Halal ketogenic kosher vegan dieting

Everyone, at one time or another, thinks about dieting.There are so many diets to choose from. There are at least 38 different diets that deem some worthiness. There are actually hundreds of dietary methods. Dieting and choosing a diet often seems punitive and often require lifestyle discipline. For most, the menu is confusing. For many, it has been coded by deities. Is one better than the other?

There are many faiths and religions covering billions of people that faithfully follow divine diets. People seem to follow diets based on godliness than health and wellness. Are they healthy in today’s times? Were they ever designed for the healthy lifestyles we seek?

Indeed, virtually all diets require enduring faith. For many people, religions have established blueprints with no second-guessing. But do those diets deliver health benefits or were they designed to counter pantheist and pagan cultures that lived concurrently? Diets often tend to fail but, with help of gods, faith is often more esteemed than will.

Diet is considered a four-letter word. Diet isn’t one of those words .For many people in western civilization, to follow a diet as a healthy lifestyle, is considered a torrid road to Inferno. Historically, dietary lifestyles were bound by divinity, evolution of tools (i.e. veganism), and science (i.e. ketogenic). The latter trail behind lifestyle followers of those that have divine origins. We will be discussing Islamic Halal, Jewish Kosher, Garden of Eden’s Vegan, and scientific Ketogenic.

Over 1-1/2 billion people follow halal and kosher dietary rules that have come from divine origin. There are also special dietary laws for Buddhism, and Hinduism. Christianity did not develop elaborate dietary rules and customs. This probably grew out of the controversy between the Judaic and Greek Christians and the Roman church during the earliest years of Christianity. It is believed that Jesus and Mary followed kosher laws and vegetarian diets.

When it comes to ritually slaughtering meat and the prohibition of pig meat, halal and kosher follow very specific and similar laws. Halal adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Quranran. Virtually all vegetarian cuisine is halal if it does not contain alcohol. The most common example of non-halal (or haram) food is pork (pig meat products). While pork is the only meat that categorically may not be consumed by Muslims (the Quran forbids it Sura 16:115), other foods not in a state of purity are also considered haram (not halal).

Kosher follows specific laws throughout several passages of the Torah or Five Books of Moses.. A kosher species must be slaughtered by a Shochet, a ritual slaughterer. Since Jewish Law prohibits causing any pain to animals, the slaughtering has to be effected in such a way that unconsciousness is instantaneous and death occurs almost instantaneously. In kusher, animals must chew their cud and have a split hoof. Poultry (birds) and fish also have specific rules. All ritually slaughtered must not be from a predator species. In addition, meat and milk must not be consumed together.

The key elements are that health is not subscribed to either halal or kosher, other than the animal must be a healthy one. These rules are found in the scriptures of divine origins. That means fat and cholesterol issues of today, were not included. Nor were mortality statistics or current diseases.

Yet, most Jews and Islamic people have followed these rules for thousands of years, without question. These have been deeply integrated into their lifestyles through setting up homes and abstaining from certain foods. means abstaining from the use of alcohol (Islam) and pork or from things which contain the by-products of those. This accounts to over 1-1/2 billion people following the precepts set a long time ago through divine scriptures.

The divine scriptures have also places a focus on the vegan diet. It begins at the creation of the world. “And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” —Genesis 1:30. It was really afterwards that the Lord starting granting compromises about meat. Vegans, as individuals, usually don’t think about the Genesis quote but following a vegan diet does require some religious fervor.

Vegans have many different motives for choosing an all vegetable, fruit, and grain diet. For those seeking weight loss, some vegans actually gain weight. There is considerable debate whether being vegan is healthy or not. A good vegan diet is still based on calories, nutrition, and activity. Unlike Halal and Kosher, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters are.

Many vegan wannabes make a mistake about vegetarianism and veganism. Like kosher or halal being a vegan follows a strict type of vegetarianism that excludes meat and all animal products. Vegans do not eat meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, or any foods containing them. A vegan diet relies on plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Seeds, as in nuts, are great sources of dietary fats, protein, nutrients that include magnesium. Like kosher and halal, vegans don’t necessarily mimic other non-vegan foods, they create many of their own. Yes, dark chocolate is vegan!

