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.

Weight Watchers tops best diet list of US News world report 2017 but

Happy New Year! From Christmas to New Year, people flock to diet or exercise. Their aim is to trim pounds and firm muscles – indiscretions from the past 10 months. Their motivation flees. The diets wear off, gyms are no longer crowded. By February’s end everything shifts to normal, for the majority. Magazines, online networks, and gyms shift to high gear to provide guidance for your wishes and dollars. Is it effort well spent? Is weight management really worth the sacrifice?

Dieting seems almost punitive for weight management. It is akin to getting off an addiction and addicts seem to be all around you. There are literally hundreds of ways toward weight reduction and neither are quick ways to lose 20 or more pounds – and keep them off. Weight Watchers is among the senior dietary lifestyles. Weekly meetings (somewhat like alcoholics anonymous) and simple point-system diet approaches has made Weight Watchers one of the most popular diet approaches but there are others!

Each year, US News and World Report reveals a ranking of diets in a comprehensive list. Repetitively, old and stalwart Weight Watchers program tops its 2017 list.

After all celebrations and parties of 2016, getting back into shape is the most common wish for the dawn of 2017. Gyms are mostly crowded from January through March than any other time of year. It is appropriate that diets and lifestyle choices market to those that have neglected those previous promises of 2016 or 2015. Yet, for 2017, the DASH diet tops the list as a dietary approach to reduce hypertension. For weight loss, Weight Watchers retains the throne.

Weight gain does not necessarily fault dietary indiscretions or low activity. Aging is associated with weight and unsightly bulges. At around age 30 you also start losing about half a pound of your calorie burning muscle tissue each year. At 50, that rate doubles. Women have fat distributed throughout body while men most accumulate it at the abs. As an additional variant, some people have a genetic predisposition to fat accumulation. Food and activity may not be associated with weight. General wisdom dictates you have to use the calories you eat through activity to help maintain a stable weight. Are you a weight watcher?

For nearly 60 years, Weight Watchers has had the longest staying power over many diets. Its approach is different. Weight Watchers realizes one thing that most diets neglect – in most cases Weight gain and loss is part of a lifestyle choice. Weight Watchers aims a belief that dieting is just one part of long-term weight management. A healthy body results from a healthy lifestyle – which means mental, emotional and physical health. Almost like Alcoholics Anonymous or other addictive programs, Weight Watchers has weekly meetings at centers or online. Their overall approach is to provide information and support to help you reach your goals.

Any diet is often viewed as a form of punishment. Most diets are virtually a form of masochism and most can’t endure the rigors and pains. Weight Watchers is a support group for those who saw their bodies change through months or years of pleasure gratification. Through social meetings and guides, Weight Watchers helps take the pain out of dieting toward reaching your impossible dream weight. The approach works about 10 to 15%, as long as you stick to the program.

Of course, there are other popular diets. The Mediterranean Diet and Atkins’ low-carbohydrate diets. While attractive and popular, these diets lack guidance through the rigors of mediating a lifestyle. The strength of Weight Watchers is that, among normal people, the social class-like approaches target the adaptation of diet as a lifestyle. The design is to keep you on top of your struggle to win.

Other diets may aim at helping reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose. These usually require guidance by a physician and/or a nutritionist. These diets may also contribute to weight loss.

The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional foods that people used to eat in countries like Italy and Greece around 1950, before being tainted by canned and processed package foods. Italian and Greek bloodlines have generally low bad cholesterol and very high good cholesterol, as well as sugars in the normal range. The diet is relatively simple but there are several items you need to moderate. In addition, the Mediterranean Diet also has a component of activity. In the 1950’s, Greece and Italy were very agrarian, producing oils, wines, and other foods. Basically, this is how the Mediterranean Diet works:

1) Eat: Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil.

2) Eat in Moderation: Poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt.

3) Eat Only Rarely: Red meat.

4) Don’t Eat: Sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils and other highly processed foods.

