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The Keto Diet. Fad or Not?

A couple years ago, a healthy colleague of mine passed away suddenly from a heart attack. This is a guy who worked hard, did well at his job, and played sports.

None of us saw this coming in a million years!

I was consumed with work, tired often, not eating as well as I should have. This death was the eye opener that I needed. I made a commitment to get 30 minutes of exercise everyday and change my eating. Little did I realise that the way I began eating was keto. As I got more committed, I began doing the research and really putting in the work. Soon enough, the results started to show and others sought my help as well along their journey, leading me to become a certified fitness nutrition coach.

Today, the ketogenic diet is the world’s fastest growing way of eating and with good reason. It has been proven when practiced correctly to burn fat, fight cancer, balance hormones and gut bacteria, improve neurological diseases and even increase life span. Unfortunately many are ignorant to several key factors which are crucial to the diet’s success which can often lead to frustration, failure and relapse.

Before you get all excited about the keto diet, there are a few things which you should know!

Ask yourself a few questions.

Are you tired all the time? Depressed? Constipated often? Feeling malaise often?

Are you pre-diabetic or diabetic/ hypertensive? Suffering from PCOS?

There really has to be a better way: a better quality of life.

For centuries civilisations have used food which works WITH our bodies as medicine. Nutrition is a key to the better way that I’m speaking about.

The ketogenic diet is one which actually transforms the way your body uses macronutrients, shifting your main fuel source from carbohydrates to fat.

This is a game changer for people who have long struggled with weight loss, but more than that it has been a method of treatment for persons who are diabetic and epileptic, just ask Halle Berry and Sherry Shepherd who are both diabetic.

Simultaneously, the diet reduces inflammation, balances vital hormones such as insulin and boosts brain health. Since we know too that cancer thrives on sugar, the keto diet creates an environment in which cancer has a difficult time flourishing.

It is a commitment to health!

If you are reading this, you are already curious about the diet and how it may be beneficial to you and possibly someone you love.

It means replacing foods which are in your cupboard and filling up with veggies, herbs, healthy proteins, and wholesome fat; processed carbs and sugar are a no-no!

The keto diet is not a gimmicky fad contrary to the opinion of some nor its sole purpose to slim you down. If vanity pounds are all you hope to lose, then consider another low carb, paleo or whole 360 diet.

You undoubtedly know that we live in an overweight society.

Despite sincere efforts to manage our weight, we are by and large unsuccessful and are still obese. Perhaps now more than ever.

Heavily processed foods contain “obesogens” or toxic chemicals which make us fat. And hidden sugars which hook our brains, mess with our blood sugar, energy, mood and leaving us craving more.

What is the keto way of eating?

It means consuming a healthy mix of macronutrients: high amounts of healthy fat, moderate protein and low, low carbs. I know, it must sound counterintuitive to eat fat to lose fat, right?

The fact is that the right kinds of fat, as shown by studies, actually help you lose stubborn belly fat. These fats include avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, salmon and MCT oil. Those fats are actually good for your heart and brain.

It is a plus as well that they are pretty great tasting. Carbs are generally around 30g per day: super low carb. Without starch and grains, and fruit sugars to which your body would have been used you, you start entering ketosis within a few days which means that your body is starting to burn fat for fuel.

The metabolic state of ketosis is deeply restorative and triggers a cascade of benefits:

  • The body releases less insulin so two things happen: you store less fat and blood sugar levels normalize. This aids diabetics or reduces risk of diabetes.

  • Levels of triglycerides and bad LDL cholesterol fall, while good HDL increases-thereby protecting heart health

  • Your natural ability to fight infection and cancer improves and these need sugar to survive.

  • You achieve optimal brain function by improving the ability of mitochondria- tiny organs in cells which transform fuel into energy- to do their job. Promising new research shows that by maintaining healthy functioning in the brain’s energy centres, ketosis may protect against an array of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's, which science now agrees is Diabetes Type 3, Parkinson’s and epilepsy, to headaches, traumatic brain injuries and sleep disorders.

So, Ready, Set, Keto!

If your chosen way of life is the ketogenic diet, it isn't about bacon and butter. It is about giving your body the veggies, herbs, vitamins, and minerals that are the basic building blocks of health and healthy living.

In future writings, I’d be happy to share more about my mission to help to create a more robust and healthy world.

The fact that you are reading this, suggests that you too are ready for change and welcome to a better way. As said before, it may not be for you, but we can also discuss other effective diets as not everything is for everyone. Always discuss your health and diet changes with your doctor.

Dionne Williams is a certified Fitness Nutrition coach, avid gym goer and fitness enthusiast.

She also owns and operates Full Circle Nutrition, formerly called The Keto Kook.

Full Circle Nutrition makes it easier than ever to enjoy healthy and nutritious meals for persons on the go. The company offers meals to fit a range of dietary patterns, including a variety of low calorie, ketogenic, paleo, plant-based, and low carb options. Easy to follow meal plans are also available online. For service and professional enquiries, please call 4855874 or email:

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Health Disclaimer:

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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