While considered healthy, the Vegan Coach does suggest that vegans choosing weight loss as a goal simple carbs (such as white rice or white pasta) and instead reach for whole grains (like brown rice or whole grain pasta) for lasting energy and to encourage weight loss. DO cut back on your sugar intake. Sugar is bad news and the more you eat the harder it will be to lose weight.

The Vegan Coach notes that some vegans tend to get fat and that is due to consumption of excess carbohydrates (sugars and starches). Everything (other than most dairy, all meat, poultry, and fish) naturally contain carbohydrates. Vegetables, fruits and, especially, grains. Basically all core foods vegan eat. That isn’t necessarily bad.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that carbohydrates make up 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories. So, if you get 2,000 calories a day, between 900 and 1,300 calories should be from carbohydrates. That translates to between 225 and 325 grams of carbohydrates a day. Primary foods with the highest carbohydrates are:
Fruit. Whole fruit and fruit juice.
Grains. Bread, pasta, rice, quinoa, oats, wheat, crackers, and cereal.
Legumes. Beans and other plant-based proteins.
Starchy Vegetables. Potatoes and corn.
Sugar – Processed or Raw table sugar as sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, and maltose.

Excess carbohydrates convert to body fat as storage. If you exceed your calories from carbohydrates, and don’t move, you gain weight over time. Even as a vegan.

Adopting a ketogenic lifestyle turns the vegan diet backwards. Meat, dairy, fish, poultry are staples. Few vegetables, fruits, and grains are consumed. Depriving your body of carbohydrates will be naturally compensated by your body AFTER it uses natural fat storage.

Ketogenic is more of a science based diet that originally was used to curb epilepsy symptoms. The side effect was weight loss and long-term management. Like kosher, halal, and (somewhat) vegan, ketogenic is a lifestyle that doesn’t have any ties to divine commandments. A ketogenic diet is a personal choice and, like vegan, kosher, and halal, must be followed as a lifestyle.

While there are many variables in low-carbohydrate dieting, ketogenic diets work best when you place your body in ketosis. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body. Some people encourage ketosis by following a diet called the ketogenic or low-carbohydrate diet.

What happens when stored fats are used? The liver, kidney, and brain produce just enough of natural body energy sources called ketones that keep your body functioning. Getting your body to do this means reaching consistent ketosis. the daily intake of net carbs required to enter ketosis could vary from 20 to 100 grams per day. Most people, who have experienced ketosis, claim to have reached that state at about 20-50 grams of net carbs per day. It varies per person. 50 grams is equivalent to a cup of coffee with milk and 2 spoons of sugar OR 1 bagel dry.

A net-carbohydrate is calculated by subtracting the food’s fiber content from the total carbohydrates. Suppose you have a can of beans (that strangely yields about 3 servings). Each serving has 20 grams total carbohydrates. There are 8 grams of fiber per serving. The net-carb (total minus fiber) is 12 grams per serving. One of the popular low-carb diet strategies, Atkins Diet, conjured up this net-carb formula. This way you might enjoy bread while following your ketogenic goals.

Typically, a slice of whole-wheat bread has 20 grams total minus 5 grams of fiber, to deliver 30 grams net carbs per 2 slice sandwich. Low-carb bread alternatives might be some wrap-like pita or flat breads, delivering a 1-bread sandwich. A low-carb bread might have a 10 gram total, 5 gram fiber, yielding a 5 gram net carb. Net-carb is a neat trick to help you enjoy a sandwich.

Adopting a ketogenic diet means a long-term lifestyle choice. While not divinely commanded, the ketogenic diet lifestyle helps keep you trim and helps reduce weight at a recommended level in order to avoid weight related diseases, such as diabetes, chronic obesity, arthritis, and others. Some say that a combination of ketosis and exercise might even help memory by stimulating a certain neurotrophic factor in your mid brain.

