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Is zero-sugar and no carbs the S o what is it about this new "Keto- genic Diet", or Keto for short, that seems to blow ever yone's mind. Weight loss? Health? This way of eating seems to be the craze right now for los- ing weight. We first need to understand that the word "diet" just refers to the kinds of foods a person eats. As an outpatient dietitian I am asked multiple times each week what I think about the Keto diet. After taking a deep breath followed by a huge sigh I become plagued with the idea of wanting to scream out load or throw my papers up in the air when asked this question. As a licensed medical professional and a Registered Dietitian it is my job to evaluate and understand all the trends and diets as to determine how healthy it is for our bodies. So the Keto diet was one I had no problem breaking down and assessing. If you were to Google the Ketogenic diet this is what you would find: "The Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates." - Wikipedia This is what it was first designed for, epilepsy and other brain injur y or dis- orders. The idea is to put your body in the state of ketosis where blood glucose levels fail which is supposed to lead to the fat burning hormone to increase. When this happens triglycerides are re- leased from fat cells, broken down while traveling to the liver to be used for en- ergy. In other words, the goal is to burn fat instead of the carbohydrates in our body and in turn result in fat loss in the body. But getting your body into a state of ketosis doesn't happen in a few days and in order to make it happen you have to follow the Ketogenic diet EXACTLY without any wavering, otherwise it will slow the process. Below are the basics of the Keto diet: Foods you have to Avoid: Sugar y foods-sodas, fruit juice, • smoothies, ice cream, candy, etc. Grains and Starches-wheat/ • f lour based products, rice, cereal, pasta, etc. Fruit-ALL FRUIT, with excep- • tions of limited berries. Beans/Legumes-kidney beans, • lentils, peas, etc. Root vegetables-potatoes, car- • rots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, etc. Low-fat and diet products- • highly processed and some had extra carbohydrates Unhealthy fat-processed veg- • t e x t b y a n g e l a d u r a n i s a a c s Registered Dietician Nutritionalist discusses pros and cons of the Ketogenic diet as you look for ways to keep your New Year's resolutions for losing weight 'Key'-to dieting? e MINERAL KING PUBLISHING INC | FSGNEWS.COM | 17 ExErciSE/NutritioN

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