Extend Your Life with Keto
Has the fountain of youth been sitting on your dinner plate? (the answer is yes)
Two new scientific studies independently concluded that a ketogenic diet increased lifespan and preserved memory and motor function. First reported on HealthLine.com by Gigen Mammoser.
For advocates of the diet (that's us over here!), the results are another feather in the cap, but the question remains if the science really outweighs the hype for humans.
“The conclusion we draw out of this is that it’s a robust effect,” said Dr. Eric Verdin, president and chief executive officer of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and senior author of one of the papers, in a press release. “The two studies reinforce each other because they both show the same global effect on healthspan.”
Many are <NOW> taking notice.
“This is a really exciting finding and long overdue,” Susan A. Masino, PhD, a professor of applied science at Trinity College in Connecticut, told Healthline. “[Ketogenic diets] mimic the metabolic state of fasting, or caloric restriction — which has many similar benefits.”
Masino has spent years researching the ketogenic diet, metabolism, and brain health — that is, how what we eat affects our brains.
We all love when things are broken down and simplified. Here’s the crib notes which we previously blogged:
LCHF: Low Carbs, High Fat. Keep your total carbs under 50g/day and stay away from sugar (the best you can). Your body stores ~40,000 calories of fat compared to just 2000 calories of stored carbs. If you stop giving your body carbs it will seek out energy from your fat storage. Not that different from the Atkins, Paleo, Zone or South Beach diets.
Ketones are molecules formed by the breakdown of stored fat. Premium fuel for you to use freely. You want these flourishing in your body.
That sugar craving you're feeling is real, it's your body searching for the regularly scheduled carb load you give it every couple of hours. Waffles and Frosted Flakes for breakfast. Put more sugar in your tank at lunch. That's the cheap low octane gas. Gives you clogged injectors and all kinds of health problems like diabetes, cancers and more. Carbs and sugar feed that black stuff and make it grow.
We're all glorified "sugar burners", ask any nutritionist.
Your "Eat This, Not That" list is pretty straightforward in Keto. Eat the wild, grass-fed, free-range meats, poultry and fish. Eat eggs. Eat fats from fish and animals, butter, olive oil and coconut oil are good; corn, HFCS, refined and trans fats are no good. Eat vegetables, dark leafy ones and the cruciferous ones, zucchini not pasta, and not the starchy potatoes. Full fat cheese is good, cottage cheese also a very good source of protein, stay away from milk. Nuts in moderation because they are calorie dense, berries, avocados, tomatoes, lots of water, teas, light beers, tequila, black coffee, caffeine helps the process too so don't forget your caffeine gummies which don't hit your diet if you're active.
10% body fat looks really good on men. 17% on women. The healthy middle. Most of us are hovering at much bigger percentages than those, and it's because the carbs and the sugars keep us there. Carbs are not your friends, and they are not food.
Try the ketosis shortcut, fast for 12 to 16 hours. Do it overnight to make it easier to try. Drink a lot of water, green tea too. Your body will tap into your fat stores because that's what it was meant to do all along and you will feel a mental sharpness and euphoric high from the process. It's a real experience. Stop eating at 7pm and don't eat again until 11am.
Now that you've just done that, see how many days you can hold your body in that state. Eat clean, from the list, search Keto diets online. By day 2-3 you will start to feel sluggish and maybe even get headaches or flu-like symptoms as your body realizes the carbs aren't available and your glucose-based metabolism is being tampered with. Water weight will start to drop off. And then the fog will clear if you can continue to push forward for a couple of weeks <50g carbs and avoiding sugars. As glycogen becomes scarce your body starts making ketones, which you can test with keto-pee test strips from Amazon. While you're on Amazon, you might as well also buy a 12-pack of Punch'd Energy to help counteract the loss of energy and smooth your transition into a fat burning machine.
3-4 weeks out you should be in ketosis if you held down the fort at <50g carbs a day. Your body will now have access to the near limitless supply of energy that's been there the whole time. Burn fat, not carbs. Carbs are not friends, and they are not food. And look in the mirror. Worth it? Now imagine your insides, that's what really matters.
Check out these really satisfying replacements:
A) Pasta? Get a spiralizer and use zucchini, make some meatballs, lots of Parmesan cheese.
B) Mashed Potatoes? Magic Bullet some cauliflower up, chives, s+p, butter
C) Rice? Crumble up that cauliflower, fry it with some soy sauce and egg and chicken
D) Pizza? Almond Flour crust, cheese, fresh tomatoes on top Jersey style; or try broccoli and ricotta on mozzarella
E) Burgers, Sandwiches? Carne Asada Tacos Frescos; turkey & mustard (lettuce wraps)
F) Caffeine? Punch'd Gummies or Black Coffee, Teas no sugar or milk
G) Desert? Avocado Brownies with nuts, coconut oil
Your cravings for fast foods and sodas will go away.
Bonking is when you run out of carbs to burn. Runners also call it "the wall", that point you need to push through to get to the fat burning part of the race, usually mid to late in the race. Remember what I learned earlier: The body stores ~40,000 calories of fat compared to just 2000 calories of carbs. Stop giving your body carbs and it goes to the fat stores for energy. Push through the bonk.
If you drive a Tesla to better the environment or put Premium gas into your car for better performance, why would you put the cheap dirty gas into yourself? There's so many processed fast foods and drinks out there now that it can get confusing, make the effort. Stay away from energy drinks, energy shots and sodas. You have an alternative: Punch'd Gummies.
UPDATE: Stay away from all the -tols! Everything has erythritol in it now to convince people they are going "sugar free".