Are you curious about how the Ketogenic diet actually works? What are the real pros and cons?
I’m going to break down the principles of the Ketogenic diet, how to do it the right way, how to do it the wrong way and so much more. As the best selling author of 3 books and founder of Keto Kamp where our mission is to educate and to inspire inspire 1 billion people to lead a healthier & more vibrant lifestyle, I’m excited to share the truth about Keto with you.
It’s not a diet, its a process!
First and foremost, Keto is not a diet, keto is a metabolic process and it has been since humanity arrived on the scene. Thats rights, every one of our ancestors’ fundamental metabolic process was – ketosis. They didn’t have the luxury of getting on their phones and having the Uber eats driver at their door step 30 minutes later. They were naturally forced into ketosis by their environment so it makes sense that our bodies are hardwired this way.
When you ask your friends or ‘Dr. Google’ and they’ll say it’s just a fad or trend – well, considering that it’s been around for 2.5 million years – it’s not likely going away anytime soon.
Keto is not about eating a bunch of fat – it’s about going low carb enough to teach your body and your cells to choose to burn fat and produce ketones.
When in Rome…
History reminds us, that when Romans encountered people who had seizures – they assumed it was demonic possession. So they would take those individuals and put them in solitary confinement without food or water. Unbeknownst to the romans, they were inadvertently forcing the seized individuals into ketosis which research has shown to help with seizures.
The famed philosopher, Pythagoras would systematically require his students to fast for 40 days before they could enter his course – they would achieve ketosis and a peak mental state, finally ready to learn.
In the 1920s researchers recommended a ketogenic lifestyle for children with epilepsy! This along with new emerging research confirms that it has been around and will continue to be because it is a part of our being.
If at first you don’t succeed, do it the right way.
The media likes to bash Keto by using bad examples – in which case they’re right, because they’re bad examples – that’s when you do it the wrong way – but we’re focused on doing things the right way.
So let me clarify that Ketoacidosis is not the same as ketosis.
Ketoacidosis is a very serious event with significantly high level of ketones, beta hydroxy butyrate over 15, in the blood stream – which could in fact be deadly; however, it is only a cause for concern if you’re type 1 diabetic, which if you’re not, then you’ll fall into ketosis looking & feeling great!
Our human bodies are designed to be the number one greatest healer, our personal and personalized internal physician. You are a miracle, a master piece because you are a piece of the Master. Once you understand how it works on the cellular level, with your DNA, with your hormones – and you do it the right way, how I’m going to show you, you’re going to achieve extraordinary results.
Let’s go back to biology 101 to find out how Keto works on a cellular level. We’re a 70 trillion cell masterpiece and within each and every cell there is a DNA nucleus. Although we cannot change the genes we’re born with, the goal is not to change them but to change the expression of those genes. So inside the nucleus you have the mitochondria which uses ATP (adenosine triphosphate) as its gasoline, as well as a lipid bilayer made of protein saturated fat and cholesterol.
That’s right! Every single one of your 70 trillion cells are made up of fat, they love & need fat. In fact, less than 1% of you body is made up of carbohydrates. Which is why the Ketogenic process is so powerful for your health – you’re literally giving your body and cells the building blocks they need to begin burning fat in order to produce energy and to feel good.
Every cell membrane is fitted with receptor sites, integral membrane proteins which are the center of communication, the orchestra for the symphony that is the human body. These cell receptor sites process hormones, nutrients and oxygen. There are roughly 600 known hormones utilized for fat burning, fat storage, longevity, feel good hormones etc. They’re the language of the human body, the chemical messengers, sending signals to the receptor sites as instructions for their respective duties. Thats the way you were designed, you are MAGNIFICENT!
Communication is Key
Heres the problem, if you’re consuming tons of carbohydrates, not doing keto or even doing keto the wrong way then you are creating cellular membrane inflammation. When you create cellular membrane inflammation the hormones are still sending signals, but the receptor sites blunted or blocked. It’s as if you were yelling in my face point blank but I cannot hear the message, which means you can be taking the best supplements in the world but their effectiveness is greatly diminished.
Each of the 70 trillion cells can only choose one of two sources for fuel – sugar in the form of glucose or fat to produce ketones – that’s it! When your cells use sugar as their source for fuel, the exchange produces cellular smoke, similar to a truck on the highway, which is not good for the environment, it is not good for your cell’s environment either. When you apply the principles I’m about to teach you for doing keto properly, burning fat for fuel to produce ketones, its comparable to a Tesla cruising cleanly down the street.
The Root of the Problem
When you start reducing cellular inflammation, you’ll suddenly start seeing a difference in symptoms like skin issues, diabetes, fatigue, energy levels, weight loss resistance, insulin resistance and so on. Which brings me to my next point: the symptom is not the problem.
If you’re overweight right now, I understand. I weighed 80 pounds more than I do right now, I was obese most of my life. I didn’t have a weight problem – no one in the history of the world has had a weight problem – it is a weight symptom – being overweight is a symptom of an underlying problem. A crucial point Dr. Berg makes all the time, we don’t lose weight to get healthy, we get healthy to lose weight. How do we get healthy? We do clean Keto, we teach our cells to reduce inflammation and as a side effect we lose weight, we have more energy and live a long healthy vibrant life! So this is how keto works on the cellular level, I hope this makes sense to you.
Keto is a very powerful way to teach your cells how to communicate the right way. Did you know babies are continuously in and out of ketosis? Breastmilk is made up of saturated fat, protein and cholesterol, which actually helps in the development of the brain which is 80% fat & cholesterol and even though it is only 2% of our body weight it absorbs 20% of our energy needs! So make sure you’re fueling your brain with the right nutrients – protein, fat and cholesterol.
When you’re in the great land of Ketosis, it is like a superpower. I’m fortunately beyond the weight-loss phase since I went through my transformation, but I continue reaping the rewards and benefits, feeling magnificent, mentally sharp, brain fog – gone, increased capacity to handle stress and the list goes on.
Burning fat is our birth right.
Remember, the caveat is that Keto needs to be done the right way. Keep this in mind when you go on Dr. Google and get 100 million results when searching for keto, you’re looking for the right way to do it. Most results will teach you how to do it wrong, dirty keto, a state of ketosis which can increase inflammation and have you not feeling good. So I want to teach you the dirty keto vs clean keto principles, I want to give you a grocery list and outline it all for you. Get the Keto Blueprint Guide for shopping, 100% free. It includes comprehensive aisle-by-aisle keto diet shopping list, the best fat burning nutrients anyone can find and a complete grocery guide of approved fats, protein and carbohydrates.
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Ben Azadi, Thank very much for a very clear and comprehensive explanation on what is keto diet and how to do it for weight loss.
Hey Bernadette, thank you for reading the article. I’m so glad it was useful! You might be interested in my upcoming free keto webinar, here is a link to learn more http://www.ketosismasterclass.com