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4 Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

Calgary Ketogenic Diet

Looking for a quick, safe & sustainable way to reach your weight loss goals? Our Calgary nutrition coaches discuss the physical & mental benefits of the ketogenic diet. 


Achieving and sticking to a healthy body weight is crucial for maintaining both physical and emotional well-being as well as disease prevention. Excess weight and body fat have been associated with an increased risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Osetoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Elevated cholesterol levels

Our experienced and knowledgeable nutrition coaches offer customized dietary programs, including the ketogenic diet, to help ensure that you have the best chances of meeting your weight loss goals.

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At Jensen Fitness, we offer an affordable and convenient online fitness & weight loss program called JALP.  Work with our personal trainers and nutrition coaches from wherever you are in the world and they can help:

  • Create a customized meal plan to suit all your nutritional needs
  • Monitor the progress of your weight loss journey through weekly weigh-ins and photos
  • Keep you motivated and accountable throughout your fitness program
  • Keep track of and update your nutrition and fitness plans to help you achieve your weight loss goals in the shortest time frame possible
 

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic (keto) diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that is similar in many ways to the Atkins and low-carb diets. It involves drastically reducing your carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat.

This puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis, which makes it very efficient at burning fat for energy, aiding in your weight loss goals. In addition, ketogenic diets cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels, which has numerous health benefits.

Different types of Ketogenic Diets

There are several different versions of the ketogenic diet which include:

Standard Ketogenic Diet

This is a very low-carb, moderate protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains:

  • 75% fat
  • 20% protein
  • 5% carbs
Cyclical Ketogenic Diet

The cyclical ketogenic diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days.

Targeted Ketogenic Diet

The principle behind this diet is similar to CKD, only you consume carbohydrates right before or after your weight training workouts. 

This gives your body the energy it needs to lift at a higher intensity level.

 
High Protein Ketogenic Diet

The high-protein ketogenic diet is similar to the standard one but includes more protein. It typically contains:

  • 60% fat
  • 35% protein
  • 5% carbs
     

Our experienced and professional nutrition coach can help determine which ketogenic diet is best suited for your weight loss and fitness journey, helping you reach your goals in a safe, sustainable and quick manner.

Not sure which ketogenic diet version is right for you?

 

Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

Many people can greatly benefit from eating a low-carb, high fat diet. From weight loss and increased energy levels to therapeutic medical applications, there are many benefits that come from being on the ketogenic diet.

1. Weight Loss

Sticking to a ketogenic diet is very effective for weight loss. During this program, fat burning is vastly increased while insulin (the fat-storing hormone) levels drop significantly. This creates the ideal circumstances in which fat loss can occur - without hunger.

2. Controlled Blood Sugar Levels

Due to the types of foods you eat while on the ketogenic diet, you will find that your blood sugar levels are naturally lowered. Some studies indicate that the ketogenic diet is a more effective way to manage & prevent diabetes compared to low-calorie diets.

If you are pre-diabetic or have Type II diabetes, talk to your nutrition coach about a ketogenic diet and how it can help you achieve success with your blood sugar control.

3. Increased Mental Performance

Ketosis results in a steady flow of fuel (ketones) to the brain. On the ketogenic diet, you avoid big swings in your blood sugar levels which often results in increased focus and improved concentration.

4. Increased Energy

By giving your body a better and more reliable energy source, the ketogenic diet will help you feel more energized during the day. In addition, by the end of the first week, most people begin to experience:

  • Higher energy
  • Better mental concentration
  • Less compulsive eating
  • Fewer or no carb cravings

Call Today

To find out more about how our nutrition coaches can create a ketogenic diet plan that will help you reach all your weight loss goals, contact our Calgary fitness centre today at 403-200-0199 or fill in our online contact form.

 


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Shayne Jensen

Shayne Jensen

Shayne has been entrenched in Health and Fitness for the better part of life. In his youth, Shayne played Soccer and Tennis. He also played multiple seasons of Hockey, Football, Baseball and competitive Squash. Being raised so close to the Rocky Mountains he developed a passion for Hiking, Mountain Biking and Snowboarding. A fierce competitor to all sports, at the young age of thirteen, Shayne found a new calling, he moved his athleticism from the courts to the gym.


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