What is the ketogenic diet?

The first therapeutic applications of the ketogenic diet or VLCKD diet (Very Low Calorie Ketogenic Diet) date back almost a hundred years ago and we can certainly say that it represents one of the most studied dietary “protocols” still today, as its possible pluses are not still fully known and defined, as well as the application times, which vary from 5 days up to several months.

But what exactly is a ketogenic diet? What’s it about?

The ketogenic diet, also called “keto diet”, is a diet based on the drastic reduction or complete elimination of sugars and carbohydrates, and on the simultaneous increase in the daily intake of proteins. This sudden upheaval in eating habits causes a sudden lowering of insulin levels, responsible for the storage of sugars (the excess of which is transformed into fat), forcing the body to use all its fat reserves contained in the adipose tissue as an energy source. primary.

The fat release mechanism leads to the formation of ketone bodies which will then be used in place of glucose (an energy source favored by the brain under normal conditions) to produce energy, thus causing the subject to enter a physiological state called ” ketosis “.

Ketones are not only advantageous from an energy point of view, but represent molecules that can have various positive effects, both by improving the energy efficiency of cells , and by acting as signals capable of modulating and controlling important metabolic pathways , some of which involved in aging and cell death processes.

Ketogenic diet and health: is the VLCKD protocol safe for the body?

Surely compared to the first formulations, born essentially to treat epilepsy , the ketogenic diet has evolved, modified, adapted to our times, while maintaining its basic principles constant.

In particular, today the ketogenic diet represents not only a dietary protocol aimed at losing weight quickly to get back in shape in a few weeks, but a real approach to preventing and improving the health of those who undertake this path.

It is good to keep in mind that when embarking on a dietary path, the most determining factor in the choice is health safety . The ketogenic diet, in addition to making us regain control of our body , helps us to take care of our health in a safe way being a controlled nutritional regimen . However, it must be managed correctly and generally for not too long periods (usually no more than 30 days), of course always and only on the prescription of a Nutrition expert . In fact, the VLCKD diet is a dietary protocol that can only be prescribed by healthcare professionals(doctors, biologists, or dieticians who make use of the consent of a doctor).

In addition, some warnings should be considered before deciding whether or not to take a keto course. In fact, the VLCKD diet is not a dietary therapeutic protocol that can be prescribed to everyone, as there are some pathologies and / or particular cases in which the ketogenic diet is contraindicated :

  • enzyme deficiencies of a genetic nature , which prevent the activation of metabolic pathways that lead to ketosis or inborn errors of metabolism ;
  • pregnancy and breastfeeding ;
  • type 1 diabetes ;
  • kidney or liver failure ;
  • recent myocardial infarction ;
  • porphyria ;
  • angina ;
  • eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia ;
  • alcoholism .

What are the benefits of the ketogenic diet?

Let’s now highlight the advantages and benefits brought to body and mind by the ketogenic diet already recognized by research and scientific evidence.

The “pluses” that a keto diet guarantees in terms of weight management  are:

  1. Quick and safe weight loss ;
  2. Selective action on the fat mass ;
  3. Muscle mass protection ;
  4. Noticeable reduction in the feeling of hunger ;
  5. Restoration of a greater psycho-physical balance;
  6. Significant reduction of various “addictions” (food, alcohol, tobacco).

The reduced appetite and rapid weight loss that accompany the ketogenic diet have undoubtedly been the factors that have contributed to making the VLCKD diet popular. To these pluses, however, a general improvement in biological and blood parameters must certainly be added (lipid and glycemic profile, in particular) and some functions of the organism :

  • Detoxification of the organism and organic and metabolic rebalancing ;
  • Reduction of blood sugar in the blood;
  • Increase of the ability to concentrate and mental clarity ;
  • Reduction of inflammation markers and free radicals;
  • Alleviation of migraines and headaches : ketone bodies exert a mitigation of inflammation on neurons and improve the functionality of the mitochondrion;
  • Positive mood along the way;
  • Recourse to fat reserves to increase the cell’s energy reserves, with an improvement in the efficiency of energy processes .

For all the benefits that it allows to obtain in terms of performance and psycho-physical shape , in particular in terms of concentration and athletic work capacity , the VLCKD diet is also used by many sports champions worldwide.

