For much of the medical community, the general opinion on weight loss pills leans toward skepticism, and for good reason. First and foremost: this term covers a very broad category, and while some pharmaceutical interventions can increase your energy level and boost your metabolism, which can indirectly help you lose weight, others can be so dangerous that they are not approved by the FDA and in some cases can’t be sold legally. 

We all know what coaches do: we’ve seen them on sports fields and in corporate settings, cheering on their protegees and pushing them to achieve things they couldn’t achieve on their own. Great coaches don’t just give us the confidence and courage to tackle tough challenges, they also give us the information we need to make the right moves. They give us the “why”, and they also give us the “how”. And if we’ve chosen the right coach, we eventually start seeing results we never would have seen if left to ourselves. 

When you dramatically reduce your carbohydrate intake and replace that energy source with fats, you send your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When you enter this state, your body “learns” how to burn fat and use it as an energy source, and then becomes very efficient at this process. 

The liver, which is the body’s nutrient processing and metabolic center, begins processing fat into ketones, which can be used as fuel for your organs, muscles, and brain.  Meanwhile, your blood sugar and insulin levels tend to drop when you enter this state, and the results can bring a range of health benefits, including weight loss. 

There are several different popular versions of what’s called the standard ketogenic diet (SKD), and some have been more extensively researched than others. While the SKD appears to be safe and effective for most regular people, some of the other more extreme versions of keto dieting make more sense for serious body builders and professional athletes. 

In comparison to an ordinary diet, a standard ketogenic diet routine means carb intake is very low, protein intake is moderate, and fat intake is high (5%, 20% and 75% of your total diet, respectively). Many nutritionists and practitioners of the diet assign some of its weight loss benefits to the reduction of insulin production, which can mean lower feelings of hunger. Less interest in food means lower intake overall.  

Should You try the Standard Keto Diet? 

One of the most promising aspects of the standard keto diet is safety. Even if you work this diet into your routine and you find it doesn’t work for you—maybe the regimen is too strict or your schedule interferes with your plans—the keto diet is unlikely to hurt you in any physical or metabolic way. If it works, good, and if doesn’t, the level of risk to your health is low. Here at AALI, we believe in trying new things (safely), changing unhealthy habits, moving forward, and looking for solutions that work. If you think the Keto diet might bring the changes you’re looking for, we can provide the coaching and counseling you need to stay on track. Here are some of the foods you’ll want to avoid: 

  • Sugar
  • Starches
  • Fruit
  • Beans
  • Alcohol
  • Potatoes
  • Grains
  • Candy

These are all high in carbs and you’ll want to replace these calories with healthy fats and protein dense foods like avocado, fish, nuts, eggs, and plant oils. A schedule, a timeline, and an established routine can increase your accountability and bring you closer to success. Contact our team today and find out how we can help!

In most modern cultures around the world, eating has become practice that takes place more or less 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as our schedules and habits allow. We graze when it’s convenient, snack when we get the munchies, and otherwise consume meals at various scheduled times throughout the waking day. But our hunter-gather ancestors couldn’t do that. Their eating patterns were dependent on food availability, which sometimes left them involuntarily fasting for several hours or even days at a time.

Over thousands of years, our metabolic systems evolved to accommodate intermittent food availability, and at this point, many health enthusiasts and fitness coaches are recognizing the benefits of adopting a voluntary version of the practice. 

Intermittent fasting, or eating food (any food) on a controlled schedule, appears to have powerful health and weight loss benefits. Unlike many other popular diet plans, this one is harmless and free of dangerous risks and side effects, and it’s relatively easy to practice—even easier with the help of a coach or support system to keep you on track. Here are three common approaches to intermittent fasting: 

The 6/8 Method: Skip breakfast and eat food only during an eight-hour window of the 24 hour day (for example, from noon to 8:00 pm. 

The eat-stop-eat method: Forego all food for 24 hours, two times a week. 

The 5:2 Diet: Eat normally for five days out of the week, and on the remaining two (non-consecutive) days, restrict your intake to about 600 calories per day. 

All these methods seem to have a few things in common: First, a growing number of successful practitioners and health care providers who acknowledge their effectiveness. All three plans also require a certain degree of attention and discipline in order to work. That’s the tricky part. The rest is easy; intermittent fasting doesn’t involve WHAT you eat, only when you eat it. 

So could this practice help you manage your body weight and bring your nutritional and health goals within reach? Try it and see! There’s nothing dangerous or questionable about the practice, and no medications, supplements, or unusual food you’ll need to have on hand. Just the patience and commitment to see it through. 

Find a trained, experienced nutrition and weight loss coach by contacting the team at AALI. Our experts can walk you through the process and give you the motivation and guidance you need to achieve real results!  

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