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Ketogenic diets are high fat diets, moderate protein and very low carbohydrate intake.
From a percentage standpoint fat, protein and carb intake will vary depending on the individual, but a good starting point is 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs of total calories. Ketogenic diets are not the same as high protein diets though they have been used interchangeably. Protein is great, but the body prefers to break down fat and carbohydrates for energy and save protein reserves for other bodily functions such as muscle recovery.
Long story short, too much protein can actually slow ketosis and fat loss.
The goal of the ketogenic diet is to get the body into ketosis and stop burning carbohydrates as fuel and instead using ketones.
Our body can only metabolize a certain amount of protein at one time, so when consumed in large quantities, excess protein can be converted to energy, this process called gluconeogenesis.
Carbohydrates induce an insulin response and too much protein can also trigger the same. Key amino acids found in protein can initiate this insulin response and this is not what we want on a ketogenic diet. Insulin is an important hormone in the body needed to maintain health, it transports glucose for energy and plays a big role in fat metabolism.
However, when insulin is too high, fat metabolism (or burning) drastically slows down. So, when too much insulin is released at one time—after a very high carbohydrate or protein meal, the body turns to carbohydrate-derived energy as its main source of fuel (glucose).
Glucose increases the insulin response, reduces the signal to use fat for energy, and shifts the body into fat storage mode. The ketogenic diet's main goal is to control the insulin response so the body can use dietary and stored fat as fuel.
Most believe ketosis or fat burning can begin after several weeks as the body shifts from a carbohydrate energy (glucose) producer to a fat energy (ketone) producer.
Ketosis is the body’s ability to adapt using ketones or fatty acid like molecules, instead of glucose, as the primary energy source. The first few weeks of the ketogenic diet leaves people feeling fatigued and run-down. It takes the body time to switch to burning ketones, but once accomplished your energy levels are restored. It is important during this adjustment period that adequate calories and electrolytes, especially sodium, are consumed.
Taking in enough calories is vitally important because the powerful hunger pangs brought on by low blood sugar and the insulin response start to vanish. Some do forget to eat, but it is important to keep calories up so the body can still run efficiently using ketones.
The ketogenic diet is an easily compliant diet once the dieter figures out what and how to eat. They feel less hungry, more focused, and results can be dramatic and can be seen within the first few weeks.
The ketogenic body can access the body’s enormous energy reserve called body fat. Overtime body composition changes with a decrease in body fat and increase in lean muscle which is the main goal of any diet.
Secondly, there are metabolic changes that take place following strict adherence to a ketogenic diet. These include, but are not limited to: resting blood glucose, improved insulin sensitivity, lower triglyceride, but an increase in good cholesterol HDL.
These improvements are key benefits for heart health and type 2 diabetics.
Designer Keto is designed for the serious ketogenic dieter. Using a combination of whey protein, hydrolyzed collagen and leucine to provide the amino acids needed to fuel muscle, support joint health and maintain protein synthesis.
Next, we added the best fat available for maintaining ketosis - MCTs- Medium Chain Triglycerides from coconut milk and grass-fed butter. MCTs are rapidly absorbed and metabolized or burned as fuel. These fats are the foundation for switching the body into a ketogenic state- they also provide the maintenance fuel to keep the body burning ketones.
As the body takes in less carbohydrates, electrolytes need to be replaced- so we added in the electrolytes: sodium, calcium, magnesium and naturally occurring potassium and phosphorus to keep electrolyte stores full.
Designer Keto provides simple and efficient dietary support to keep you on your ketogenic goals.
Whey Protein Concentrate: RBST free whey protein concentrate, typically known as a fast-digested protein, with an unmatched amino acid profile similar to human muscles. Combined with fat which slows the digestion process, so those amino acids don’t flood the body too quickly. Slowing down whey’s digestion is great for the ketogenic dieter because it provides a slow trickle of amino acids into the body without the fear of converting into carbohydrates via gluconeogenesis.
Hydrolyzed Collagen: Known now as the protein that helps skin, hair, nails and joints it has been shown recently to actually halt hunger longer than whey protein. Collagen is important to the ketogenic dieter because the body is holding onto less water which means there is also less water in the joint gaps- by adding collagen this can help alleviate joint pain and protect against deterioration.
Yes, this product contains L-Leucine.
It's the most important amino acid in the human body. Leucine is so special it’s the only amino acid that, alone, can turn on protein synthesis. It is also known as a ketogenic amino acid because it converts to acetyl-CoA which is the precursor of ketone bodies.
MCTs from Coconut Milk- MCTs provide about 10% fewer calories than Long Chain Triglycerides – 8.3 calories per gram for MCTs versus 9 calories per gram for LCTs. More importantly, reduced chain length also means that MCT’s are more rapidly absorbed by the body and more quickly metabolized (burned) as fuel. The result of this accelerated metabolic conversion is that instead of being stored as fat, the calories contained in MCTs are very efficiently converted into fuel for immediate use by organs and muscles, and for making ketone bodies.
Grass Fed Butter- Also an MCT. However, the added benefit of butter fat is contained in the short chain fatty acid-called butyric acid. Butyric acid is a power anti-inflammatory, stimulates metabolism, improve insulin sensitivity, improves digestion- the gut loves butyric acid, and may even kill cancer cells.
Without adding electrolytes back into the diet muscles can cramp and overall the body does not function optimally. Here is info our Designer Keto's electrolyte ingredients:
Sodium- Needed to absorb and transport nutrients, maintain blood pressure, maintain the right balance of fluid, transmit nerve signals and contract and relax muscles. The body obtains sodium through food and drink and loses it primarily through sweat and urine. As carbohydrates decrease, the body holds on to less water which is excreted through sweat and urine- this causes a drop in electrolyte balance and the keto dieter needs to add more sodium into their diet.
Chloride- An electrolyte found primarily in extracellular fluid and works closely with sodium to maintain proper balance and pressure of the various fluid compartments of the body (blood, inside cells, and the fluid between cells). It is also vitally important for maintaining proper acidity in the body, passively balancing out the positive ions of blood, tissue and organs.
Potassium- An electrolyte found inside cells is important for regulating heartbeat and muscle function. It forms the other sodium half of the electrical pump that keeps electrolytes in balance and allows conductivity between cells, also making potassium a critical part of neuron transmission.
Magnesium- Plays a critical role in extended bouts of muscle contractions and cramp prevention. Without magnesium oxygen delivery and energy production in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate- the source of all energy production) would not take place. Magnesium also works very closely with calcium.
Calcium- It's one of the essential building blocks for bones and works closely with vitamin D, but it also plays an important role in your blood. Low calcium may also result in numbness in the extremities as well as confusion and dizziness. 99% of calcium in the body is found in our skeletal structure.
Phosphorus- Second only to calcium, phosphorus follows as the most abundant mineral in your body, 85% of which is found in your bones as phosphate. The phosphate anion works closely with calcium to strengthen bones and teeth, but it is also essential to energy production within cells, necessary for tissue growth and repair.