The Lowdown on Ketogenic Diets

The Lowdown on Ketogenic Diets

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Ketogenic diets are becoming increasingly popular. As a weight-loss tool, as a performance enhancer and for other health benefits. No matter the reason behind your consideration of the ketogenic diet, it is useful to understand the relevant evidence behind it. What is the Ketogenic Diet? The ketogenic diet is a high fat, very low carbohydrate diet.  It involves decreasing your carbohydrate intake to the point that it puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, you body becomes more efficient at burning fat for energy. Ketones are also produced, which can be used an energy source. The standard ketogenic diet traditionally looks something like 80% of calories coming from fat, 15% coming from protein and 5% coming from carbs. A more common take on the diet…
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What Is a Mediterranean Diet and What Are the Benefits?

What Is a Mediterranean Diet and What Are the Benefits?

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What is the Mediterranean Diet? The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating based on traditional foods and drinks of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The archetypal traditional ‘Cretan’ Mediterranean diet was first established three decades ago as a cardio-protective diet in the Seven Countries Study. Keys and co-workers found that residents in Crete in Greece had the lowest mortality from heart disease and this was positively associated with their dietary pattern. This traditional dietary pattern is characterized by an abundance of plant-based foods such as leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, whole grain cereals, nuts and seeds, olive oil used as the main added dietary fat, moderate amounts of low-fat dairy products, fish and seafood, smaller quantities of red meat and red wine to be consumed in…
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