Ryan Merritt McGehee, owner of The Clean Eatery, breaks down the ketogenic diet. The Clean Eatery has a special offer for AY readers. Use the code AYMag to get employee pricing when you sign up for your order.
The original purpose of the ketogenic diet was to prevent epilepsy in children. But since then, it’s been utilized for all sorts of reasons. Some of the best and most popular benefits of the ketogenic diet include:
- Better mood
- Better sleep
- Mental clarity
- Fat loss
- Better skin
Following a keto diet means eating a lot of fat. Not just any fat, but medium chain triglycerides (MCT) like coconut oil, animal fat, nut oil and avocado oil. The body typically burns these fats nine times faster than carbohydrates.
The Clean Eatery provides macros-based nutrition. Individual macros are made based on high fat, moderate protein and very low carb. At The Clean Eatery, we use a macronutrient calculator and monitor diets for each person’s individual needs. No two people are the same, therefore portions are specific based on physical activity, body type, medical limits and preferences.
Whole foods and a holistic approach are the ways we approach nutrition. On a keto diet, fruit is a bad word. So are rice, bread and oatmeal. Instead, we replace those carbs with more cruciferous and fibrous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, avocado and nuts. Proper portions are key to controlling insulin production.
Coffee is acceptable… sort of. Caffeine can help with weight loss and energy (good) but when paired with food or immediately following consumption, can cause hyper insulin production (bad).
We have two ketogenic programs:
- Food – each person gets a seven-day diet broken down for 100 percent of their nutrition needs.
- Full Keto – includes catalyst supplements (BHB, Beta-hydroxyburate), BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids, for protein bonds) and test strips to monitor your ketone levels.
When testing for ketones, we manage an individual’s homeostasis between 70-100mmL. If that amount is too low, it results in a lack of fat burning. If the levels are too high it could be dangerous. We also address daily water intake while on a strict schedule and we recommend intermittent fasting for maximizing results if you’re planning to use the program for weight loss.
To learn more or order a plan from The Clean Eatery, visit cleaneaterylr.com.