A diet that will make you go happy, thin and 'SAY CHEESE!

Happy Cheese Lover Day

 

There are multitudes of fad diets that are available in the market but their authenticity and workability are always under question. Hollywood fad diets like consuming only juices deprive you of basic nutrients and work only for short spans. It, in fact, leads to faster weight gain and makes you bloat quicker.

Ketogenic diet or diet that makes you indulge in cheese and dairy products is often known as a low carb high-fat diet that shocks your body into a ketosis state. Ketosis is a natural process in which the body produces ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.

When you eat something high in carbs, your body produces glucose and insulin. Glucose, being the easiest molecule to convert into an energy source for your body, gets chosen over any other energy source in our body. Through insulin, the glucose in our body gets processed in our bloodstream. Thus, the fats that we consume remain stored in our body causing a sensation of bloating and creates weight gain issues.

When you deprive your body of any carbohydrates and sugar content of any sorts, your body looks for other sources from which it can get the energy to perform its daily functions. This is when your body turns to ketones which, as mentioned above, are produced due to the breakdown of fats in the liver. The weight loss happens by restricting your daily calorie needs and thus your body is forced to use stored fats in your body which also results in instant inch loss. The idea behind a ketogenic diet is not starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates.

Avoidance of complex or refined carbohydrates is a must in this diet. Whatever carbohydrates one gets in this diet should be from the leafy green vegetables and nuts. The diet should constitute the following macros:  70% fats, 25% proteins and 5% carbohydrates. However, it is imperative that one calculates and follows the macros, as stated above, religiously in order to get into ketosis.

Do Not Eat

  • Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.
  • Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.
  • Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
  • Vegetables with high sugar content like potato, yams, etc.

Do Eat

  • Meats – fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, etc.
  • Leafy Greens – spinach, kale, etc.
  • Above ground vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
  • High Fat Dairy – hard cheeses, high fat cream, butter, etc.
  • Nuts and seeds – macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Avocado
  • Sweeteners – stevia and monk fruit.
  • Other fats – coconut oil, high-fat salad dressing, saturated fats, etc.

 

One needs to consume micronutrients such as vitamins, zinc and Omega-3 such as cod liver oil in order to make up for the lack of micronutrients in the ketogenic diet.

When you are the body is transitioning to a Keto based diet, you might go through a phase called ‘Keto Flu’ in which you may feel a sense of drowsiness, cramps and constipation. A strong advice given by dieticians is to have at least a gallon of water during this diet for a smooth transition.

Post adjusting to this diet, your body will feel less bloated, you will have a balanced state of mind, controlled blood sugar increased energy and normalized hunger, control over cholesterol and blood pressure and improved insulin levels, and a clearer skin.

So all cheese lovers UNITE and follow this fantabulous diet starting from this ‘Cheese Lovers’ Day’!