What is Keto diet?

A few weeks ago I was invited by Vitanja to a workshop where they presented a new treatment of body, mind and soul with upgrading biohacks to improve nutrition and grow personality. Vitanja’s lifestyle were tried, tested and proven to help enhance your physical, mental and emotional performance, and help you become the best & authentic version of yourself and it’s running by two amazing girls, Anja, 36, ​Founder and ​Food ​Designer and Egle, 31, Co-founder and Head of Marketing at Vitanja.

Anja will soon complete her certification in traditional Coaching for Nutrition and Fitness at SAFS & BETA, and the BSA Academy in Germany, among others. At a number of vegan culinary schools, raw dessert, superfood, gluten-/sugar-/diary-free and plant based chef courses, she learnt and laid the foundation for the food designs that her body and mind was so craving for: the sweet yet healthy sins. Today, she’s a Certified Bulletproof and ICF Coach with profound knowledge on the ketogenic diet and human potential development. Same as Anja, Egle will also be soon a certified Bulletproof Coach, and now she’s a successful Marketing Professional with an MSc Degree in International Development and experience working in impact investing, tech and finance. But if you’re interested to get to learn know about them you can read more on their homepage: www.vitanja.com. 

Coming back to the subject, I’d like to tell you in today’s blogpost more about keto diet, which I learnt in the workshop at Vitanja. So, what is k​eto diet exactly?  A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc.

When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin.

  • Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
  • Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.

Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates.

Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits. What are the benefits from a keto diet?

  • ​H​eart health: ketogenic diets increas level of good cholesterol and also lower triglyceride levels in the blood, which are major risk factor in heart disease.
  • Blood sugar and insulin: blood sugar level reduce dramatically as does the insulin you produce to deal with it.
  • Appetite: a properly implemented ketogenic diet has the added benefit of curbing hunger pangs through its unique action in suppressing the hunger hormone Ghrelin. Hunger is by far the biggest obstacle in most weight reduction diet plans.
  • ​Mood stabilizing: It’s no secret that if you feed a child sugary treats and beverages that you can expect a degrees of hyper behaviour and mood swings followed by a sudden crash. This is no different with adults. Though by the time a person has aged the physical aspect of this spike has turned purely mental. No such on a ​k​eto ​d​iet.
  • Longer lasting energy: Fat has the benefit of giving our bodies a longer lasting and sustained energy than that of carbohydrates. This is probably why many elite athletes in sporting fields of duration have turned to a higher fat lower carb way of eating to fuel their bodies.

If you want to learn more about ​k​etogenic ​diet or like to cook vegan, sugar​​free or raw food you can visit their webpage where you can find​ ​delicious and healthy recipes. And also if you’re interested about an upgrad​ing​ body, mind and soul​, don’t hesitate to contact Anja or Egle via Instagram  or email: info@vitanja.com.

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Wish you all a great weekend!

xx C.

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