You must have heard about the ketonegenic diet before. If not, it’s worth reading this passage about its effects – unfortunately it’s not highly publicised.
Eating by Paleo is a new development (despite the fact that our Stone Age ancestors did the same), so the ketogenic diet seems to be even more unknown to people. At the beginning of the previous century some experiments proved this method an excellent therapy in some cases, such as epilepsy; however, it’s still not acknowleged by western medicine.
What is the ketogenic diet exactly?
It’s a high-fat diet, with reduced carbohydrate consumption. While the paleo diet allows the ratio of 70-30% of meat and vegetables, fruits, the ketogenic diet allows meat in 80 % and vegetables and egg only 20 %.
How does this diet work?
Due to the absence (or lower amount) of carbohydrates fat doesn’t break down in the normal metabolism – body produces energy from it.
What are you allowed to eat?
The ketogenic diet could be called the stricter paleo diet; gluten, dairy, legumes are out!
What can be eaten: loads of meat, fat, egg and some vegetables made for salad or boiled. (lettuce, squash, corgettes, mushrooms, onions etc.)
Fruits should be avoided; and the only sweetener which can be used is erythritol.
Omega 3 should be taken additionally, because of its very strong anti-inflammatory effect; vitamin D intake should be taken care of as well.
A high-dose multivitamin supplement is recommended, on daily basis (choose a better quality product instead of a cheaper but ineffective multivitamin).
Who should choose the ketogenic diet?
First of all, those who suffer from epilepsy, autoimmune diseases or have cancer or some kind of tumor. The ketogenic diet can be maintained up to 2 years.
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