Does is ever seem that there’s always a new “big thing” in diets? Foods take turns coming fire–fats, sugar, meat, carbs–then later it switches and you hear another food is the problem. This revolving door is part of why obesity is at 38%. Folks have given up trying to find a diet that works. But there might finally be a definitive answer–a ketogenic diet is THE diet it seems. Everywhere you look, some celeb has lost weight on a ketogenic diet. The University of Alabama at Birmingham reported Dec. 18, that the ketogenic diet has been shown to treat cognition problems, particularly in elderly HIV patients. The ketogenic diet could also fix schizophrenia. Low-carb, high protein diets have proved superior to other weight loss programs in treating obesity, as well.
What is a ketogenic diet? It’s one that focuses on good fat, high protein, low-carb foods. It’s very similar to the Mediterranean Diet which has also shown great success in helping people lose weight. How does a good fat, high protein, low-carb diet help with weight loss? It has a trifecta effect, in which all three components work together. Eating a low-carb diet means you’re cutting sugar, particularly refined sugar. It’s pretty common knowledge that “crash diets”–where you eliminate certain foods or food groups–are unsuccessful long-term. But, if there’s one food that makes you fat (and causes a plethora of health issues) it’s refined sugar. Refined sugar messes with your mind and your body. To curb obesity and boost cognition, quit eating processed foods which are high-carb, low-protein and high-bad-fat.
Eating high protein foods curb obesity in two ways: they fill you up and control hunger longer. Simple carbohydrates–sugar and processed starch–burn off faster and actually leave you hungrier than before you ate them. Low-carb, high protein meals are also brain food. You think more clearly when you eat enough protein. That’s one reason the ketogenic high protein diet treats cognition, memory and Alzheimer’s disease.
Probably the most surprising piece of the ketogenic diet puzzle is the good fat part. Basically the ketogenic diet says eat good fat to burn bad fat. What is good fat? It’s known by many names: brown fat, omega oils (omega 3, omega 6, omega 6 omega 9, etc) , MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) linolenic acids (ALA, GLA, CLA, etc.) Essentially they’re all the same in function–good fat is acid–it dissolves or burns bad fat (white fat stored in the body, saturated fat, transfats, etc). Good fats are listed with bad fats on food nutrition data labels, but they nutritionally they have the opposite effect. Good fats are fatty acids, not plaque-building, artery-clogging transfats and saturated fats. Good fat foods flush away white fat stored in cells and stuck to organs. Good fat foods, like fish, are brain food too. Fatty acids keep organs lubed and running smoothly. Good fat foods will literally clear your mind–of bad-fat sewage–which boosts cognition. It also kicks obesity butt!