Natural Ketosis Blog

What is sugar?

Sugar is part of the carbohydrate family of foods. This food group is quite large as it includes everything from regular table sugar through to green beans and cereals. Due to its vast membership, it can become quite difficult to navigate and also to know what to choose.

 

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Here at Natural Ketosis we believe about making the right food choices and being able to navigate the confusing food environment we live in. As a team of low carbers feel free to ask us any questions on low carbing - we are happy to help :)

Honey - Not so Sweet

Hidden Sugars – so many people write about the hidden sugars in things that we think of as healthy and Honey must be high on the list of these misunderstood foods.  Honey is just sugar with some hidden benefits such as vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, but there are much better places to get these benefits.  Why not consider eating eggs, full fat milk, fish and meat which are sugar free.

Burn Fat While Eating Fat

How can a fat make you slim?  Easy answer Fat is a fuel but to access this fuel you need to switch off glucose.  So make your body work hard this summer by eating lots of good fats without sugar and your body will start using fat for energy and you can slim down as you eat lovely summer food.  

How to Identify, Manage & Prevent Stress when Actively Losing Weight

Not only can stress influence your behaviours, but having high stress levels on a day to day basis can result in chronically elevated cortisol levels. High cortisol levels are strongly associated with weight gain and can make losing weight much more difficult. Hormones which increase your appetite can also be activated when stressed and can cause behaviours or habits to occur that involve comfort eating or emotional eating. In this blog we aim to give you some hints and tips on how best to manage these situations.

 

Banting and Low Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diets

Over the past year, the Banting diet has increased in popularity with more and more people finding the positive benefits that such an approach to eating and lifestyle offers in terms of weight loss but also in terms of overall health. In this blog we trace the origins of the Banting diet, explore it’s current format and help to explain the similarities between Banting and a Low Carb Ketogenic Diet.

What is Better - Weight Loss or Looking Slimmer?

In your quest for a better more slimmer, toned body, it is important to ensure that you are fuelling your body correctly. Navigating the “healthy” food environment can be daunting as each product states that it will give you the essential fuel your body desperately needs to get to your goal better and faster. However, how true are these claims? Especially if you are spending a good deal of time being vigilant with your food choices and not seeing the results you were hoping for?

 

The Addictiveness of Sugar

With the recent media attention on the population’s sugar consumption, studies that have previously been neglected for their claims on the psychological effects of sugar consumption are now gaining more recognition.

Holistic Improvements of a Low Carb Ketogenic Diet

Not a day goes by that there is a new piece of research telling us what we should be doing and not doing to watch our health and our waistlines.  Even if you have not officially followed a ‘diet’, you may have certainly adapted your eating habits over the years to mirror the current public health perceptions. In this blog, we aim to show the positive health improvements that accompany weight loss on the Natural Ketosis Programme.

 

What is the Difference between Total Carbs and Net Carbs?

Following a low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet has become a popular approach not only to manage weight but also in the management of various health conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy and more recently cancer. However, with information coming from both sides of the Atlantic, people often get confused when counting carbohydrates: do I use “net” carbs or should I just use “total” carbohydrates? In this blog we aim to demystify these approaches to help you get the most out of this way of eating.

 

A Low Carb Ketogenic Diet for Successful Prevention and Diabetes Management

Diabetes is a growing health problem. Diabetes is not only linked to being overweight - anyone can develop diabetes. There is also a lot of confusion on what we should and should not eat for preventing and managing diabetes. In this blog, we will show why managing your blood sugar intake through food will not only help as a prevention method, but also help to manage diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) better.

 

Convenience Food - Yay or Nay?

Everyone is in a rush. Whether it is running to get to work on time, stuck in traffic trying to get the kids to school, even trying to squeeze that extra gym class so as to be more efficient. Let’s face it, we’re all stressed and there are not enough hours in the day to allow us to organise ourselves. So in the midst of all this, it is quite tempting to put nutrition bottom of your priority list and go for ready-made convenience foods.

 

The Importance of Cutting Down Your Added Sugar Intake

This morning we woke up to the call for the need to ban energy drinks for children under 16. We here at Natural Ketosis completely agree with this ban, but why stop there? A ban on these drinks should be extended to the rest of the population. It is important to understand the harmful effects that excess sugar has on our body - not just from a calorie perspective but most importantly from a physiological perspective.

 

Exercise, Diet & Diabetes

Not a day goes by without a news piece covering the diabetes epidemic within the UK population or news coverage regarding new and exciting research looking at new interventions to either prevent or manage diabetes. Yet what is diabetes, and can diet help prevent and manage the condition?

Why Avoiding Sugar Benefits Brain Health

Sugar is currently the focus of what is wrong with the nation’s diet. Apart from the ‘obvious’ reasons why sugar in large amount is bad for health - eg: obesity, type 2 diabetes, etc, sugar in the diet has also been linked to brain health and ageing. With growing levels of individuals being diagnosed with a form of dementia (there are more than 100 forms of dementia), the message of what can be done to prevent and manage dementia is a common topic. So, what can people do to change their lifestyles and nutrition to have a positive impact on their health?

Can a Change in Diet Change the Foods You Crave?

We all love to eat food that we know is bad for our health and waistlines. According to the latest BBC Horizon programme this month, the population can be divided into three categories based on their eating habits. So whether it’s ice cream, a slice of chocolate cake or a scone or all the items on a high tea menu we all know these are not the best choices for health. However we tend to prefer to eat these items over a bowl of salad leaves. Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced this! So, losing weight can feel like you’re depriving yourself, albeit for a good cause, but what happens when you are allowed to eat these items once again? If cravings are the issue, then why not address this by changing your palate?

 

What’s your 2015 resolution?

As the decorations fade and the weather gets colder, we all start looking into ways of enforcing that New Year resolution of being a healthier better version of ourselves over the coming months. So, what are the options available for you this January 2015?

Slimology: The Relatively Simple Science of Slimming - Book Review

Sam Feltham is a personal trainer dedicated to helping individuals to obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. After years of advising people to follow the current eatwell recommendations and seeing them fail in their attempt at obtaining and maintaining their goals, Sam decided to delve deeper into the science underpinning current weight loss paradigms. What he found made him change his advice which in turn has helped people to successfully achieve - and maintain -  their goals.

 

Is a Low Carbohydrate Diet a “Fad Diet”?

Earlier this week, the British Dietetic Association published its annual review of the top 5 worst celebrity diets to help you achieve weight loss and good health. A low carbohydrate diet was not on the list. In this blog we explain how this way of eating translates into a healthy balanced diet that will help you not only lose weight and inches, but also help towards improving your overall health.  

 

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Guest blogger Richard Chessor, the lead nutritionist for Scottish Rugby, discusses the importance of not getting caught up in the minor nutritional details, but rather to focus on your goal and the process required to get you there.

Weight Loss Surgery and Diabetes Management

This week one of the main health stories has been surrounding the latest announcement that weight loss surgery will indeed reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. With World Diabetes day on the 14th of November, in this blog we look at the article at the heart of this story and what it means for overall health and sustainability.

 

Thyroid Health & Weight Management

With 1 in 10 people in the UK being diagnosed with a thyroid-related condition, in this blog we aim to help you understand the thyroid gland’s function and how it is involved with weight loss and overall health.

How do you effectively manage diabetes through diet?

Diabetes is a condition associated with the body’s inability to maintain stable blood glucose levels for a variety of different reasons. As blood sugar is directly affected by the composition of the food eaten, irrespective of the underlying physiological issue causing diabetes, then logic would dictate that a change in dietary habits is required so as to help manage the condition as much as possible.