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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Are High Protein Diets Useful for Weight Loss?

Are High Protein Diets Useful for Weight Loss?

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There is much debate around this hot topic and justifiably so. To the common person with little nutritional knowledge, carbs and fats are what make you put on weight right? Protein takes longer to break down and keeps you fuller for longer and therefore it must be the answer. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Before we delve into this discussion lets take a few steps backwards and define the key components. What are Proteins Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are made up of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulphur. Percentage-wise, 43% of our body’s protein is in our muscle, 15% in our skin and 16% in our blood. Amino acids transform from primary to secondary to tertiary and then finally to its quaternary structure, where…
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