Every year a new diet trend seems to catch the attention of the masses.
Paleo and gluten free have certainly had their time in the spotlight – and for very good reasons. People enjoy better health and find it easier to maintain their ideal weight when they follow a grain-free, ancestral diet.
But there is a new diet that is all the rage…
Well, it’s not exactly new. In fact, this diet was developed in the 1920s for the treatment of epilepsy in children. And while it is still used to reduce seizures, it is better known for profound effects on fat loss, the prevention and treatment of cancer, and for its brain boosting benefits.
I’m talking about the ketogenic diet – a low-carbohydrate, adequate-protein, high healthy-fat diet that could dramatically improve your health.
It could also transform your metabolism from an unnatural sugar-burning state to that of a highly efficient “fat burner.”
You see, glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert to energy. So when you consume sugars and starches in abundance (as most people do), your body will preferentially utilize glucose. By limiting your intake of carbohydrates (while increasing healthy dietary fat) you help restore your metabolism to your body's native "fat-burning" setting.
This state of ketosis is a natural process that helped the human species survive during times when food was not readily abundant.
And one of the major benefits of the ketogenic diet is the ability to starve cancer cells… without starving you!
According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, the number of cancer cases worldwide is expected to surge 57 percent during the next twenty years.
For many, this means painful and potentially harmful chemotherapy and radiation. However, a growing number of people to boost their immune system and starve cancer at the source.
And one of the most effective natural approaches is the ketogenic diet.
As your body is deprived of carbohydrates, sugar in the blood is no longer available as the primary source of fuel.
And this is a very good thing if you are concerned about cancer...
When glucose isn’t available, normal cells derive their energy from ketones (a byproduct of fat breakdown).
But cancer cells work differently than normal cells. Because they are mutated, they do not have the ability to switch from glucose to ketones. When glucose is not available for extended periods of time, tumors begin to shrink and cancers disappear.
Dr. Dominic D'Agostino, metabolic therapy researcher at the University of South Florida says:
"Your normal cells have the metabolic flexibility to adapt from using glucose to using ketone bodies. But cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility. So we can exploit that."
Preliminary studies have found keto meal plans to be effective at resolving a number of different cancers, including some advanced cancers.
Researchers at the University of South Florida found that removing carbohydrates from lab mice with aggressive cancer increased their recovery. The ketogenic diet worked even better than traditional chemotherapy. (ref)
Another study at Johns Hopkins found that people with brain tumors have lower survival rates when they have higher blood sugar levels. This provides additional support for the role of a ketogenic diet for cancer prevention and recovery. (ref)
In his book, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, Professor Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D., explains that there are two primary metabolic processes that take place in your body:
The natural fermentation process appears to support tumor cell growth, while respiration creates an unwelcome environment for these cells. Therefore, cancer cells can be managed by changing the metabolism from fermentable metabolites (glucose and glutamine) to respiratory metabolites (ketone bodies).
Your healthy cells easily adapt from using glucose to using ketones. Cancer cells, thankfully, cannot.
Dr. Seyfried explains:
“Tumor cells cannot use these ketone bodies because of their respiratory insufficiency. This represents an elegant, non-toxic way to target and marginalize tumor cells.”
The ketogenic diet can be so effective against cancers (including some in the advanced stages) that it is being called “metabolic therapy.” (ref)
When glucose reserves are low, your body creates the fuel it needs to power your brain, organs and muscles. One way is by converting protein to sugar - a process called gluconeogenesis.
But when lower amounts of protein are available, fats are converted to ketones. These molecules act as a stand-in for some of the sugar required by the brain.
The result of ketosis is a state of fat burning that preserves muscle mass and powers our body with a clean source of fuel.
But what makes ketones such an efficient source of clean fuel?
As we age, “junk proteins” accumulate in our cells, making them less efficient. As more “junk” builds up, less of the cell is available to function.
The result: aging and degeneration.
But ketones act as cellular detoxifiers that deep clean your cells. They help transport the “junk” (including damaged proteins, organelles and foreign bodies) from the watery interior of cells to structures called lysosomes, where they are degraded and excreted from the body. (ref)
Why does this happen?
As the body seeks out protein to convert to glucose, it wisely seeks a source that is non-essential. And what is less essential than the “junk” proteins gumming up your cells?
So, not only does ketosis provide your body with a better fuel source than sugar (less inflammation and oxidation are created). It actually clears junk from your cells and improves their ability to function!
Ketones are primarily produced in the liver. But research shows they are also produced by cells in the brain, called astrocytes. In the brain, ketones:
It’s no wonder a ketogenic diet improves cognitive function and is being used to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism and ALS!
In fact, a recent study conducted at the Mayo Clinic and published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that people on a high healthy-fat diet had a 44 percent risk reduction for developing dementia, while those on a high-carb diet increased their risk by 89 percent! (ref)
Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D. and author of Grain Brain says:
“When the brain is powered by ketones, it functions a lot better. In our hunter-gatherer days, this allowed us to remain clever, even when calorie deprived.”
The ketogenic diet is also a safe and highly effective way to attain your ideal body composition.
As carbohydrate intake is significantly reduced, your switches from burning sugar to burning fat.
