, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants in the world. One study showed that cocoa was even higher in antioxidants than blueberries and acai berries (15). Dark chocolate is very high in fiber and minerals like magnesium, iron, copper, manganese and various others (16).

One problem with chocolate, in general, is that it often contains some sugar. However, if you choose dark chocolate with 70-85% (or higher) cocoa content, then the sugar amount will be minimal and the benefits will far outweigh the negatives.

There have actually been numerous studies on the health benefits of dark chocolate and cocoa, especially for heart and brain function (1718).

Dark chocolate and cocoa can lower blood pressure, raise HDL cholesterol and protect LDL particles from oxidative damage (19202122).

There are also studies showing that dark chocolate can reduce insulin resistance, a major risk factor for metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and heart disease (2324).

In some studies, people who eat the most cocoa and dark chocolate have a 50-57% lower risk of heart disease, which is an insanely high number (2526).

Of course, these types of studies are observational in nature and can not prove that the chocolate caused a reduction in risk.

But given the confirmed effects on important risk factors like blood pressure, insulin resistance and LDL oxidation, I find it plausible that dark chocolate and cocoa could, in fact, reduce heart disease risk (27).

That being said, the benefits of dark chocolate don’t end with the heart. There are also studies showing that it can cause major improvements in brain function (at least in the elderly) and give the skin natural protection against sunburn (2829).

Dark chocolate wasn’t available in the paleolithic period, but it’s still one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Just make sure to choose quality, organic dark chocolate with a high cocoa content… and don’t eat a lot of it, think of it more as a supplement.

One or two squares per day or a few times per week should be enough.

Dark chocolate is a “modern” food, but numerous studies show that it has powerful health benefits, especially for heart health.

White Potatoes

The original paleo diet book took a hard stance against potatoes.

I don’t think this makes a lot of sense… because potatoes are a root vegetable that was available in the paleolithic period.

Some other versions of paleo, like the Perfect Health Diet, actively encourage foods like potatoes, which they refer to as “safe” starches.

Potatoes are actually incredibly nutritious. A single potato contains lots of Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron and various other nutrients (30).

Really… potatoes contain almost every nutrient we need in some amount, including a decent amount of protein with all the essential amino acids. There have even been accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes for long periods of time, without any apparent negative effects on health.

Another important feature of potatoes is that they may just be the most fulfilling food in existence. In fact, they score higher on a scale called the satiety index than any other food tested (31). What this means is that by eating potatoes, you will feel naturally full and end up eating less of other foods instead.

If you want to make your potatoes even healthier, you can allow them to cool after cooking them. This greatly increases the resistant starch content, which is an indigestible type of starch that functions like soluble fiber (3233).

The only problem with potatoes is the high carb content, so people who are on a very low-carb diet may want to avoid them.

But for people who are active and metabolically healthy, potatoes are pretty close to being nature’s perfect food. It makes absolutely no sense why they shouldn’t be allowed on a paleo diet. They’re as “real” as a food can get.

White potatoes were discouraged in the original version of the paleo diet. However, they are incredibly healthy, highly nutritious and among the most fulfilling foods in existence.

Coffee

Despite having been demonized in the past, studies have now shown that coffee is actually very healthy.

It is loaded with antioxidants… people who eat a Western diet actually get more antioxidants from coffee than fruits and vegetables, combined (343536).Studies have consistently linked coffee consumption to a lower risk of many diseases, especially type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and liver diseases (37383940).

Not only that, but numerous studies suggest that people who drink coffee live longer than people who don’t (4142).

Coffee is actively discouraged in the original paleo diet book, although others like The Primal Blueprint (my favorite version) to allow for coffee. Although some people are overly sensitive to caffeine, most people can tolerate coffee just fine.

As long as you don’t drink too much and don’t drink it late in the day (which can have negative effects on sleep), then there is absolutely NO reason to avoid coffee if you enjoy it.

Coffee was probably not consumed in the paleolithic period (neither was tea, for that matter), but it’s still very healthy and incredibly enjoyable.

Just make sure to choose quality coffee and don’t put sugar in it.

Some Thoughts

The truth is, we don’t even know exactly what our paleolithic ancestors ate and there is also no “one” type of paleo diet.

What people ate varied greatly between regions, depending on the food that was available at the time. Some ate a high-carb diet high in plants, others a low-carb diet high in animal foods.

The one thing I do know for certain is that paleolithic humans didn’t eat anything made in a factory. This includes refined sugar, refined grains, trans fats, veggie oils and any sort of processed food that is impossible to make naturally.

Humans evolved eating real food… plain and simple. That’s what we should be focusing on. It is a good idea to consider the foods humans evolved eating because it is likely that these foods will be both safe and healthy for our bodies. But there are plenty of “modern” foods that are healthy too. Just because it’s new, doesn’t mean it’s bad.

Final Thoughts

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Zevia Organic Tea

Quick Note: I have a bunch of keto related posts coming soon. I have another 60 hr. Reboot posts coming, a keto reboot excel post, more keto grocery related content and much more. If keto is your thing or you know someone who is interested (beginners) then my blog is for you (or your friend). Don’t forget to check back daily for all the keto related content that is to come.

Zevia, is the leading zero-calorie, naturally sweetened beverage company, today announced Zevia Organic Tea, a line of eight Ready-To-Drink (RTD) Tea flavors. Like all Zevia products, these items are zero calories, naturally sweetened with stevia, and contain zero sugar. In addition, Zevia Organic Teas are non-carbonated, non-GMO, brewed with Fair Trade Certified Tea, and will carry the USDA Organic seal. The flavors include Black Tea, Green Tea, and herbal flavors, featuring two caffeine-free options.