Since its discovery almost about 30 years ago, neuroscientists and neurologists have studied that the secreted neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been firmly implicated in the differentiation and survival of neurons of the central nervous system. The BDNF role has also been emerging as an important regulator of synaptogenesis and synaptic plasticity mechanisms underlying learning and memory in the adult central nervous system. A ketogenic diet and moderate exercise has demonstrated strong links with BDNF production in the hippocampus region of the brain. The hippocampus is associated mainly with memory, in particular long-term memory.

There is much to be said about those diets long foretold through the Old Testament and the Koran. They illustrate respect and cleanliness of animals and other foods. This respect may allow for an above average mortality rate than others not following kosher or halal rules.

According to a recent book, Jesus and Mary were kosher abiding vegetarians (not totally vegan). This lifestyle also extended to the original Aramaic Christians that lived within adjacent environments. Devout Jews and Islamic follow kosher and halal as strict dietary laws. Food is an important part of religious observance for many different faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Health-wise, those laws, customs and guidelines are more faith than science.

The ketogenic diet has been academically and scientifically examined for nearly 100 years. Ketogenic results are based on studies ranging from diet, metabolism, and a wide range of sciences. While low-carb ketogenic lifestyles have grown in popularity over the past 30 years (as opposed to thousands), many nutritionists cite science studies that suggest that the ketogenic lifestyle may be attributed to healthy longevity. The ketogenic adoption to fat and protein over natural fruits and vegetables appear to astonish and irritate old ideas.

Apart from religious lifestyle diets, there are hundreds of dietary lifestyles competing to be top-of-the-list. Dieting or maintaining good dietary health by choice is more of a failing game of thrones. According to the New York Times (1999) “95% Regain Lost Weight. Or Do They? It is a depressing article of faith among the overweight and those who treat them that 95 percent of people who lose weight regain it — and sometimes more — within a few months or years”. Psychology Today claims, given many human instincts and habits, this dietary struggle is so constant that dieting isn’t worth it.

For religions, devout followers adopt dietary laws as integrated through many generations. Vegans might have a couple generations but usually volunteer to the lifestyle for varied reasons. Ketogenic dieting is difficult, especially within a world that heavily markets carbohydrate-rich foods. It’s rules are simple but adoption takes endurance for months through years. Once ketosis is disrupted, you become a carb animal again.

While a ketogenic diet may reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, improve memory, calm bi-polar symptoms and episodic epilepsy, the big obstacle is adopting a ketogenic lifestyle as a habit – with minor changes as you reach your goals.

The wrath of gods may not smite you for disobeying dietary laws. At least for this life, ketogenic dieting offers many positives if you faithfully follow it. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that theoretically lowers blood sugar and insulin levels (in normal individuals). Ketosis shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat, protein, and ketone production. As you reach targeted weight goals, you may add carbohydrates when exercising.

HealthLine lists four of several variations of ketogenic dietary modes:

Standard ketogenic diet (SKD): This is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs (1).

Cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days.

Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.

High-protein ketogenic diet: This is similar to a standard ketogenic diet, but includes more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% carbs.

I employ a different one that stays away from saturated fats and focuses more on mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. It’s a more difficult variation that relies mostly on nuts, soy, wheat gluten, and fish. Works for me but I don’t recommend this for most.

There are differences when we discuss low-carb and ketogenic. Low-carb can be any reduction of carbohydrates. Ketogenic means limiting your carbohydrates to 40 to 60 grams per day. Some say 20 grams is better. I’d say anything averaging below 60 grams per day will ignite the liver and brain to create ketones for weight loss and energy.

I may believe in god but humans have to find their way toward healthier, happier and longer lives. There’s an often debated phrase that God helps those that help themselves. The low-carb ketogenic approach might seem to work fast in helping to drop inches. Yet, like kosher, halal, and veganism, ketogenic requires a long, religious effort to make those choices that reap healthy dietary rewards.

BDNF BDSM bring healthy heart brain memory

A few years ago, the bestselling 50 Shades of Grey novels unleashed the acceptance of healthy foreplay (using light BDSM) in the bedroom or elsewhere. AARP and other online sources indicated that active foreplay calorie use and improved heart rate, anecdotal from use of a fit-bit.

