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Enter the Ketotarian

The Ketogenic diet or ‘Keto’ for short is the most recent diet to be featuring on the weight loss circuit.

Historically  Ketogenic diets started back in the 1920’s as a treatment for the control of seizures in patients with epilepsy. Today it is being used by many as a weight management tool and is riding a wave of popularity on social media with #keto having over 11 million posts on Instagram.

Dr Rachel Cheathams recently posted article in Dietitian’s Connection NZ provides a great summary on how this new dietary regime, that replaces carbohydrate for fat, actually works.

Dr Cheatham explains that when the body lacks carbohydrate tor energy stored fat is broken down for fuel instead of glucose creating ketones which provide fuel for the brain and central nervous system.

Ketosis is reached when blood ketone levels are >0.5mmo/L

Read more to find out:

  • How do you know when this ketosis has been reached?
  • What are the side effects and medical concerns?
  • How does this diet compare with national guidelines for a healthy diet?
  • How long are people staying on this high fat diet?

If you would like to discuss your weight or dietary concerns with Lea then do send her an email

If you would like to know more about the effects of high fat diets these articles by Lea may help:

Can a high fat diet improve sports performance?
How to increase the ‘good’ fats in your diet
Can coconut improve our health?

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