I might give this diet a crack, anything with bacon in it can’t be bad for you

I am currently on Day 33 of my challenge to find peak ham. I have eaten ham for breakfast every day for 33 days. I have not yet found peak ham.

For those wondering what peak ham is, it is the day on which you can’t face another meal of ham.

When I do reach peak ham though, I am going to give this diet a try:

A viral diet that’s been found to burn up to 10 times as much fat as a standard diet is gaining momentum among Silicon Valley tech workers. And it involves eating a lot of fat.

The ketogenic, or “keto,” diet – which first became popular in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy and diabeteslimits carbohydrates to no more than 50 grams a day, which is the rough equivalent of a plain bagel or a cup of white rice. By comparison, dietary guidelines from the US Department of Agriculture recommend from 225 to 325 grams of carbs a day.

On the keto diet, the body goes into starvation mode and taps its fat stores for fuel. Studies suggest the low-carb, high-fat diet may promote weight loss, improve focus, and stave off age-related diseases. More research is needed on its long-term effects, especially among healthy people.

A small study recently published in the journal Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome found that adults who had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (a precursor of diabetes) and ate a ketogenic diet had resting metabolic rates (a measure of how much energy your body burns when at rest) more than 10 times as high as people who ate a standard diet.

Last year, I spent two months eating bacon, butter, and avocados to see why the keto movement is so popular with tech workers

I think I will give the avocados a miss…they are green after all.

I’ve done this before, and it does work…I once lost 30 kilos on this sort of diet. All I have to do is give up beautiful succulent bread.

The keto diet reorganizes the building blocks of the food pyramid.

It cuts down carbs to between 20 and 50 grams a day, depending on a person’s medical history and insulin sensitivity. (There are about 30 grams in one apple or one-half of a plain bagel.)

On the diet, healthy fats should account for approximately 80% of a person’s daily calories, while protein should make up about 20%. On average, Americans get about 50% of their calories from carbs, 30% from fat, and 15% from protein, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The human body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, which is used for energy or stored as glycogen in liver and muscle tissue. But the body has a plan-B fuel supply.

When carbs go missing from a person’s diet, the body uses up its glucose reserves and then breaks down stored fat into fatty acids. When fatty acids reach the liver, they’re converted into an organic substance called ketones. The brain and other organs feed on ketones in a process called ketosis, which gives the diet its name. Keto-dieters eat lots of fat to maintain this state.

Yep, and it works.

The keto diet made over my mind and my body. The sense of mental clarity and energy that came on about three to four weeks into eating keto was unlike anything I’ve experienced. I woke up feeling strong, confident, and capable of taking on whatever the day threw at me.

“This is how you’re supposed to feel as a human being,” Wali said during a follow-up visit.

Hmmm…maybe we need to reinstate Blubbergeddon.

 

-Business Insider


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