BDNF(Brain-derived neurotrophic factor) are processes that are are a family of biomolecules – nearly all of which are peptides or small proteins – that support the growth, survival, and differentiation of both developing and mature neurons. Within the brain, BDNF is released by either a nerve cell and binds to a receptor on a nearby nerve cell. The associative process prompts the increased production of proteins associated with nerve cell survival and function. Basically, BDNF is an active neurotrophin that helps build cognition and memory. BDNF production is one theory that helps prevent onset of Alzheimer’s. Is it fully automatic?

According to neurologist and author Dr. David Perlmutter, activity and a ketogenic-type diet may help initiate BDNF activity to improve brain health longevity.

BDNF is like a neuron growth hormone. As a normal progression of aging, many hormone production levels decrease. Studies are exploring the possible roles reduced BDNF might have with developing memory decline. The study’s conclusion was a little unclear of what lifestyle changes might need changing if BDNF regulation is, indeed, a factor of Alzheimer’s Disease development.

Dr. Perlmutter believes that low-carbohydrate diets, in addition to aid BDNF constancy also may reduce body inflammation that might influence heart and brain health. Perlmutter further breaks down what carbohydrates are better than those you’re eating now.

It’s a shared belief between Perlmutter and other neurologists that walking, running, or any aerobic exercise helps release BDNF that helps develop synaptic growth in the mid-brain. The area is the hippocampus that is often associated with moods and memory. One existential psychology theorist had a pretty cute explanation about this area. He believed the hippocampus was a picture book of our memories – what we like or dislike.

Of course, discussing routine, lifestyle dieting and doing it are two different realities.

Of course, one possible way to boost memory is coffee. We love our coffee. The caveat is no sugar or milk. The key ingredient is caffeine. Johns Hopkins study showed that caffeine helped retain long-term memory. There was no correlation whether BDNF was part of the coffee test results. Coffee, as the most consumed beverage, also has been studied to show other benefits.

Doctors and theorists seem to agree that modified ketogenic diets coupled with exercise or any consistent aerobic activity offer many healthy benefits. The BDNF hypothesis is helped along by ketogenic dieting and activity offering a package of body and brain benefits.

Consensual, intimate BDSM (dominant/submissive) might be a physical, calorie burning activity that might promote a good heart rate and possible BDNF through creativity and challenges. It is not deemed normal by many. It’s kinky. Yet it evokes much interest.

In BDSM alternative lifestyle role-play, the leader demands obedience from the following partner. Done well, the challenges might really tax thinking and BDNF production. Role-play is an activity and can be challenging and fun. It does require healthy communication in the game. Using BDSM as foreplay (along with a diet) might be an alternative to walking rapidly for 45-minutes. Even Italian researchers associate sexiness with BDNF. The thorough research was admittedly from a small sample of subjects. For BDNF, that’s amore.

Health also evokes much interest and the thousands of bestselling books (i.e. David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain book), response to content often resounds with a giant thud.

That may be due to the sugar that has been added to package foods is like a deadly drug and artificial sweeteners that we love and can’t change our addiction with. We are slaves of sugar! We are the subjects of a planned system that sugars are good. It is difficult to disobey. Any alternative is an acquired taste or seen as punishment.

Then there are the 0 calorie artificial sweeteners!!

Still want to sweeten your coffee?

In light of longevity, or general health, the potential benefits of leaner bodies and robust memories face insurmountable challenges from the lifestyles we’ve adopted. Modifying those perceptions are akin to being a masochist – and as socially inappropriate. Yet it takes little work if motivated.

Recently, several BDNF testing procedures have begun. There are also studies of BDNF saliva tests. BDNF neuroscience and cognitive researchers, over the past few years, have not accurately assessed quantities and qualities required to assure BDNF optimal ranges for possible memory retention and reduction of dementia symptoms. Neurologists, however, agree that ketogenic diets and aerobic physical activity together stimulate BDNF production in the brain.

If someone proved that BDNF was really a great way to preserve memory, would you follow a ketogenic diet and exercise?

New goals for 2016

Happy New Year 2016. What are your new goals for 2016? Religious and secular new year events often center on health and happiness? Some ask forgiveness oe meditate about past indiscretions. Among those, may be weight loss – intertwined with health and happiness. Us this one of your new goals for 2016? Is it an annual goal at each new year? Is it always prone to failure?

