Who may benefit?
If you are experiencing these symptoms, this program could be for you:
How does it work?
The Keto Diet, short for “ketogenic diet,” is a hugely popular diet trend, this eating plan is all about minimizing your carbs and upping your fats to get your body to use fat as a form of energy, that typically translates to: 60-75% of your calories from fat, 15-30% of your calories from protein, and 5-10% of your calories from carbs.
After about two to seven days of following this eating routine, you go into something called ketosis, or the state your body enters when it doesn’t have enough carbs for your cells to use for energy. Then it starts making ketones, or organic compounds that your body then uses in place of those missing carbs.
Keto was designed to help people who suffer from seizure disorders—not to help people lose weight. That’s because both ketones and another chemical produced by the diet, called decanoic acid, may help minimize seizures.
But people who started following the keto diet noticed weight loss for a few reasons: When we eat carbs, our body retains fluid in order to store carbs for energy (you know, in case it needs it). But when you’re not having much in the carb department, you lose this water weight. Also, it’s easy to go overboard on carbohydrates—but if you’re loading up on fat, it may help curb cravings since it keeps you satisfied, but it does little to preserve your energy or metabolically active muscle. It can suppress thyroid function, increase cortisol, fatigue, inflammation, the risk of fatty liver disease and nutrient deficiencies, and can be particularly harmful for women as it spurs the production of excess estrogen which is linked to increased risk of breast cancer.
So, The Keto Diet may not be the answer, but ketosis certainly is. Ketosis simply means your body is burning stored body fat for energy rather than existing on the fuel you are taking in as your daily diet.
Clear Medicine’s Three-Phased Approach to Ketosis:
We can eat less or move more to get into ketosis. Every metabolism is different. When and how ketosis occurs varies from person to person, which naturally results in a necessity for alterations in dietary restrictions/permitted foods and serving sizes especially with respect to an individual’s daily activity level.
Phase 1: Getting into Ketosis – The Right Way
We begin the process of entering into ketosis by consuming less calories when we should eat less (i.e. on the days we are moving less). Phase I, which is typically 10 – 12 days, all starchy carbs and sugar and fats are avoided as they are the highest calorie macronutrients. We want your body to start tapping into stored body fat for fuel and not to exist on the fat from your diet.
Phase 2: Remaining in Ketosis & The Link Between Your Activity to Your Food Intake
The goal is to begin reintroducing foods as quickly as possible, while keeping you in ketosis. You will add in food groups based on your exercise habits and by monitoring your body’s response to the addition of fats and starchy carbs via the Ketostix.
Phase 3: Getting Back Into Ketosis
This phase is all about lifestyle adaptation and it is the phase that gives you the tips to get you back on track if you have slipped up, gone on vacation, or become overwhelmed with life or work demands, which forced you to get off track with your diet choices.
With our approach to ketosis, each pound you see drop on the scale could be equivalent to the loss of one pound of fat which would look like a whole block of butter coming off your body.
What you can expect to experience:
Week 1: Initial appointment with a Board-Certified Naturopathic Doctor that includes:
Week 2: Meeting with Holistic Nutritionist to implement our specialized diet
Week 3: Follow-up with your ND to assess current status, address questions and ensure progress week-over-week. Blood work review.
Week 4: Meeting with Holistic Nutritionist update progress, diet diary review, suggestions for hunger, cravings, continued weight loss and entering into your next phase of ketosis diet.
Week 5: Follow-up with your ND including:
All supplements, meal replacements or protein powders are not included and will vary from case to case, and are not required.