With this announcement, Zevia’s product lines encompass a broad range of Liquid Refreshment Beverage (LRB) categories, including Soda, Energy drinks, Sparkling Water, Mixers and now RTD Tea. With simple, plant-based ingredients and products for every family member and usage occasion, Zevia has become a favorite among shoppers seeking better-for-you alternatives to sugary and artificially sweetened beverages.

Sugar reduction has rapidly become the number one consumer concern, with 84% of US shoppers seeking to reduce their sugar intake. Zevia was the first zero-calorie, naturally sweetened beverage brand, and they are continuing to build on their leadership with great-tasting new products to support a low-sugar lifestyle.

Almost half of the added sugar coming from beverages, Zevia provides an easy way for consumers to kickstart a sugar reduction program. Zevia Tea will be sold in 12 oz. sleek cans with a suggested retail price of $1.99 each, available nationwide now.

About Zevia

Zevia is the first beverage brand exclusively focused on naturally sweetened, zero calorie beverages, including Soda, Energy, Sparking Water, Ready-To-Drink Tea, and Mixers lines. With formulas that are Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegan, Kosher, color-free and Gluten Free, Zevia is sold at more than 40,000 grocery, natural and specialty food stores in the United States and Canada, including Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Safeway, Kroger, Target and Amazon.


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If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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Keto Coffee Creamer

Today I talk about some of the best keto coffee cream creamers that are on the market today. I’ve done quite a few Keto posts. I’m curious to know if you like these type posts or no? If you enjoy these keto posts I will continue to do them if you don’t then I will do them once in a while. Just comment and let me know what you think.

If you are interested In the ketogenic lifestyle or going vegan or vegetarian you can reach me at the links I mentioned In the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

Keto Coffee Creamer by Left Coast

Left Coast Performance started with the goal of bringing affordable, high-quality MCT oil to the market. Since then, they have grown to sell other supplements, such as bone broth and ketone powder. They aim to use just a handful of ingredients in each of their products for maximum nutritional benefit. Because their keto coffee creamer is oil-based, it must be blended before use to get the right consistency. (leftcoastperformance)

Nutritional Facts: ghee, MCT oil. Servings: 32 , Carbs: 0, Flavors: cacao, unflavored

Form: liquid

Let’s compare some of the other features:

This creamer is gluten-free and contains only five ingredients

Has zero carbohydrates

Comes in two different flavors

Each bottle has 32 servings, which is over a month’s supply if you drink one cup a day

This creamer must be blended before use or it will not mix with coffee

The Left Coast website is minimal, without any useful resources

 Bulletproof Coffee InstaMix Creamer

Bulletproof is a health brand that sells numerous coffee products and even has several cafes located throughout the US west coast. In addition to coffee, they sell protein and other supplements, including MCT oil. Their product line is even more wide-ranged, including vibration plates, books, accessories, and clothing. Their website is impressive, featuring an educational blog and podcasts. A nice benefit with Bulletproof Coffee InstaMix Creamer is it is in powder form and does not require blending.

Nutritional Facts:  butter, octane oil, Servings: 14, Carbs: 6

Flavors: unflavored, Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

This Instamix does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee

Made with 100% grass-fed butter

Their website has lots of resources

Bulletproof specializes in coffee products and appears to be a well-rounded company

This creamer contains six carbs

Only has 14 servings per canister

Doesn’t offer any flavor options

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 

 Laird Superfood Unsweetened Original Coffee Creamer

Laird Superfood is named after Laird Hamilton, a self-proclaimed “surfer, fitness guru and coffee connoisseur.” He founded the company with the mission of finding a keto coffee creamer alternative to butter. Laird has since expanded their product line to include hydration powders, mushroom powder, coffee and more. You can find an educational blog and a recipe database on their website. (lairdsuperfood)

Nutritional Facts: coconut milk powder, sea-algae, coconut oil

Servings: 227, Carbs: 1

Flavors: unsweetened, original, cacao, turmeric

Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

Available in many different sizes and flavors

One one-pound package has a whopping 227 servings

Is non-dairy, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and non-GMO

Does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee

Contains no artificial ingredients, no added sugar, no chemicals and no fillers

Only contains one carb

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 Coffee Booster Organic High-Fat Coffee Creamer

Ironically, Coffee Booster was inspired by its founder’s dislike of butter in coffee. The company’s mission was to create a keto-friendly coffee creamer that tasted good. They found the perfect recipe by adding in some cacao powder (and presumably some other techniques). So far their coffee creamer is their only product. You can learn a lot about the science of the ketogenic diet on their website. (coffeebooster)

Nutritional Facts: Carbs: 1

Flavors: cinnamon, naked, original, vanilla

Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

  • Does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee
  • Comes in several different flavors
  • Contains only three ingredients, which are all organic and non-GMO
  • Coffee Booster is solely focused on this product
  • Only contains one carb
  • Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 Omega PowerCreamer Butter Coffee Blend

PowerCreamer started developing their butter creamer in late 2014 and spent over a year in research and development before taking their product to market. Their Omega Power Creamer is their only product, offered in four different flavors. Their website features a blog and recipe database for using their creamer to make tasty and healthy coffee drinks. PowerCreamer’s founders, Greg and Nick, make an effort to respond to everyone who contacts them. (powercreamer)

Nutritional Facts:

organic grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil

Servings: 20, Carbs: 0

Flavors: cacao, cinnamon, original, vanilla

Form: liquid

Lets compare some of the other features:

Contains zero carbs

Available in several different flavors

Only contains four ingredients, including organic, grass-fed ghee

PowerCreamer is solely focused on this product

This creamer must be blended before use or it will not mix with coffee

Only 20 servings per bottle

PowerCreamer is a very young company without a proven record of success

 

