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As the sub-heading implies, Keto is NOT a diet. No, far from it. Keto is a complete lifestyle. Keto, as a lifestyle, goes far beyond diet and nutrition. Of course, that's where it starts, though.

Don't be fooled by the recent hype around Keto, either. There are no modified versions of Keto, there's no such thing as a "90 day Keto Diet", Keto and Paleo, although very similar, are not the same, and Keto is not a temporary, silver bullet for quick weight loss.

When you live a Keto lifestyle, and do it correctly, you'll find that it's not really about losing weight. Don't get me wrong, if you need to lose weight you most certainly will on Keto.

What, exactly, is Keto?

I don't really like using over-simplified explanations because they tend to lose accuracy and give the wrong impression. That being said, I'm going to attempt it here.

There's really a lot more to Keto than most people realize. For a full and complete explanation, you would probably need to read volumes, and there's really as much mis-information out there as there is good solid information, so know your source!

In simplest terms, think of it this way. You've always been told that you need carbs for energy, but that's not how your body really works. You see, your body burns carbs for energy much more easily than it burns fat, but believe it or not, burning fat is better for you. When your body has a choice, it will store the fat and burn the carbs. When you take away the carbs (at least as much as is possible) your body will revert to burning fat for energy, starting with the fats that it has stored.

That's really a very condensed explanation and I urge you to consult a good reference, like Keto Clarity for the details and a better explanation.

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Keto Clarity by: Jimmy Moore

We've found Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore to be one of the best Keto References out there. Jimmy offers a detailed explanation of most of the "why's, what's, and when's" of Keto in a concise and easy to follow way.

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Starting your Keto Lifestyle

Is Keto for everyone? We firmly believe that it is! That being said, if you're new to Keto you'll find that, in terms of how you eat, it's really different from the way you've become accustomed to eating and cooking. Because of that, you will probaby offer yourself a lot of reasons to not stick to Keto, or worse, to modify it. Just like anything worthwhile, it can be tough in the beginning, but it will change your life for the better!

Check with your Doctor

Most "diets" start by telling you to "Check with your doctor". Well, this is always a great idea, but be careful and do your research. You see, doctors learn medicine and prescription treatments. They don't learn nutrition or dietary physiology!

Much of what doctors learn about nutrition comes from studies done in the 1800's. A lot has been learned since then but nutrition is not the primary focus of modern medicine so revelations in this area are largly ignored.

In short, a doctor who really knows Keto can help you get your health on track in a way you never thought possible. A doctor who does't know Keto will be likely to conform to conventional wisdom on diet and use pharmasuticals where nutrition is key.

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Keto in a Nutshell

There's a lot of information, and a lot of mis-information available about Keto. How do you know which you're finding? This is a very hard question to answer. The key is to have a basic understanding of what Keto is all about.

Keto is short for Ketogenic, which is the state of putting your body into Ketosis. Ketosis is a state where your body produces a significant amount of Ketones. Kind of a mouthful, huh? Well, knowing that doesn't really tell you what you need to know, though.

What it comes down to is that Keto, in terms of diet, is almost no carbs to force your body to burn fats, the right kinds of fats, to give your body something to burn for energy, and enough protien to give your body the building blocks it requires.

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Keto Modifications

The truth is that there are no Keto modifications. I've read some pretty scary articles about "The 30 day Keto diet", and "The different types of Keto". The truth is that you can have a wide variety of foods and lifestyle choices available to you and still be Keto, but the basic precepts cannot be changed.

A lot of diets allow for modifications and "cheats". The reason that Keto isn't like that is because Keto changes how you process what you eat. This is particularly true where carbs are concerned. Your body burns carbs very easily so given a choice between burning carbs and burning fats, you'll burn the carbs and STORE the fats. When you store the fats they tend to end up in some very bad places.

This is why we call Keto a lifestyle and not a diet.

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It's Not Just About Carbs

Ask nearly anyone about Keto and they'll tell you that it's a "Low Carb Diet". Well, yes and no. It is a low carbohydrate lifestyle, but there's really so much more to it than that. A lot of other things matter too.

Dietarily Keto is very low carbohydrate, very high fat, and moderate protein. Of course, that's really over-simplified. You see, this is a very general description of Keto.

It really matters what percentage of your diet is made up of each. It also matters where those carbs, fats, and proteins come from. That's why we highly recommend that you follow credible sources for information, as well as our blog. Ideally, you want all of your food to come from natural, non overly processed, non chemically augmented sources. Avoid trans fats and hydrogenated at all costs!

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It's Okay to Start Slow

By: Susan

Starting the keto way of life can seem like a daunting task at first. You have heard of the many people who are following the keto way of life and having such awesome results in weight loss and health benefits. This sounds like exactly what you need, but it is a bit overwhelming to decide what exactly you should do to follow a keto diet? How do you make this a way of life? Do you really want to give up the comfort foods that seem to help you make it through the day?