And when you are in a state of ketosis, you will continue burning fat… even when you're sitting down doing nothing!
It is the shift from sugar burner to fat burner that makes the ketogenic diet so powerful for weight loss.
In a study published in the journal Nutrition, 363 participants followed either a low-calorie diet (LCD) or a low-carb ketogenic diet (LCKD). Over one hundred of these participants were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The researchers determined that both diets improved BMI, waist circumference, blood sugar levels, A1C, cholesterol, and triglycerides. However, the ketogenic diet was so effective at reducing blood sugar, the diabetic participants were able to reduce or eliminate their diabetic medications early in the trial! (ref)
In addition to increased fat burning, another benefit is that once your body is keto-adapted, between-meal cravings fade away. Many report going extended periods without eating, while still feeling happy, energized and satisfied.
Are you following a “paleo” diet… and still haven’t lost the weight you’d like to? If so, you're not alone...
An ancestral diet is a powerful way to get more disease-fighting nutrients and eliminate many inflammatory compounds. But many people find that the Paleo diet alone doesn't provide the metabolic shift required to melt excess fat.
Many Paleo diets include high-carbohydrate foods like honey, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, tapioca, arrowroot, fruits and many more. These foods are fine in moderation, especially for those who are active. But they can keep blood sugar and insulin levels high… and fat cells pleasantly plump.
Enter the Paleo Ketogenic Diet.
By maintaining the beneficial framework of the Paleo diet, while strictly limiting carbohydrates, your body enters a state of nutritional ketosis and fat burning dramatically accelerates.
It may seem counterintuitive that a high healthy-fat diet increases your body’s ability to burn fat.
But that is exactly what it does...
Contrary to conventional wisdom, all calories aren’t created equal. The source of calories provides information about how they should be used by your body.
For example, when blood sugar rises, your body secretes insulin to reduce the glucose in your blood. But insulin also blocks your ability to convert fat to energy. After all, it is a life or death matter to keep your blood sugar within a certain range. So burning sugar as fuel and turing the remainder to fat ALWAYS come first.
This is why insulin secretion promotes the storage and accumulation of body fat. And primarily in the most dangerous place: the belly.
Belly fat – technically known as visceral fat – doesn’t just look ugly. It is also associated with every chronic disease!
By strictly limiting carbohydrates with a ketogenic diet, you greatly reduce insulin levels. And as the availability of glucose dwindles, your metabolism transitions from burning carbohydrates and storing the excess as fat… to primarily burning fat (even without exercise).
It's not wonder a keto diet meal plan helps reduce hunger, boost energy levels, increase antioxidants in the blood and reduce the risk of chronic disease!
A meta-analysis recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition evaluated thirteen studies on long-term weight loss. The study compared the ketogenic diet to low-fat diets. In addition to significantly greater (and more sustainable) weight loss, the researchers found those on the ketoc diet improved three of the most important risk factors related to heart disease:
In another study, published in the journal Nutrition, researchers state:
“Dietary carbohydrate restriction reliably reduces high blood glucose, does not require weight loss (although is still best for weight loss), and leads to the reduction or elimination of medication. It has never shown side effects comparable with those seen in many drugs.” (ref)
These reserachers also found that the ketogenic diet reduced visceral fat (belly fat) and intramuscular fat, while boosting insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes. (ref)
Some of the arguments against a ketogenic diet are focused on potentially negative health effects that may occur as a result of ketosis.
But the truth is, most people following a ketogenic diet are more likely to experience improved overall health without any short or long-term negative effects.
According to Dr. Michael Duchowny, MD who evaluated the ketogenic diet:
“Most complications of the ketogenic diet are transient and can be managed easily with various conservative treatments.”
As always, major dietary modifications should be discussed with your health care provider – especially for those with diabetes or other chronic disease, and those on medications.
A ketogenic diet is an effective way to reduce body fat, improve insulin sensitivity, control blood sugar, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol ratios – all key factors associated with diabetes and heart disease.
And while "keto" has gained considerable press lately, there is nothing “new” about it.
In fact, powering your body and brain with a fat-rich diet is how your ancestors existed for thousands of generations. This is the diet on which your brain evolved to function best.
It makes sense that your hunter-gatherer ancestors would feast on fatty foods and then go extended periods without a meal (initiating ketosis). It's also reasonable that with little sugar available, our ancestors derived much of their energy from ketones.
So, how do you initiate ketosis, deep clean your cells, protect your brain AND get a leaner body?
Here are three simple ways:
It’s important to remember that the ketogenic diet is NOT a high-protein diet. In fact, eating too much protein can block ketosis as your body converts the protein to glucose through gluconeogenesis.
So, while a ketogenic diet should include protein from wild and pastured sources, like beef, poultry, pork, eggs, fish and shellfish, it should also be abundant in healthy fats.
These should include avocado and avocado oil... pastured tallow, lard and duck fat... pastured butter and ghee... macadamia nuts and oil... olives and olive oil...coconut oil and coconut butter.. You can also include full-fat dairy (if tolerated), like grass-fed raw cheeses and heavy whipping cream.