 Biona Organic Creamed Coconut

Biona is the UK-based child company of Windmill Organics, an organic food company. Biona sells a wide range of foods from pasta to yogurt and everything in between. Their creamed coconut contains 24 carbohydrates per serving, so while it may not be completely keto-friendly, it is a 100% whole food, making it one of the healthiest and least processed options out there. If you are strictly keto, this may not be what you’re looking for, but if you’re simply going for a healthy, whole food-based “diet”, this is about as close as you’ll get. (biona)

Nutritional Facts: coconut, Servings: unavailable

Carbs: 24, Flavors: none, Form: liquid

Lets compare some of the other features:

Contains only one ingredient and no additives

Biona doesn’t use any herbicides or pesticides on their crops

All of Biona’s products are non-GMO

Contains 24 carbs and 7 grams of sugar

Meant for use in curry dishes, not necessarily coffee

Number of servings per container is unavailable

As a liquid, this will most likely require blending to mix well into coffee

Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone MCT Oil Powder by Divine Health

Colbert calls himself “America’s #1 doctor for faith & medicine.” He has office locations in Orlando and Dallas, and users can make an appointment with him right on his website for anti-aging treatments. He sells superfood mixes, MCT oil, ketone powders, collagen and a few books he has authored. His website is very transparent, including several contact email addresses and phone numbers. You can also find a database of recipes, challenges, and health-related articles. (drcolbert)

Nutritional Facts: Base ingredients: MCT oil, Servings: 30

Carbs: 3, Flavors: hazelnut, coconut cream, French vanilla, unflavored

Form: pre-blended powder

 

Lets compare some of the other features:

Available in several different flavors

Has 30 servings per container, which is about a month’s supply if you drink one cup a day

Does not require blending, just stir into coffee

This product is non-GMO, gluten-free, lactose-free, soy-free and vegan

Can be used in a variety of ways, including with coffee, baking products, shakes and smoothies

Contains three carbs

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

Buyers Guide Information

I know you were looking for what are the best options, but here is some more detail as to why we might need good low carb coffee creamer products and brands to help us easily get a creamy tasting coffee without a load of sugary carbs.

Does Coffee Creamer Make You Gain Weight

Regular coffee creamer is a non-dairy creamer that usually contains high amounts of sugar to add to the taste. It usually has more sugar but less fat than half-and-half, and also may contain many unnatural additives. For those on a ketogenic diet, or just following a balanced “diet”, coffee creamer is not the best choice. One serving of coffee creamer can contain over a teaspoon of sugar. It will be difficult to remain in ketosis or lose weight if you start your day off with a splash or two of regular creamer in your coffee.

Can You Have Half-and-Half on Keto

Half-and-half is a slightly better option. It is made by mixing heavy cream with whole milk, resulting in a creamy but reduced fat choice. It only has about 20 calories per serving, 10-18% of which is fat. While half-and-half may be a wiser option than regular coffee creamer, it still contains lactose or milk sugar. Butter or low carb coffee creamers are overall the best choices for those wishing to lose weight through ketosis.

Benefits of Using a Low Carb (Keto) Coffee Creamer

~Avoiding the taste of butter or coconut oil

~Feeling satiated and alert for hours after consumption without needing to eat

~Avoiding the sugar and carbs of regular coffee creamers or milk-based creamers

~Enjoying a variety of healthy flavors

Some people are okay with using straight butter or coconut oil in their coffee, but not everybody can deal with the taste. That is the main reason people choose to use specially made low carb coffee creamers. (lowcarbyum)

Is Keto Coffee Creamer Bad for You

The short answer is probably not. The long answer depends on what creamer you are using. It’s always best to stick with the most natural form of food—which is why, technically, using straight butter or coconut oil is the healthiest choice. But what is not healthy is to force down something you hate the taste of. You have to enjoy your morning coffee—otherwise, what’s the point? That’s where low carb creamers come in. If you choose one that is processed with additives and artificial ingredients, then, of course, it’s bad for you. Instead, stick with whole food-based creamers with only a handful of ingredients.

And, Avoid These Other Ingredients

(If Possible)

Thickening agents

Preservatives

Artificial sweeteners and flavors

Added sugar

Hydrogenated oils

 

Final Thoughts

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How To Reduce Bloating

I just want to take a moment before I get into today’s post to wish everyone A Happy New Year’s Eve. I also want to take a moment and say thank you to every and each one of you for being on this journey with me. I set out to blog every single day and I have. For 2019 I want to include all of you (my followers) (read below). I hope you all have fun and let’s have fun. Remember to have fun but also drink responsibly.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND I WILL SEE YOU ALL IN THE NEW YEAR!

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

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Most people experience bloating at some point. Exercises, supplements, and massages can all help to reduce bloating quickly, and simple lifestyle changes can prevent it from reoccurring.

Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight. It commonly occurs due to a buildup of gas somewhere in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Bloating causes the belly to look larger than usual, and it may also feel tender or painful. Fluid retention in the body can also lead to bloating.


 Tips to get rid of bloating

Bloating usually happens when excess gas builds up in the stomach or intestines. When bloating occurs right after a meal, it usually resolves itself, but it is often possible to speed up this process.

The best way to tackle bloating is to determine its cause. Common triggers for bloating include:

  • Digestive issues. Constipation, food allergies, and intolerances can lead to bloating. When stool becomes backed up in the large bowel, it can cause bloating and a feeling of discomfort. Excess gas may also build up behind the stool, making the bloating worse.
  • “Diet”. Fizzy drinks, too much salt or sugar, and not enough fiber in the “diet” can all cause bloating.
  • Hormonal changes. Many people experience bloating before and during their periods due to hormonal changes and water retention.

Walking

Physical activity can get the bowels moving more regularly, which can help to release excess gas and stool. Getting the bowels to move is especially important if a person is feeling constipated. A walk around the block can provide fast relief from gas pressure.


