A ketogenic diet is very high fat, moderate protein and very low carb.   Fat, carbs and proteins are the 3 macronutrients we eat, and are typically referred to as ‘macros’.  Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t eat high amounts of protein on a ketogenic diet; instead, the macronutrient you eat the most amount of is fat.  Carbohydrates are limited to no more than 20 – 50 grams a day and no grains are eaten.

The purpose of the ketogenic diet is to shift your body from burning sugar and carbs as its primary source of fuel and instead shift it to burning fat.  You are in ketosis when your body primarily burns fat for fuel instead of carbs and sugars.

People often turn to the ketogenic diet as a quick solution to weight loss and view it as a temporary way of eating, planning to switch back to their old habits once they hit their goal weight.  Unfortunately, for those who view the ketogenic diet this way, once they revert to their old way of eating they are highly likely to regain the weight, potentially gaining back more than they lost.

The ketogenic diet is more than just a temporary diet, it’s a way of living, and needs to be a permanent change.  Once you transition to this way of eating, you’ll see great health gains which do include weight loss, but there are plenty of other benefits, too.  Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic disorder, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  It can normalize blood pressure, reduce or completely heal PCOS and Fibromyalgia.  It helps with reducing or eliminating IBS, anxiety, ADHD and epileptic seizures.  It helps clear up skin, eliminate acne and dandruff, regulate your hormones, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s/dementia, just to list a few of the benefits.

The ketogenic diet is focused on healing your body from the damage caused by processed foods, sugars, grains; in short, the typical standard American diet (SAD).

This way of eating is perfect for type 2 diabetics!  Many people report getting completely off all medications within weeks after beginning the ketogenic diet, and normalizing their blood sugars to the point where they aren’t even considered to be pre-diabetic.

We are taught that type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, with no hope of being cured.  We are told that those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will eventually have to take insulin as their pancreas wears out and stops producing insulin, and that it’s inevitable that you will have kidney issues, go blind, lose fingers, toes, hands and feet to amputation, be at higher risk for heart attacks and more.

Not true!   Thousands and thousands of people who switch to a ketogenic diet report completely reversing their type 2 diabetes, normalizing their blood pressure, improving vision, weight loss and more.

Once you experience all the benefits of this lifestyle you won’t want to go back!

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