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What is it and why is it an important part of ketosis? Ketosis… It’s a bit of a hot topic. Is it good, is it bad? What does it mean and how do you do it properly?
I’m all about getting to the bottom of things. And usually I do this through trial and error! Read more about that on my recent post The Gut Repair Program – A Nutritionists take.
Through my own gut healing process I had to revaluate my eating lifestyle and find a new normal. I’m not a huge fan of labels but I guess you could somewhat call it a ‘keto diet’ or ‘paleo-based diet’.
The ketogenic diet is a dietary lifestyle that looks at predominately using fats as fuel, moving away from our traditional fuel source – glucose from carbohydrates.
and low-to-no carb.
A ketogenic or low carb diet puts your body into ketosis, a state where we burn fats over sugar/glucose as our energy source. This results in rapid weight loss for most individuals, which has resulted in the diets popularity.
Being in a prolonged state of ketosis can be damaging on the body. You definitely can have too much of a good thing.
The aim for cyclical ketosis is to bring our body out of the cycle, to give it a hearty, healthy dose of carbohydrates and remind it that it’s not actually starving (which is what initiates ketosis). Healthy, complex carbohydrates also have their benefit in the body, and it’s important to ensure balance, even if it’s not in the traditional sense.
As a person that practices somewhat of a cyclical keto/paleo-based diet, I’m a big advocate for doing it properly. I can go days without carbohydrates but I’ll never restrict and I’m conscious about ensuring I break the cycle every couple of days.
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