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The Keto diet

Very low-calorie diets (VLCD) can be extremely helpful for weight loss, especially if you are looking to lose weight quickly. A ketogenic diet falls under this category of diets. While many carb-restricted diets focus on a high protein intake, the keto diet is different in this regard since it has a high fat requirement. The daily percentage of fat intake is generally between 55 to 60% – but can be as much as 90% of the total caloric intake – along with adequate protein and low carbs.

The keto diet was first used about a century ago as a therapy for epileptic children who did not respond well to other treatments. It has also been studied for its potential as a treatment for other neurological disorders, and the media has, at times, presented it as a weight-loss wonder. Many people have had positive outcomes after following the keto diet, and you might be wondering whether it is the right choice for your needs and goals. It is always a good idea to check with your general practitioner about what kind of diet is the most suitable for your specific health requirements.

How does it work?

Research has shown that the ketogenic diet, as well as other very low-calorie diets, is more effective in boosting weight loss than traditional low-fat diets. Many dieters have achieved quick weight loss with the keto diet, and it has become quite popular on social media and is sometimes advertised as a miracle weight-loss cure. So, we know that it does work for a lot of people – now, let’s find out how it works and the science behind it.  

In a nutshell, the keto diet signals your body to switch from using circulating glucose as the main source of fuel to the body’s fat stores. Normally, the body gets its energy from carbohydrates. When you keep your carb levels extremely low and increase the amount of fat you are eating, the body goes through a process called “ketosis.” In this process, when there are not enough carbs for the body to use as fuel, it breaks down stored fat into “ketone bodies” instead. It typically takes a few days for the body to make the switch, and it is important to consistently keep the carb intake low to maintain the state of ketosis.

What foods are keto-friendly?

For many, cheese and cream are not usually the foods, they associate with dieting. However, on the keto diet, these are exactly the kinds of foods that you are encouraged to eat. Generally, carbs are limited to about 20 to 50 grams per day. Some keto-friendly foods include fats and oils, animal proteins, dairy products and cheeses, low-carb vegetables (like leafy greens, mushrooms, tomatoes and summer squashes), nuts, seeds and berries. Starchy foods like potatoes, sugar beets and corn all contain higher levels of carbohydrates, so they are not conducive to staying in ketosis.

With meal replacements, weight loss products and supplements that support a very low-calorie diet, Nupo’s products – like Diet Packs can be great go-to keto-friendly options. Of course, no matter what diet you choose to follow, it is always a healthy idea to keep well-hydrated to flush the body of toxins as well as boost weight loss. Nupo’s Slim Boost supplements can also be effective in enhancing your weight loss and as an aid to the keto diet. Many keto-enthusiasts report that they experience much fewer cravings and feel much more satisfied after meals, even though they are eating considerably less than usual. This potentially hunger-reducing side-effect of the keto diet is also helpful in staying disciplined and motivated with the food plan.

Is the keto diet right for me?

While there are many people who have experienced positive effects from following a keto diet, like any diet or food plan, the results vary from person to person. And, like any other change in daily habits, there can be both positive as well as negative side effects. Some people have reported experiencing negative symptoms like headache and fatigue at the beginning of ketosis, known as the “keto flu.” It is also important to stick to keto-safe foods on the diet, so that your body doesn’t fall out of ketosis. So, for many, it is a great choice, but other people might want to choose an alternate way to lose weight.

The Nupo diet is a very low-calorie diet that can support a keto diet, but doesn’t require following a keto diet. One main difference between the keto diet and the Nupo diet is that you adjust the percentage of carbs, protein and fat intake in your daily food plan.

Nupo diet products are not high in fat, so they can help with quick weight loss no matter what diet you choose to follow. If you want to use Nupo products while promoting ketosis, you can adjust the percentage of your foods to include a higher daily fat percentage.

In this way, Nupo allows versatility and flexibility for your weight loss goals, especially when your desire is to shed pounds quickly. So, no matter whether you decide to “go Keto” or to follow the Nupo diet – or any other weight-loss plan – it is important to be mindful of your daily caloric intake. Find out what kind of plan best suits your lifestyle and run it by your general practitioner. Luckily, there are many ways to lose your extra kilos in a jiffy! The keto diet might be just the thing for you ­– but keep in mind that it is usually not advisable to keep going on and off a keto diet. In this regard, the Nupo diet is safe to try as you like – feel free to check out our Taste All sample pack!

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