In our last article, we talked about developing the sleeping habits of high-performers. Diet is also a factor when it comes to performance whether you are an employee sitting in front of a computer all day, or an athlete with laps to run.
If you’ve had your radar scanning the health landscape, you most definitely may have come across the keto diet. It has taken the diet community by storm with a number of celebrities endorsing it. But, what makes the ketogenic diet the it thing? And does it really work?
The Daily Mail did a great job of answering these questions.
Favoured by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow for its rapid results, the Ketogenic Diet has been making headlines non-stop over the past few years.
The low carbohydrate, high fat program sees participants eat moderate protein and receive the majority of their energy intake from fat.
But does it really work?
The Dietitians Association of Australia recently weighed in on the controversial diet and revealed the three things people need to consider before jumping on board the Keto bandwagon.
In a recent media alert, the DAA first explained the thinking behind the program and how it works.
‘As fat is the main source of energy being consumed, the body must then use this (that is, break it down) as its main energy source or “fuel”,’ they explained.
‘When dietary fat is metabolised for energy, by-products called “ketone bodies” (molecules that are made by the liver from fatty acids) are produced which are used up by the body’s tissues, muscles and the brain. This process is known as “ketosis”.
‘The body can enter ketosis during times of severe energy restriction (such as during fasting or starvation) or prolonged intense exercise, or when carbohydrate intake is reduced to around 50g per day, or less – the equivalent of around two slices of bread, and a banana.’
These are the thoughts of medical experts but there are also reliable non-medical celebrities who have something to say.
An article by Women’s Health Magazine talked about Halle Berry’s foray into the ketogenic diet.
The high fat, moderate protein, and very low-carb plan encourages her body to burn healthy fats rather than carbs for energy, she explains on LIVE With Kelly and Ryan. “A ketogenic diet is no sugar, no carbs. Nothing white,” she says. Instead, Halle fills her diet with healthy fats, like avocado, coconut oil, and butter.
In another interview with PeopleTV, Halle explains that eggs, protein, nuts, and legumes are also part of her plate, along with lots of vegetables. And it’s far from deprivation: “You can eat all the food you want,” she says. “You can eat a big-ass porterhouse steak if you want. You just can’t have the baked potato.”
Luckily, her Instagram gives a little peak into some of her favorite meals. And Halle gets a lot of her cooking inspo from Maria Emmerich’s cookbook, Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking, showing off all the recipes she makes on her fitness channel on Instagram Stories.
The thoughts of Joe Rogan on Keto OS are also worth listening to. In a nutshell, the MMA champion turned comedian turned YouTube star endorses the diet.
Whether this is something you should try depends on where you are on the health spectrum and what diet goals you have. There are endless resources on the internet to guide you on your keto journey should you choose to go on one.