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Keto Diet: Can Intermittent Low-Carb Eating Pattern be Complemented by Chia Seeds?

Keto Diet

By: Elena Grace Flores

The ketogenic diet or keto diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet. Going on A no-rice DIET can be difficult among Filipino families. However, the determination can make one stay away from such staple food. The crucial thing is the eating pattern when a 16-hour fasting period be followed by an 8-hour eating window. Chia seeds are best taken during the eating time because only selected liquids are ideal during the fasting period as the solid ingredients can disqualify the purpose of allowing the body to burn glucose supply.

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The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet. It lowers blood sugar and insulin levels and shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones.

Keto Diet

Keto diet is a drastic process of reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This carb reduction puts your body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. The body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which is beneficial in supplying energy for the brain.

Types of Keto Diet

There are many versions of the keto diet. The standard version is the most patronized. However, only the standard and high-protein ketogenic diets have extensive studies. Cyclical or targeted ketogenic diets are more advanced methods. They are primarily used by bodybuilders or athletes.

Intermittent Without Chia Seeds

During the 16 hours of fasting, Chia seeds must not be added to any liquid intake. Water, black coffee, lemon, and tea are the ideal drinks at this time. Nonetheless, you should be aware of certain drinks that break a fast. They reduce or even negate the benefits of fasting. Never drink sugary drinks at this time because they can cause insulin surges. They sabotage the possible weight loss gains.

Benefits of Chia seeds

Make chia water by soaking two tablespoons of chia seeds in a small glass of water for a few minutes or until soften like a gel. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, boasting 9.75 grams (g) per 1 ounce (oz) serving. They also contain 4.69 g of protein per serving. Both fiber and protein can temporarily suppress appetite. They can make a person feel fuller for longer. Each serving of chia seeds contains only 138 calories. Thus, making them a low calorie, nutrient-dense snack. Chia seeds contain several antioxidants and they are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Research finds omega-3 intake to a reduced risk of depression, inflammatory bowel disease, and childhood allergies. Omega-3 fatty acids can also lower the risk of heart disease. Intermittent fasting certainly has various health benefits, plus weight loss and maintenance advantages.

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