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4 Great Remedies for Keto Flu

Whilst ketogenic diets have numerous health and weight loss benefits associated with them, like most extreme dietary and lifestyle changes, making the initial transition is not necessarily going to be smooth sailing. When you cut carbs out of your diet and enter ketosis, chances are you might feel pretty awful for the first few days. You may have no energy, your might will hurt, you’ll probably crave carbs and sugar like they’re going out of fashion, and all you’ll want to do is sleep. These are all symptoms of something known, colloquially, as ‘keto flu’. What is ‘Keto Flu’? Keto flu occurs when people cut carbs from their diets and make the into ketosis, also known as becoming ‘keto-adapted’. Generally, keto flu lasts anything from 3 days, up to 7 days on average. As your body has been so used to getting its energy from carbs for so long, when you take them away you might experience a few mild side-effects. Some even consider keto flu as a form of withdrawal from an addiction! The …

Which Sweeteners Are Best for a Low-carb Diet?

Most people on the keto diet discover, at one point or another, that their sweet tooth simply goes away, and they have no sugar cravings whatsoever. Many claim not to use sweeteners at all. You may find it difficult to give up sweets completely, especially in the beginning. There are many low carb sweeteners on the market, both natural and artificial, and while some of them can be safe to use, others might kick you out of ketosis. But how can a sugar-free sweetener raise blood sugar levels, you might ask. Well, most of them aren’t really carb-free, as their labels say they are. A whole bunch of protein bars and similar products are stuffed with sugar alcohols, and again, while some sugar alcohols can be safe to use and won’t affect your weight loss, others can boost your blood glucose levels just as regular table sugar would. Let’s check out the types of sweeteners commonly known to be low carb and safe for a ketogenic diet, and understand how they really affect your weight …

Fasting & The Ketogenic Diet

If you’ve been following the ketogenic diet for some time then you may have come across the term ‘intermittent fasting’ (or IF for short). Now, fasting in and of itself is a way of eating that’s practised by many people – and has become popular in recent years with the rise of diets such as the ‘5:2’ fasting diet. But many people don’t know that you can actually combine intermittent fasting with the ketogenic diet. This combination has been reported to have added health benefits, while also helping to overcome stalled weight loss in some cases. What is Intermittent Fasting? IF is not really a diet, but rather a ‘pattern’ of eating. Very basically, it involves going without food for an extended period of time, but for the purposes of this article, we’re not going to be recommending any cycle of intermittent fasting that goes on for longer than 24 hours. So, in the case of the aforementioned ‘5:2’ diet, intermittent fasting is based around eating normally for five days of the week, and consuming …

Exercising on the Ketogenic Diet – Is it Safe?

As we are now well into the New Year, those of you looking to undo those weeks of overindulgence will hopefully now be well on your way to getting things back to how they were pre-festive season. If, however, you’re looking to take things to the next level, you may wish to drastically change your dietary and exercise habits by embarking on a new exercise regime, accompanied by a new nutritional plan. Ketogenic diets, sometimes simply called ‘keto’ for short, are now hugely popular amongst people looking to burn fat, build muscle, and keep their energy levels sky high. The main issue that some people seem to have with ketogenic diets however, is that (thanks to ignorance and misinformation) people often think that exercising whilst on keto can be unsafe. In reality, if done correctly, exercising on keto is not only safe, it is very beneficial. Here’s a more detailed breakdown to help make things a little clearer for you. What are Ketogenic Diets? If this is the first time you’re reading the Ketoship blog, …

2 Delicious Bulletproof Coffee Recipes to Start Your Day

30If you’ve been following a ketogenic diet for some time, then you’ve probably already heard all about the wonder that is Bulletproof Coffee. It’s a staple among keto dieters as a breakfast ‘replacement’, partly due to the fact that it’s easy and convenient (as well as filling), and partly because of its numerous health benefits. The only problem is, it can quickly become boring drinking the same thing for breakfast, day after day. That’s why we’ve come up with a couple of tasty variations on the classic bulletproof coffee recipe, meaning you can add some variety into your meal plan and still benefit from the convenience and the health benefits that Bulletproof Coffee offers. What is Bulletproof Coffee? Before we dive straight in to the recipes, I would HIGHLY recommend the book The Keto Diet Kickstart Program, which has some lovely recipes. But for now, here’s a brief explanation for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term Bulletproof Coffee (or BPC). If you’re already clued up on this amazing beverage, please feel free to skip …

