You may have read about the ketogenic (keto) diet in the media or know of someone who has tried it themselves. So, what is it and does it work?
In short, the “keto” diet is a sister of the Atkins-style or paleo-style diet, where carbohydrates are minimised and fat and protein are promoted to encourage your body to enter a stage of “ketosis” whereby you burn off your fat stores to supply your body with energy. It typically suits carnivorous types who love rich cheese sauces and steaks. The first week is hard as all green foods are banned! Breakfast is typically a bulletproof coffee (or even a Black Hoof – coffee and coconut oil), followed by chicken for lunch and fish in a creamy sauce for dinner. If you can stick to the programme, you can expect rapid weight loss: between 1-2 stones in a fortnight.
Some of this weight loss will be water, but also the body’s fat-burning process is accelerated, so it is recommended to combine this diet with some form of low-mid HR exercise, such as jogging or yoga.
If you are interested in a powerful and effective fitness programme to start 2019, Karen at Alturum will be working with The Hot Spot Yoga, London, to offer a Keto and Yoga Challenge this January.