What can you expect in starting a ketogenic diet

What You Can Expect When You Start a Ketogenic Lifestyle

What can you expect when you start a Ketogenic diet

Fat bombs & a beautiful desert ride!

In this week’s cool stuff

  • Swimming faster
  • Level of ketosis after training hard
  • My son’s coming home safe from Iraq
  • My happy place riding in the desert
  • Keep my knowledge level high
  • Awesome fat bombs!

 

Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets

Most people, including me, began a ketogenic (low-carb, high-fat) diet to manage my weight. However, there are many other benefits. According to Volek, et al (See peer review evidence) there are other benefits of a ketogenic diet including;

STRONG EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT

  1. Weight loss
  2. Cardiovascular disease
  3. Type 2 diabetes
  4. Epilepsy

EMERGING EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT

  1. Acne
  2. Cancer
  3. Polycystic ovary syndrome
  4. Alzheimer’s disease
  5. Parkinson’s disease
  6. Brain trauma
  7. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

According to the published paper,

“Very-low-carbohydrate diets or ketogenic diets have been in use since the 1920s as a therapy for epilepsy and can, in some cases, completely remove the need for medication. From the 1960s onwards they have become widely known as one of the most common methods for obesity treatment. Recent work over the last decade or so has provided

Jack Up Your Brain!; How to make your brain work in hyperdrive!

by

Emily Deans M.D.

The modern prescription of high carbohydrate, low-fat diets and eating snacks between meals has coincided with an increase in obesity, diabetes, and increase in the incidence of many mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. In addition, many of these disorders are striking the population at younger ages. While most people would agree that diet has a lot to do with the development of obesity and diabetes, many would disagree that what we eat has much to do with our mental health and outlook. I believe that what we eat has a lot to do with the health of our brains, though of course, mental illness (like physical illness) has multifactorial causes, and by no means should we diminish the importance of addressing all the causes in each individual. But let’s examine the opposite of the modern high carbohydrate, low fat, constant snacking lifestyle and how that might affect the brain.

The opposite of a low fat, snacking lifestyle would be the lifestyle our ancestors lived for tens of thousands of generations, the lifestyle for which our brains are primarily evolved. It seems reasonable that we would…..

Go to the article on the Psychology Today blog

 

Caffeine and Ketosis; Fat burning in a cup of Joe (New study confirms)

According to a Canadian study consuming caffeine can accelerate fat burning by acting as a ketogenic agent. The study found that ingesting 2.5 mg of caffeine per kilogram (1.14 mg per pound) of body weight increase ketone bodies by 88%. By ingesting twice the amount, or 5.0 mg/kg (2.27 mg/pound), can increase ketone bodies by 116%.

The Study’s Abstract

Brain glucose uptake declines during aging and is significantly impaired in Alzheimer’s disease. Ketones are the main alternative brain fuel to glucose so they represent a potential approach to compensate for the brain glucose reduction. Caffeine is of interest as a potential ketogenic agent owing to its actions on lipolysis/ lipid oxidation but whether it is ketogenic in humans is unknown. This study aimed to evaluate the acute ketogenic effect of two doses of caffeine in healthy adults (2.5; 5.0 mg/kg) during a 4-hour metabolic study period. Caffeine given at breakfast significantly stimulated ketone production in a dose dependent manner (+88%; +116%) and also raised plasma free fatty acids. Whether caffeine has longterm ketogenic effects or could enhance the ketogenic effect of medium chain triglycerides remains to be determined.

The peer reviewed study found here.

Why is  this important?

The brain is dependent on glucose and can not use free fatty acids (FFA) for fuel like other organs and muscles. Thus, in the absence of glucose, the brain can only use