It should also be noted that pasta and breads were more like side-dishes. Pasta was eaten as a side-dish in the Mediterranean, unlike the entree sizes found in USA restaurants.Also note that it is high in plant foods, and relatively low in animal foods. Eating fish and seafood is recommended at least twice a week. Red meat was less available in this region. Often ignored, physical activity is also vital as part of this diet lifestyle for added benefits. The problem is: Can you follow this lifestyle in a world of donuts, sodas, and snacks in the 21st Century?

The original Atkins Diet is a low-carb approach to a diet strategy. It really works but at a very social price. Basically, this diet by eating a diet rich in protein and fat, and very low in carbs. That means a burger without the bun or any fries. Figure on no bread, pasta, grains, and fruit. Let them eat cake? Sorry, no cake either! Atkins is a ketogenic form of diet that limits carbohydrates to less than 40 grams a day (about 2 slices of bread).

A ketogenic diet aims to help you get into a state of ketosis. 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. Your body requires very little sugars (carbohydrates) through a process of gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis (GNG) is a metabolic process of making glucose, a necessary body fuel, from non-carbohydrate sources such as protein (amino acids), lactate from the muscles and the glycerol component of fatty acids. Whatever glucose your body needs is generated by the kidneys, liver, and brain.

The Atkins diet tricks your body to create energy from cheese, meats, fish, and eggs. This trick requires endurance and lots of self control to keep carbs at 40g or below. There are side effects such as leg cramps, constipation, and reduction of physical performance. These will likely occur within the first few weeks as your body adapts to your carbohydrate withdrawal.

The benefits are reduction in carbohydrate cravings, control of some diabetic symptoms, and a calmer digestive system. Avoiding carbs usually results in weight loss, without hunger. Carbohydrates stimulate the release of the hormone insulin; the body’s main fat-storing hormone. By eating proteins and fats for energy, your fat storage begins to melt away.

Of course, this means no more meat and potatoes. Possibility of eating a sandwich using 1 slice of bread. If you drink coffee with milk (no sugar), the milk may contribute 7 grams of carbohydrates.

Ketosis only works as an enduring lifestyle. If you go off it, such as binging at a party, the positive effects are lost.

The ketogenic diet became popular as a therapy for epilepsy around 1920.

The Atkins ketogenic diet is radical in a society where carbohydrates are part of every possible food other than meats themselves. The allowable foods may elevate cholesterol blood levels for those that are sensitive. It takes quite a large amount of discipline but you will be amazed at the rate of weight loss.

Like Weight Watchers, Atkins is a diet business. Recently Atkins introduced a version suitable for vegans and vegetarians…the Eco Diet system. The Atkins Eco Diet ranks fifth behind Weight Watchers number one spot in the US News and World Report’s category of Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets. Unlike Weight Watchers, neither the Mediterranean or Atkins diets offer guidance. Higher ranking Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers do.

There are many vegetarian sources of protein and this protein is free of cholesterol. While soy first comes to mind, there are many sources from beans to legumes, nuts and whole grains that deliver nice protein amounts, plus vital phytonutrients that only are found in vegetables. The oddity is that many of these sources do have carbohydrates to contend with, How do you keep it low-carb?

Scientifically, the vegetarian approach of Eco Atkins Diet overcomes some of the arterial weaknesses of the original Atkins Diet. Eco Atkins Diet lets you raise the maximum threshold for ketosis. he average daily intake of carbohydrates should be 130 grams or a lttle less, the bare minimum needed by the brain to function properly. You have to choose carbohydrates wisely while following this diet. No starchy foods are permitted in the diet, so avoid foods like white bread, rice, potatoes and baked goods. Fruits, vegetables, oats, white grain cereals and whole grain bread are recommended. Click for more information here.

Then, of course, there are some that have always been predisposed to weight gain from birth. There’s one gene that’s getting a lot of attention from scientists and the National Institute of Health, called FTO. Scientists found that people with certain differences in this gene have a 20% to 30% higher chance of obesity. This is a rather recent supposition. Some believe that, in this case, dietary food choices may aid weight (and associated disease) control.

