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Everything You Need To Know About The Keto Diet

Everything You Need To Know About The Keto Diet

healthy diet ketogenic diet Written by: Drew Canole What Is The Keto Diet? A ketogenic diet is a low carb, high fat diet. One of its main goals is to train your body to get its energy from a whole different source - ketones, rather than glucose. When you eat carbs, your body naturally converts them into glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert into energy and is your body’s immediate go-to for fuel. Insulin is what carries the glucose all through your bloodstream and gets the converted energy to where it needs to go. Because of this process, the fats you eat don’t often get used and end up getting stored away. They are considered as more of a backup for your body and because of the high amount of carbs the majority of people consume, fats rarely get touched. The ketogenic diet (AKA keto diet) breaks this cycle. Through the dramatic drop in carbs, your body starts to go into a state known as ketosis. This is what happens when the amount of healthy fats you eat greatly outnumber the amount of carbohydrates you eat. When you start doing this, your body has no choice but to resort to this ketosis state. The fats you eat will start getting converted into ketones through your liver and those ketones will become your body’s main source of energy. This is a whole different way to get your body into a metabolic state. Rather than starving it of calories, you are starving it of carbs, training your whole system to make ketones as your body’s main source of energy. Different Types Of Ketogenic Diets Standard Ketogenic Diet (SKD) - This is the typical form of the diet. It is very low carb and moderate protein. 75% fats, 20% protein and 5% carbs. Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD) - This is a more advanced form of the diet, typically used by a Continue reading >>

Will A Cheat Meal Knock Me Out Of Ketosis?

Will A Cheat Meal Knock Me Out Of Ketosis?

“Is a cheat day okay? The answer to your question is, if you are keto adapted. As I said before, that means that your cells essentially are running on ketones for fuel, as opposed to running on glucose, which is what the vast, vast, vast majority of Americans are running on, and therefore there’s all this disease here. The genesis of these metabolic diseases has to do with consumption of simple carbohydrates. So if you are keto adapted, and you’ve done your requisite carbohydrate depletion for 8-12 weeks, I always call this the clamp. If you were to go and eat a very, very heavy, carbohydrate-laden meal, because of the fact that you have this “clamp” if you will, if you were to go and test your blood sugars, they’re not going to shoot up to the point where you believe they may have shot up. If an individual that were not keto adapted were to eat, for example, a Snickers bar, their blood sugars may shoot up to 200 transiently. This is what we see: the blood sugars go up transiently in a keto-adapted individual and then they’re clamped right down within an hour or two to that normal level. The answer to your question is no – if you are a keto adapted individual and you are running your cells on fat, is a cheat meal going to knock you out of ketosis? No, it’s not going to knock you out of ketosis. Now, if you are an individual that is on the threshold of being in ketosis and you’re knocking your carbohydrates down – let’s say you started at 75, now you’re at 50 – and you go and eat a carbohydrate-laden meal? Yes, you’re going to have a problem. That is definitely going to delay your transition into ketosis, because what you’re doing is, you’re telling your body, “Hey! Up-regulate the enzymes that allow me to metabolize the carbohydrates Continue reading >>

Finding Your Optimal Protein Intake For A Ketogenic Diet

Finding Your Optimal Protein Intake For A Ketogenic Diet

When embarking on a ketogenic diet for health or fat loss, finding the optimum protein intake can be very confusing for many beginners. For smooth adaptation in the transition to a ketogenic metabolism I typically guide people using a caloric spread of around 70-80% fat, 15-25% protein, and 5% carbohydrate from green fibrous vegetables – but this ratio varies for every individual and using percentages is confusing and misleading in many cases. The best way to look at macronutrients is not in percentage ratios, but in grams. The slew of bloggers and gurus spouting so much conflicting information leads many into a mental stalemate about how much protein they should be eating. This article lays out the metrics I most commonly use to quantify how much protein an individual should intake – there is no magic ratio and the needs, preferences, and goals of the individual determine the amount of protein they will likely require on their ketogenic diet which usually lies within a relatively broad range of 1-2.2g/kg (and in some cases even higher *cringe say the protein-phobic) of bodyweight or .5-1g/lb of lean body mass (Lean Body Mass equals Body Weight minus Body Fat). Myth: “Too much” protein turns immediately into sugar I almost always recommend people increase their intake of fish and seafoods in order to get the vital nutrient DHA into their central nervous system and mitochondrial membranes. We see amazing results when people opt for more fish and less red meat, which I also love, but land mammals are not nearly as nutrient dense as seafoods with their incredible levels of DHA, EPA, selenium, and iodine. Sometimes this means they will be eating more protein than they believe will allow them to be “ketogenic”, this protein-phobia can be counterproductive, which Continue reading >>