 Try Yoga Poses

Certain yoga poses can position the muscles in the abdomen in a way that encourages the release of excess gas from the GI tract.

Child’s Pose, Happy Baby Pose, and squats can all help people to relieve a buildup of gas quickly. Learn more about yoga poses for flatulence.


 Peppermint Capsules

Peppermint oil capsules may also be helpful for indigestion and related gas. Manufacturers usually market them as a treatment for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but people without IBS can also use them to relieve bloating.

Peppermint works by relaxing the intestinal muscles, which allows gas and stool to move along more effectively. People should always follow the instructions on the packet. Anyone who is prone to heartburn may need to avoid peppermint.

Peppermint capsules are available to buy over the counter (OTC) at drug stores or online.


 Gas relief capsules

Simethicone pills and liquid are anti-gas medications that can help to move excess air out of the digestive tract. It is essential to always take medication according to the instructions on the label.

People can find gas relievers in drugstores or online.


 Abdominal massage

Massaging the abdomen can help to get the bowels moving. A massage that follows the path of the large intestine is especially helpful. People can follow the steps below to do this:

Placing the hands just above the right hip bone. Rubbing in a circular motion with light pressure up toward the right side of the ribcage. Rubbing straight across the upper belly area toward the left rib cage. Moving slowly down toward the left hip bone.


 Use essential oils

A study from 2016 tested the effectiveness of supplements containing a combination of fennel and curcumin essential oil in 116 people with mild-to-moderate IBS. After 30 days, people reported an improvement in their IBS symptoms, including bloating and abdominal pain.

People should not consume essential oils without speaking to a doctor first. This is because some formulations may be toxic or can interfere with medication, and there is no regulation of dosages.


 Take a warm bath, soaking, and relaxing

The heat of the bath can provide relief for a sore abdomen. Relaxation can reduce stress levels, which may allow the GI tract to function more effectively and help reduce bloating.


Long-term solutions for bloating

Quick fixes are not always effective for some causes of bloating. However, people who have frequent bloating may find that certain lifestyle changes can tackle the causes and reduce bloating over time.

People can use these simple steps to try to prevent bloating in the long-term:


Increase fiber gradually

 

Increasing fiber intake may help to treat bloating.

 

Eating more fiber helps to prevent constipation and bloating. Most people in America do not get enough fiber, with only 5 percent of people meeting their recommended daily fiber intake of 25 grams (g) for females and 38 g for males.

However, it is important to bear in mind that eating too much fiber or increasing fiber intake too quickly can cause even more gas and bloat. People may notice adverse effects from eating more than 70 g of fiber a day.

When increasing fiber intake, it is best to start slowly and increase the intake over several weeks to allow the body to adjust to this change in the “diet”.


Replace sodas with water

Fizzy, carbonated drinks contain gas that can build up in the stomach. The carbon dioxide that makes soda and similar beverages fizzy can also cause bubbling and bloating in the stomach.

Sugars or artificial sweeteners in the diet can also cause gas and bloating. Drinking water eliminates these issues and helps to treat constipation as well.


Try to avoid chewing gum

The sugar alcohols in gum can cause bloating in some people. Swallowing air while chewing also may lead to bloating and gas pain. People can use ginger mints or peppermints to freshen their breath instead.


 Get more active every day

Exercise helps your body move stool and gas out of the colon and may make bowel movements more regular. Exercise also releases extra sodium from the body through sweating, which can help to relieve water retention.

It is vital to drink plenty of water before and after exercising to stay hydrated, as dehydration can make constipation worse.


 Eat at regular intervals

Many people experience bloating directly after a big meal. It is possible to avoid this by eating several smaller meals each day, which can help to keep the digestive system moving.

Swallowing food quickly can introduce air into the digestive tract. Drinking from a straw can also lead to people swallowing more air, which in turn leads to gas and bloating. People who have bloating should avoid using straws if possible and try eating slowly to avoid swallowing air during meals.


 Try probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria that live in the intestines. Taking a probiotic supplement may help to regulate the colon bacteria that can produce gas and cause bloating.


 Cut down on salt

An excess of sodium causes the body to retain water. This can cause a swollen and bloated feeling in the belly and other areas of the body, such as the hands and feet.


 Rule out medical conditions

In some cases, bloating may result from a medical condition. To get rid of this bloating, a person may need help from a doctor to diagnose and manage their condition.

Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, may cause people to experience bloating. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can also cause this symptom.

Gynecological conditions, such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts, can also cause pain, swelling, and feelings of bloating in the abdominal area.

People with these symptoms should discuss them with a doctor, who will also want to know about any relevant family medical history and other medical conditions. The doctor may order diagnostic tests to look for any problems. These may include an X-ray, ultrasound, colonoscopy, or blood tests.


Consider a low-FODMAP diet

FODMAPs are a type of carbohydrate that occurs in many different foods. A 2012 review article of multiple studies concluded that a low-FODMAP diet might improve symptoms in at least 74 percent of people with IBS. Typical symptoms include bloating, flatulence, and abdominal pain.


Keep a food diary

Food intolerances are responsible for many cases of bloating. They can lead to excessive gas in the digestive tract.

Bloating is common in people who have lactose intolerance and are unable to digest the lactose sugar in dairy products. Autoimmune intolerance to gluten, known as celiac disease, is another potential culprit.

For people whose bloating happens after meals, keeping track of food and drink intake for several weeks should help to determine whether specific foods are responsible.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offer tips for keeping a food diary and provide a template for people to get started.


 Look at supplements and medications

Some supplements, such as iron, can cause constipation and other symptoms of indigestion. This can increase bloating. Potassium, on the other hand, may reduce bloating by helping to balance the body’s sodium levels.

Medications may also cause side effects that affect GI function or cause indigestion. If this happens, a doctor or pharmacist can suggest alternatives that are more gentle on the digestive tract.


