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Ketogenic Diet: Help Your Body Burn Its Own Fat

From the Show: HER
Summary: How does the ketogenic diet work? Is it right for you?
Air Date: 3/16/17
Duration: 31:31
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Maria Emmerich, Wellness Expert
Maria EmmerichMaria Emmerich is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology. She is the author of several cookbooks and three nutritional guidebooks, including the global bestseller The Ketogenic Cookbook and Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking.

Maria’s blog, mariamindbodyhealth.com, offers a unique combination of innovative recipes using alternative ingredients to less-healthy options and easy-to-understand explanations of why these options are better for our health.

Maria’s success stems from her passion for helping others reach and sustain optimal health through programs and education that work on a personal level. She understands the connection between food and how it makes us all feel inside and out. Her specialty is brain chemical neurotransmitters and how they are affected by the foods we eat.

After struggling with her weight throughout her childhood, she decided to study health and wellness so she could help others who are discouraged by their appearance and do not feel their best. The nutrient-rich, relatively high-fat dietary approach that she developed for herself and the exotic, little-known replacements for typical high-glycemic starchy foods and sugar are what finally gave her total peace with food, something she never imagined possible.
Ketogenic Diet: Help Your Body Burn Its Own Fat
What’s the deal with the ketogenic diet?

Sugar causes inflammation. Complex carbohydrates break down into sugar when entering your bloodstream. Protein your body doesn’t use immediately turns into sugar.

The ketogenic diet limits all of these things.

This diet also endorses consumption of saturated fats. They keep your immune system healthy and assist with improving bone health.

The ketogenic diet focuses on three macronutrients that are consumed proportionally. The ideal diet contains 80% fat, 20-50% protein and very few carbohydrates. Upon ketogenic maintenance, your body will start burning its own fat.

A typical ketogenic meal plan is as follows.
  • Breakfast: eggs, keto bread.
  • Lunch: hamburger with avocado on keto bread, dairy-free ice cream.
  • Dinner: steak, side salad with dairy-free salad dressing.
Diabetics and people who want to lose weight are attracted to the ketogenic diet. 

Following this way of eating does present challenges. Going out for social meals makes it tough to stick to the guidelines. You also have to plan ahead so the food is ready when you’re hungry.

Listen as ketogenic expert Maria Emmerich joins Dr. Pam Peeke to discuss the ketogenic diet.

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