The Best Keto Supplements – Learn How They’ll Help You

The Best Keto Supplements – Learn How They’ll Help You

My wife and I have followed a ketogenic/low carbohydrate diet together for a few years. Thanks to the diet and the best keto supplements, our results have been nothing short of extraordinary. We’re leaner, healthier, fitter, stronger, and have more energy than before we started eating low carb. Getting into nutritional ketosis isn’t always easy. Staying in fat burning mode isn’t either. This article reviews what our personal experience and research finds to be the best keto supplements. How We Chose The Best Keto Supplements In choosing these products we reviewed the latest research on dozens of supplements. We then tried them ourselves to see how they did or didn’t work for us. I also spoke with and read the stories of others who eat a keto/low carb diet to see which supplements they take. As a result of this work, we have this guide of the best keto supplements. All you need to do now is read about each and learn which are the best choices for you. How To Use This Guide The best way to get started is to first review the list below. It’s an overview of each keto supplement and it’s benefits. Clicking on the supplements names will take you their detailed review. Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) – brain fog, workout energy, faster recovery post-workout. Creatine Monohydrate – train hard without carbs, get stronger, build muscle, increase mental energy. MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides) – get into ketosis faster, diminish/eliminate keto flu, mental energy. ZMA – get to sleep faster, wake up feeling refreshed and ready to get after it. Why Did I Choose These Keto Supplements? When we first started eating really low carb and fasting to get into nutritional ketosis my wife and I experienced varying degrees of the ‘keto flu’. You may be familiar t Continue reading >>

Ketosis And Fasting: Do Bcaas Break A Fast Or Ketosis: Thomas Delauer

Ketosis And Fasting: Do Bcaas Break A Fast Or Ketosis: Thomas Delauer

Ketosis And Fasting: Do BCAAs Break A Fast Or Ketosis: Thomas DeLauer - Ketosis and Fasting: Do BCAAs Break a Fast or Ketosis: Thomas DeLauer What Breaks a Fast and What Does NOT Break a Fast - The Official Video Ketogenic Diet vs. Low Carb Diet: Thomas DeLauer Keto Diet Tip: 4 Easy Tricks to Get Into Ketosis Faster- Thomas DeLauer Ketosis: When to Eat Carbs- Ketogenic Diet | Thomas DeLauer Intermittent Fasting: Top 5 Mistakes- Thomas DeLauer Intermittent Fasting: Best Time to Workout When Fasting: Thomas DeLauer Ketogenic Diet: Top 3 Ketosis Tips for Results: Thomas DeLauer Intermittent Fasting: Increase the Power of Your Fast with These 4 Drinks- Thomas DeLauer Ketosis: Post Workout Carb Timing: Thomas DeLauer What Type of Workout is Best on a Low Carb or Ketogenic Diet Keto vs Fasting: Which Diet is Better For Your Lifestyle: Thomas DeLauer Ketosis And Fasting: Do Bcaas Break A Fast Or Ketosis: Thomas Delauer 6) Hormonal and metabolic changes induced by an isocaloric isoproteinic kick out of kick out of ketosisgenic diet in healthy subjects. - PubMed - NCBI. (n.d.). Retrieved from 5) Hyperlipid: Neuron fuel and function. (n.d.). Retrieved from 4) Ketosis - What is Ketosis, Effects of Ketosis and Ketosis Levels. (n.d.). Retrieved from out of kick out of ketosisgenic-di... 3) The Ketogenic Diet and Insulin Resistance | Ruled Me. (n.d.). Retrieved from 2) Ten Benefits of BCAAs | Poliquin Article. (n.d.). Retrieved from The average levels of gluconeogenic amino acids (alanine, glutamine, glycine, serine and threonine) were reduced by 8-34% while those of the kick out of kick out of kick out of ketosissis increased by more than 50%. Concluded that a kick out of kick out of ketosisgenic diet may result in an increase of circulating BCAAs within the body - so supplementing Continue reading >>

