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ABOUT KETO

WHAT IS A KETOGENIC DIET?

A keto diet is a high healthy fat, low carbohydrate diet. It is not a calorie counting diet (calorie in calorie out).

It is known as "ketogenic" because people on this diet switch metabolically from burning glucose as a fuel source to using ketone bodies. The ketone is anti-inflammatory in nature. 

This diet is superior for sustainable weight loss. 

The low carbohydrate, high healthy fat diet has been around for a long time and is not a "fad" diet. As far back as the early 1900s, low carbohydrate diets were used as a way to control type II diabetes. 

It is a way of eating that goes back to how all Australians ate prior to the implementation of the food pyramid and the low-fat craze, during a time that Australians were lean and there was no obesity epidemic.

WHY ISN'T THIS MAINSTREAM?

Unfortunately, there is a misunderstanding of the very safe "nutritional ketosis" and the dangerous diabetic "ketoacidosis". These are two different metabolic states.

There is also a fear and misunderstanding around dietary fat and high cholesterol, with the incorrect notion that high healthy fat means fat gain. This has led to a push for low-fat diets, despite having been debunked by many doctors and cardiologists. A simple blood test can assess risk. 

Additionally, there is heavy lobbying by the grain industry and powerful food companies, who invest strongly in the persistence of the food pyramid or "healthy plate", known as the Australian Dietary Guidelines, despite weak evidence. Whilst there has been no push to change this in the past, there are now those who are challenging these guidelines.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A KETO DIET?

A low carbohydrate, high healthy fat diet is beneficial for the following:

  • Weight loss

  • Type II diabetes

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or polymyalgia rheumatica

  • IBD

  • IBS

  • PCOS

  • Endometriosis

  • Mild cognitive impairment

  • Gout

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Depression and/or anxiety

  • Fertility

 

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Cardiovascular

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gastroenterology

Diabetes

Neurological

Obesity

Neurodiversity and Neuropsychiatry 

Immune System

Cancer