What can you eat on a Keto Diet is one of the most commonly asked question. Here, we answer that and more.
A keto diet as you may already is one very healthy way to burn fat and lose weight. For many beginners who are already used to a high-carb diet, it could be such an impossible task.
What is Keto?
Keto or Ketogenic diet is a very low-carb diet, which effectively helps you burn fat — With a lot of proven testimonies from people, this eating-planning has climbed up the ladder as one healthy way to lose weight. To sustain a keto diet, carb-based foods like bread, pasta, pastries, and even certain fruits are taken completely out of your diet, in order to allow your body to burn fat for energy instead of carbs.
What happens when you eat low carbs?
If you eat very few carbs, your body produces small fuel molecules called “ketones”. Ketones then serve as an alternative fuel source for the body. Meaning instead of your body running on glucose from carbs, your body alternates its fuel source to burning fat all day long. When your body produces ketones, “ketosis”, a metabolic state which usually occurs when you fast takes place — However with Keto, you get the benefits of fasting without fasting.
Why lots of people can’t Keto?
Many people find it almost impossible to stick with a keto diet for a long time because of its high carbs restriction. For instance, This eating plan allows you, less than 20 grams per day, and an apple or banana has more than that. And for beginners, the first few days or weeks could be hard especially experiencing symptoms like hunger, fatigue, low mood, irritability, constipation, headaches, and brain fog.
What can you eat on the Keto Diet?
You can’t eat starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes – No bananas or certain kind of fruits, soda, pastries, beer, candy and anything high on carbs. You should eat fish, meat, cheese, avocados, vegetable, natural fat and foods containing fat. Avoid sugary foods and drinks — Drink just water, if you want tea or coffee avoid taking it with sugar or sweeteners.
What else can keto diet do, apart from weight loss?
For those with type 2 diabetes, a keto diet has proven to improve blood sugar control — It reduces the way you take medications as well as high insulin levels. A keto diet has also been said to have the potential to prevent or reverse type 2 diabetes.
Also when on high-fat diet as opposed to high-carb, your body burns fat every second, which means constant access to weeks or months of stored energy, and this has a way of reducing feelings of hunger. It helps you save money on too much, as a lot of people on Keto probably eat twice or less a day — Which means you have to spend less more eating every food that crossed your mind.
When on a keto diet, you may tend to experience an increase in energy which invariably increases mental performance. When the body produces ketones, and “ketosis” occurs, there is a steady flow of fuel to the brain, this also takes away problems associated with big blood sugar swings, and this, in turn, helps in the overall performance of the brain.
It also ends the days of the noisy stomach, and you start experiencing less gas, fewer cramps, and pains. Unlike stored carbohydrates (glycogen) which only lasts for a couple of hours of intense exercise or less, a keto diet ensures a continuous supply of energy, already stored as fat, which may last for weeks. This means that you have the ability to participate in intense physical activities without getting easily tired
Interestingly, studies have shown that a keto diet has been effectively used as medical therapy for epilepsy since the 1920s — Although in the past, it was majorly used for children, nowadays adults have come to enjoy its benefits. Basically, a keto diet entails restricting carbohydrates, protein, high intake of fat, fast intermittently, staying away from snacking then exercise.
How to know you have progressed on your Keto journey?
Dry mouth and increased thirst Increased urination, Keto breath, Reduced hunger, and increased energy.
A lot of people run away from the Keto diet because it is expensive and frankly, it is. However, there proven tricks to help you maintain the diet without robbing a bank. Plan your meals, buy in bulk, buy the cheapest alternative, buy in season, cook yourself — cook once, eat more than ones. Cook simple meals.
Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.
Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.
Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines
These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.
Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.
This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.
COVID-19: Cross River Govt Kicks Against Stigmatisation, Urges Residents To Get Tested
The Cross River Government has kicked against stigmatisation of people with COVID-19 in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu stated this on Monday while sensitizing the residents of Yakurr and Abi Local Government Areas of the state.
Dr. Edu while sensitizing the residents of the area pointed out that the disease is not a death sentence, rather residents should go for test to know their status.
She went on to emphasize the need for leaders within the communities to get involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, ways to prevent the disease, and preventable deaths adding that testing centres have been established in both communities.
She also reiterated the need to strengthen the health system and promote health within the communities.
PTF: Despite Presenting Negative COVID-19 Results, 40 Percent Of Passengers On A Single Int’l Flight Tested Positive
The Federal Government has raised the alarm over COVID-19 test results being presented by international flights passenger.
Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, raised the alarm while appearing before a joint Senate committee on health and aviation.
Ibrahim Oloriegbe, chairman, Senate Committee on Health, at the meeting, had expressed concern about the protocols for international flight operations about COVID-19 test requirements.
Responding to the concern, Aliyu expressed that some international flight passengers who presented negative COVID-19 results tested positive for thereon arrival in Nigeria.
Aliyu said there was an instance in which 40 percent of passengers on a single flight tested positive for COVID-19, despite presenting negative COVID-19 results before boarding.
Speaking further, he justified the measure put in place for flight operations, while he also revealed that the validity period of test had been reduced to four days from the initial seven days to prevent repeat occurrences.
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