Dimagra method: PromoPharma’s ketogenic diet

At the beginning of the 90s the PromoPharma R&D team researchers  thought of an effective method in weight loss, but safe at the same time. From the research, Dimagra ® was born, the protein and hypoglucide slimming method which is based on the principles of the VLCKD approach and performs a triple action, helping those who face the path to:

  1. Lose weight , reducing fat mass in a simple, quick and safe way;
  2. Draw a new silhouette, a new line;
  3. Detoxify the body, eliminating the accumulation of excess toxins

The Dimagra Method exploits the principles of the ketogenic diet, making it more effective and safe through the “strategic” management of the daily protein intake. The main feature of this method, in fact, is the correct protein and  amino acid breakdown which is guaranteed thanks to the use of specific supplements , essential for the activation of ketosis.

The path envisaged by the Dimagra Method is based on a diet with the following characteristics:

  • Protein : provides about 1.4g of protein per kg of ideal body weight every day, compared to the 1-1.2 g normally recommended by LARN (Recommended Nutrient Intake Levels);
  • Low calorie or VLCKD : provides 800 kcal / day;
  • Hypoglucide : involves an immediate elimination of carbohydrates and sugars, which will then be gradually reintroduced in the advanced steps of the path;
  • Hypolipidic : limitation of fats, with ketosis that allows the use of the fat reserves of the adipose tissue as an energy source instead of glucose;
  • Contemplate good hydration through the use of a specific Dimagra® Dren draining product to eliminate accumulated toxins;
  • Adequate supplementation of vitamins and mineral salts , essential for alkalizing the body during a ketogenic diet, thanks to Dimagra® Xalifom® Alkalin .

By following the Dimagra® path correctly, it is possible to obtain a reduction in fat mass in a few weeks while maintaining muscle tone and consolidating the tone of the subcutaneous. The results of the Dimagra® Method are guaranteed only if the path is meticulously followed as indicated in the food diary , in order not to accidentally interrupt the body’s state of ketosis, which is essential for weight loss.

The main benefits of the Dimagra Method are:

  • Rapid weight loss , approximately 8-10% of the initial weight in a few weeks
  • Rapid and significant loss of inches on the waist, hips and buttocks
  • Liver purification
  • Reduction of visceral fat
  • Loss of fat mass
  • Maintenance of lean mass
  • Absence of hunger along the way
  • Effective draining action to counteract water retention
  • Taste and pleasure in taking supplements
  • Safe and easy to follow controlled path
  • Maximum attention to the nutritional quality of the method’s protein supplements and foods

The Dimagra Method is divided into two alternative paths: Dimagra Protein and Aminodiet Drink®.

Dimagra Aminodiet Drink   is the new and innovative method studied by PromoPharma® researchers that uses free form plant amino acids for faster and more effective weight loss and to keep lean mass toned.

Dimagra® Protein is equally effective but uses proteins isolated from whey for protein preparations to be diluted in water or low-fat yogurt, in order to obtain a protein portion to be used one or more times during the day.

Lose weight in a few weeks: tips for an effective ketogenic diet

Here are some tips to help your body enter and maintain ketosis, and to achieve fast and safe weight loss:

  • Don’t skip mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks
  • Take all supplements very slowly
  • Salt foods with low- sodium salt
  • Drink at least two liters of water a day
  • Do not take alcohol, sugary drinks or fruit juices
  • The cooking of food, when necessary, should preferably be done with steam or on the grill
  • Among the cooking methods, frying and gratinating are to be eliminated
  • Eliminate the consumption of sucrose (sugar)
  • Recommended condiments: 2 stick packs of Dimagra MCT OIL 100% or 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil per day, lemon (in moderation), spices and aromatic herbs (in moderation)
  • In case of sudden hunger between meals, you can consume a Protein Bar® 33% or Protein Bar® 50% or one of the new Dimagra® Protein Food protein snacks (1 per day)
  • In case of constipation, drink plenty of water and possibly use Vado Syrup (1 teaspoon / stick pack to be taken in the evening, before going to bed). If the symptom persists, consult your doctor.
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