Bcaas And Keto Diets

Bcaas And Keto Diets

(Note: This article is a departure from our tradition of end-to-end citations, and other practices necessary for establishing high confidence in medical assertions. This departure is merely in the interest of publishing more ideas in less time, as our intensely busy lives have led to a huge backlog of unfinished articles for which the verification and explicit justification process has proved to be at least 80% of the work. Because of its importance to us, though, when we return to more fundamental ketogenic science articles, we will return that style.) Benefits of BCAAs If you follow the bodybuilding community, you are probably aware of some of the benefits of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). That's because they are known to have positive effects on muscle growth and recovery. (See for example Nutraceutical Effects of Branched-Chain Amino Acids on Skeletal Muscle, and Branched-Chain Amino Acids Activate Key Enzymes in Protein Synthesis after Physical Exercise.) Less well known is that BCAAs have favourable effects on the brain, in particular the glial cells (brain cells that aren't neurons, are more numerous than neurons, and turn out to be essential for supporting neurons — it seems probable that most brain afflictions are caused by problems in the glial cells). The beneficial effects of BCAAs come from their important role in the manufacture of neurotransmitters, and vital metabolic cycles such as the leucine-glutamate cycle. Here are a couple of examples of beneficial effects of BCAA supplementation on the brain: Dietary branched chain amino acids ameliorate injury-induced cognitive impairment, Branched-chain amino acids may improve recovery from a vegetative or minimally conscious state in patients with traumatic brain injury: a pilot study, Recovery of brain Continue reading >>

Will This Kick Me Out Of Ketosis?

Will This Kick Me Out Of Ketosis?

A common question people have when starting keto is “will this kick me out of ketosis?” I’m going to address as many items as I can think of and explain why it will or will not kick you out of keto. This is going to be as comprehensive as possible so either use ctrl + f to find what you’re looking for or buckle up and read on. How do humans enter ketosis in the first place? Things will become much more clear if we explain how humans enter ketosis. Mainly, liver glycogen is what determines if ketones will be produced. Specifically, glycogen in the liver signals malonyl-coa to be formed by carboxylating acetyl-coa. Acetyl-coa is used in many processes and it’s the main substrate used to be turned into ketones. The wiki on regulation of ketogenesis which applies to this scenario says “When the body has no free carbohydrates available, fat must be broken down into acetyl-CoA in order to get energy. Acetyl-CoA is not being recycled through the citric acid cycle because the citric acid cycle intermediates (mainly oxaloacetate) have been depleted to feed the gluconeogenesis pathway, and the resulting accumulation of acetyl-CoA activates ketogenesis.” Basically, when there is more acetyl-CoA than oxaloacetate, the acetyl-CoA becomes acetoacetate, a ketone body. In plain English, carbs provide oxaloacetate, so if it doesn’t have carbs, it likely isn’t going to kick you out of ketosis. I’ll state the exceptions later. Why do humans enter ketosis so readily? Humans enter ketosis faster than any animal on the planet. It usually takes 24-36 hours before we enter ketosis.This is because we have huge brains and tiny bodies. Our brains need ~400 calories/day, which for most people that equates to 20% of our total energy demands. To put this in perspective, most anim Continue reading >>

