Keto Diet or low carb diet and why your cravings for junk food go away
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Carbohydrates and Sugars are highly addictive. They have been addictive since long before the Chinese started trading it on the silk road. Once the world got a hold of sugar the addiction and problems set it. At the time it was found to be the food of the gods along with chocolate. How convenient, lol. In ancient times a low carb diet was the norm, no one even knew what a carb was.
“Sugar stimulates brain pathways just as an opioid would, and sugar has been found to be habit-forming in people. Cravings induced by sugar are comparable to those induced by addictive drugs like cocaine and nicotine.” NY Times
So that late night craving for some ice cream or a candy bar or even that slice of cake is not just your belly speaking, it’s your brain. When the same chemical receptors that make you feel good when you are taking drugs like narcotics and nicotine also send signals that you need that sugar, it’s hard to resist.
When compared to the intake of healthy fats like natural butter and lard
So you can see in the data that as sugar use increase and healthy fat intake decreased then obesity skyrocketed.
“For instance, functional M.R.I. tests involving milkshakes demonstrate that it’s the sugar, not the fat, that people crave. Sugar is added to foods by an industry whose goal is to engineer products to be as irresistible and addictive as possible.” NY Times
So if sugar is addictive and we all have seen and heard and probably even experienced its affects like diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, high blood pressure to name just a few, then why is it still around? Why is sugar added to everything? It really wasn’t until manufacturing and marketing came into play in the turn of the last century that things really got out of hand. I watched this all about the same time I decided to go on a Keto Diet. It’s pretty interesting when lobbyist and industry marketing comes into play.
How do we get rid of the sugar
One of the biggest issues with maintaining a healthy diet is what is in reach. Can you go to the pantry or fridge and grab a soda or snack? If so you aren’t ready. Or if you are you are braver then I am. Getting rid of the unhealthy food in your home is key. But don’t just binge and eat it all. just get rid of it. Give it away to your local food bank or shelter. Give it to friends of the family or hand it all out to your children’s friends…insert evil grin..lol.
How Low Carb Diets lessen cravings
When you eat at a very expensive restaurant you will notice they use more healthy fats like animal fats and butters. This is one reason why your taste buds go crazy and you come away thinking that all tasted so good! Why is it that bacon taste better then ham? Bacon has a higher fat content! And think about your meals that you have. Do you feel full after eating a plate of veggies or after you have eaten a couple eggs and sausage? How soon after eating those meals did you go back to the fridge to get your next snack? Higher fat intake stimulates the production of leptin a chemical in our bodies that tells the brain that we are full and to stop eating. Where as sugar causes cravings and low blood sugar which stimulates the body to eat more.
How to start and what did I eat
You start by taking the first step. Make the mental change that you are going to go all in or nothing at all. Don’t go half way. Give a shot for a better life and a trimmer waistline. Now that you have removed the temptations, head to the store to stock up on the foods that are perfect for the diet.
What foods can you eat on a Keto Diet
Fats and Oils on a Keto Diet-
- Coconut Oil
- Animal fats – my favorite was left over bacon fat that I stored in a jar
- Nuts like Almonds, Cashews and Macadamia
Veggies on a Keto Diet
- Leafy Greens – Lettuces like iceberg, romaine, any kid of leafy green
- Stay away from veggies that are tubers and grow under ground. Those are high start which is a carbohydrates.
Meats and Proteins on Keto Diet
Try and lean towards higher fat meats. Getting your daily percentage of protein will not be hard to do. Getting enough fat in your diet is going to be tough. Red meat has more fat then chicken meat. So plan ahead. We made lots of meals with chicken because we already had a lot in the freezer. But when you add breading like Crackelings or Pork rinds crushed instead of traditional bread crumbs you gain where you lost. yes Pork rinds for breading is amazing. It does have a smell when you are preparing it but you cant smell or taste it once it is cooked.
- Red Meat – beef
- Other white meat like Pork, try and use the darker meat since it has more fat
- Chicken, deer, elk and buffalo have low fat so plan ahead
- Cheeses – hard cheeses generally have less carbs
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