Although am more inclined towards a natural, plant-based diet as a way of keeping healthy, there’s no denying the fact that the ketogenic diet has had its own share of loyal followers. After all, losing weight by as much as 50 lbs or more by strictly following the diet is one mean feat!
Basically, going keto means you avoid all those high-carbohydrate foods like rice, bread, pasta, sugar and even starchy vegetables. In their place, you substitute with butter, cream and nuts, among others.
In a recent forum organized by Minola Cooking Oil at the Oracle Hotel in Katipunan, QC, we heard from Dr. Fabian Dayrit from Ateneo who is also with the Scientific Advisory Committee for Health, Asia and Pacific Coconut Community, about the different kinds of ketogenic diet.
He said there’s the traditional keto which focuses on 70-75% fat, 20% protein and 5-10% carbs. The other two types of keto are based on the consumption of enough coconut oil to provide the needed calories. These are the MCT (medium chain triglycerides) ketogenic diet and the VCO keto diet.
Dr. Dayrit noted that under a keto program, one must reach the state of ketosis — a metabolic state in which your body burns fat for energy instead of glucose. Ketosis is achieved through fasting, exercising regularly, the intake of coconut oil and adopting parts of the Atkins diet, or a combination of these. Coconut oil facilitates weight loss in keto because they contain precious MCTs which the body can absorb easily for weight loss. Consuming one to two tablespoons daily can already bring about great health benefits.
Photo shows the experts and participants of the recent Minola forum on the ketogenic diet…
Representatives from Minola cooking oil showed their full range of healthy oil which can be used for keto. We are indeed lucky to be in the Philippines where coconut oil abounds.
Rien Kenner Cajayon of Khendrie’s Kitchen demonstrated her recipe of Buttered Chicken with Coco Aminos. Basically, this just calls for sauteing meat pieces in a combination of Minola Lauric Oil and butter. Then you add garlic, onions and ginger, if preferred. Finish off with swigs of coco aminos which is a healthy type of soy sauce since it’s made from coconut sap. It is also wheat-free and gluten-free.
The cook, Kenner Cajayon, is also a keto advocate. She said the diet helped her after she lost her baby due to high sugar levels.She now consumes a lot of coconut oil and manages a business making cakes, other types of desserts and cooked food that are keto-friendly.
By the way, here’s our yummy keto lunch at the event. This was so tasty!
We also heard the testimonies of Virna Veloso and Desa Apostol who both lost weight drastically when they adopted a keto meal plan. Would you believe one of them tipped the scales at 240 lbs??! They said it takes a lot of discipline and willpower but yes, they advise there’s no other way…. change your dit to change your life, and no looking back!!