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  • Yes! While some may find it more difficult, this can still be done. Be sure to check out our Keto For You and our Keto Pie to find foods to suit your lifestyle!

  • Yes! Currently, the research has not indicated reasons to believe the Ketogenic Diet should not be used for children.

  • Your doctor may still be on the low fat fad. If this is the case it may be worth it to refer your doctor to various educational readings regarding the Ketogenic Diet.

  • Yes! Contrary to common belief, red meat is safe and can be consumed on a Ketogenic Diet.

  • No! However, fasting on a Ketogenic Diet can provide great improvements in quality of life. Many individuals fasting on a Ketogenic Diet experience even greater improvements in cognitive function!

  • Yes! In fact it can be very therapeutic for a number of health issues.

  • Fasting is a period of food abstinence. Fasting strategies vary from 16 hours to several days.

  • This depends on personal preference, however Ketogenic.com recommends having fewer, bigger meals.

  • Rapid weight loss is common during the initial stages of a Ketogenic Diet. This is often due to some fat loss but also glycogen depletion and increased water excretion. Don't be alarmed!

  • No! Studies have shown great effects with the diet alone. However, we recommend incorporating some kind of physical activity in conjunction with the diet.

  • For some individuals certain macronutrients may be able to be manipulated while other individuals may need to stick to stricter ratios.

  • It is possible to get your recommended daily fiber intake through vegetables, however, fiber supplements may help some individuals who are experiencing irregular bowels.

  • Erythritol, xylitol, stevia, inulin, monk fruit are great options! If using artificial sweeteners use pure raw materials because some commercial sweeteners may contain maltodextrin.

  • Certain dairy products that are low in sugar and high in fat can be keto-friendly options. However, other products such as those containing lactose may not be.

  • Fruit tends to be high in sugar making it a not so keto-friendly option. However, certain low glycemic fruits, such as berries, can be consumed in moderation.

  • Macros or macronutrients are proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

  • You can test your blood using a ketone meter, however most individuals can tell they are in ketosis based on improved mental clarity, feelings of satiety, and increased energy.

  • To effectively adapt to the diet, Ketogenic.com recommends tracking total carbs to start. After fully adapting to the diet you can likely switch to tracking net carbs.

  • Yes! Coffee is a great way to give yourself a boost in the morning. In fact, many individuals following a Ketogenic Diet like to add fat to their coffee like butter or MCT oil.

  • No! Some individuals may find that fasting in the morning will help improve mental clarity and feelings of satiety.

  • Yes! In fact, fasting can be a great strategy to increase your ketone production and enhance certain benefits of the Ketogenic Diet.

  • Some Ketogenic Dieters may need to replenish calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium to avoid feelings of the keto-flu.

  • The keto-flu is feelings of mental fog, exhaustion, and possible nausea due to keto-adaptation. A well-formulated Ketogenic Diet can often alleviate these symptoms.

  • Yes! Studies show no long term adverse effects from supplementation. However, some may report mild gastric discomfort.

  • Yes! Studies have demonstrated that babies are commonly in a mild state of ketosis. It is thought that this is due to the high energy demand of their growing bodies.

  • Yes! Research is now coming out demonstrating the diet as a potential therapeutic for Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autism, Diabetes and many more!

  • Yes! In fact some research has indicated that they may even be the preferred source.

  • Ketones are produced by the liver when carbohydrate availability is reduced and fat oxidation is increased.

  • Acute increases in hunger can occur, however satiety is a fundamental feature of a Ketogenic Diet once adapted.

  • Exogenous ketones are ketone supplements that are ingested to enhance plasma ketone levels and act as a metabolic fuel source for the body.

  • Sodium intake during a KD should be significantly increased due to the enhanced excretion that comes with a ketogenic state.

  • Nutritional ketosis is a controlled increase in ketones, lowering of blood glucose and insulin, and regulated blood pH. Ketoacidosis is the uncontrolled production of ketones with elevated blood glucose.

  • Once you fully understand the diet it becomes very easy to order out with friends. Cut the bread, add veggies, and get some fat.

  • Fat fasting is consumption of only fat during a “modified fasting period” in order to blunt any insulin secretion, yet consume calories.

  • Acutely (i.e during adaptation) the Ketogenic Diet can impair performance, however, once adapted, a Ketogenic Diet can sustain and improve performance variables.

  • Cyclic Ketogenic Dieting is incorporating carbohydrate refeeds for a set period of time. Targeted Ketogenic Dieting is consuming carbohydrates around a training session.

  • Carbohydrate re-feeds are not necessary on a Ketogenic Diet as studies have shown similar glycogen levels once fully adapted, however more data is needed.

  • If properly adapted, studies have shown similar gains in muscle mass - possibly due to the muscle sparing effects of ketones.

  • Alcohol, in moderation, can be tolerated by some individuals, however most alcohol or alcoholic drinks contain carbohydrates.

  • Ketone bodies can be checked via blood ketone meters (BHB), ketone urine strips (Acetoacetate), or breath analysis (Acetone).

  • Ketogenic.com suggests counting calories upon initiation of a Ketogenic Diet, but it is not essential to the long term success of the diet unless using it for therapeutic reasons.

  • While this may not mean you are “Keto-adapted” ketone levels can increase high enough to be considered in Ketosis within days of severe carbohydrate restriction or fasting. True adaptation takes longer.

  • A KD is similar to the Induction Phase of the Atkins diet. However, Atkins tends to increase carbs and protein to higher levels than a traditional Ketogenic Diet.

  • When well-formulated, a Ketogenic Diet is absolutely safe for most people.

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