Changes in food and lifestyle are often suggested by experts with a view to combat many life-threatening diseases and possible infections. But doing what Steve Jobs did when he had cancer in the early part of this century and believing that eating vegetables is going to solve the problem is unwise!
One such advocacy has now come from a prominent cancer scientist Dr. Patrick Hwu in the United States, who is pitching for high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet to induce weight loss and combat dreaded diseases such as cancer. But if you already have cancer, you need to seek treatment such as chemotherapy and surgery, for instance, which Steve Jobs did not do which did not help him.
Medical research over the years has shown that a ketogenic diet can mitigate the risks of cardiovascular diseases, which are aggravated by high blood pressure and cholesterol.
On the surface, it appears counterintuitive that a high fat ketogenic diet can drive weight loss. But this diet has shown a remarkable ability to persuade the body into using fat as the fuel for creating energy rather than burning glucose derived from carbohydrates or protein.
Composition of Ketogenic Diet
A ketogenic diet will ideally have 75 percent fat, 20 percent protein, and a tiny portion of carbohydrates (about five percent.)
The keto diet works toward a state of “ketosis” in the body thanks to the balancing of macronutrients and by the curbs placed on the release of insulin and blood glucose.
Ketosis steps up biomarkers such as blood glucose and cuts blood pressure to reduce appetite due to the feeling of fullness felt from the consumption of fats.
On the surface, keto may resemble the Atkins diet, but the difference lies in the protein part. Unlike the high protein Atkins, ketogenic food has only a small amount of protein.
It must be borne in mind that the keto diet is not very easy to follow. There will be signs of discomfort in the beginning. But the discomfort will soon fade, and the gains will eventually outweigh the pains as the state of ketosis works as a bulwark against diseases, according to cancer researchers.
A Fat Burning Diet
Dr. Patrick Hwu has been already practicing the keto diet for a few years. He strongly advocates this diet and calls it a fat-burning diet. Hwu, heads the cancer medicine division at MD Anderson in Houston. He claims that the keto diet has provided him with substantial improvement in many areas of health.