Constipation on keto: you are doing it wrong!

It’s a touchy subject, and one of the most popular on several keto groups on Facebook. Constipation seems to be one of the common side effects of a ketogenic diet, but is really true? Removing carbohydrates sources from the average Western diet is often compensated by eating more vegetables. Vegetables are good, right? Doctors tell us to eat more and more vegetables, fibre have to be good for us, right? Wait a minute, aren’t they the same doctors who tell us to eat a low fat, high carb diet, avoid saturated fats and use seed oils? I’m afraid the recommendations for more fibre in our diet have pretty much the… Read More

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One, two or three meals per day?

This is another recurrent question amongst people following a keto or low carb diet. Fact is, there is no definitive answer, simply because it all depends on your goals. If you are obese or you have quite a lot of fat to lose, eating twice a day in a restricted window of time is often the best option in the long term, and one meal a day could be even better if your appetite is kept well under control during the day. Eating fewer times, even better if in a short time frame, helps significantly with weight loss, and it’s recommended for the vast majority of the population: that means… Read More

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Is keto used just to lose weight?

Probably the most common misconception about keto is about its purpose. It’s quite understandable that most people would think that a keto diet is used just to lose weight, after all all other diets are seen as a temporary way to reach a certain goal and not a permanent lifestyle. But what many do not understand is that you can be in deep ketosis and actually gain weight! How is that even possible? Well, the whole idea of CICO (Calorie In, Calorie Out) as outlined by the standard definition of calories of each macro nutrient, is flawed, because apart from the caloric intake, the effect of proteins, fats and carbohydrates… Read More

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Healthier for longer with more omega-3 (or with less omega-6)

Higher serum levels of serum omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) are associated with healthy aging in adults, defined as survival without chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, lung disease, or severe chronic kidney disease, a new study suggests. And while this seems certainly true, it doesn’t mean you must run to your computer to order some omega-3 oil supplement. It’s important to keep in mind that the amount of omega-3  you should get with your diet to get optimal benefits largely depends on your omega-6 consumption. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids have different roles, and they are both beneficial but it’s paramount to keep their ratio to a certain level.… Read More

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Sweden: obese kids have higher rates of metabolic syndrome

More than a quarter (26%) of apparently fit 6-year-old children in Sweden have at least one metabolic risk factor requiring action, according to researchers. Not surprisingly, Dr. Emma Kjellberg of the Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg found that kids in the higher-weight groups were significantly more likely to be insulin resistant than the normal weight group (28% vs. 5%). This was also the case for high triglycerides (8% vs. 0%). Children with high waist circumferences had significantly higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure than those with normal waist circumferences. If that sounds scary enough, it’s because it is. We are talking about 6 years old kids with all the sign of… Read More

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How the carnivore Mongols conquered the World

At one point in history, the Mongol Empire was so vast that it stretched from Europe to the Yellow Sea. It was one of the biggest empires in history, and it was created by tribes of essentially carnivore tribesmen. “A Mongol will eat more than 10 pounds of meat at one sitting”, wrote Weston A. Price, “but some have been known to devour an average-sized sheep in 24 hours…although he can live for days without food, yet, when once he gets it, he will eat enough for seven.” Being nomadic tribes, the diet of Mongols consisted almost exclusively of meat and fermented dairy, allowing them to ride horses for days… Read More

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How to make billions with a evidence-free drug

Jerome Burn, a long time health journalist, writes: “Over two million prescriptions were written for the cholesterol lowering drug ezetimibe in 2011, even though there is no evidence that it does anything to reduce the risk of heart disease, which is (surely) the only reason you would take it… “It’s been available on the NHS for ten years and in 2011 taxpayers spent 71 million pounds on those prescriptions. Worldwide sales are about two billion annually. “It’s topical because last month the makers Merck paid out 688 million dollars to settle claims in America that it had defrauded shareholders by withholding the results of a negative trial in 2008. “The… Read More

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Eat meat, save the world

The vegan movement is pushing harder and harder for everyone to embrace their vision of the world, and one of their key points is that only a plant based diet could be sustainable for our overpopulated planet. But is it true? Nor really, not even close, as the brilliant documentary The magic pill and other showed in easy understandable terms. In this video, Ketogeek interviews Steve Gabriel on Silvopasture about how to grow healthy meat while building stable ecological systems and reversing climate change at the same time. VIDEO

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Dr. Shawn Baker: creating a community of carnivores

I love vegetables. A mixed green leaves salad with thinly sliced red onion, a few cherry tomato, kalamata olives, seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and a dash of apple cider vinegar is the perfect complement of a juicy steak. But I have to admit it: it doesn’t agree with me as much as meat. I can easily eat one kilogram of beef and feel great after the meal (well, after my usual espresso, I’m still a wog at heart…), but if I have more than a little bit of veggies I feel bloated. Nothing major, of course, not comparable to the sleepy feeling you have after eating carbs, but… Read More

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