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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Washington Times: carbohydrates are killing us

Finally on a mainstream media: carbohydrates are killing us. Most recent articles on newspapers started to demonize sugar, but blaming all the obesity and metabolic disorders epidemic just on sugar is misleading. This article, written by a cardiologist, put everything in perspective and shows how is grains (even “whole” grains) that clog our arteries and not fat.

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Fasting and over training could stall your weight loss

I get it, you want to lose those kilograms in excess as soon as possible, you’ve read a lot of articles and blogs about keto and low carb diet, and you are keen to experiment with fasting. It’s all good, but – as always – the devil is in the details. If you put on weight for the last 10 years, it’s not reasonable to expect to lose them in a few weeks. I’m not saying you can’t (actually many people have had spectacular results with a properly done keto diet), I’m just saying “do not exaggerate”. Skipping a meal seems an easy way to reduce calories and accelerate your… Read More

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A quick start guide to paleo/low carb/keto

Whatever your reason to embrace the low carb lifestyle (we use low carb here as a general term to include also keto and paleo), you must keep in mind that for our general well being is important not only to nourish our bodies with fresh real food, but also to get off the hamster wheel of the modern world. 1. EAT FRESH REAL FOOD Stay away as much as possible from processed food and carbohydrates, legumes, seed oils and soy products. Eat plenty of grass fed/pastured meat, preferably beef, lamb and game. Enjoy a variety of vegetables, free range eggs, seafood and good fats (extra virgin olive oil, grass fed… Read More

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Weight loss tied to less knee pain for obese people, who would have thought it?

Science at its best: a new research¬† suggests that obese people with knee osteoarthritis, a painful joint disease, may find greater symptom relief when they lose larger amounts of weight than when they shed fewer kilos. Being obese is a mess for your whole body, not only your internal organs are stressed but your joints need to support a weight much higher than the one they were evolved to do. Inflammation cause a havoc in your system and exacerbate issues like osteoarthritis or back pain. The solution is simple: lose weight. Get rid of inflammatory grains and legumes, eat real food with plenty of healthy protein and fats.  

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Protein? Better too much that not enough

Proteins are the basic building material of our muscles, and the most important macro nutrient in our food. Still, in the keto world, there are a few misinformed person who are actively pushing for a low protein version of the ketogenic diet. Now, a very strict and low protein ketogenic diet is used to treat some serious pathologies, cancer included, but it should only be done under the supervision of a doctor because the goal is to treat the pathology, and the side effects of a low protein diet when you have cancer don’t seem so important. But if you are part of the remaining 99.99% of the people eating… Read More

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Stay away from sugar free food (if you don’t know how to read a label)

So you started keto last week, and you are looking for keto substitutes of the food that you used to eat. Well, don’t do it. Unless you know what you are doing and how to properly read the ingredients and nutritional values of commercial food, you should stick with meat and veggies, at least until you are close to your ideal weight. The fact is, nutritional labels are often wrong, being it by design or by mistake, and even when they are correct they can be very deceiving. Let’s have a look at Fountain Tomato Sauce No Added Sugar, sold at Woolworths. It has to be good for a keto… Read More

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What do I need to start a low carb or keto diet

Let’s be honest here. If you are reading¬† this post or one of the many groups on Facebook about a low carb or keto, you already did the most important step: you realized you have a problem. Luckily for you, it’s an easy one to solve. There is no way around it, and anyone less than direct and brutally honest with you won’t do you any favour. If you are fat or obese, your life will be miserable and very likely shorter. Always tired, often sick, your joints will suffer and you’ll probably eventually need a knee or hip replacement, you’ll most likely become diabetic with all the risks involved… Read More

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A device to stop you smelling food to lose weight

At the last European Congress on Obesity (ECO), Beck Medical introduced a device designed to suppress the ability to smell and therefore reducing the appetite. The device look pretty much like some ear plugs designed to fit in the nose, and it practically stops the smell of food without affecting the ability to breath. Please don’t laugh: the same guys that repeat every day that a low carb diet is wrong and harmful are working hard to bring us those wonders of technology and medicine…

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A calorie isn’t a calorie

This seems to be the hottest topic on low carb and keto forums around the world: is the old paradigm of “a calorie is a calorie” still valid or you can eat all the fat that you want and still lose weight if you stay under 25 grams of carbs per day? Please, bear with me, this is a topic that can’t have a short answer. How are calories measured? Calories in the macro nutrients of food are measured in a lab, practically burning the carbs, fats or proteins and measuring the heat generated. It’s a bit like in your fireplace, where a pine log will produce less heat that… Read More

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