When To See A Doctor

 

Although it is not common, bloating and swelling of the abdomen can signify a severe medical condition. Liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, heart failure, kidney problems, and some types of cancer can cause bloating.

Bloating that continues for days or weeks may indicate a health issue that needs medical attention. It is advisable to speak to a doctor about ongoing bloating that does not go away over time.

People whose bloating occurs alongside these symptoms should seek medical advice

appetite changes or trouble eating, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, fever, severe abdominal pain, bright red blood in the stool, black or dark maroon stools.


Ultimately, the outlook for bloating depends on the underlying cause. Most of the time, bloating is due to minor issues that lifestyle changes or OTC treatments can resolve.

People should see a doctor if bloating is ongoing or occurs with other symptoms. Determining the underlying cause of bloating and other digestive issues is the first step to getting treatment and feeling better.


 

Final Thoughts

Bloating depends on the underlying cause. Most of the time, bloating is due to minor issues that lifestyle changes or OTC treatments can resolve.

People should see a doctor if bloating is ongoing or occurs with other symptoms. Determining the underlying cause of bloating and other digestive issues are the first step to getting treatment and feeling better.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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How To Drink Starbucks While On Keto

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how that I would be extending blogmas until December 31st. These posts won’t be holiday related as Christmas has since passed (Yesterday) Happy The Day After Christmas. What I will be doing Is adding some New Year’s related content to help you continue to stay on track and I will slowly be adding more of my normal content over the next week or so.

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

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When you’re on The Ketogenic Diet, at first, you feel like an unstoppable one-woman keto army—cooking at home, meal-prepping, even brewing your own coffee.

But damn, that’s hard—especially when all you want to do is go for a Starbucks run.

Good news, though: You don’t have to give up your beloved ‘bucks orders. There are plenty of options out there so you can stay keto and enjoy your fave morning (or afternoon, or evening) pick-me-up in the process.

Overall, you want to stick with four simple rules,  First, order sugar-free options, since sugar = carbs. Next, opt for heavy cream over regular milk (again, lactose is another carb). And then consider adding unsweetened nut milk(s) like almond or coconut to drinks. 

But those are just the basics. Here are some specific drinks—based on your specific needs (and mood)—that are still totally keto friendly

Black coffee’s always a safe bet, but if you can’t stomach that…

Black coffee—hot, iced, or cold brew—is always going to be a winner in the keto department but it’s a little…intense.

Still, it’s calorie-free with no sugar, which is definitely keto, Upton points out. At two to five calories per serving, coffee (brewed, espresso, or instant) simply does not have enough carbohydrates to get someone off track of their keto “diet”.

If you just can’t have yours straight up, it’s 100 percent okay to add heavy cream and a flavoring like cinnamon or sugar-free syrup. If you need a little sweetener (fair), bypass the sugar and try a little stevia. Sugar subs that have no calories or carbs can fit on the “diet”.

If you need something hot and sweet…I got you covered.

Sure, you can be on your keto A-game on most days, but sometimes you just need a good, comforting cup of something warm and sweet.

You can do an Americano (a.k.a., espresso and water) and add heavy cream and stevia, order a cappuccino or flat white with heavy cream instead of milk, get a mocha with half heavy cream and half water (to create a “milk”), or have a latte with an unsweetened nut milk and add your own flavoring.

The high fat and low sugar content of coconut milk can work on a keto “diet” if factored into the total daily allowance, Heavy cream has a high fat and low sugar content, making it great for keto.

Sure, not everyone is into coffee, but Starbucks clearly has some cool drinks that look amazing on Instagram. If you’re just going for the likes, you can DIY a pink drink that looks awesome in pics.

Plenty of people have shared a variation of this on Instagram, but it basically involves mixing Starbucks’ passion fruit iced tea with a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, and cream. You can have it blended or just over ice. Voila!

This doesn’t have a lot of carbs so it would fit. One cup of herbal tea has about 0.5 grams of carbohydrate per eight-ounce serving, the sugar-free vanilla syrup has so little carbohydrate content that it can state zero on any packaging, and heavy whipping cream has about one gram of carbohydrate per ounce. At the same time, it has almost 100 calories which can help you meet your macro targets.

Any Starbucks hot or iced tea, without sweetener, is a safe bet, Upton says. Or you could get a chai-brewed tea and add some heavy cream to the mix. (Just make sure to ask for brewed chai vs. the stuff they pour out of a box—that has sugar in it… Actually, the boxed stuff has more than the daily recommended amount of sugar).

Be Cautious, though: Some of their blended teas and tea lattes (even if you sub in cream) are off-limits since they contain sugar.

Getting a Starbucks reward feels almost as good as winning the lottery, and you don’t want to blow it on something basic like black coffee.

If you have a reward that you can’t wait to spend, try asking a barista to mix up a keto-friendly Frappucino. Start with the basics: Order a Frapp made with unsweetened almond, coconut milk, or heavy cream, and whatever sugar-free flavoring is your pleasure (vanilla, caramel, hazelnut…there are a bunch to choose from).

Keto is about cutting carbs and not limiting fat. That’s why cream and coconut milk are okay.

Clearly, the bagel, croissant, and banana bread aren’t going to fly, but their bacon and gruyere sous vide egg bites are a solid high-fat, low-carb option, Warren says.

Per serving: 310 calories, 22 g fat (14 g sat), 9 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 600 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Starbucks has several protein boxes that are solid for when you’re on the go, but most also contain fruit (carbs) and crackers (totally obvious carbs).

