Weight Loss- Ketogenic Diet

Losing those unwanted pounds can be a very difficult journey. This is why people often resort to drastic fat removal procedures to instantly get rid of stubborn fat deposits. And one popular procedure that always comes high on the list is liposuction surgery.

The choice is still yours and whether it is through surgery or a more natural route, making the decision should be based on your personal preference. But whatever the choice, consulting a doctor should be the first step of your journey.

For those planning to take the surgical route they must first qualify for treatment. Red flags include people suffering from diabetes mellitus and those with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater. And people with a BMI of 40 or greater.

Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index is used to determine an individual’s weight category and can indicate is the person is underweight or overweight. But this measurement does not indicate the presence of a disease. It can only be used to determine if an individual is at high risk for certain diseases such as heart disease or diabetes in cases of people who are found to be overweight.

BMI is equal to weight in kilograms divided by the square of your height in meters.

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 to 24.9 Normal or Healthy Weight
25.0 to 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

 

The Natural Route

A more personalized or customized approach is given to people choosing to go natural. Personal attitude towards health and lifestyle habits should be thoroughly discussed before any treatment is developed. The best weight loss treatments are based on those that work for the individual. The ultimate success of any weight loss treatment whether surgical or non-surgical is based on the person’s compliance with treatment.

Losing weight is not rocket science. To lose weight, one only needs to eat healthy and live an active lifestyle. But that’s easier said than done.

Ketogenic Diet

A Ketogenic Diet is one which has a low carbohydrate and high protein intake. But this does not simple mean eating a higher percentage of protein or removing carbohydrates from your diet. Ketogenic Diets drastically reduces carbohydrate intake and replaces it with fat. The resulting reduction in carbohydrates places your body into a state of ketosis. This metabolic state causes your body to become more efficient in burning fat for energy and turns fat into ketones in the liver. This also increases energy supply for the brain. A Ketogenic Diet can result to reduction in blood sugar and insulin levels.

Types of Ketogenic Diets

Standard Ketogenic Diet – moderate protein, high fat and very low carb diet. Meals contain 5% carbs, 75% fat and 20% protein.

Targeted Ketogenic Diet – gives you the option of adding carbs during workouts.

Cyclical Ketogenic Diet – this is characterized by cycles of higher carb intake. Example of which is 2 high carb days followed by 5 Ketogenic days.

High Protein Ketogenic Diet- similar to a standard Ketogenic Diet but involves increased protein intake. Meals contain 5% carbs, 35% protein and 60% fat.

Making Weight Loss Successful

Reducing your weight is only one part of the journey. Keeping and maintaining these gains can also be difficult. The secret to keeping these changes is to continue your habits and even work harder.  Healthy diets coupled with exercises is the best way to keep those unwanted fat deposits off.

Eating a healthy diet and living an active lifestyle should become second nature. Your muscles become so adapted to exercising that it doesn’t take much effort for you to move. Exercising is not an option but should be done to complement your shift to a healthier lifestyle. In fact, exercises should increase in time and intensity to increase calorie burning.