What Is The Ketogenic Diet?

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What Is The Ketogenic Diet?

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My Keto Experience

The keto diet is really a way of living. OK, we call it a diet, but it’s something we adopt, becomes our whole lifestyle. It’s not going to be a temporary thing that we just do to lose weight. It improves our overall health and therefore our life.

book cover with a report and an offer to get the report how i lost 50 pounds on the keto diet

I will say though, that when I started this, I was not planning on being a lifer by any means. I kept saying, oh, I’ll try it right now. Oh, it’s working, so let me see what else happens. I’m not going to commit long-term. I may not stay on it while I go to Disneyland.

I’ll tell you, once I started shedding the weight and then I started feeling so amazing and the swelling went down and all of those wonderful benefits, my focus, my sleep, my energy level, no more afternoon crash, I said I’m in.

I committed and that’s what I hope you guys are going to do too.

What is the Keto Diet?

Ketosis, or “keto”, is a natural state for the body in which it becomes almost completely fueled by fat through eating a ketogenic diet: low carb, moderate protein, lots of healthy fats.

High Carbs Create Glucose and insulin. That is not what we want to have in our lives.

Insulin is produced to control glucose in the blood and it stores fat. We don’t want our fat stored. On the ketogenic way of eating, we are working to not spike insulin.

Too Much glucose equals a fat body. We’re going to avoid that.

As babies, we are all born in a state of ketosis and remain that way until we begin eating solid foods (breast milk is almost entirely fat!). We also dip into a state of ketosis when we enter prolonged periods of not eating, or fasting, including while we are asleep. It is highly likely that you wake up in a ketogenic state!


While in ketosis, the body is producing ketones. These small molecules are used as fuel when we have depleted our glucose (a.k.a. blood sugar) supply.

Ketones are produced in the liver, from fat, as we eat very few carbs and a moderate amount of protein.

Your Brain on Keto

The entire body – including the brain – consumes ketones as fuel.

Fun Fact: The brain can ONLY run on one of two fuel sources: glucose or ketones. It’s a common misconception that the brain needs carbs. The truth is that carbs are the single macronutrient (there are three: protein, carbs, fat) that we do NOT need, and the brain will happily burn ketones for fuel.

Those of us who follow a ketogenic lifestyle switch our fuel sources back to the way we were born; we run almost entirely on fat. Insulin hormones dip to low levels and we rapidly burn stored fat for fuel. 

Outside of weight loss, we ketonians experience sustained energy, mental focus, exercise endurance, and a bevy of other health benefits such as disease prevention and treatment.

This is not just life-changing, but it it life SAVING.

I want you to keep that in mind, because what you are doing for yourself right now by adopting a ketogenic lifestyle means so much more than a number on the scale. 

Why Do Keto?

Eating keto – getting about 75% of calories from fat, 20% from protein, and <5% from carbs – is a powerful way to shed body fat and sharpen your brain.

Without access to glucose from carbs, your body turns to fat as its main fuel source. You begin to break fat down into ketones, little molecules that fuel your brain and curb hunger, and keep you lean while they do it.

There’s been a lot of research on keto in the last few years, and it’s revealing just how powerful a biohack ketosis can be:

  • It’s anti-inflammatory. Burning fat for fuel creates far less inflammation than burning sugar does, and ketones themselves turn off inflammatory pathways.
  • It builds a stronger, denser brain. Ketosis causes your brain to create more mitochondria, the powerhouses of your cells. You can literally generate more energy when you strengthen your mitochondria, leaving you with excess willpower and a sharper mental state.
  • It burns body fat. Ketones influence ghrelin and cholecystokinin (CCK), the hormones that control your hunger. Hunger feels different when you’re in full ketosis – it fades from a pressing need to a background thought. In full keto it’s very easy to fast, and during that fast, your body is burning up your fat stores for energy.
  • You can eat like a king (or queen). Bacon, grass-fed steak and butter, pastured eggs, olive oil, raw dairy (if you tolerate it and in moderation). . . you can eat real, satisfying food on a ketogenic diet.

Fat Adapted

Over time as we begin getting accustomed to this way of eating, our body becomes fat adapted. During this time, you might not feel well. Some people get “The Keto Flu“,  some people don’t. You’ll know when you are fat adapted when you feel great and have high energy.

You’re not hungry between meals. You’re feeling good. You can focus. Your body becomes adapted to getting its energy from fat. Strict Keto is a dietary plan where one counts calories. With lazy keto, calorie counting is not done, yet macros still matter.

Keto Your Way

Keto is going to work differently from person to person based on dietary needs, lifestyle, food preferences, and more.

I went from 213  pounds to 155 pounds at five foot eight.  I needed to do strict Keto (strict macro & calorie counting) because if I just ate bacon on top of bacon and butter and cheese and oils, I overate.  Other people don’t have that problem.

So you’re going to have to choose what works for you. For me, it’s definitely strict keto.

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