This diet goes against everything we have been taught by health classes, dieticians, personal trainers, and the supplement companies. Through medical studies and living examples of the success of this diet, what we've been taught has been merely wrong.
This diet consists of eating calories originating from 80% fats, 10% carbohydrates, and 10% proteins. There are variations of the percentages, but all have the intake of fats as the majority of calories. By doing this, your body becomes "fat adapted," and ketones are produced by the liver, causing your body to use fat for fuel. When it has digested the fats, you have taken in and turns towards your body's stored fat for more fuel.
Because you are taking in healthy fats, you stay full and are less likely to eat crap food. Additionally, the keto diet does not allow you to eat sugar, starchy carbs like bread and pasta, and vegetable oils.
I started with going on 45 minute walks listening to "The Keto Reset Diet" by Mark Sisson, on Audible, which is also available in book form on Amazon as well.
This led me to purchase Mark Sisson's "Keto Reset Mastery Course" which is available on his website. It is an easy to watch video course in which he and Brad Kearns teach you everything you need to know, as well as helping you with starting out, on keto.
This technique I became aware of through a video from Dr. Eric Berg, who is a leading weight loss expert.
Dr. Berg later created a video about intermittent fasting, or IF, coupled with the keto diet.
I currently eat my last meal at about 4 pm or 5 pm and don't eat again until 18 hours later, which would be 10 am the following day. This way, the majority of my fast is while I am sleeping.
I have also re-programmed my body to not being conditioned to eat based off of the culturally fixed meal times of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I now eat when my body tells me it's time to eat.
You will learn about IF in the above keto materials by Mark Sisson, as well as in the videos by Dr. Berg.
You will want to research Dr. Jason Fung. He is the author of The Obesity Code and The Complete Guide To Fasting.
I have listened to The Complete Guide To Fasting on Audible, and am just amazed at the information he provides, backed up by science and his expertise.
I know there is a new diet coming out every other month. I am not an expert on the keto diet or fasting, and I'm not going to start telling people what they need to do or how to do it, because I'm learning this myself.
However, I would encourage you to take a serious look at what I've spoken about and consider at least giving it a try.
A few days before writing this article, I had my annual physical. I got a great report, and my blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight were significantly down, and in healthy ranges. I'll share more about this in a future article.
If you are someone who knows they can't do it alone or want some guidance, consider contacting Tamrin here on Team Fit For Duty to learn how she can help you.