Managing weight might also be associated with depression. Both eating too much and not eating enough can be signs of depression. While loss of appetite is a common depression symptom, feelings of sadness or worthlessness can make some people overeat. Sadness, self-esteem, and depression may be confounders of any weight management regimen. Weight management is a slow, tedious process. Furthermore, some anti-depressants may have side-effects that promote weight gain for some.

Although dietary calories and fats consumed and dietary calories used as a routine of diet and activity, along with fashion and health, weight watching makes many of us weight watchers. Weight watchers mustn’t watch passively. They must follow through with their chosen lifestyle. That lifestyle must be like religious, fervent emotion. It requires constancy; almost like training to run a marathon. No diet is easy.

While Weight Watchers still holds a favored status as a guidance-based weight management program. There are hundreds of diets and more diet/active regimens out there. Through wishes for a productive and better new year. The intent of weight watching is often merely an intent. Diet and/or activity are ominous phantoms and ghosts that both allure and repel most wills from constancy. Basically, fat loss means constant focus. Weight Watchers offers some guidance along the way – if you can stick with it. Make dieting season your dieting year!

Gluconeogenesis diet for carb addicts

Are you a carbohydrate addict? Chances are high that you are. In many situations, this might be considered a healthy addiction. It has helped humans survive for thousands of years. Most don’t realize it. Until, of course, we get drunk from them. Ultimately, we gain weight and develop all sorts of ailments due to excessive weight gain.

Many diets are based on calories. If you are a certain weight, you need a certain amount of calories. Eat more than you need, you gain weight. Eat less, you lose. Activity helps you lose by using calories. These calories are derived as energy measurements primarily based on carbohydrate addictions. That is where many calories are found. Gluconeogenesis is like methodone to a heroin addict. You get energy from food but you can’t have carbohydrates.

We all have addictions we grapple with. Some may be drugs, alcohols, foods and or other substances. We have behavioral addictions and these repetitive notions can alter our senses of wellness. Yet, most of us live day-to-day in an adaptive schema. That is, until one notices differences. Today, weight management is one of those observable problems. Virtually anybody will dole out wise advice about this and that to do. Most weight management problems are results of eating habits and contemporary perspectives that being thin is in. But we love our carbohydrates! Gluconeogenesis is a built-in system that helps us manage weight if we virtually eliminate carbohydrates from our diet. A Gluconeogenesis diet for carbohydrate addiction uses a body’s natural processes to create energy for living with minimal intake of carbohydrates.

Your kidney, liver, and brain can produce all the carbohydrates your body needs via gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis relates to that process. A diet of less than 40 grams of carbohydrates per day will, over the course of weeks or months, will help shed pounds via ketosis.. You may eat protein and fat from fish and meat sources. If you have cholesterol issues, this is not the diet for you.

Whether you find yourself fashionably challenged by weight gain or whether you confront new health issues associated with excess weight, there are many solutions. Some are faster. Some are slower. Some don’t work at all. The problems may not lie in your motivations but lie as to how dietary carbohydrates (sugars, starches) are used. stored, and eliminated by the body. This is a very involved and difficult process extending from thousands of years of evolution. The process is referred as Gluconeogenesis. Sometimes fashion and health benefits seem massive achievements because this process runs against reason and appetite control.

Humans were probably first vegetarians as carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, and grains. They are digested as sugars and starches that are easy fuel sources that help sustain body maintenance and growth. Glucose, a form of sugar, is essential for brain functioning. Lactate, another sugar, aids muscle development. We are born carbohydrate addicts.

We must have our carbohydrates. They are the premium fuel sources our body needs. They also taste good, an inviting reward. Yet, imbalances of carbohydrates and storage lead to fat accumulation and other organic problems. Blood glucose levels must be maintained within a narrow range for good health. If blood sugar is too high, it results in tissue and organ damage. If it is too low, cellular respiration and energy production can suffer.

One of those organs is the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland that produces insulin that helps maintain glucose levels every second. If blood sugar is too high, and the pancreas does not generate enough insulin, diabetes may be a result. While some are born with diabetes as a condition, many become diabetic because their lifestyle makes them drunk with sugar.

