What could be better than cooling down on a hot summer day with a tall, icy glass of sweet lemonade? You may crave the taste of your childhood with syrupy drinks, but as more and more research surfaces about the danger of eating excess sugar, it’s time to rethink our favourite snacks and think about a better alternative for our children. Here we’ll look at the ketogenic diet as a way to eat less sugar and ways to help you stick to this eating plan.
What Is The Ketogenic Diet?
As opposed to all the low-carb, high protein diets out there, the ketogenic diet is actually a high-fat diet. The dietary guidelines are about 70% fats, 25% protein and 5% carbs per day.
The point of this diet is to allow your body to reach ketosis. Because you are not providing enough sugar for your body to use as energy, it is then forced to break down stored fat cells. Not only can losing weight help your health but going on a ketogenic also has many cognitive benefits. In fact, this diet is even recommended for children with epilepsy because of the benefits to the brain.
However, if you have diabetes, this diet can be dangerous. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any lifestyle change.
Easier Than You Might Think
If you’re a carb-a-holic you may not believe it, but it’s true that going on a ketogenic diet may be easier than you think. However, there are 2 major hurdles to clear before getting fully immersed in the keto lifestyle.
1. The Keto Flu
As your body gets used to being on the ketogenic diet, you may experience flu-like symptoms. It can be discouraging, but there are ways to get through it while sticking to the diet. Many people attribute their success on getting through this difficult time by using a natural plant product. Take a look at reports at www.reviewcritic.org/ to see various ketogenic products and the differences between them.
2. Breaking Your Sugar Addiction
During the first two weeks, you will still be craving your usual sugary staples. It’s a difficult period but if you can get through them, your tastes will change and you will become more sensitive to sugar and therefore not need as much of it.
Ways to successfully break your sugar addiction include:
- Staying hydrated – Think you’re always hungry? You may actually be thirsty. If you are not hydrated properly, you will always to be looking to put something else in your mouth. Concentrate on drinking water throughout the day and you will surprise yourself by not being as hungry as you normally are.
- Meal planning – Don’t wait until you’re starving to start looking for food. Make sure your house is stocked with good, healthy food and that you always have snacks at the ready.
- Enlist a friend – Studies show that sticking to a diet is really all in your mind. Give yourself all the positive mental energy you can by enlisting a friend who is committed to this lifestyle as well. Motivate each other and have fun in order to reach your goals.
With type 2 diabetes on the rise, cutting out sugar is not just essential for our health but also for the little ones in our lives. Modelling an eating lifestyle that is low in sugar can help inspire our children to reach for low-sugar alternatives to their favourite snacks.
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