Keep Yourself In Ketosis

Keep Yourself In Ketosis

When talking about a Grain Brain lifestyle, and the very similar ketogenic diet, it’s frequently mentioned that we are aiming to keep our bodies in ketosis. However, if you’re new to my work, it may be that you’re not exactly sure what ketosis is, or why we should be worrying about getting our body into this state. Allow me to explain. Ketones are a special type of fat that can stimulate the pathways that enhance the growth of new neural networks in the brain. A ketogenic diet is one that is high in fats, and this diet has been a tool of researchers for years, used notably in a 2005 study on Parkinson’s patients finding an improvement in symptoms after just 28 days. The improvements were on par with those made possible via medication and brain surgery. Other research has shown the ketogenic diet to be remarkably effective in treating some forms of epilepsy, and even brain tumors. Ketones do more than just that though. They increase glutathione, a powerful, brain-protective antioxidant. Ketones facilitate the production of mitochondria, one of the most important actors in the coordinated production that is the human body. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our bodies are said to enter ketosis at the point when blood sugar levels are low and liver glycogen are no longer available to produce glucose as a fuel for cellular energy production. At this point, not only is the body doing the natural thing, and burning off fat, it’s also powering up the brain with a super efficient fuel. We can jump start ourselves into ketosis with a brief fast, allowing our body to quickly burn through the carbs that are in our system, and turn to fat for fuel. A ketogenic diet is one that derives around 80% or more of of its calories from fat, and the rest from carbs and prote Continue reading >>

7 Tips To Stay Shredded While Gaining Mass

7 Tips To Stay Shredded While Gaining Mass

Sponsored Content I’ll start with two words you might already be familiar with: ketogenic diet. The words “keto” and “macros” have been floating around in the bodybuilding community a lot recently. If you’re familiar, you probably know keto as a way to get shredded: the basic mantra is "eat fat to lose fat." Now you’re thinking… “Wait, this is a keto article? There’s no way to add muscle while in ketosis.” You’re mistaken, and I can prove it because I’ve done it. Ketosis for shredding is only half the story. If you get systematic about the way you eat, cycling off of keto weekly for about 24 hours to refeed, then you can absolutely add lean mass AND stay shredded while you’re doing it. A brief keto overview: (You can skip ahead to the tips if you already know the basics) In a nutshell, a ketogenic diet requires switching your metabolism from glycolysis (burning glucose, a byproduct of carbohydrates) to ketosis (burning ketones, a byproduct of fat). To accomplish that switch, you have to deplete your body of glycogen and keep your blood glucose levels incredibly low. That means eating a high percentage of fat, a moderate amount of protein (too much protein and it can get converted into glycogen), and an extremely low amount of carbohydrates. We all know high protein as a bodybuilding essential and we’ve been talking about carb timing for decades. But flipping into ketosis basically requires that you look at that all-important third macro: fat. And more importantly, ketosis requires looking at all three of those macros in relationship to each other. To stay shredded while getting big, you actually have to lower your protein calories a bit and replace those calories with fat. There’s a lot of research being done on the benefits of operating Continue reading >>

Introduction To Superstarch Part I

Introduction To Superstarch Part I

Occasionally, I have alluded to a product I use to improve my athletic performance. This product, derived from corn starch, is called Superstarch and is produced by Generation UCAN . Many of you have asked a lot of questions about it, and so at last Id like to take the time to really explain this technology to you. If youve been reading this blog at all, you probably already know one thing about me: I dont do bumper stickers. I tend to leave that to the really smart folks who can take complex topics and turn them into slogans. Instead, I tend to like the nuanced explanations. In keeping with that spirit, I decided to create a presentation to formally introduce you to Superstarch. In reality, if you want to understand why youre better off consuming Superstarch instead of Gatorade, Powerade, goo, gel, or other sports nutrition products out there, you need to know how they work. I know, I know, most people dont want to understand this sort of stuff. And they certainly dont want to read a 10,000 word post on the topic. But if you really want to understand the remarkable evolution in sports nutrition, you sort of have to understand the whole evolution of these products, which is why I put this video together. Jeff Volek introduced me to Superstarch. After using it for a few months, and being completely blown away by it, I wanted to know more. I was introduced to the co-founder, Peter Kaufman, and soon I was poring over their patents in an effort to understand how in the heck they made this stuff. Once I understood this, I never looked back. Today I simply refer to Superstarch as superior technology. If Superstarch is the latest iPhone, all other sports nutrition products are rotary phones. They simply dont belong in the same sentence. But to understand why I would make such Continue reading >>

