YOUR WEEKLY WELLNESS
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KEEPING UP WITH KETO
You’ve probably already heard about Keto, the diet that lets you enjoy bacon, cheese, and yes, even wine (cheers!). But you still might not know what the deal is when it comes to this popular kid on the diet block.
More context, please.
Following a standard Ketogenic diet (Keto, for short) consists of eating 75 percent fat, 20 percent protein, and 5 percent carbohydrates. By minimizing your carb intake, the body goes into what's called “Ketosis,” which is just a fancy way of saying that the body begins to burn stored fat as its main source of fuel.
Great. What are the pros and cons?
There’s a reason Keto is getting so much hype. It’s been proven to help with weight loss, can improve cognitive functioning, and helps reduce insulin levels. But like any diet, Keto isn’t all skinny jeans and six packs. The downside: most initial weight loss is water, it’s been known to trigger kidney stones, and there’s very little research on how Keto impacts the body in the long-term.
NETFLIX AND LEARN
What we’re watching…
The Game Changers. A documentary by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic, and Chris Paul about the power of plant-based eating. Narrated by former UFC champion James Wilk, the film sets out to convince carnivores that veganism is not just healthy but totally badass, too. How? Wilk interviews world-class athletes who have gone plant-based, including Olympic cycling medallist Dotsie Bausch, boxing heavyweight Bryant Jennings, and world record-holding strongman Patrik Baboumia, among many others, who have all had astonishing achievements after becoming veggie gladiators.
What are skeptics saying?
That the documentary is heavy on the plants but light on scientific context. More specifically, critics claim the documentary presented skewed scientific studies by examining only elite athletes or those with highly active careers and not the larger percentage of the population, which is more sedentary. They also point out that the film was created by James Cameron, who is the founder of Verdiant Foods, an organic pea protein company.
So should I order that Impossible Burger or not?
If you’re curious about plant-based eating, it’s worth watching The Game Changers and trying out for yourself. The New York Times predicts that in 2020, you should "learn to embrace the term “plant-based.” In fact, the 77th Annual Golden Globes Award Show served a completely vegan menu for the first time, much to our girl Gwyneth's delight. After all, how harmful can kale be? That said, keep in mind that a documentary is not a replacement for scientific research and that you should do your due diligence when it comes to choosing a diet that works for your body.
YOU ARE *WHEN* YOU EAT
Hello, Intermittent Fasting
Recently, Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb spoke about their experience with intermittent fasting on the Today show, and fans had a million and one questions about it. ICYMI: Intermittent fasting (or IF for short) is a pattern of eating based on scheduling your meals around strategic fasting periods. AKA you consciously skip meals, choosing to “intermittently” eat during a short window of the day and “fast” for the rest of the day.
Why is it worthwhile to change when you eat?
Fasting has been a practice throughout human evolution. Ancient hunter-gatherers didn't have supermarkets, refrigerators, or food available year-round. Sometimes they couldn't find anything to eat. Some scientists say our bodies are better off when we take fasting periods, and research links intermittent fasting to benefits such as weight loss, a reduced risk of chronic health conditions, and even improved brain health. #HelloGenius.
Not so *fast* (we had to).
OK, now for the other side of IF: Some studies show it’s not a very sustainable approach to eating because of the high dropout rates of those trying to adhere to this eating plan. Oh, and deff expect to feel tired and hangry when you’re starting out. File that one under: “I’m sorry for the things I said when I was hungry.”
Give me an example of an IF fasting schedule.
Sure thang. You can find examples of the most common IF methods, here.
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