There are organs that help filter levels of anything that are too high. The ability of the liver and kidneys to “make new sugar” and regulate blood sugar levels is critical. Sugars are basic body fuel and if it isn’t present, your body has otherwise inert systems to generate those essential sugars.

The Atkins Diet, a form of ketogenic diet, are a difficult dietary trick that sharply reduce the carbohydrate intake you and your body are accustomed to having. The alternative food sources are fats and proteins. How does the body generate glucose when no carbohydrates are present? This is where natural gluconeogenesis is necessary. If gluconeogenesis were absent, you wouldn’t live very long. Your body must have a constant and steady level of blood glucose to keep the brain and red blood cells function. Severely limiting carbohydrate intake, a ketogenic diet allows consumption of fat and proteins, mostly from meat and fish sources that naturally have no carbohydrates. Are ketogenic diets trying to kill you?

The Atkins diet program has since released a more modified ketogenic diet design for vegans. Called the Eco-Diet Plan, this allows up to 130g carbohydrate intake. Gluconeogenesis is slower resulting in slower weight reduction. Beleve it or not, a medium mixed salad has about 130g carbohydrates! But the Eco-Diet takes protein and fats from vegan sources, such as Soy as Tofu. Tofu has less than 2g carbohydrates per serving.

Addictions are difficult to drop. Habitual drug and alcohol users go through agony to attempt escape from addictions. They are lifelong efforts. Gluconeogenesis is your body’s metabolic process of making glucose, a necessary body fuel, from non-carbohydrate sources such as protein (amino acids), lactate from the muscles and the glycerol component of fatty acids. The problem is…like the alcoholic…you find the carbohydrate addiction is hard to break. In a world where carbohydrates constitute most foods (including alcoholic drinks), the ketogenic diet is a problem of will against matter and matter always and usually wins.

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. There are several ketogenic diets and they stress that no more than 60 grams of carbohydrates can be eaten each day. A slice of bread has about 20 grams. An 8-ounce glass of milk has 13 grams and 8 ounces of Orange Juice has 30 grams of carbohydrates.

Ketosis is a state at which the body has an extremely high fat-burning rate because fats are being converted by the lover and kidneys by gluconeogenesis to create the sugars needed to run your body. It does not have carbohydrates so insulin production is low.

When there is not enough insulin to get sugar from the blood and into the cells, the body turns to fat for energy. When fat is broken down, ketone bodies are made and can accumulate in the body. High levels of ketones are toxic to the body and may be tested through urine monitoring. These are generally regarded thresholds for ketogenic diets:

Below 0.5 mmol/L is not considered “ketosis”. At this level, you’re far away from maximum fat-burning.

Between 0.5-1.5 mmol/L is light nutritional ketosis. You’ll be getting a good effect on your weight, but not optimal.

Around 1.5 – 3 mmol/L is what’s called optimal ketosis and is recommended for maximum weight loss.

Values of over 3 mmol/L aren’t neccessary. They will achieve neither better nor worse results than being at the 1.5-3 level. Higher values can also sometimes mean that you’re not getting enough food or developing ketoacidosis.

Is it safe? With all rapid diets approaches, you should consult with a qualified physician before you begin and have frequent monitoring. The ketogenic diet has mixed reviews where some love and support it and others issue caution. Virtually eliminating sugars and elevating ketones through gluconeogenesis is the exact opposite of how your body functions normally. Gluconeogenesis is a complex process of how the body performs and copes with severe reductions on carbohydrate intake and there is a transitional period between the two that may have comparable symptoms to an addict in withdrawal.

On average, glucose is necessary. But how much? The daily glucose requirement of the brain in a typical adult human being is about 120 grams, which accounts for most of the 160 grams of glucose needed daily by the whole body. There are slight plusses and minuses associated with activity. How many grams of carbohydrates do you eat daily? Are you overfeeding your body’s needs?

Not all carbohydrates are bad. Some are actually good for you. Unhealthy high carbohydrate foods include sugary cereals, crackers, cakes, flours, jams, preserves, bread products, refined potato products, and sugary drinks are full of sugars. Sugars are common carbohydrates.

