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THE KETOGENIC DIET

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Have you been been hearing all the buzz about the ketogenic diet and are curious to find out what it is?

The keto diet was originally developed by a pioneering researcher in diabetes and nutrition, Dr. Russell Wilder in 1924 to combat epilepsy.

A keto diet is a low carbohydrate, high fat and adequate protein diet.  The diet shares a few similarities with the low carb or Atkins Diet.  The idea is that energy is burned from fats and proteins rather than from carbohydrates.  The reduction of carbs in your nutritional intake can put you in a state referred to as “ketosis.”

Ketosis happens when you eat a low carb (less than 50 grams) high protein diet. This makes your body run out of glucose which it uses for fuel.  The body will start breaking down the available proteins and fats to use for energy, creating molecules known as ketone bodies. These ketones replace glucose and are used as fuel by the muscles and the brain. This process can cause weight loss.  A study conducted by the National Institute of Health discovered that the brain prefers ketones over glucose.

So why go keto and what are the benefits for CrossFitters?

  • Helps to reduce appetite by reducing your appetite like your stomach has shrunk

  • It helps to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels because with a ketogenic diet, the body’s blood sugar would have no need to rise up or to be disturbed

  • Reduce blood sugar

  • Reverse cases of metabolic syndrome

  • It is therapeutic for the brain

  • It can prevent lots of other ailments such as; cancer, heart disease, acne, diabetes, epilepsy, polycystic ovary syndrome and more

  • It is also known to help enhance the performance and endurance of athletes when they train

Crossfit athletes are one of the toughest athletes of all time. They lift heavy weights and do rigorous cardio on a daily basis to build up their strength and performance levels.  These athletes need the endurance of a runner and the strength of a powerlifter, and typically their performance would improve on a carbohydrate rich diet.  Since the loss of body fat and lean muscle mass helps you to carry out the workout more effectively and easily. The energy in the ketones produced by the body can produce more energy per molecule than glucose therefore enhancing your WOD performance.

 

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