<thrive_headline click tho-post-10844 tho-test-68>How to Get Into Ketosis Fast</thrive_headline>

How to Get Into Ketosis Fast

Originally published on HVMN by  Ryan Rodal

The ketogenic diet is currently one of the most popular nutrition strategies in America. With its low-carbohydrate emphasis, and its ability to boost how the body can use fat as an energy source, many people have turned to keto when other diets failed them.

Getting into ketosis is a process that can take weeks of dieting or days of fasting. It requires dedication and strict adherence to the keto lifestyle. However, there are a few techniques that can get you into a state of ketosis faster. Let’s first explore the biological mechanisms of ketosis before diving into how to arrive there faster.

Ketogenic Diet Basics

One piece of vocabulary to highlight: ketosis simply means the body has elevated ketone levels, generally agreed upon as over 0.5mM. This can happen through two processes.

The first is through diet or fasting, in which the body produces its own ketones and is in a “ketogenic” state (called endogenous ketosis). The second is when the body receives ketones from an external source, such as a ketone drink like HVMN Ketone (called exogenous ketosis). Though the body is in a state of ketosis through exogenous means, it isn’t ketogenic because it’s not producing its own ketones.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8935 tho-test-67>Do we Have to Count Calories?</thrive_headline>

Do we Have to Count Calories?

Let’s clarify some concepts before starting:

What is a calorie?

Calorie is a unit of energy. The energy contained in food is expressed as calories.

How are the calories in food calculated?

This measurement is made in laboratories, through instruments called calorimeters.

Basically inside the calorimeter the food is burned and the energy released in the combustion is measured.

What is the theory of the energetic balance?

It is the dogma that has dominated the explanation about how we gain weight and how we lose weight.

It is an equation determined by the energy that enters our body (calories that enter: what we eat) and the energy that comes out (calories that come out: exercise, basal metabolism and other energy costs) Continue reading Do we Have to Count Calories?

<thrive_headline click tho-post-8624 tho-test-66>Is the Keto Diet Good For Sleep?</thrive_headline>

Is the Keto Diet Good For Sleep?

What Exactly Is the Keto Diet?

The keto diet, which researchers clinically define as high fat, moderate protein and very low carb eating, forces the body to go into a state of catabolism. This means that the body breaks down its own fat stores for energy.

 

How Does the Keto Diet Impact Weight Loss?

For some people it can produce rapid weight loss of around two to five kilos. This happens when your body switches from its regular metabolic state to Ketosis in the first two weeks of this diet. This initial period lasts a few weeks, and is largely explained by water-weight loss, then followed by fat loss.

Fortunately, research has highlighted the diet’s capacity to preserve lean muscle mass, compared with low-fat diets. So, you’re more likely to maintain a higher metabolic rate, which in turn, keeps your fat burning even when you are sleeping.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8741 tho-test-64>Basics For Starting a Low Carb Diet</thrive_headline>

Basics For Starting a Low Carb Diet

Low carb diets have become popular because they are an easy way to lose weight fast.

But, before starting on this eating plan, educate yourself on the types of foods you can eat.

It is also helpful to have a quick reference guide for counting the grams of carbs in various foods.

In the beginning stages of the diet, you will want to limit your daily net carb count at about 30 grams. Net carbs are the total carbs minus the fiber.

The daily carb intake varies so you will need to determine the best level for you to continue losing weight. The key is to eat fewer carbohydrates than your body burns in a day. Typically, the carbs can be slowly increased as long as weight loss continues.

People with slower metabolisms will need to keep the carb count extremely low for the duration of the diet in order to continue to lose weight.

Taking a supplement to boost metabolism or consulting a doctor regarding prescription medications may be required if ongoing weight loss becomes difficult. Continue reading Basics For Starting a Low Carb Diet

<thrive_headline click tho-post-8662 tho-test-63>6 Nutrition Myths Unveiled – Update 2019</thrive_headline>

6 Nutrition Myths Unveiled – Update 2019

Did you know that many of the diet and nutrition myths you know are totally false?

Don’t feel bad because even those who study nutrition have had to relearn and update us in all these myths!

But the good thing is that you are updating soon. Today you are getting updated with the truth and the facts. Because these nutrition myths have been proven false after many scientific studies and research.

 

Myth #1: Fats makes us FAT

The myth that fat makes us fat and causes cardiovascular disease problems is a completely false myth. This myth is a consequence of a poorly performed study that unfortunately has caused severe consequences in our health.

It’s not the fat that causes us your problem, it’s the carbohydrates and the sugars!

In a previous article I talked about the benefits of fats in our diet and why we should include them.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8619 tho-test-62>Weight Loss and Other Health Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet</thrive_headline>

Weight Loss and Other Health Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

If you have been checking out weight loss diets, it is highly unlikely that you haven’t come across the ketogenic diet. If not, on my last article I talk more in depth about what is the Keto diet and how you can start living a keto lifestyle.

The ketogenic diet or keto diet focuses on drastically cutting down carbohydrates and increasing the intake of proteins and fats. The whole premise of the keto diet is restricting carbohydrates instead of calories. When there are fewer carbs, your body breaks down fat as the main source of energy.