15 Minute Keto Breakfasts

Let’s face it, more often than not – mornings can be hectic. And although breakfast is often described as being the most important meal of the day, it is also the meal that we are most likely to skip. This doesn’t necessarily bode well for ketogenic dieters, as convenience foods such as toast and cereals are definitely off the menu. But having a cooked breakfast consisting of fats and proteins (such as bacon, sausage and eggs for example) isn’t really all that practical if you’re running a tight schedule. Sometimes we just want something quick and easy before we rush off to work, or drag ourselves to the gym. That’s why we’ve come up with a couple of quick and easy keto-friendly breakfast recipes that you can create in fifteen minutes or less! Microwaved Egg Muffin This recipe might sound a little strange, but it actually works surprisingly well – and the mixture can actually be prepped in advance – saving you even more time. If you have a few extra minutes, however, then you …

Low-carb Sushi Recipes

The trouble with sushi is…well, it’s the carbs. It’s certainly not the taste, that’s for sure! While sushi sometimes has the appearance of being a healthy, wholesome dish (it’s fish, grains and vegetables at the end of the day), this is actually pretty far from the truth. In fact, Glamour once released a graphic that highlighted the oh-so-painful truth about the average carb-count in just two sushi rolls. Observe: How insane is that? Two rolls is the equivalent of SIX whole slices of white bread? The results are shocking, but when you consider the dense sticky rice in sushi, it doesn’t seem all that surprising. But, this graphic got us thinking about how we could create a low-carb alternative that still packs all of the flavour of our favourite sushi dishes, but without the horrendous carbohydrate count. Take a look at what we came up with here. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised 🙂 Salmon Maki With Cauliflower Rice This recipe is fantastic if you want to feel like you’re eating something as bulky and filling …

Fruit and The Ketogenic Diet: A Simple Guide

One subject that comes up time and time again on low-carb community message boards is this: ‘can you eat fruit on the keto diet?’ A simple question, but one that doesn’t necessarily get a simple answer. The opinion is pretty much divided among the low-carb diet community. Some people suggest that fruit should be off the menu completely if you want to follow a purely ketogenic diet, whereas others maintain that the consumption of certain types of fruit (in small amounts) is perfectly OK. Here at Ketoship, we tend to agree with the latter. Plenty of our recipes contain small amounts of fruit, and are completely keto-friendly! We believe that the key to making such a restrictive diet a success is by adding as much variety as possible (which is why we try to post tasty, interesting recipes for you guys to enjoy). But if you’re still wondering where fruit sits with a ketogenic diet, we’ve put together this post to help you identify what fruits you can consume, and in what quantities.   Which …

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How to Deal with Loose Skin after Weight Loss: 4 Helpful Tips

We all know how tough it can be to lose weight, and sadly, some people have a great deal more weight to lose than others. Losing body fat can be a tedious, mentally draining, and highly stressful process that requires a great deal of patience and self-discipline. For those of us who do manage to lose weight however, if we manage to lose a significant amount of weight, we sadly have to deal with a new problem which comes in the form of loose skin. People who are just a few pounds overweight generally won’t have to worry about loose skin if they lose the weight. But when we’re talking about pound loss that reached into the triple digits, loose skin is generally what remains. This can be disheartening. Loose skin following weight loss can be unsightly, it can be restrictive, and in some cases it can make individuals even more self-conscious about their bodies than they were when they were overweight. If you’ve lost weight and are dealing with loose skin, take a look …

New Year, New Diet: Keto Diet Tips for Total Beginners

This year rather than saying ‘New Year, New Me’, many of those looking to get fitter and healthier for the upcoming year are instead saying ‘New Year, New Diet’. There are many different diet plans currently in circulation, and finding the right one for you can be slightly overwhelming and intimidating. Ketogenic diets (also known as keto diets) however, are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, was one of the 10 most-searched diets of 2016! When you see the results that people achieve on low-carb and ketogenic diets, it’s easy to understand why they are so popular. Keto diets are very low carb, moderate protein, and high (healthy) fat diets that allow your body to use fat as its primary energy source, which of course results in fat loss. Remember, when you’re not burning carbs – you’re burning fat! Not only does the keto diet yield impressive fat loss results, it also promotes muscle growth, regulates insulin and hormone levels, and it fights inflammation. If you’re tempted to try a ketogenic diet however, there are some things you …