My Periodic Ketogenic Diet Protocol

My Periodic Ketogenic Diet Protocol

I bounce in and out of ketosis. Some prosper in perpetual ketosis, like Dominic P. D’Agostino and newborn babies (though if you know Dom, it is rather difficult to have him in the same sentence as newborn babies). Some adamantly refuse ever purposefully going into ketosis (many, many, many, old school nutritionists and physicians who, for years, have confused it with ketoacidosis). This article is not what is best for you. The following is my Periodic Ketogenic Diet Protocol. I seem to perform best when I periodically enter into nutritional ketosis. I have been in ketosis for 6 months, a year, you name it. I have tried everything in terms of timing, and brief periods of ketosis are optimal for me. Over the years, I have gradually come up with my own protocol to get into ketosis quickly and maintain it for around 5 days. After 12 years of reading study after study, I have created my personal periodic ketogenic diet protocol. I am in no way saying this protocol is good, bad, or even appropriate for you. In fact, I am not even inferring that this protocol is safe for you, as I have no clue if you have any medical conditions. This is what I do. This is what keeps me lean, metabolically healthy, and hopefully provides my body with the tools to fight cancer now and for the rest of my life. Maybe it will work. Maybe it won’t. But my review of the data tells me this is my best bet. So this is what I do. In the middle of July, in a small city of champions known as Pittsburgh, I was due for some ketosis. I decided to write down everything I did, from meals to workouts. The following is a step-by-step description of the five days following my personal protocol. I get many questions from my readers and patients asking what I do, so I hope this answers most of them. I try to key Continue reading >>

Do Bcaas Break Intermittent Fasting And Kick You Out Of Ketosis?

Do Bcaas Break Intermittent Fasting And Kick You Out Of Ketosis?

Do BCAAs break intermittent fasting and kick you out of ketosis? I was recently sent a link to a video addressing the topic of if you should use branched chain amino acids during a fast and if doing so, will kick you out of ketosis. Now I talk alot about BCAAs and ketosis and fasting on my nutrition website but I feel the need to address all three. I’m happy I was sent that video as it’s a topic I’ve been meaning to address. In summary of the video, the author states, and I’m paraphrasing, About The Author Jimmy Smith is a gentlemen, entrepreneur and founder of The Physique Formula line of all natural supplements. You can visit his site at or email him any questions at [email protected] Want To Listen While You Read? “Leucine causes a HUGE spike in insulin”. Later in the video he says…. “A subject who was fasting for 50 days was given an injection of glucose and the subject was almost instantly kicked out of ketosis”. If you're worried about BCAAS knocking you out of ketosis or during a fast, you're barking up the wrong tree. — @jimmysmithtrain These two BIG swings and misses bring the author of the video to his final point that “BCAAs kick you out of ketosis and fasting and you don’t need to have BCAAs during a fast”. Where to begin, where to begin….. You Can See Me Talk About It On Video Right Here Branched Chain Amino Acids & Fasting I appreciate anyone trying to build a business or brand but doing it was incorrect information and perpetuating lies to fulfill some personal agenda is terrible, there I said it. Let’s move on. Starting with the loosely thrown around summary of studies. You can’t just say that BCAAS or any supplement or food causes a HUGE this or a LARGE that. What are we comparing the objective to? Chocolate mi Continue reading >>