Each year, and with each new year celebration (calendar or ethnic), everyone wishes for new goals to be set or met each year. For many, finding love and weight loss top the list. The problem with new goals for 2016 is that they are mainly repetitions of previous years. That’s because these new goals for 2016 are as lofty and unattainable as previous goals. Many require lifestyle changes and most aren’t ready to pay the price over the long run.

Of new goals for 2016, changing body appearance is almost number one. People realize that books are judged by covers. They are often misleading windows to their content. Barring the busy season for reconstructive surgery, weight maintenance, muscle gain or fat loss are the most sought after goals.

As a regular gym user for over 30 years, I and other regulars often joked how the gyms got filled at the end of December. We knew who they were. By February, the gym was back to normal. That is because people expect change to happen quickly. It doesn’t.

Wisdom dictates that moderate exercise and moderate diet help maintain weight and muscle. For those seeking less weight and more muscle, more effort is required. The process takes years and progress is painfully slow.

According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly two-thirds of the USA population might be classed as obese. While not a disability, there is no simple treatment or cure. It does require contrasting lifestyle changes that seem tortuous and tedious. With all the available resources from all forms of media, weight-loss remains a phantom in the United States. Conquering obesity is as diversely challenging as establishing world peace.

In “get rich quick” or “get healthy quick” societies, people resort to quick methods. These are more life shocking methods for quick results. Some try living on nutrition shakes alone for a few months. (Imagine sustaining yourself on 3 shakes a day and being satisfied.)

Some try diet pills. Others try going to the gym once or twice a month. Every year there are new methods to demonstrate quick goal attainment for happily ever afters. Generally, though, ever afters are very short. The process doesn’t seem worth the sacrifices. Is weight loss a fantasy? Some say, if it is, it is masochistic. It is a lingering problem.

The reason why weight loss is so damned difficult is very simple:

1) As you age, you typically lose lean muscle by 5% each 10 years. As a result, more fat is visible as muscles help contain fat.

2) Excess calorie consumption – Dietician’s indicate that to lose one pound of fat, you need to lose 3500 calories but that has been challenged recently. Typically, to lose body fat if you cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you’d lose about 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). Is that healthy? How many calories do you need each day?

3) According to webMD categorization based on gender and activity, a woman around age 50, who sits most of the day requires around 1800 calories per day. If she is moderately active, she needs about 2,000 calories per day, and 2200 calories per day active. Men require about 25% more calories. According to Calorie King calculator, a female office worker would need to consume 1100 to 1300 calories per day to lose one pound per week.

4) Exercising more – Apart to the advantages concerning muscle tone and heart rate, how does exercise help lose calories? The Mayo Clinic provides a very good list. According to Mayo Clinic, at a duration of 1 hour, walking burns 214 calories at 2 miles per hour and 300 calories at 3-1/2 miles per hour, if you weigh 160 pounds. If you weigh 200 pounds, it is 255 and 391 calories respectively. Leisure bike riding offers about 40% more calories burned. A low-impact aerobic dance class typically burns over 400 calories per hour at 160 pounds and 600 calories per hour at 200 pounds, Because women are lighter than 160 pounds, the efficacy of working-off calories seems like an aching, slow process in contrast to dieting.

What about fast-acting dietary supplements and drugs?

Many resort to drugs or dietary supplements available and often advertised. They may be mentioned on TV medical shows. These may be quicker methods of dropping weight fast but they carry potential long-term consequences despite popularity. These work at altering basic body functions. Naturally derived, you are strongly advised to see a physician or nutritionist before and during trying these. Many of these supplements may be approved by the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but research testing was small, short, and inconclusive.

A new one is Garcinia Cambogia pills. It, like many other quick methods, was introduced by Dr. Oz on TV. It is hydroxycitric (HCA) acid found in the rind of citrus fruits, primarily grapefruit (the part you usually peel off). It is used for cooking in southeast Asia.

