Ketogenic eating is a diet trend that eliminates consumption of carbohydrates and sugars in order to stop the blood sugar from spiking. This allows the body enter a state called ketosis, a process in which the body burns fat for energy because it does not have enough carbohydrates to burn instead.
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A whole-food, plant-based diet is a diet consisting mostly or entirely of foods sourced from plants, including but not limited to vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits. Plant-based diets usually include very few or no animal products, and not all plant based-diets are vegetarian or vegan. The term whole food describes foods that have not been heavily processed. This includes whole, unrefined or minimally refined ingredients.
Following a Paleo eating plan means cutting out specific foods such as highly processed and refined carbs, dairy, legumes and grains. By eating certain carefully-chosen foods and cutting out others, Paleo eating often leads to weight loss because followers are not only consuming fewer calories but are also consuming more nutrient-dense foods that lead to feeling more full and more satisfied for longer periods of time. This long-lasting hunger satisfaction is accomplished through the consumption of thoughtfully-sourced, high-quality lean proteins, nutrient-dense vegetables and smaller amounts of fruits and nuts.
Individuals may choose to eat a gluten-free diet for a variety of reasons. For those who suffer with celiac disease and other gluten related health conditions, eating gluten free is critical to ensure better health. For some, consuming gluten can trigger immune system activity that damages the lining of the small intestine over time. This damage eventually prevents the absorption of nutrients from food. For those with celiac disease, gluten sensitivities, wheat allergies or other gluten related conditions, consuming gluten may also cause unpleasant symptoms such as stomach upset, headaches, aching joints, general body inflammation and other issues.