Glutamine & Ketogenic Diet

Glutamine & Ketogenic Diet

A ketogenic diet allows you to consume protein and fat but a limited amount of carbohydrates. By limiting your carbohydrates, you can lose body fat at least as effectively as when you follow a low-fat diet. According to a 2007 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a low-carbohydrate diet not only allows you to lose fat, but maintain lean muscle tissue. Consult a health care provider before beginning any dietary program. Ketogenic Diet A ketogenic diet is based upon your ability to be in the state of dietary ketosis, where you are burning ketones, or fatty acids, as your primary fuel source. While you will always burn a certain amount of glycogen and amino acids for energy, by maintaining a very limited carbohydrate intake, you can cause your body to effectively burn fat while limiting lean muscle loss. This is accomplished by consuming at least 60 percent of your calories from fat, and no more than 5 percent of your calories from non-fibrous carbohydrates such as sugars, grains and starches. Glutamine Glutamine is an amino acid, or a building block of simple and complex proteins. Because your body synthesizes glutamine on its own, glutamine is not considered essential. However, if you are engaged in high-volume athletic training, glutamine may become conditionally essential, as your levels will deplete faster than your body can synthesize more. Glutamine functions as an antioxidant -- antioxidants help remove toxins from your system. Supplemental glutamine can also raise growth hormone levels, according to a 1995 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Glutamine can also stimulate your immune system, according to a 2001 study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Recommended Glutamine Use in a Ketogenic Diet The late Continue reading >>

Do Bcaa Break Intermittent Fasting | How Fasting Works | How Long

Do Bcaa Break Intermittent Fasting | How Fasting Works | How Long

I will tackle this question: do BCAAs break intermittent fasting head on as it seems to bother quite a number people along with some other questions on this page. Intermittent fasting is great way to reduce body fat. Intermittent fasting is a fat loss tool and when used correctly can certainly accelerate fat loss. If you are smart enough to add some serious workout with intermittent fasting, then you can reap the some serious muscle gain benefits. And thats where the BCAAs come into the picture. The answer is, Yes, they do. BCAAs do break a fast during intermittent fasting. Branched-chain amino acids (bcaa) are one of the latest raves in the fitness industry. These are supplements designed to supply your body with essential amino acids because your body cannot make them. BCAAs are designed to assist with your fitness efforts by preserving muscle mass. Most branched-chained amino acids (bcaa) contain the 3 amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. Well BCAAs are amino acids and amino acids are macronutrients as amino acids make up what we call protein. So, by definition if you take BCAAs supplements either in the tablet form or in the powder form, you are technically eating. By popping BCAA (branched chain amino acids) supplement you are ingesting food but a very small amount. Dont forget that BCAAs have a calorie value. They are not dummy pills or powder. BCAAs have macronutrient value as well as calorific value which would make them technically food. Just to support the viewpoint that you will be breaking your intermittent fasting when you take BCAAs, each gram of BCAA you take has a calorie content of 6 Calories. What this means is if you take 20 gm of BCAA in the morning, you are indeed consuming 120 Calories without realising you have. If you take 10 gm of BCAA s Continue reading >>

The Ketogenic Diet | 5 Keto-friendly Supplements

The Ketogenic Diet | 5 Keto-friendly Supplements

The ketogenic diet is a very powerful diet which can be utilised in order to promote rapid fat loss. It is most popular among those who have larger amounts of weight to lose. The key principle behind it is to eat minimal amounts of carbohydrates, whilst maximising intake of fat, in order to put your body into a state known as ketosis, where it uses stored energy in order to function. What Is A Ketogenic Diet? Ketogenic diets are fairly simple in principle. Usually, when you are following one, you will aim to eat around 60-70% of your daily calories from fat, focusing on eating healthy fats and not unhealthy, processed, trans fats. Furthermore, 20-30% of your calories should come from protein, whilst no more than 50g of carbs should be consumed per day. Eating this way will place your body into a state known as ketosis. During this metabolic state, there are higher levels of ketones in your bloodstream. When this is the case, lipid energy metabolism is intact, meaning that your body will begin to break down stored fat in order to fuel your everyday activities, rather than using carbohydrates from your diet. Why Supplement? On any diet, supplementation is not a necessity, but beneficial. The same can be said for a ketogenic diet. The reason for supplementing is often in order to maximise your intake of a certain macro/micronutrient if the diet requires you to eat a large quantity of it, or if it restricts certain foods, like carbohydrates, meaning you miss out on some key nutrients. 5 Keto-Friendly Supplements #1 Omega 3 Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid which is found from dietary sources of oily fish such as mackerel, salmon and sardines. It cannot be synthesised in the body; therefore, it must be taken in through our diets. For many people, it is not possible to eat f Continue reading >>

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