Let’s face it, we’ve been concerned and frustrated about our collective weight for DECADES! Fad diets come and go, exercise plans, gyms and equipment proliferate. However the weight, for the most part, has been difficult to shed at best!
Many people lose weight – temporarily, but usually gain it back and more! So what’s going on?
Our bodies are like flex-fuel vehicles that can burn more than one type of fuel for energy. We can use glucose, fat, or protein. Protein is not the ideal choice as we can lose valuable muscle mass. Glucose is not good either as it causes inflammation and WEIGHT GAIN. So that leaves FAT! The best choice is good fat! Wait, but fat makes you fat, right?
No, that’s a myth that we’ve been under, collectively, for decades!
Sugar is nasty stuff! It should be called “Heroin-Lite” as it is very addictive and causes major damage to our bodies. Sugar can cause insulin resistance, a stepping stone towards metabolic syndrome and diabetes (two very common chronic diseases). Insulin is a very important hormone in the body. It allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning glucose instead of fat!
Our current diets contain a very large percentage of sugar (all carbohydrates are sugar). The image below shows the breakdown of sources of sugar:
Over the years our bodies have adapted to utilize sugar as the main fuel source, because of the huge intake of carbs and the minimized intake of fat. But burning sugar over fat is like burning wood in our stoves and not gas. The fat and the gas are much cleaner burning and fat contains more energy.
So what’s the answer? Train our bodies to burn fat, not sugar for energy! How do we do that? It’s very simple, increase the fat percentage in our diet (good fats!) and reduce the carb intake. Sort of like this:
It’s called the Ketogenic Diet, and it’s gaining popularity among elite athletes and others (including me and my wife). Ketones are formed in the blood when the body starts burning fat instead of glucose. In order to make the ketogenic diet work we must become ketone adaptive. This means we want to be in the”zone” as shown here:
We want to be just before Starvation Ketosis. This would be the ideal range for blood ketones. You can actually measure your blood ketone with a ketone meter:
We use the “Precision Xtra” available on Amazon for about $25. It can be easy for some to reach this state, and very difficult for others, partly depending on their current diet (sugar is very addictive). You should reduce your carb intake to ~50 grams or less per day. That’s the hard part. However you can have fat, such as organic butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, full fat organic (or grass fed) dairy, bone broth (organic chicken or grass fed beef), and grass fed beef, so you may not miss the carbs!
Incorporate a moderate exercise program, and to enhance the process do some form of fasting. We have so far opted for what they call intermittent fasting where after eating dinner at 7pm-ish we don’t eat until lunch the next day, about 1:00pm. This gives us about a 16 hour fasting period each day, and we re not hungry!
The benefits o following a ketogenic diet are numerous:
So following a ketogenic diet has many plus factors, more energy, reduced weight, and improved health! So why not give it a try?! Let us know how you make out!
To Your Health!