Ready to shake off the winter?
As winter winds down, your thoughts may be turning to how you can get fit and improve your body composition for the warmer months ahead. Are you ready to try the ketogenic diet to lose unwanted fat?
This year, rather than turn to yet another ‘quick fix’ diet that promises you’ll fit into your bikini within the month but feels impossible to do; look to your healthcare Practitioner for a simple and convenient program that will provide sustainable long-term results as well as keeping you feeling physically and mentally well.
The Shake It Practitioner Weight Management Program is based on a ketogenic diet that is able to do just that.
The Power of Ketosis!
The Shake It Program is an easy to follow, scientifically validated program that emphasises healthy and satisfying eating guidelines, combined with moderate exercise to promote efficient and sustainable weight loss.
The program is designed to restrict sugar and other high glycaemic index (GI) carbohydrates, whilst providing you with adequate protein and healthy fats so you can achieve a state of mild ‘ketosis’. This describes the metabolic state your body reaches when it preferentially burns fat as its main fuel source.
Clinical evidence has shown that a ketogenic diet not only promotes effective and sustained weight loss through improved fat burning and reduced fat storage, but it also preserves your muscle mass and can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. By avoiding dips in blood sugar levels and maintaining a sense of fullness or satiety, a ketogenic diet can help you avoid the mental fogginess and irritability often associated with weight loss diets.
A Protein Smoothie plus MCT when you are on the go
Although it is possible to achieve a state of ketosis through dietary changes alone, this requires a bit of planning and organisation, which can be time consuming.
With this in mind the Shake It Program recommends the use of protein shakes, soups or snack bars to substitute one meal or two snacks each day. Not only are these convenient and simple to use but they can assist you to reach your daily protein target and help keep you full until your next meal.
The shake options contain a range of protein blends including flavored or neutral options with whey, pea, collagen, or dairy free to choose from. These helps you maintain important muscle mass, which means you are more likely to sustain your weight loss long-term.
In addition both soy and whey protein can help support healthy blood sugar levels and improved blood lipid profiles (e.g. cholesterol). The shakes also contain fibre that will not only help fill you up but support a healthy gut and helps regulate bowel function. For those of you who may not be able to tolerate dairy your Practitioner can offer a dairy-free option.
By adding your MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides) to your protein shake you can ensure you are burning ketones all day long.
The Benefits of Detox During Weight Loss
Environmental toxins, such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), pesticide residues or toxic metals (e.g. mercury and cadmium), can all be stored in fat cells within the body and these may be released during weight loss. Once liberated, these toxins can slow down your metabolic rate, leading to feelings of sluggishness and low energy, as well as stall your weight loss progress.
By supporting natural detoxification processes at regular intervals during the program, your Practitioner can help you maintain your weight loss momentum and keep you feeling well and energised.
The Importance of a Practitioner-only Program
The Shake It Program is only available through your qualified Practitioner, as having them monitor your progress, provide you with support and ensure you maintain a state of ketosis, leads to more effective and sustainable results.
Your Practitioner can also assist you to set realistic goals and motivate you to achieve them while having the clinical skills to identify and address any health conditions you may have that could impact your ability to reach your goals.
Take a different approach to weight loss this year: teach your body to burn fat more efficiently, whilst supporting toxin elimination – in this way you’ll remain happy and healthy whilst following the program and maintain your results long term.
Remember, your Practitioner is here to help guide and motivate you every step of the way to achievable, sustainable weight loss.
Cindi Young is a leading Gold Coast Naturopath. With a special interest in women’s hormones, endocrine function; thyroid, adrenal and weight management. She uses and recommends a ketogenic diet to assist with weight management and hormone balance.
Available for naturopath consultations at The Cycle of Life, Gold Coast and Parkes Avenue Dispensary, Byron Bay. She is also available for online and phone consultations Australia wide. Cindi regularly runs workshops in her Gold Coast clinic as well as regular webinars.
Need help with your ketogenic meal plan?
Book your appointment with Cindi today.