How many grams of carbs can I eat in a day?
All carbohydrates, from bread, pasta and chocolate to the more healthy ones like fruit and butternut, convert to glucose in the bloodstream. Since the body doesn’t like having too much glucose floating around, the pancreas releases a surge of insulin to deal with it. The more carbs one eats, the more insulin that is released. The downside of too much insulin is fat storage. So, if you want to lose weight, the key is to keep the amount of insulin in your body as low as possible. The only way to do this is to be careful with carbs. But, what does “be careful” with carbs really mean?
Am I in ketosis and does it matter?
Hello everybody and happy 2017 to all of you. May this be the year for achieving your goals and realising all your dreams for health and wellness. I hope you find this article of value since there is much confusion out there with regards to what ketosis is, why you might want to try ketosis, how to get into ketosis as well as how to test for it.
What is ketosis?
When you go very low carb, your insulin levels drop. This allows your body to start burning your stored fat for fuel, and very effectively melts those extra kilos away. As long as insulin stays high due to a high carb intake, weight loss is going to elude you. Your body has an amazing ability to convert its engine from petrol (carbs) to diesel (fat). It is a totally natural process, and has enabled humans to endure times of famine all through the ages. Today, researchers are discovering that keto-adaptation has other therapeutic benefits that go beyond mere survival. Read the rest of this entry
Are you eating the right amount of fat?
Article written by Paul Magnuson, (Banting Buddies coach in Pretoria, South Africa).
It all depends on where you are in your Banting journey. Too little fat at the beginning could delay quick and effective fat-adaptation (leaving you feeling tired, hungry, irritable and still craving carbs), and too much once fat-adapted could stall weight loss. Continue reading for a more detailed explanation and strategy for getting the fat in your diet just right. This information might help you lose those last few kilos, or get off that frustrating plateau. Read the rest of this entry