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The Fat-fueled Brain: Unnatural Or Advantageous?

Disclaimer: First things first. Please note that I am in no way endorsing nutritional ketosis as a supplement to, or a replacement for medication. As you’ll see below, data exploring the potential neuroprotective effects of ketosis are still scarce, and we don’t yet know the side effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. This post talks about the SCIENCE behind ketosis, and is not meant in any way as medical advice. The ketogenic diet is a nutritionist’s nightmare. High in saturated fat and VERY low in carbohydrates, “keto” is adopted by a growing population to paradoxically promote weight loss and mental well-being. Drinking coffee with butter? Eating a block of cream cheese? Little to no fruit? To the uninitiated, keto defies all common sense, inviting skeptics to wave it off as an unnatural “bacon-and-steak” fad diet. Yet versions of the ketogenic diet have been used to successfully treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children since the 1920s – potentially even back in the biblical ages. Emerging evidence from animal models and clinical trials suggest keto may be therapeutically used in many other neurological disorders, including head ache, neurodegenerative diseases, Continue reading >>

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  1. kickchickbecca

    can you go into starvation mode while on keto?

    Okay.. so ya'll can correct me if I'm wrong on this one..
    But when your body goes into starvation mode it's because you aren't fueling it enough.. not giving it enough energy..
    Well if your body is using fat for energy.. when you run out of fat that you're eating.. wouldn't your body just use the fat you already have instead of going to starvation mode?
    Or am I totally off..?

  2. Atavis

    Yes. Yes, you definately can go into starvation mode on keto.

  3. signature166

    Originally Posted by kickchickbecca
    Okay.. so ya'll can correct me if I'm wrong on this one..
    But when your body goes into starvation mode it's because you aren't fueling it enough.. not giving it enough energy..
    Well if your body is using fat for energy.. when you run out of fat that you're eating.. wouldn't your body just use the fat you already have instead of going to starvation mode?
    Or am I totally off..?

    Keto is similar to starvation mode in some interesting ways. Lyle writes about this in his book on the ketogenic diet.

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