iStock: Chaded2557 Some things can be really hard to give up, which is likely why keto newbies often ask, “Can I have chocolate on the keto diet?” And the answer is that it really depends. Let’s start with the bad news: if you love the sweet, creamy flavor and texture of milk chocolate, you’re out of luck. (But keep reading for a secret tip to keep it keto-friendly!) The good news: if you like the super-dark, bitter stuff or pure cocoa, you’re in luck! These types of chocolate have a place in the keto diet and can help keep you on track when a craving hits! What Is the Keto Diet? High-fat and protein-rich foods are the staples of the keto diet plan. For beginners, it can be a little bit difficult to navigate because, let’s face it: people don’t typically devote too much time to tracking the macronutrient makeup of their food. The point of the keto diet, for most, is to promote weight loss. It works by minimizing carbohydrate … [Read more...] about Can You Have Chocolate on the Keto Diet?
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Sunday, February 24, 2019 by: Ellaine Castillo Tags: blood sugar, dieting, food cures, glucose, goodfood, goodhealth, insulin sensitivity, keto diet, ketogenic diet, ketone levels, metabolic syndrome, metabolism, pre-diabetes, slender, weight loss (Natural News) The ketogenic or keto diet has gained much attention all over the world due to its supposed weight loss benefits. People who follow this diet limit their carbohydrate intake while increasing their consumption of dietary fats. Because of this, the body shifts from burning glucose from carbs as its energy source to using ketones from fat deposits. This process is known as ketosis. The strict restriction of dietary carbs could also help diabetics maintain healthy blood sugar levels. However, a state of ketosis isn’t always beneficial and there are many risks to consider before choosing to follow this diet. To further understand how the keto diet helps with blood sugar, it is important to know about insulin … [Read more...] about What diabetics need to know about the keto diet before trying it
I was a competitive gymnast as a child, so I was always in great shape. I had coaches who dictated everything I ate, and I rarely deviated from their plan. That changed when I quit the sport at 16 years old.By the time I was 18, after I moved out of my house and put some distance between me and my alcoholic father, I started binge-eating. I mastered a routine of not eating in the mornings until I was hungry (which usually wasn’t until around lunchtime), but then, I'd eat constantly for the remainder of the day. I loved starchy carbs like bread, potatoes, and pasta. And Pepsi...lots and lots of Pepsi. My turning point was seeing the scale read "error."At 25, my husband and I decided to try to conceive—but we had lots of trouble. We ended up adopting our first three children over the next five years, and at 30 years old, I weighed 350 pounds. Then, two years later, I discovered I was pregnant. After I gave birth to my daughter, I gained another 60 pounds and ended up weighing … [Read more...] about ‘I Lost 230 Pounds On The Keto Diet And Got Stronger Than Ever’
I started gaining weight around 11 or 12 years old—then came the bullying, which made me bury my feelings in food even deeper.I started yo-yo dieting and hopping from one diet to another: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, you name it. One time, I even ate plain chicken breasts, plain peanut butter, and plain beets for two months straight. I lost weight relatively quickly with that "diet," but I gained it al back (and then some). It was not sustainable.In 2006, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My doctor placed me on a diet (basically a low-fat diet with more fruits and veggies) and prescribed me insulin. I managed to lose 60 pounds...only to gain it all back once again. I wasn't able to sustain that diet, either.Having my son in 2012 was my motivation to lose weight. For the first two or three years of his life, I was still burying my feelings in food—the stress of being a new mom, having a new job, and paying bills were reason enough for me to binge. But … [Read more...] about ‘I Lost Nearly 100 Pounds On The Keto Diet—And I Still Eat Chocolate Cake’
I was always overweight growing up. My family was extremely poor, so we ate lots of carbs: toast with cinnamon sugar, buttered spaghetti noodles, and so on. When we had extra money, we'd go to a local restaurant, Hometown Buffet, and binge.By the time I graduated high school, I was nearly 200 pounds. I felt uncomfortable in my prom dress. I tried every fad diet out there (even the cabbage soup diet, where you literally only eat cabbage soup), but everything failed. At best, I'd lose some weight initially then gain it all back. I reached my heaviest weight after having my twins in 2014: 320 pounds (I was 360 pounds when I gave birth). That's when I started following a low-carb diet on and off, without any luck. I felt heavy and uncomfortable, and I knew I needed to change.I felt self-conscious and trapped in my body. That's when I came across the keto diet. I stumbled across the keto diet in 2016. I was suspicious at first, because it felt like a fad diet, but I soon found out that a … [Read more...] about ‘A ‘Lazy’ Version Of The Keto Diet Helped Me Lose Nearly 150 Pounds’