For a long time I’ve been postponing the start of the activities of this blog, because I was still deciding between what language I would start writing. First I thought of writing it entirely in English, aimed at conveying information to as many people as possible for all over the internet, but at the same time, feeling the obligation to take the knowledge about the Ketogenic diet and lifestyle to all Brazilians. But, I want more… I want to spread this message to all over the world!
I started my interest in nutrition when I was overweight during my teenage years, where I sought for answers, and found only in a very contradictory way. Always with the investigative spirit up, I decided to test any type of diet in myself to see which one best suits to my needs, and I can say I’ve tried every single diet in this planet, to finally find the Ketogenic Diet.
Our mission as a blog
The main purpose of this blog is to present arguments, studies and citations involving the Ketogenic Diet for discussion among the visitors and readers. As we can see, there is a lack of more detailed studies under the ketogenic state, so our the main goal is to always present unbiased information, showing and analyzing all the information available, so you can take your own conclusion.
Our another proposal is also to present some personal N=1 experiments that I made along some years on the Ketogenic Diet, using myself as body of evidence (hence comes the name of the blog), where we will discuss the results during the posts. These results helped me to find some patterns and to better understand the metabolic interactions of my own body with the food. I kindly invite all the readers to participate in our discussions, express their opinions, and always to report their own experience with the Ketogenic Diet, as this will certainly help others to find the perfect health and wellness.
But after all, what is the Ketogenic Diet?
Basically, the Ketogenic Diet consists in a diet based on high fat, moderate protein and very low in carbohydrates. This diet was first used in medicine to treat cases of epilepsy in children becaise this type of diet forces the body to use fat as an energy source instead of carbohydrates. Typically, the carbohydrates contained in foods are converted into “glucose”, which is transported throughout the body where it plays the primary role of supplying the energy demand of the brain. However, if there is little or no available carbohydrate, the liver starts to process the fat present in the body, transforming it into fatty acids and ketone bodies. When present, these ketone bodies are also transported to the brain, where they replace glucose as primary energy source. When moving to its high number of ketones in the bloodstream, this phenomenon characterizes a metabolic condition called “KETOSIS”, from which it is known that it leads to a sharp reduction in the frequency of attacks epileptics, and also a number of other numerous health benefits.
Originally, the Ketogenic Diet therapy developed for pediatric epilepsy provides enough protein for body only growth and repair of tissues, and enough calories to maintain the correct weight for age and height. The classical ketogenic diet containing a ratio of 4:1 (although the ratio of 3:1 has also been widely used) by weight of protein fat and carbohydrates combined. This is achieved by excluding carbohydrate foods, such as fruits, vegetables, starch, bread, pasta, grains and sugar, while increasing the consumption of high fat foods such as nuts, cream and butter. Thus, an individual’s diet will be comprised between 80% and 90% of calories from fat, respectively.
Want to know more?
There are numerous studies that show a lot of health benefit when following a ketogenic diet, including natural and progressive weight loss. We will discuss more in depth all the features of this diet over the posts of this blog, so stay tuned!