Tell us a little bit about yourself and KetoCoach.
My name is Logan Delgado, I’m from Austin, Texas and people who follow me on Youtube and Instagram know me as Goody Beats. I train and compete for bodybuilding physique challenges, give advice on workouts and dieting and i’m huge on promoting positivity and motivation. I am a co-owner of KetoCoach, alongside Matthew Payne who also has a personal history with the ketogenic diet.
KetoCoach is a ketogenic lifestyle company with a focus on community. KetoCoach offers a top of the line blood ketone meter with all of the accessories, as well as urine strips and various other keto tools. We’ve spent the better part of 2020 adapting to the ever-changing social climate, and we’re very excited to be launching our app FastCoach. FastCoach connects the community we value to the experts in the keto lifestyle, and gives people a wealth of tools and information to make their keto lifestyle the absolute best it can be!
Can you tell us about how you started your personal Keto journey?
I used to be overweight and was on the road to being diabetic. I also had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. One day I just said “enough is enough.” I knew I needed to make a change, but I just didn’t know how to start. I reached out to a friend and he put me on a ketogenic intermittent fasting plan. I started following it 100%, and only 10 weeks later I was in the best shape of my life.
KetoCoach offers a series of ketogenic measurement tools that allow users to track quantitative and qualitative data with biomarkers. Will you explain how these tools help users succeed on their ketogenic and fasting diets?
The KetoCoach meter takes a small drop of blood from your finger, and in seconds gives you a reading of your blood ketone enzymes. This number indicates whether or not your body is producing enough ketone enzymes to signal a switch from burning glucose to burning fat instead.
The first way this really helps users succeed in their ketogenic diet is providing them with the science behind keto. Understanding what our bodies are doing in ketosis and why this contributes to fat loss is a huge step in gaining the confidence to stick with the diet.
The second, and most important, tool of success KetoCoach offers is a device that shows your hard work is paying off and that you are progressing in your goals! Most people who go on a diet utilize a scale and mirror as their measurement markers of success. There’s nothing wrong with this, but when you’re two weeks into a diet and not seeing the results you want in the mirror, you’re likely to be feeling discouraged, hopeless and frustrated. The KetoCoach offers an accurate and reliable means of measuring your body’s response to the keto diet. You’ll know your hard work is paying off right away, and you won’t have to just guess or hope. KetoCoach takes away the terrible uncertainty of not knowing, and gives you control over your diet.
Can you share successful/noteworthy stats or data from KetoCoach’s results?
The stats we are most proud of involve the community of people who have found success in the keto diet though utilizing KetoCoach as an aid in their weight loss journey. Our Instagram is full of people sharing their stories. Every day this is consistently one of the best things I see. We currently have over 40,000 users and that number keeps growing.
KetoCoach’s new app is launching this next week, can you tell us more about FastCoach?
Gladly! FastCoach combines community led challenges with a distinct bio tracking interface. This allows users to input their blood ketone and glucose measurements, along with their energy levels and a fasting tracker.
FastCoach brings a greater level of understanding to an individual’s anatomical response to daily habits surrounding their intake of food, fasting times and how they feel. This way, a person can adjust how they progress towards their goals by keeping track of the way their body is responding day to day.
A huge part of the app is the challenges that will be featured. FastCoach will feature different coaches from the keto community, who will guide users through various challenges relating to keto, including fasting, getting into ketosis and more. A few coaches we have lined up are Danny Vega and Dr. Jaime Seeman, both of whom are just as excited as we are to be launching this app.
We want FastCoach to give users a strong sense of community so they always feel the support of those on the same journey as themselves, while simultaneously delivering them unique tools and top of the line challenges from experts in the field.
Can you speak on the positive impact of community while dieting and how working with others toward a similar goal is beneficial for users?
A community is so beneficial to dieting – when you’re achieving your goals and feel the elation of bettering yourself, you have a place to share your progress and your accomplishments. At the same time, you’re sharing success with others who may need help, or advice, or in the very least, a little encouragement. Community benefits those who are succeeding and those who are having difficulty because it brings everyone together and allows everyone to share their strengths, offer help, give encouragement, and hold each other accountable. I could go on and on about community and positivity. They are at the core of KetoCoach.
What challenges did you face when you first started keto?
Cravings! I feel most people would share this challenge but honestly carbs and sugar are truly Addicting. You don’t realize how addicting they are until you’re trying to cut them out completely. Your mind can get foggy, and you can feel fatigued after a few days of starting keto, but this is only temporary. This is basically a total body hangover after coming off of carbs and it’s often called the ‘keto flu.’ There are ways you can lessen the fogginess and fatigue, such as drinking plenty of water, avoiding intense exercise and getting plenty of sleep. After a day or two, this feeling is replaced by mental clarity and a strong feeling of focus, which are both long lasting side effects of the keto lifestyle.
Personally, what is your favorite aspect of a keto lifestyle?
The way it makes my body feel and perform. Before I started keto, I would always feel that afternoon crash or like I just wanted to take a nap. Now, I no longer get that feeling and my energy levels are out the roof, not to mention all the barbecue and steaks I get to eat!
The pandemic has impacted health challenges for people everywhere. Can you share any tips for the ketogenic diet and fasting?