Some very small studies done with few representative samples indicate that Garcinia Cambogia, derived from grapefruit rinds, might also be a natural method for weight loss at doses of hundreds of that found in the rind. HCA, an organic acid, works by making you feel full, reducing your appetite, and affecting metabolism. US Food and Drug Administration approves as a health supplement at doses are between 250 and 1,000 mg each day.

As with all health supplements (example: vitamins), these are chemicals that interact with your body. Garcinia Cambogia works as a drug that helps reduce glucose in your bloodstream and has been used by nutritionists as a possible method to help reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol. In a WebMD article, side effects may include Dizziness, Dry mouth, Headache, or Upset stomach or diarrhea. Taken habitually, these doses may negatively affect your liver. As a nutritional supplement, standards are not as strict as with prescription drug sources. You may not be getting pure HCA.

Many weight loss supplements may add Caffeine, a key ingredient in coffee and a potential antioxidant to help keep blood vessels clean. Weight loss supplements use higher doses of caffeine than you find in a cup of coffee. The caffeine is derived from natural resources. These may include substances such as guarana (Paullinia cupana), kola (or cola) nut (Cola nitida), and yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis).

Caffeine is a chemical that works directly on the nervous system and the larger doses may prove harmful. Caffeine is a methylxanthine that stimulates the central nervous system, heart, and skeletal muscles. It also increases gastric and colonic activity and acts as a diuretic for water weight loss. Caffeine might also contribute to weight loss by increasing fat oxidation through sympathetic activation of the central nervous system. As such, as with many CNS activators, it may be addictive. As a short term, less than 2 months at prescribed doses, Caffeine may help weight loss. A caffeine study, however, shows that adding sugar to coffee or chocolate may stimulate weight gain.

What about lifestyle?

The Atkins Diet or Ketosis are lifestyle choices that are in direct contrast to normal and inherited eating habits. These diets virtually eliminate eating carbohydrates. Instead you eat protein and fat. It’s a possibility if you are not monitoring cholesterol levels.

Carbohydrates (examples: grains, fruits, juices, sugars) are very common sources of energy and are found in the USDA recommended food pyramid for daily diets. Atkins and Ketosis (or Ketogenic) limit a maximum of 40 grams of carbohydrates. Of those carbohydrates, they recommend complex carbohydrates (whole grains, soy) over simple (table sugar, white rice). A serving of pasta or rice exceeds the limits of Atkins. A typical sandwich may have 36 grams of carbohydrates or your daily allowance of carbohydrates.

Meats (except organs), fish (except shrimp and lobster) are high protein and moderate fat sources. Soy as Edamame or Tofu are potent vegan sources of protein with lower fat and no cholesterol.

Certain Flat Breads available by mail from Joseph’s Bakery and some other sources offer low-carb breads. After factoring the 7 to 10 grams fiber, the bread has 5 net carbohydrates and about 10 grams of protein. This can help replace bread cravings.

Atkins and Ketosis deliver weight loss over a few months provided you don’t cheat on the 40 grams limit of carbohydrates.

Ketosis has been found beneficial at helping patients with epilepsy. No indications of serious short-term risks have surfaced. It is intended as a method to reach short-term goals quicker than calorie-based diets but maintenance is required for long-term goals and results. You will be less popular at carbohydrate-based social events.

Appearing fashionable and healthy require sacrifices. Appearing younger also require more sacrifices. We live in a culture where parties and celebrations often provide foods in excess followed by sedentary activity. The short term result is weight gain. The long term results are cardio and vascular disease, diabetes, and numerous other diseases. Economically, it aids the pursuit of finding larger size clothing each year.

Some Conclusions

Obesity is a world-wide problem. It may be derived from combinations of foods, snacks, rituals, and lifestyles. Sociologists may bind it to poverty both in the USA and elsewhere. Lack of health insurance and respective availability of certified nutritionists helps assure that even the USA has a lingering problem with obesity and the diseases that may result from them. While those diseases are covered by State and private insurance policies, their prevention is not.

Losing 20, 30, or more pounds of body weight is very difficult. Based on the accepted notion that to lose weight you need to lose 3500 calories per pound demonstrates the need for herculean efforts.