Still, that doesn’t mean they can’t fill you up when you’re keto. You can opt for the egg and cheese protein box and just skip the fruit and bread, or go for the Felino Uncured Italian Salami and Manchego box. Starbucks also usually has string cheese and Moon Cheese handy, both of which would make a solid snack.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

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If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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Carb Cycling & Fat Loss

In today’s fat loss “Diet” arena, carb cycling Is becoming more popular even before Keto! Before you jump ahead with this superior nutrition plan. If you’ve been reading a variety of the fat-loss “Diet” literature that’s available, you’ve very likely come across a technique called carb cycling. Essentially carb cycling Is a program where you mix higher carbohydrate days with lower carbohydrate days In the effort to lose weight without suffering some of the negative consequences of a pure low carbohydrate “Diet” plan.

Some of these negative side effects Include a drop In exercise performance, Increased hunger and craving levels, lowered metabolic rate, and difficulty focusing and concentrating at work or at school. By having those higher carbohydrate days back In there, you offset some of these factors, so generally, most people find this approach much more enjoyable to use. Before you hop onto the carb cycling “Diet” program let me explain some key points for you to think about before you start carb cycling.


High Carb Days

The very first thing you must know as you go about designing this type of “Diet” program Is that In order to see your best results, you should be putting your highest carbohydrate “Diet” on the days you perform your hardest workout sessions. For most people, this will mean leg day (or If you’re using a full body workout, It may mean going high carb on all three of those days).

The reason for doing this Is simple…the body needs those carbohydrates the most these days. Having them before you do the workout will help fuel you in the gym so you can work harder and push more weight, and then having the Influx of carbohydrates after the workout session will help saturate the muscles with carbohydrate storage (muscle glycogen) and aid with recovery. Since you want all these carbohydrates to be put to best use on this “Diet”, and have the least likely chance of turning Into body fat, this means timing them correctly throughout your week.




Water Gain

Another thing that you need to know, and be prepared for, Is that you will very likely experience some water weight gain when doing the higher carbohydrate day. For every gram of carbohydrate, you take Into the body, you’ll store four grams of water with this. If you’re eating 200-300 grams of carbohydrates on those high carb days, this adds up very quickly.

Those who are leaner tend to experience this effect the greatest because, at that point, any water weight gain Is highly noticeable. Try not to let yourself get too alarmed over this. It’s a normal process and Is not fat gain. Within a day back on your regular low-carbohydrate plan, you should notice this recede.

If you’re someone who really struggles psychologically with weight fluctuations (and how you appear In the mirror), this very well could mean carbohydrate cycling Is not for you (and that Is okay because you don’t want to do a “Diet” that In the long run will do more harm than good). It Is a side effect of this type of plan, and therefore something for which you must absolutely prepare yourself and think about stopping carb cycling.


Choose Complex Carbs

When It comes to food selection while performing a carb cycling fat-loss “Diet”, you want to think glucose. Either simple glucose sources (preferably around the workout period when they are absorbed quickest) or complex carbohydrates that will break down Into glucose. What you want to avoid here Is fructose such as high-fructose corn syrup, as this type of carbohydrate will behave differently in the body and won’t have the same benefits as glucose does. If you were to Intake a large amount of fructose on your high carbohydrate days, there Is a much greater chance some of this may get converted Into body fat gains since It won’t get stored In the muscles as readily.


Decrease Fat Intake

Another important thing to remember as you go about your carb cycling “Diet” Is that you should also be decreasing your overall dietary fat Intake on days you go high carb. It Is normal for most people to Increase their overall calories on the high carb day (to boost the carb intake that much higher) but by lowering the fat Intake, you allow more room for those carbohydrates without going really crazy with your calorie level.

Ideally, stay within 300-600 calories of your low carbohydrate day Intake to prevent the excess calories from canceling out the fat loss for the week unless you are specifically planning to have very low calorie, low carb days.



Target Weekly Calorie Intake

The next thing to think about carbohydrate cycling, linked to the point above, Is that your total weekly calorie Intake must remain at what Is necessary for overall fat loss. Let’s look at an example. Let’s say that you currently maintain your body weight at 2,200 calories per day or, 15,400 calories per week. This means to lose one pound per week, you must create a calorie deficit (per week) of 3500 calories, or take In just 11,900 calories.

On a standard “Diet” where you maintain the same calorie level on all seven days, this would mean you take In 1700 calories per day (2200-500=1700). Now, since you are carbohydrate cycling and want your high carbohydrate days to have more calories, you’re going to get a little more fancy with the math. Let’s say you actually want your high carbohydrate days to be above maintenance (to really boost the benefits that this “Diet” has to offer) and plan to have three high carbohydrate days.

Let’s set those three days at a calorie Intake of 2400 (keep In mind protein should stay constant throughout the whole week). Now, since those three days equate to 7200 calories, this means you have 4700 calories left over for the remaining four days, or about 1200 calories each. As you can see, those low carbohydrate days are quite low In calories, however, after coming off the higher carbohydrate day most people find this to not be a struggle.

If you’d prefer not to bring your low carbohydrate days that low In overall calories, simply adjust the total calorie intake on the high carbohydrate days slightly downwards. That will give you more calories for those low carb days. Example, you might do three high carbohydrate days at 2000 calories and four low carbohydrate days at 1500. As you can see, this stays within the 300-600 range better that was described In the point above. It’s all about balance…make sure your weekly Intake Is where It needs to be and distribute the calories from there based on your set-up preferences.




Final Thoughts

So there you have It…all the Information you need to know to get started with carbohydrate cycling (If that Is something you’re thinking about doing or know someone who Is thinking about It). It does tend to be a superior form of “Diet” for those who are really looking to maintain workout performance and prevent weight loss plateaus from occurring. Just keep In mind that It will require more planning from a meal perspective to make sure you’re following the Intakes you have set, so dedicate a little more time out of your day to this so that way you won’t gain any weight that you are trying to lose.


