The word keto gets thrown around a lot these days, having seemingly replaced paleo as the newest low-carb diet taking credit for an army of newly-svelte girlfriends. For the uninitiated, keto refers to the ketogenic diet, a low-carb, high-fat nutritional plan that puts your body into a state of ketosis, where you burn fat instead of carbs for energy. It is, among other things, the diet we should thank (or blame, depending on your tastes) for cauliflower pizza crusts. While it may feel new, ketogenic nutrition has been around for nearly a hundred years, when it was first prescribed as a way to treat epilepsy and other diseases. Today, the diet is forecasted to be among the top 2019 health trends on our radar. Recommended by some doctors to patients suffering from a myriad of conditions, results show that this diet aids in mitigating symptoms for those diagnosed with autism to aiding in the battle of certain cancers. To the general public, it is most widely known to be a quick way to drop pounds, some have even doubled down for their weight loss journey and have included intermittent fasting as part of their new lifestyles.
Keto’s popularity will no doubt be a draw to Metabolic Health Summit, formerly called the Conference on Nutritional Ketosis and Metabolic Therapeutics, taking place January 31 to February 3 at the Renaissance Long Beach. The four-day event will feature dozens of speakers, including doctors, nutritionists, scientists and YouTube personalities. Attendees can also gain insight into the benefits of keto through cooking demonstrations and expert panel Q&A sessions.
Dr. Angela Poff is scheduled to speak on the newest methods to exploit cancer metabolism. She cofounded the Metabolic Health Initiative with Victoria Field, a veteran of the fitness and nutrition industries. Their combined passion for healthy living has been instrumental in the growth of the event, now in its third year.
“If you’re eager to learn more about the latest science into metabolic therapies and their practical applications, you don’t want to miss this event,” nutritional therapist Patricia Daly says, noting that as a past speaker, it’s informative for both patients and nutrition professionals alike.
Dog lovers are welcome too! Numerous pet food brands will be represented at the Keto Expo and veterinarians Natasha Lilly and Barbara Royal (Oprah’s go-to vet for her beloved dogs) will host a forum on Keto for Canines.
Highlighting the weekend is the Saturday evening Gala Dinner, a semiformal affair that promises a gourmet ketogenic culinary experience. Proceeds benefit the MaxLove and the Charlie Foundations. Evening soirees and a poolside VIP mixer are also on the schedule.
Notably for nutrition and medical professionals, Continuing Medical Education will be jointly provided by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles and Metabolic Health Initiative for Metabolic Health Summit 2019, according to the event’s website. Organizers say that a maximum of 21.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits will be available.