Knowing what to eat to increase your fertility can be very confusing.
The Internet is scattered with differing views which often contradict one another. It is important to listen to your own body and know what works (and does not work) for your body.
The Fertility Diet Pyramid is a great place to start. Dr Jeffery Russell explains that the ratio of less than 40% of your calories coming from carbohydrates, at least 25% of your calories should come from protein, with the remaining coming from good fats; can significantly boost your fertility.
This is particularly true if you have PCOS or other fertility concerns
What is Ketosis?
Ketosis is when your body is under-going a very normal way of processing what you have eaten.
Your brain can use one of only two things as energy – glucose or ketones. Ketones are made from metabolizing fat or protein in to energy.
This is how your body should always function.
However, in this day and age many (and I mean MANY) people have metabolic issues that hold them back from consistently losing weight. This can be extremely frustrating, because you are doing everything “right” and eating well, but still your weight does not budge.
You are providing your body with excess energy every time you eat high sugar or high carbohydrate foods. Your body knows that it does not need this much energy, so it stores it in your body – as fat stores.
As you start the Keto diet you begin to monitor what you are putting into your body. Your body is very intelligent and identifies that it needs more energy than what you are providing it. It will then search for different sources of energy since you are not providing it through food.
This is where your body will turn to the stored fats that are full of stored energy (this is how you can reduce your fat on your body). Of course one would hope that your body would start with your belly fat, although sometimes that is not the case!
Ketosis is when your body has run out of stored glucose/sugar and starts burning fat and protein instead. A by product of breaking down fat in the absence of sugar is a chemical known as ketones.
Eating a low carb, high fat diet (for some people) can significantly increase your body to use stored fats due to this ketosis process. Recently this has become well known as the Keto Diet, although the diet has been around for many years under different names.
Ketones are harmless and natural and should not be confused with ketoacidosis which is a deadly condition that diabetics can find themselves in if their blood glucose levels get too high.
The fruity, weird smell on the breath, however, is the same.
Who can Benefit from the Keto Diet?
If you have diabetes, the keto diet is thought to be a really good option for you. By lowering your carbohydrates intake you can support the balance of insulin in your blood, avoiding the spikes and crashes.
The above is also the same for people suffering from PCOS. In fact the reason that this type of diet is recommended for people with PCOS, is due to the effect that it has on insulin. Again, the Keto Diet can support the balance of insulin and hormones.
This is essential to reversing the PCOS symptoms.
If you suffer from any heart disease or have concerns around your gut health, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the Keto Diet may help you manage or reduce these issues.
Do you struggle with acne? This diet can help you as you begin to balance out your hormones and reduce your sugar intake.
The long term effects of prolonged use of this diet are unknown at this stage. (as with all diets, please chat with your medical professional prior to making changes in your diet). However, given it is simply a natural state, that our bodies are designed to adapt to, it is considered safe in most situations.
What is the Keto Diet?
We call this diet the Keto Diet, but it is also known as Ketogenic Diet, Ketosis Diet, and Low-Carb Diet (or LCHF – Low Carb High Fat).
During this diet you are required to eat low carbohydrate foods and high fat foods (good fat obviously). The perfect balance would by 75% of calories from good fats, 20% from proteins, 5% from carbohydrates. So, although carbs are discouraged, they are not altogether eliminated.
This diet is certainly not a ‘new’ diet – although it has become more popular in recent years.
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How do you know you are in Ketosis?
As a beginner Keto dieter you might be wondering how you will know if you are on the right track or not. These are some signs that you are certainly on right track to achieve ketosis.
The first thing you may notice is weight loss. This is a positive sign, and probably the outcome you are most favorable of!
You are likely to hit a big weight loss in the first week – if this is the case for you, you are likely to have hit ketosis due to the diet you have had over the last week. Well done!
Please note that not everyone will experience this straight away or at the same rate. We all have unique bodies – which is amazing! Don’t compare yourself, set off on your own journey and own it!
Suddenly you will realize that you have much more energy. Not the short bursts of energy, but consistent energy.
You will be focused and able to make decisions quickly. You are no longer tired, this is because you are fueling your body with food that makes it work correctly.
This is because your body is not having to work over time to process the crap that you were feeding if prior to starting this diet.
Please note that short-term tiredness will certainly be there in the beginning as your body adjusts to the new foods you are eating. Stick with it – push through this. It is worth it.
Loss of Hunger!
In case you don’t already know – fat fills you up! Because during the Keto Diet, you need to eat a lot of good fat, you will find that you do not need to eat as much or as often.
If hunger does still sneak in, I would suggest that you are not eating enough fats. Do not be afraid of fats in your diet – they are NOT the enemy!
Foods you can enjoy:
• Meat and fish
• Veges – green is best!
• Nuts and Seeds
• Butter, cream, cheese
• Healthy oils
Foods that you will need to avoid:
• Alcohol – I know, how sad!
• Sugar – Sugar is terrible for your body!
• Root Vegetables
• “Low fat” and “diet” products (likely to gain their flavour from sugar)
—-basically anything with high carb content!
A Note on Ketoacidosis:
High levels of ketones in your body can become dangerous. Early signs of ketoacidosis are:
• Difficulty concentrating
• Abdominal pain
• Change in breathing
• Excessive thirst
• Feeling flushed
• Nausea and vomiting
If you notice any unusual changes in your body, please take these seriously and chat with a doctor.
What is the Keto Diet: How Ketosis Can Improve Fertility
The Keto Diet can be a great way to kick start your body into a healthy lifestyle and is very likely to increase your fertility.
It will encourage your body to use stored fats as well as reduce hunger and help control insulin and hormones.
What you put into your body has a huge impact on your fertility. If you are thinking that the Keto diet is a too big of a step for you, perhaps trying the fertility diet using the fertility diet pyramid.