So, you read everything you can on keto diets and you start to get overwhelmed! What the heck are macros that you keep hearing everyone talk about? How do you count how many carbs you are eating? Should you count total carbs or net carbs for the day and what the heck is a net carb?

Your first step in embracing and being successful with a keto lifestyle is to recognize that it is ok to start slow! If you try to wait to start the keto lifestyle until you understand it fully, you might become too overwhelmed to start a keto diet and way of life at all! The easiest way to get going with a keto diet is to get a basic understanding of what is and what is not a keto food and set a goal of eating 30 to 40 grams of carbs a day. Just count actual carbs, don't worry about net carbs at this point. You have plenty of time to learn about things like total carbs versus net carbs and should you or should you not count net carbs as you get underway with your new keto way of life.

Now, I mentioned the limit if 30 to 40 grams of carbs per day. You'll no doubt have people come to you and say 'that's wrong, it should be much less. We'll, the truth is that they'd be both right and wrong. There are a number of "standards" for the amount of carbs you should have per day and it's typically around 5%. This will almost always amount to fewer than 30 to 40. This article, however, is about starting slow. When you're going from consuming hundreds of grams of carbs per day, cutting yourself down to 20 grams all at once can easily seem impossible. Don't feel bad about working your way down and keeping an eye on how your body reacts. Once you're comfortable, you can always readjust and reduce the number of carbs more.

For now, you will realize great successes if you get a good list of keto foods and just aim to eat only keto foods throughout the day and then as you get underway with your new lifestyle, you can begin to count how many carbs you are eating per day if you find that you hit a plateau in your weight loss goals. Most people find that just starting out a keto diet with eating only keto foods, and not worrying about counting carbs, will allow them to begin to lose weight and feel healthier and more full of energy every day.

Sure, there will be things that you will need to learn more about, such as keto flu and what are macros, but for now, just get started by focusing on eating keto approved foods and you will join the ever-growing number of people doing what is called "Lazy Keto" and finding success in their weight loss and health goals. There is plenty of time to learn all there is to know about keto, for now, just get started by embracing the foods on our keto approved food list!

To Exercise or Not to Exercise?

By: David

To exercise or not to exercise is a tough question, and not entirely straight forward. The knee-jerk reaction to that question is likely to be "of course, you should exercise…duh!". Well the short answer is that your body requires movement that challenges your limits in order to keep it fit.

Fitness doesn't necessarily mean sporting 6-pack abs and having a full beach bod. Fitness means that you're healthy and your body is "happy". Well, how do you get there? That's the crux of the question, isn't it?

The first thing for fitness is, of course, a great dietary lifestyle. That's why we're here. That's what Keto is all about. However, that's certainly not the end of what we need. Eating Keto will certainly bring your body a long way. Those of us who have come from a place where our health was nearing the "out of control" phase and found a whole new life thanks to a Ketogenic diet can certainly attest to that. But wait, there's more (sorry, I just couldn't help that).

I've often said that no amount of exercise ever helped anyone. That's true but very easily misunderstood without a little more detail. You see, the concept of exercise is generally that you're forcing yourself to perform an activity that you don't like but you believe is good for you. You also believe that if you keep it up long enough you'll come to like it. Well, maybe. But usually under that circumstance you'll easily find ways to talk yourself out of it or put it off. There's not much benefit if your "exercise" is inconsistent. So…what to do?

You need to move. You need to challenge your body. There's no doubt about that. When you force yourself to exercise you'll tend to find ways out of it much of the time. That, by the way, is why New Years Resolutions tend to not last beyond February or March.

The Key? Don't focus on "exercise". Instead focus on activity, on recreation. Find something that's both physically challenging and fun. The more things you find the better chance that you'll always be engaged and be doing something with your body consistently. Some things that I personally look forward to are bicycle riding, swimming, and hiking.

I have to say, though, that I'm not talking about a leisurely ride around the block or floating around in the pool. I'm talking about a 25 to 100 mile ride (as you work up to it) where you take your time in the beginning and the work to really feel the wind in your face. I'm talking about constantly moving through the water. Maybe not swimming laps, but playing with your family.

It's all up to you, everyone has activities that suit them but challenge their body. And, of course, that's the key. It's best to have a few different things that you enjoy that have an effect on different parts of your body.

Then there are the things that you only do once in a while, but you can do them because they're fun and you're physically ready. Playing softball in the park, for instance. I used to do things like the annual stair climb to the top of the John Hancock building in Chicago or the CN Tower in Toronto. You decide, just make it fun, make it challenging, and be consistent.

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