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No Period On Low Carb

Some Information

There Is no evidence that a low-carb diet can help you better manage your menstrual cycle, as a diet rich In whole foods, it’s a source of nutrients that may help with cramps and bloat. The low-carb diet Is also low In sodium, which may help with premenstrual bloating. If you’re considering limits on your carb Intake and you need some guidance you can always reach out to me for help I’m always happy to help.

Studies have shown that low-carb diets can cause weight loss and Improve metabolic health. However, even though low-carb diets are great for some people, they may cause problems for others. For example, following a very low-carb diet for a long time may disrupt hormones In some women.

Low-carbohydrate diets — like the ketogenic diet — are effective for weight loss and improving health. They are also especially helpful for anyone who: 1)Is overweight or obese 2) Is sedentary 3) Has epilepsy 4) Has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fibroids or endometriosis 5) Is diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes 6) Has a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s 7) Has certain forms of cancer 8) Has cardiovascular disease.

A typical low-carb “diet” limits the daily Intake of carbohydrates to between 60 and 130 grams, while a ketogenic “diet” tends to stay below 30 grams of carbohydrates. This Is done by excluding or limiting most grains, legumes, fruits, bread, sweets, pasta and starchy vegetables from the diet and replacing them with added fats, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, nuts, and seeds. When we eat In this way, our bodies begin to change dramatically… especially for those who habitually eat plenty of carbohydrates with each meal.

Not all of these changes, however, are going to be positive just like with any “diet” there are always positives and negatives. First, when carbohydrates are restricted, It Is totally stressful for your body because It must find another way to fuel Itself. This can/will cause side effects, like nausea and headaches, that Is commonly called the “keto flu”. The lack of carbohydrates will also lead to fluid and mineral loss and hormonal changes that can cause health Issues If not addressed.

Ketones And Water Loss

We as humans can handle food shortages with some assistance from liver and muscle glycogen… The storage form of sugar In the body. Once we start a low-carbohydrate diet, our body tends to rely on glycogen for energy. For each gram of glycogen used as energy, twice this mass Is loss In water. This Is because glycogen (as well as all other carbohydrates) retain and attract water. Once the body enters ketosis, the body Is finally able to spare glycogen, but the water loss does not stop. The ketones that are created by the process of fat burning will also lead to more water excretion.

When you are on a low-carbohydrate “diet”, you will have lower Insulin and glycogen levels and higher ketone levels. This will cause your body to retain much less water and fewer minerals than It did before. This Is why It Is imperative to maintain adequate fluid and mineral Intake, especially In the beginning of a low-carbohydrate “diet.” 

Low-Carb And No Period

Remember low-carbohydrate “diets” can be a stressor to the body? For women, this Is doubly true. Hormones that start and maintain the menstrual cycle decrease In response to having too few calories, too few carbs, too much stress, or too much exercise. This can lead to amenorrhea, which Is when a woman has no menstrual cycle for 3 or more months. Low-carbohydrate diets also lead to lower leptin levels, a hormone produced by fat cells that regulate appetite In men and women. Studies that were done on women, however, suggest that low levels of leptin can cause Irregular menstruation as well.

How often low-carbohydrate “diets” actually cause menstrual problems Is unclear and not well documented. In general, If you are eating correctly (and enough), you should not have any problems. That said, menstrual Irregularities are something that women should be mindful of while they are on a low-carbohydrate “diet” If the low-carbohydrate “diet” Is causing menstrual cycle Irregularities then It Is best to Increase carbohydrate intake until the menstrual cycle Is back to normal. Experts suggest that women consume around 75 to 150 grams of carbohydrates per day … an amount that may still be low enough to get all of the benefits of a low-carbohydrate “diet.” 

Side Note: When I went Vegan I lost my period for 3 months. I took to google and at that time very little Information was around. I remember thinking that being vegan I wasn’t Intaking enough fat and that’s why my period stopped. I upped my fat and my period came back the very next month on time. 

For me, my period stopped because I wasn’t Intaking enough fat but for some women, their periods can stop because of being on a low-carb “diet”. If after a few months you haven’t gotten your period or If you feel that something might be wrong don’t hesitate to go see your doctor.

Continued: After understanding how Important carbohydrates are In keeping a woman’s menstrual cycle normal, It Is reasonable to think that restricting carbohydrates during pregnancy will cause problems as well. Studies suggest that this contention Is true. One study concluded that a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet during late pregnancy may program the child to have higher than normal levels of cortisol. This can lead to a greater Incidence of depression, disease, and obesity.

Even though there Isn’t a lot of Information about women being on a low-carb “diet” during pregnancy It Is best to Increase carbohydrate consumption until you are experiencing normal cycles. A pregnant woman and her child may benefit from a slightly higher carbohydrate Intake. A minimum carbohydrate consumption of 175 grams per day Is suggested for healthy child development during pregnancy.

My Opinion: Evidence suggests that women’s hormones are sensitive to energy availability, meaning that too few calories or carbs can cause Imbalances. Such Imbalances can have very serious consequences, Including Impaired fertility, low mood, and even weight gain. However, most evidence suggests these effects are generally seen only In women on a long-term, very low-carb diet (under 50 grams per day). Everyone Is Different, and the optimal carb Intake varies greatly among Individuals. There Is no one-size-fits-all solution In nutrition. Some people function best on a very low-carb “diet”, while others function best on a moderate- to a high-carb “diet”. To figure out what works best for you, you should experiment and adjust your carb Intake depending on how you look, feel and perform.

If you are Interested In learning more about The Ketogenic “Diet” here Is her links to a woman who knows a thing or two about the lifestyle.

(Where I bought the Reboot Kit From) katherineann.pruvitnow.com OR Katherineann.shopketo.com

How you can Reach her If you are Interested In doing the Reboot or If you have any questions on going Keto for the first time.  (Her Facebook) Katherine Serenbetz (@pruvitwithkat) There she posts everything from nutrition, recipes, at home workouts, and one on one consultation about your fitness and nutrition goals.

