The ketogenic diet developed in the early 1900s has taken the weight loss world by storm in the past 10 years. Now you might be wondering, how does Metabolic Balance® meal plan stack up against a ketogenic diet?
Originally designed in the 1920s by Johns Hopkins Medical Center researchers, the ketogenic diet was used as a treatment for epileptic disorders, specifically GLUT1 (glucose transporter type 1) deficiency syndrome—a genetic disease that causes a glucose deficiency in the brain, which leads to cerebral seizures like epilepsy. A keto diet is low in carbohydrates, meaning the brain will use ketone bodies as an energy (fuel) source rather than glucose (blood sugar). In the absence of glucose, the body burns fat and produces ketones, which enter the brain through an independent transporter. Most people who practice the keto diet view it as a quick weight loss tool or a way to gain muscle mass. Once ketone levels in the blood increase, the body puts you in a state of ketosis—leading to quick and consistent weight loss until you reach a healthy body weight. At the core of the keto diet is the severe restriction of carbohydrates (sugar and starch). Carbohydrates are considered the number one source of energy for the body. Certain organs, especially the brain, rely on carbs for energy. However, when carbs aren’t available, like with an extremely low-carb diet (keto diet), the body converts fats into ketone bodies for its main fuel source. When you limit the body to 5% carbs (a maximum of 30g to 50g) daily, 70% to 80% fat, and 20% to 30% protein, the body then enters a fat-burning metabolic state known as ketosis. Your blood sugar levels will drop to 65mg/dl to 75mg/dl and remain constant since there is very little glucose absorption. The value will often sit between 80mg/dl to 120mg/dl. As a result, there is no longer a glucose-related release of insulin, which then prevents the breakdown of body fat in a process called lipolysis. In ketosis, body fat is used for energy and is therefore why the keto diet is used to treat obesity and increase lean muscle mass in body building.
Following the keto diet with the precise composition of your daily food intake involves a lot of discipline, and the food must be weighed to the exact gram, otherwise, there is the risk of “falling” out of ketosis. If done incorrectly or there’s a lack of discipline, you also risk falling back into carbohydrate metabolism. In other words, the body goes back to using carbs as an energy source. In addition, the low fiber in the diet can lead to diarrhea or constipation. In ketosis, a greater number of ketones are secreted through the urine, skin, or breathing. Fruity smelling odor can result when water intake is too low. In this transition phase, there may also be poor concentration.
Metabolic Balance vs. Keto At first glance, you would think there are a number of overlaps between the Metabolic Balance® meal plan and the keto diet. Why? • Fasting days are carried out • There’s a five-hour break between meals • The meals are weighed and the carbs are limited
However, at second glance, it becomes quite clear that each diet is completely different from a nutrition standpoint.
How does the Metabolic Balance® meal plan stand out from the keto diet? • For starters, there are a significantly higher amount of carbs, which acts as a buffer to neutralize the acids from the protein in the diet. • In addition, the fiber in the diet helps improve overall digestion. • There are also a high number of vitamins and minerals due to the nutrient-rich vegetables in the diet, which help stimulate natural detoxification processes and relieve the digestive organs (liver, gallbladder, and intestines).
As a result, the long-term implementation of Metabolic Balance® meal plan is far more tolerable and easier to follow than the keto diet. There is also not as big of a diet change with the Metabolic Balance® diet plan when compared to the keto diet. For example, there is no ketosis with Metabolic Balance®, and the meal plan can be part of a person’s permanent lifestyle. In comparison, keto is a short-term diet, and it must be implemented gradually. There are also several side effects related to the keto diet, including difficulty sleeping, bad breath, libido loss, tiredness, constipation, and moodiness. As mentioned, your meals with Metabolic Balance® must be carefully weighed, especially at the initial stages of the meal plan. However, if you fall off track, there are fewer critical side effects as with the ketogenic diet, which again can cause you to “drop out” of ketosis. That is why the keto diet should be followed under doctor supervision.
What else is there to love about the Metabolic Balance® meal plan? It can be described by its variety and versatility since you can gradually add other foods from all food groups into your daily routine.
Overall not only is the Metabolic Balance plan more practical and it tastes better, but it will also be easier for you to maintain as you experience the long-term weight loss you desire.
Brussels sprouts are walnut-sized and light to dark green – actually grape-like arranged buds of this cabbage plant. Like green cabbage, brussels sprouts taste best after the first frost, when their sugar content moderates their bitter taste and makes their cell structure more delicate. Usually brussels sprouts are cooked and tossed in butter as a side dish, but they also taste good in casseroles, as soup or very thinly sliced even raw. Brussels sprouts have 4.7 percent of valuable plant protein with amino acids that the body can easily utilize. It is also an excellent vitamin C donor in winter and also provides the vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid, iron, potassium and plenty of fiber. Brussels sprouts are also used in folk medicine to reduce both weakness and tension, to facilitate weight loss, to eliminate constipation and acidification, and to prevent atherosclerosis. With a glucosinolate content of 237 mg per 100 g of vegetables, it is also associated with cancer prevention!
In honor of World Diabetes Day yesterday, we wanted to share more about this common metabolic disorders.
Around 1 in 11 adults suffer from diabetes globally and this number continues to rise. There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1 (insulin dependent), Type 2 (insulin resistant), and gestational diabetes. Around the world, Type 2 is most common form and results from the body becoming resistant to insulin or not being able to produce enough insulin.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which allows cells in the body to take up glucose. If the body is lacking insulin, cells are unable to take up glucose and levels remain high in the body. Uncontrolled glucose levels can have dangerous health effects.
One of the best ways to control your blood sugar and glucose levels is via a healthy diet and exercise!
Diabetes prevention starts in the supermarket. This may sound very striking, but it is actually true. Most industrially manufactured products – especially processed foods – are full of additives and preservatives and contain too much refined sugar. Products labeled as “light” or “fat-free” are particularly affected, containing excessive amounts of sugar. Often you cannot taste, how much sugar these foods have but one look at the label might surprise you. Anyone who wants to eat a healthy diet and reduce sugar consumption, therefore has to change their shopping behavior first and then their eating habits. With a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, this is very easy because you will know exactly what you can eat and in what quantities.
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Discover how the Metabolic Balance Method will provide the right insight and strategies of success to improve your immune system, to reset your body, increase your vitality and reach your health and weight goal naturally.
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Anyone who eats a healthy, varied and balanced diet, perhaps even uses organic products, drinks enough and largely abstains from nicotine and alcohol, does a lot to keep the immune system fit and active so that it is able to protect against exogenous substances and pathogens. To learn more about the immune system and ways to support it, check out this infographic!
Through a healthy and varied diet, you can start to feel physically fitter, have significantly more energy, boost your immune system and sleep better. A healthy diet also means less stress for the body. The body does not have to deal with harmful or unknown substances from genetically engineered production, nor does it lack vital nutrients. So what are you waiting for? Connect with a Metabolic Coach through our website today!