Everyone is going crazy for the Keto diet. Keto bombs, bulletproof coffee, keto bars, keto, keto, keto … hold up!

Ya’ll are making me nervous here!

There are some fabulous reasons why the ketogenic diet can be a good choice for you, however, it is NOT a good choice for everyone. If you are hearing about keto and wondering if you should embark on this adventure, it is important for you to know more about what it entails.

What are ketosis and the Keto Diet?

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body.

The classic Ketogenic Diet has been in existence since the 1920s. Its original design focused on using ratios of 3 or 4 grams of fat for every 1 g of protein and carbohydrate combination in the diet to achieve strong and consistent ketosis. Proteins are calculated to provide an appropriate intake for overall growth and repair, while carbs are added to make up the remaining small portion of calories that is typically less than 20 g a day. Since then, less restrictive yet still effective versions have become available using ratios of 2:1 or even 1:1 (2g of fats to 1g protein/carbs).

Who can benefit from ketogenics?

The Ketogenic Diet has shown positive results in conditions such as ALS, obesity, Type II Diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, and other disorders in which seizures are typical. However, it is highly recommended that you do a complete blood work panel (either through BeWell or your primary physician) before embarking on this journey to check your overall liver, gallbladder, and kidney function, as well as overall health.

If you do NOT follow this diet accurately, you can cause serious, long term damage.

How it works

Being in ketosis means that the lower intake of carbohydrates cause blood sugar levels to drop and therefore the body uses fat and fat stores as energy rather than incoming glucose. In a society where we are very carb heavy, it’s difficult to see how you would get by with under 20g of carbs a day.

The majority of foods in a healthy ketogenic diet should include the following:

• Animal Protein
• Eggs
• Cheese
• Fish and shellfish Butter
• Oils (coconut, extra virgin olive, avocado, MCT from coconut oil)
• Nuts, seeds, and nut butter
• TONS of veggies!

Must Do’s For The Ketogenic Diet

BLOOD WORK FIRST Have a complete blood work panel and your overall health checked before you begin.

MONITORING: Ketosis (ketone levels) should be monitored by