This leads to effective weight loss. But it’s not just weight loss that a ketogenic diet can help you achieve. A lot of studies have been conducted on how a keto diet can help and even prevent certain diseases.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8621 tho-test-61>Ketogenic Diet Explained</thrive_headline>

Ketogenic Diet Explained

Wondering what is the ketogenic diet?

I want you to understand how it works, how to create your own keto diet meal plan from scratch, and both its benefits and its risks.

I believe an unbiased explanation of keto is rare to come, because throughout all of history there have always been those people that would turn a diet almost into a religion or a cult. That happened before with Atkins, the South beach diet, and this is happening right now with the ketogenic diet.

This ultimately leads to a lot of misconceptions about the diet so there are a lot of things that people are doing wrong and you may be making the same mistakes.

What’s the purpose of the ketogenic diet.

The goal is to force the body into a process known as ketosis where fats are predominately burned and used for energy rather than carbohydrates.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8601 tho-test-59>Low Fat Diets Can Be Detrimental To Your Health</thrive_headline>

Low Fat Diets Can Be Detrimental To Your Health

Low-fat diets can create more problems later than they solve in the moment. It sounds logical – eliminate fat to reduce your fat, but this is far from the reality. There’s no point in eliminating your excess weight at the expense of your health, which sadly occurs all too often. Low fat diets often contribute to this.

People feel that a diet that has any fat in at all contributes to weight gain. And that a low or fat free diet is a healthier diet.

If you consume a lot of fried food, this will contribute to weight gain. But there is much more to this topic than meets the eye.

For a start, the type and quality of the fat consumed

This has a huge impact on whether or not you gain weight. For example, canola oil is so unhealthy, it will contribute not only to your weight gain, but to your deteriorating health, too.

Next on the list is how you consume this fat.

For example, olive oil is considered to be a healthy oil, all things considered. But the first pressed, virgin olive oil has far more nutrition than the subsequent pressings resulting in cheaper oils.

Cold pressed oil is far more nutritious too, as heat destroys many of the natural nutrients that are beneficial. The more nutritious an oil is, the less likely it is to cause a problem, such as weight gain or digestive problems.

Highly processed fats, such as hydrogenated fat, create havoc with your health and weight as they are virtually undigestible.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8603 tho-test-60>Six Hormones that Influence Weight Loss in Women</thrive_headline>

Six Hormones that Influence Weight Loss in Women

Combined with a healthy diet, making sure that your body has sufficient amounts of these hormones can help take stubborn weight off.

In general, public discussions about weight loss tend to focus mainly on exercise and diet.

When someone thinks, “I need to lose weight!”, they immediately think up an action plan that involves exercises and a starting a “diet“. Some will take an additional step by hiring a personal trainer. This is a great choice as a good personal trainer can really motivate you to stay on track.

He will usually advise you to follow a healthy eating and help track your food habits. But what these fitness programas omit, is that your hormones can play a very key role in your weight loss success.

Our body produces 50 different types of hormones. Some of which regulate nutritional intake, metabolism and other functions that relate to weight gain and loss.

So, no matter if you are executing your fitness regiment perfectly, if you are experiencing hormonal imbalance, it will inevitably obstruct your progress.

Let’s take a closer look at the six main types of hormones that affect weight issues and what you can do to correct any imbalances.

Insulin

We all require insulin to process the sugars from our food – whether they are added sugar or naturally occurring sugar – and convert them into energy. When we consume carbohydrates, our blood sugar level rises, due to the sugars in carbohydrates like bread, pasta, oatmeal, fruits and vegetables.

High carb foods like bread and pasta cause a bigger spike. On the contrary lower carb foods like most vegetables and some fruits cause smaller rises in blood sugar levels. Someone without hormonal complications will not experience any insulin issues.

However, insulin deficiency causes a chronic problem that we know as diabetes. This means that the sugar in your bloodstream is not being converted into energy and sent to other parts of the body.

However, diabetes patients can also become insulin-resistant, which means that although you may be receiving insulin, not only do you have sugar buildup, but an insulin buildup as well.

Both situations create other problems, and one of these is weight gain.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8556 tho-test-53>A Silent Killer – Inflammation</thrive_headline>

A Silent Killer – Inflammation

Inflammation is a biological response of the body to protect itself. It responds from harmful internal and external stimuli and starts healing. It is a part of the body’s immune system and protects us from infections, wounds and tissue damage.

Inflammation can be acute where it can start quickly and become severe quickly. For example, acute inflammation can cause diseases and conditions like sinusitis, a sore throat from cold, acute bronchitis, etc.

It can be chronic in response to unwanted toxins in the body like cigarette smoke or excess body fat. This may extend from months to years that may lead to conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and non-infectious conditions like tuberculosis, peptic ulcer, hepatitis, etc.

 

What causes chronic inflammation?

  • Stress: Stress causes activity in the brain that can lead to physical pain which may lead to an inflammatory response in the body. Hence, people suffering from stress may experience inflammation.
  • Poor diet: Some foods like simple sugars, high fructose corn syrup, refined flours, trans-fat-rich foods, processed meat, fried foods, etc. can trigger the inflammatory response in the body. So the consumption of these food items should be restricted.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle: Consumption of alcohol, smoking, leading a sedentary life and being overweight creates a stress in the body that triggers an inflammatory response.
  • Pollution: Pollution causes damage to the cells which may cause inflammation.

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