It is not simple. The likelihood of following through a weight-loss program may seem an unattainable goal. It may require high levels of motivation and fortitude.

Aspiring for health and wellness as new goals for 2016 are admirable. Individuals adding weight loss as one of the mew goals for 2016 for better appearance and possible health have much to consider. Realizing and understanding that those new goals for 2016 are filled with sacrifices is wiser. While no results offer guarantees, those new goals for 2016 must carry on to 2017, 2018, and beyond. At the point you meet your goals, then maintenance is easier by choosing moderate diets and exercise that suit your new lifestyle.

In a twist of a famous quote: Comedy is easy. Weight loss is hard. Both have their rewards. For those of you that made it down here, a secret is eating dinner at 6:00 and nothing else. Your body uses fat storage after 12 hours.

Good luck at achieving your New Goals for 2016! Happy year ahead!

Ketosis is a magic diet choice for those seeking results

At one point of your life, as you see your body contours softening, you seek ways to restore that firmness of younger years. As part of the normal age process, body fat infiltrates lean muscle tissues. Your body size increases in places you don’t want it to increase. Your energy and speed naturally slow down as a result. Diet and exercise help reduce the results but old habits are hard to break and variability of diet and exercise programs are difficult to pursue routinely. Aging is ultimately faster than you can combat, even at 30, let alone after 60. Among the thousands of diets, one stands out – Ketosis.

Ketosis is an alternate state of being. It requires virtual elimination of all carbohydrates from your diet. You can only eat fat and protein. Basically you can’t have bread, cereal, cake, fruits, vegetables, sugars and anything that has carbohydrates. The Atkins Diet and the South Beach Diet were moderate approaches to Ketosis. Yet, there are a few that choose no carbs over low carbs for maximum weight loss and muscle building and reach for the state of ketosis.

Ketosis isn’t for everybody. If you’re managing cholesterol, triglycerides, or have cardiovascular problems, low carb management may help but under care of a doctor and nutritionist.

Ketosis may be a special concern for diabetic conditions. Without the right amount of insulin, glucose starts to build up in the blood stream and doesn’t enter the cells. The cells burn fat instead of glucose, and ketones form in the blood and spill into the urine.

Ketosis is a state at which the body has an extremely high fat-burning rate. Even the brain runs on fat, via ketone bodies. These are energy molecules in the blood (like blood sugar) which become fuel for our brains after being converted from fat by the liver.

Most of the world lives on sources of carbohydrates for nutrition and energy. Consider the staple foods like rice, wheat, oats, fruits and vegetables. Whether whole-grain or processed, these are high sources of carbohydrates. Pasta, for example, has 44 grams of carbohydrates per 2 ounce serving. That’s about 1-1/2 ounce carbs per 2 ounces! The modern human body in most societies usually metabolizes glucose from carbohydrates for energy purposes, rather than energy from fat. People need proteins and fats for building and repairing tissue and cells and there are 30 proteins that combine for body maintenance. Proteins and fats can also be sources of energy. If necessary, the body can get all its energy from fats and proteins. By eliminating carbs, your body uses ketones from fat and protein and the ultimate conversion is called Ketosis. If the body can switch from being a carb-burning machine to a fat-burning one, it naturally loses weight.

Carbohydrates were essential to human evolution when people were active and busy in agriculture and manual labor. Today, most people work in offices using computers. At home, they might use computers and tablets. In between, there are smartphones. The modern life is more sedentary so carbohydrates ultimately turn to fat. As we age, we observe the need for larger size clothing and our energy levels drop even further. Is Ketosis more suitable for our modern lifestyle? Is it a way to challenge the problem of obesity?

A Ketosis form ketogenic diet of high fat, moderate proteins, and low carbohydrates was used in hard-to-control young epilepsy patients in the 1920’s through the 1940’s. Almost half of children and young people with epilepsy who have tried some form of this diet saw the number of seizures drop by at least half, and the effect persists even after discontinuing the diet. At Johns Hopkins Hospital and other research hospitals, the Ketogenic Diet continues as a therapeutic approach with patients suffering with epilepsy.