Her Instagram:  pruvitwithkat

 

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How to get Into Ketosis

This will be a lengthy post. I will not only explain how to get your body In a state of Ketosis. I will explain In a few easy ways on how to get your body In Ketosis and how to stay In Ketosis. Normally, your cells use glucose, or sugar, as their main source of fuel. However, most of your cells can also use other fuel sources. This includes fatty acids, as well as ketones, which are also known as ketone bodies.

1. Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am a person who takes time to research EVERYTHING I DO NOT put anything that I don’t believe In and I only put Information out there that I am 100% confident In putting on here.

2. Ketosis 

3. Diabetes

4. Coconut Oil

5. Exercise 

6. Fat

7. Fasting

8. Protein

~Links

Ketosis

It’s no secret that the ketogenic lifestyle has taken the world by storm over the last few months. Eating a low-carb diet Is beneficial for achieving ketosis. When you enter Ketosis your body Is now using fat for energy Instead of carbs and sugar.  When your carb Intake Is low, glycogen stores are reduced and levels of the hormone insulin decline. This allows fatty acids to be released from fat stores in your body. Your liver converts the fatty acids Into Ketones. These Ketones can be used to fuel your brain.

It Is suggested that you maintain less than 20 grams of carbs per day to achieve Ketosis In a short few weeks. If you want (optional) you can add a few more grams of carbs back Into your macros.

Diabetes

A study has been done and researched that overweight people with type 2 diabetes who limited their carbs and sugar experienced daily urinary ketone expelling waste than their baseline levels.

Adults with type 2 Diabetes were allowed a bit higher digestible carb Intake. Digestible carbs are Net Carbs how to track net carbs (To calculate net carbs, first subtract all of the insoluble fiber from the total carbs and total fiber. If more than 5 grams of total fiber remains, you can also subtract half of the remaining fiber from total carbs. Then look at the sugar alcohols).

Using Coconut Oil to get Into Ketosis

Most of us most likely have coconut oil In our pantries. I use mine for many reasons. I use It to replace butter or oil In recipes, I oil pull with It and I use It everytime I make BulletProof Coffee. Bulletproof Coffee (Vegan,GF & Keto) Coconut Oil contains what most of us know It as MCT oils or the more scientific name (Medium Chained Triglycerides).

It has been researched that fat sources that have a higher lauric acid Saturated Fatty Acid). It has been researched that MCT Oils have been used to Induce Ketosis. Research suggests when adding coconut oil to your diet has minimized digestive side effects like stomach cramping, constipation or diarrhea. I would recommend starting with a small teaspoon of coconut oil and then gradually work your way up to a full tablespoon until you reach 2 tablespoons. I mentioned Bulletproof coffee. For me, It’s the best way to get In MCT Oils.

Exercise

It’s no secret that exercise Is good for our bodies, mind, and soul. When we work out we release endorphins that make us happy and feel good. Did you know when you work out we actually deplete glycogen? Glycogen comes back when we fill our bodies with carbs. But when your carb Intake Is low glycogen also remains low which means your liver will produce ketones and you enter the state of Ketosis.  Working out in a fasted state has been shown to drive up ketone levels.

Fat

We have been taught over the years that low fat Is the best way. Because we were also taught that If we consumed too much fat we would get fat ourselves. If that was the case then why do people following the Ketogenic lifestyle lose weight Instead of gaining weight? Because on the Ketogenic lifestyle you are consuming healthy fats Instead of fats that are found In “junk”. The one thing to keep In mind Is that since the Ketogenic lifestyle Is such high fat you want to make sure you are consuming good healthy fats.

Some healthy fats Include Coconut Oil, Avacado Oil, Olive OilGrass Fed ButterChia SeedsEggs, and Cheese just to name a few. High-quality fats are usually lower In carbs which is a good thing since you are following a low carb lifestyle.

Fasting

I have practiced on and off the last year and a half Intermittent fastingIntermittent fasting Is a practice of Fasting for around 16 Hours and you have an eating window of 8 hours. 

Have you heard of Fat Fasting? Fat Fasting Is used by people to help reach Ketosis at a quicker rate. When you do a Fat Fast you are consuming roughly around 1,000 calories which you guess It comes from Fat. Most people who do a fat fast will do an egg fast for 3-5 days.

Protein

With Keto you want to consume moderate Protein. protein should be high enough to maintain muscle when carb intake is low, especially during weight loss. To calculate your protein needs on a ketogenic lifestyle, multiply your ideal body weight in pounds by 0.55 to 0.77 (1.2 to 1.7 in kilograms). For example, if your ideal body weight is 130 pounds (59 kg), your protein intake should be 71–100 grams.

Links

 

Here are some links to recipes and where you can find me at and where I got my Pruvit Reboot Kit from. Disclaimer Some links are affiliate links but I do not make money If you click or buy anything from the affiliated links.

Chia Seed Pudding

(Link to the best Keto mousse around) Keto Mousse

(Links to Day 1 & 2 Of the Keto Reboot) Pruvit Keto Reboot Day 1

Pruvit keto reboot (Day 2) + Recap

(Where I bought the Reboot Kit From) katherineann.pruvitnow.com OR Katherineann.shopketo.com

How you can Reach her If you are Interested In doing the Reboot or If you have any questions on going Keto for the first time.  (Her Facebook) Katherine Serenbetz (@pruvitwithkat) There she posts everything from nutrition, recipes, at home workouts, and one on one consultation about your fitness and nutrition goals.

Her Instagram:  pruvitwithkat

I do hope you stick around as I put out sometimes shitty content (SOMETIMES) other times I post educational, Informative things. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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