Our bodies run on one of two energy sources:
If you follow the food pyramid, your body is running on glucose.
The problem with a high-carb diet is that carbohydrates turn to sugar. This raises insulin levels and thus starts the cycle that leads to so many of the modern diseases today.
The problem is that we have been told that these modern diseases are:
- Due to too much fat in our diet
- Due to too much red meat
- Due to too much salt
The “solution” has been: more whole grains, a low-fat/low-sodium diet, and more lean, white meat.
Yet, since this “solution”, we have seen a dramatic increase of diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and chronic metabolic dysfunctions of epidemic proportion.
You know what they say about those who do the same thing the same way expecting different results. Right?
Fat does not make you fat
For years we’ve been told to replace butter and lard with the “healthier” option of margarine – which we now know is not only unhealthy, but dangerous to our health.
We’ve been told to cut the fat off or drain the fat and remove the skin from our meat.
Because we were told that consuming fat will make you fat.
Turns out, that’s not true.
Polyunsaturated fats are bad for you, but those saturated fats we were told for so long to avoid are actually healthy for you.
In fact, your body needs those fats and needs a lot of them.
What makes us fat and sick is, in fact, carbohydrates.
When you continually consume more carbohydrates than your body can turn into energy, your body will turn those extra carbs into fat. If you follow the food pyramid you most certainly will consume more carbs than your body can use, and most people consume carbs in greater excess than they know.
So what is the Ketogenic Diet?
The Ketogenic Diet, or as I prefer to say “way of eating”, is a strict version of low-carb/high-fat.
By keeping your carbohydrate consumption at 20 grams or less per day, you force your body to start using fat as an energy source.
Where the Ketogenic Diet differs from low-carb/high-fat is that it keeps protein at moderate levels and requires a more stricter adherence to macro levels, as opposed to calories.
While my macro levels are set for a calorie intake of 1550, I do not worry about my calories at all, because the entire premise of “calories in, calories out” is faulty. It fails to take into account that 100 calories of carbohydrates are metabolized differently than 100 calories of fat or protein.
Instead, I make sure that my protein levels stay around 90 grams or less per day and that my fats are at 120 grams or higher.
The benefit to this, is your body begins utilizing your current fat stores for energy instead of glucose.
This can help lower your blood sugar, regulate hormone levels, resolve chronic healthy issues, and also lose unwanted weight.
Many people have reported that their thyroid function improved and they reversed their diabetes and infertility.
By following a strict ketogenic diet, your body will enter a what is called “ketosis”, not to be confused with “ketoacidosis”, which is dangerous.
Ketosis occurs when the body has low insulin levels and in a state of burning high levels of fat.
When in ketosis, you will find you have
- Increased energy
- Increased mental clarity
- Increased weight loss or weight management
- Overall better health
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