Some typically, everyday sources of carbs: A 16-ounce bottle of Snapple Lemon Tea has 36 grams of carbohydrates. A 10-ounce bottle of Juicy Juice (no sugar added) is 26 grams. One slice of bread offers about 18 grams of carbohydrates but a sandwich has at least 36 grams. A slice of pizza has 42 grams of carbohydrates. Sandwich and Coke? 16-ounce bottle of Coca Cola add 50 grams of carbohydrates + 36 grams sandwich. A bagel has 48 grams of carbohydrates. A medium serving of French Fries has about 50 grams carbohydrates. Vegetarian? A Chipotle Vegetarian Burrito has 50 grams of carbohydrates.

Basically, a bagel (dry), a bottle of Coca Cola, and French Fries has almost the daily sugar requirement your brain and body needs. Of course what lunch is complete without a cup of coffee. A Grande Latte at Starbucks adds 18 grams of carbohydrates with no sugar added. Each packet of sugar adds 6 grams of carbohydrates. It is really easy to provide your body with the daily sugars it needs to function from just one meal. Anything above that is excess )and whether foods have added fat or not) unused carbohydrates are converted as fat for storage.

Glucogenesis works on a temporary basis if you don’t eat for 12 or more hours. Breakfast is literally breaking your night fast. If you eat dinner before 6:00pm, and rise at 8:00am (with no snacking in between) glucogenesis may be occurring in a small way. This method helps keep current weight stable. The problem is many of us don’t follow that regimen. We might have wine, beer, chips and other snacks prior to bed. Wake up to more stored fat. Those foods are packed with carbohydrates that keep your pancreas working when it shouldn’t.

The idea behind the ketogenic and Gluconeogenesis diets is removing (or drastically reducing carbohydrates) in food intake. Fat, liver, kidneys, and muscle functions can automatically provide body with 160 grams it requires. Instead you can eat fat, protein, and water. Gluconeogenesis is a metabolic pathway that results in the generation of glucose from certain non-carbohydrate sources that may still have carbon.

Ketogenic and Gluconeogenesis are not normal body states. Avoiding carbohydrates makes your body do strange things that it did not originally adapt for. Your body will adapt as it confronts survival but only if you can stick to the regimen over a lifestyle choice. This is not a quick fix or on/off diet approach. There are pros and cons that you must consult with your physician or nutritional professional.

But adaptation speeds are often slow. It can take as long a eight weeks for some to adapt while others may see some results within three weeks. The key to a successful Gluconeogenesis diet is you really can’t cheat. This may be associated with most other addiction programs but your body can actually adapt to withholding carbohydrates. But can your eyes and nose empower you?

A ketogenic or Gluconeogenesis diet is not to be taken lightly as an on-again or off-again repetitive regimen. It is a religious lifestyle choice that must be followed for weight management. The subtle shifts made by your vital organs may decay if used unwisely. A Gluconeogenesis diet is a lifetime prescription that must be monitored and followed for a lengthy commitment.

People are addicted to many things ordinary and extraordinary. Weight management often copes with variables that we are addicted to. Some bodies adapt while others grow sick. Choosing a gluconeogenesis diet for carbohydrate addiction requires many new adaptations and the common food selections available at diners aren’t very friendly. You really have to seriously consider whether you are ready to manage your weight and follow through.

A physician, through basic blood tests, can advise and alert if a Gluconeogenesis diet is good for you and may help manage it along the way. The real deal is whether you have the discipline to stick to this form of lifestyle. You don’t need to exercise heavily. You don’t need to count calories (only grams of carbs). Avoiding more than 40 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per day is your route to weight management. Can you do it?

That’s the problem. Gluconeogenesis does not correspond to normal lifestyle eating. Adapting ketogenic diets as a lifestyle is difficult, especially if you become nostalgic for carbohydrate foods. It’s a long word. Finding gluconeogenesis is easier said than done. Of the hundreds of diets and activity regimens, gluconeogenesis is more like a utopia – a shangri-la in a world of carbohydrate addicts. Start slowly and wisely.

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.