When considering weight loss, the Ketogenic diet is tweaked and uses a 1 to 1 fat to protein ratio rather than the 4 to 1 fat to combined protein and carbs ratio. While Ketosis is essentially no carbs, a person can use up to 50 grams each day of net carbs to stay in ketosis.

A Net Carb is an interesting term that you might find on many low-carb packages. A Net Carb is the total carbs on nutrition panel minus the dietary fiber. It is recommended that most of these net carbs be sourced from vegetables for possible phytonutrients.

Lets explore this Net Carb formula and your daily diet:

A typical slice of Whole Wheat bread has 18 grams of Carbs, Dietary Fiber is 3 grams. Net carbs per slice is 15 grams but 2 slices are used for a sandwich. That makes the sandwich 30 grams of net carbs.

An 8 ounce serving of Reduced Fat Milk has 12 grams of carbs, no dietary fiber, so net carbs total 12 grams.

A teaspoon of sugar is 16 grams of carbs, 0 fiber, net carb is 16 grams.

Low Carb foods inject more dietary fiber to reduce the net carbs and you must take care. Use of sugar alcohols may contribute carbs but are not required to be listed as carbs.

Finding a suitable Ketosis Diet that you can stick with is difficult. Using a Ketosis Calculator may help you find a comfortable zone so you can attain your goals on a ketogenic diet.

Ketogenic diet research shows evidence of improving quality of life among cancer patients in a study. Mouse studies show how ketogenic diets may induce healthy weight loss and possibly reduce precursors that lead to Alzheimer’s Disease. Another mouse study demonstrates possibilities that a ketogenic diet may helps reduce Autism symptoms.

For a serious dieter, ketosis offers some very significant advantages. When on high carbohydrate diets the body can usually expect an energy source to keep entering the body. In a state of ketosis the body has to become efficient at mobilizing fats as energy.

The state of ketosis is to the most part controlled by insulin, glucagon, and blood glucose levels. Reduced glucose forces the body to convert fat to energy. Ketogenic Diets help lower insulin blood levels. Insulin has a lipolysis blocking effect, which can inhibit the use of fatty acids as energy. Also when insulin is brought to low levels, many beneficial hormones are released in the body such as growth hormone and other powerful growth factors. These growth hormones are less present as people age and have been associated with fat deposits in thighs and belly areas.

While ketosis seems to produce many short term effects in weight loss and increased muscle integrity among normal people, long-term studies also demonstrate healthy results in obese people.

There are certain risks on sustaining a prolonged high protein, low carbohydrate diet. If ketone levels are not monitored properly, there may be a strain on the kidneys and a higher risk of developing kidney stones, some doctors say. Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine reported in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that there is no association with kidney health issues.

The big problem of starting and staying with a ketogenic diet for ketosis and maintenance is that it is completely adverse to typical USA eating customs. At a restaurant, for example, you order a burger without the bun or fries. There’s no bread for your omelet. You really need to know what the carbs are in the bread. You have to adapt to a different range of tastes.

Shifting from carbs to protein will give you addictive withdrawal symptoms and, when you don’t see results right away, you’re likely to shift back to carbs. The objective and wisdom is to reach ketosis and stay there long enough to see results. When you get most of your goals met, then you can slowly add more carbs to your diet. The key word is sparingly. Getting into ketosis is difficult. Moving out after a while is also hard. Once your body gets more carbs, the pounds go back on. Atkins Diet recommends moving to no more than 75 net carbs daily in their Phase 4.

Dentists say that bad breath is caused by ketones so people on ketosis may need to be on guard when socially communicating at parties.

Ketogenic diets and Ketosis are a magic diet choice for those seeking results in weight management. Ketosis lifestyles have been shown effective in helping epilepsy, autism, and cognitive disorders. Obviously you care about your body and your appearance. Following a routine of medical exams and blood tests (twice a year) may help keep you in better tune on whether this diet has longer term benefits. Like drugs, carbs became a nasty but necessary habit over the last 6,000 years. Ketosis and ketogenic diets may be the wave of the future. Today, ketosis is the other side of normal. For now, it’s a path that few tread. Someday, the path of ketosis may need traffic signals.