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The Beginners Guide To Ketosis: Investigating Low-carb, High-fat Eating

The only hard and fast rule of health is that health is personal and what works well for one person may not work for someone else. Aside from that rule, there are “frameworks” that seem to benefit large groups of people. One more level down from that are alternative strategies that benefit smaller groups. Ketosis is likely one of those alternative strategies that works well for certain, smaller groups of people. So, right off the bat I want you to understand that Ketosis might not be for everyone. I’m going to lay out the case for potential benefits of Ketosis. If it sounds interesting and beneficial to you, then consider trying it. (see our free cheat sheet to help you). What is Ketosis Ketosis occurs when liver glycogen gets depleted and the body burns fatty acids for fuel. The primary driver of this state is a very low carbohydrate intake. Often, it also requires a low protein, higher fat intake. You can also achieve a state of ketosis by not eating altogether. The creation of ketones is a byproduct of this metabolic state. Ketones are a source of fuel, just as glucose is a source of fuel. Ketones tend to have some added benefits, though. What role does Ketosis play in hum Continue reading >>

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  1. Stoutyeoman

    Hello science enthusiasts. Thank you for doing what you do and giving those of us who are on keto some solid info about our diet and what it really means for our bodies.
    I am posting today because I am a little curious about some of the fundamental ideas that many proponents of the ketogenic diet throw around.
    For one, I am curious about whether there is any scientific evidence that ketosis is the body's natural state and that eating carbohydrates is actually an anomalous process. Seeing how grains have been part of the human diet for most - if not all - of recorded history, it seems difficult to support the idea that we were never meant to eat these particular types of plants. Is there any hard scientific data that shows this to be true?
    I am also curious about some of the ideas that keto supporters have about caloric intake. As I've come to understand it, one of the cornerstones of the ketogenic diet for weight loss is the idea that the condition of being overweight or obese is caused by hormonal issues and that the ketogenic diet corrects said issues. The traditional point of view says that hormonal or genetic issues affecting weight gain are a myth. Is there any evidence that some individuals are predisposed to weight gain and that said predisposition disappears or is remedied on a ketogenic diet - or does the science tell us that a ketogenic diet is simpy a way of more easily and more readily reducing our caloric intake while increasing our BMR?
    Thanks!

  2. ashsimmonds

    Is there any scientific evidence that sobriety is a natural state?
    Alcohol has been around for all of recorded history, and you can only achieve sobriety by not consuming alcohol. So really sobriety is just someone who's in an ethanol-starved state.

  3. Stoutyeoman

    I thought of a similar comparison myself when I was musing over this. Alcohol is burned off as energy before anything else, and that's anomalous... so one could reason that carbohydrate has a similar status.
    Of course, what I'm looking for are studies that show this.

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