Definitely, and the first thing I’ll say is that you have to be real with yourself. Have that one-on-one conversation with yourself in the mirror, just don’t use it as an excuse to hate on yourself with negativity. What do you want out of keto? Do you want to lose weight, sleep better, or just have a better relationship with food? Whatever your reasons might be, focus on those and begin your keto journey with a strong sense of why you’re doing it. Then, tell yourself that you can do it and believe in yourself! Understand that there might be a few tough days, but it gets easier. Other than that, I would say to keep it simple and play it safe. Find the foods that fit into keto that you’ll like, and keep a careful eye on nutritional information. Carbs can sneak in easily if you’re not paying attention, so make sure you’re surrounded with a lot of protein and fatty foods such as meat, avocado and eggs.
Can you offer advice for those managing a keto and fasting lifestyle as the holidays approach?
Whenever a special occasion comes around, especially the holiday season, there’s always a chance that you’ll slip on your diet. The best thing is, like I said before, to be real and honest with yourself. Make the choice early if you’re going to stick to your diet through the holidays and then just be ready and have a gameplan when you’re around temptation.
A lot of people will have a keto snack ready in case a craving hits. When you sit down for the big meal, replace that bread roll and potatoes with an extra serving of meat and more vegetables, while drinking plenty of water. If you want to allow yourself some wiggle room during the holidays, then that’s totally fine! Again, just have a game plan and keep yourself in contro. Plan a few meals or a day or two when you aren’t being as strict with your diet. Everyone needs to know that if you have an evening of indulgence, then that’s fine, but hold yourself accountable afterwards. Make sure your special evening was just an evening, your day was just a day. Too often, people will indulge and then have this feeling of “Well, I’m off the wagon so I might as well keep going and eat whatever I want.” Then an evening of treating yourself turns into a few days of indulging and then a few weeks go by and suddenly you’ve lost time which you could’ve been working on yourself. Be honest with yourself, plan ahead and stay in control!
To learn more about KetoCoach, please visit: https://ketocoachx.com.
Treatment Methods For Severe Acne
Acne, a nuisance causing skin condition, not only leaves you with blemished skin but also causes an emotional toll. Patients with severe acne experience frequent skin breakouts that affect different parts of the body, such as the face, back, and neck. They are caused by hormonal changes or genetic makeup.
In extreme cases, these breakouts penetrate deeper into the skin and are referred to as cysts or nodules. This form of acne is typically more painful, and even when it clears up, unsightly scars are often left behind. Dealing with severe acne can be overwhelming and is known to have a negative effect on self-esteem. However, there are a few proven ways through which you can manage the breakouts.
Are you struggling with severe acne? Below are some recommended treatment options:
Your diet can have a direct impact on your susceptibility to severe acne. The food you consume affects the functioning of various body organs, including the skin. When the skin fails to function normally, it may produce excess oil, known as sebum, that clogs the pores. In turn, clogged pores are more likely to become infected with bacteria, which leads to acne breakouts. Therefore, to prevent such breakouts, you can make some dietary changes, which include;
• Going on a low-carb diet
• Ditching dairy products
• Adding lots of green leafy vegetables into your diet
It is advisable to adopt a healthy skincare routine to reduce the frequency and severity of acne breakouts. A healthy skincare routine helps maintain its proper functioning giving it a smooth, youthful, and glowing look. If you are not sure of the skincare routine to adopt, here is a summary:
• Wash your face at least twice a day using a mild soap or a gentle cleanser and warm water.
• Shower after any strenuous activity to remove excess sweat and dirt.
• Apply sunscreen before going outdoors under the scorching sun.
• Avoid using harsh skincare products.
• For dry skin, apply a moisturizer before going to bed.
• Avoid touching your face regularly to reduce contamination.
• Seek help from a qualified dermatologist.
• Exfoliate regularly.
Your lifestyle can also contribute to regular breakouts. How? The acne on your skin may be a sign of an underlying issue. Your physical, mental, and emotional well-being all affect the general functioning of your body. Therefore, your skin’s health calls for holistic treatment. You should start by addressing any issue concerning the functioning of your body. Listed below are some lifestyle changes you can adopt:
• Exercise regularly to increase blood flow throughout your body. This helps in the elimination of oils and other toxic substances that may trigger acne breakouts.
• Get enough sleep to control your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone related to stress, which is not good for your skin.
• Avoid stress. Though it’s hard to do away with stress completely, it is vital to learn how to manage it. Elevated stress triggers the production of glucocorticoid, which can affect the structure and functioning of the skin.
• Hydrate: Replace alcohol and carbonated drinks with water. Water helps your body flush out toxins that may affect the health of your skin.
If none of the above treatment options seems to work for you, your doctor may recommend some medications. The medication will typically be either topical creams/lotions or pills.
• Antibiotics: These work by killing excess bacteria on the skin, reducing skin reddening and inflammation. Antibiotics may be taken orally or used as topical ointments.
• Retinoids: Also called vitamin A derivatives, retinoids work by affecting how your skin grows and sheds.
• Oral contraceptives: These are used on women, and they reduce severe acne outbreaks by counteracting the hormonal effects of periods.
• Other medications used to treat severe acne include dapsone, azelaic acid, and spironolactone.
Severe acne can affect you mentally, physically, and emotionally. If you have been struggling with this condition, you can adopt the treatment methods above to reduce the impact of severe acne breakouts.
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