Foods to avoid on a ketogenic diet include:
It usually takes four to six weeks of following a ketogenic diet plan to become “fat-adapted” – the process of shifting your metabolism from sugar to fat-based sources for fuel.
When this happens, not only will fat oxidation increase naturally, your body will also start to produce ketones that can be used as fuel!
Now that you've learned the many benefits of adopting a keto diet, you might be ready to jump on board.
Unfortunately, there are many keto diet plans you want to avoid!
For example, many offer ketogenic meal plans that rely heavily on dairy products to increase the fat. Others serve boring meals that lack variety (and essential micronutrients). And most are missing the comfort foods we all enjoy!
Perhaps worst of all, many so-called "keto meal plans"... aren't keto at all!
Achieving nutritional ketosis requires a specific macronutrient ratio. Carbs must be below a certain amount and protein should be moderate (but not too high). So if you happen to visit these "fake keto" sites that claim their recipes and meals are keto – yet they don't display the actual macronutrient ratios and carbohydrate amounts – run the other way.
We built one of the world's most advanced recipe analysis tools. And we've applied it to many of the meals and recipes that other sites claim are keto. They often have too much protein, too many carbs and not enough fat!
In other words, their their recipes and meal plans are NOT keto and will impede your success on the keto diet!
Now, before I tell you the "Magic Macros" to look for and how to get everything you need to succeed on keto...
My name is Kelley Herring.
I’m the author of hundreds of articles and more than a dozen books (including a series published by McGraw Hill) on the power of foods to promote health and protect against disease.
And while my background is nutritional biochemistry, my true passion is translating nutritional science into practical solutions.
Over the years, I’ve created more than two thousand healing recipes and menus.
But the truth is that recipes alone are not very practical... what you need is a plan!
Eating is something we all do every day…
Yet, with never-ending to-do lists, making a plan for the foods we’re going to buy and prepare is often the last thing on our mind. So we “wing it” at the store. We eat out more than we should. And we end up eating the same foods over and over again at home.
Our health suffers for the sake of convenience. We spend more time in the kitchen. Make more trips to the store. And more of the food we buy goes to waste.
A meal plan and shopping list creates order from this chaos. It reduces stress, saves you time and money and helps you enjoy the very best of health!
The only problem is that…
Even for the most organized home cook, it is a huge challenge to create new meal plans and shopping lists week after week.
If you have to plan around allergies, intolerances and other health concerns (or if you wish to follow a “special diet” like the ketogenic diet) the time and effort can be overwhelming.
Not to mention planning for an entire family!
And unfortunately most “done-for-you” meal plans don’t cater to YOUR needs…
We all have different budgets for food… different sized families and appetites… different likes and dislikes… and different health concerns to manage.
But our differences don’t end there, because…
Each one of us is biochemically and genetically unique.
This is why two people can follow the same diet with very different results. It is also why a healthy food for one person… could actually make YOU sick!
So, why should your meal plan be the same as everyone else’s?
It shouldn’t, of course, and that is why…
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I never thought it would be easy, but I had no idea how difficult it would be. I thought it might take a few years. It has taken a decade.
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Answer a series of simple questions to let Meal Genius know how many people you’re cooking for and any special diet or nutritional protocol you want to follow (there are more than 20 to choose from).
Two minutes is all it takes to select your answers and…
Click “Submit” and Meal Genius instantly goes to work to create a delicious meal plan and shopping list with every detail personalized to the specifications YOU select.
If you choose a ketogenic meal plan, here are just a few ways you can customize your plan:
Of course, you can easily change your plan at any time (and as often as you like)!
With our easy Recipe Editor you can even add your own family favorites and Meal Genius will calculate the nutrition for you!
And speaking of “nutrition”, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. That’s why…
We proudly display the full nutrition information, macronutrient ratios, breakdown of fats, servings of fruits and vegetables, and even the vital micronutrients contained in each and every meal in your plan.
Your plan also provides you with a detailed nutrition report on 40+ nutrients every day!
And if you do follow a ketogenic diet, you’ll be glad to know that every recipe and meal in your plan meets what we call, The Magic Macros™.
That means they will contain a minimum of 66% fat and maximum of 6% carbohydrate and 25% protein. On average, the macronutrient ratio of your meals (assuming you select the keto option) will be:
And with more than 500 keto meals and recipes in the system, you can be sure that your personalized plan will offer as many delicious options as your heart desires!
What's more, your plan comes with all the comfort foods you love... and none of the carbs you don't! Hearty breads, pancakes, waffles, cakes, cookies, brownies and more…
You will never feel like you're missing out on your old favorites...
Getting started with your personalized Keto Meal Plan can help you:
Best of all, your personalized Keto Diet Meal Plan takes only minutes to create!
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For your money, you would likely receive a two-week meal plan… a dozen decent recipes... and a set of dietary “guidelines.”
I am NOT dismissing the value these professionals provide. The right doctor, nutritionist or health coach can offer you priceless healing insight. They can help uncover the causes of illness and create a protocol that’s perfect for you!
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Two minutes with Meal Genius generates
More meal-planning “horsepower” than a
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We could easily charge the $500 you might pay for a custom meal plan.
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