You may be surprised to learn that your body was designed to run more efficiently on fat than on non-fiber carbs or sugars.
When you were a kid, your body could use either carbs or fat for fuel, and switch back and forth, but as you age, this changes.
As an adult, you’ve lost that flexibility. However, a ketogenic diet can help your body retrain itself and burn the fuel it prefers for a healthy body – fat.
A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carb, moderate protein diet. Unlike the typical American diet that’s loaded with refined grains, sugars, excess protein and low-quality fats, a ketogenic diet is satisfying and energizing.
Once you make the switch to burning fat for fuel, you can leave behind the unwelcome feelings of hunger, cravings and the feeling of deprivation so common with today’s trendy “diets.”
Best of all, unlike many other diets, a ketogenic diet can turn on your body’s innate ability to resist common maladies and help you make significant changes in your health.
How a Ketogenic Diet Helps You Transform Your Health
Your mitochondria can make or break your health. Those tiny energy factories within your cells convert the food you eat and the air you breathe into energy.
When your mitochondria are plentiful and healthy, you feel energetic and on top of the world.
If large numbers of mitochondria in your body stop functioning properly from things like poor diet, pollution or aging, your health can be challenged. It’s impossible to stay healthy with too few or too many mitochondria that aren’t working as they should.
The good news is, you can turn that dysfunction around simply by following the ketogenic diet – changing what and how you eat.
By focusing on eating healthy fats and low-starch vegetables, and limiting your carbs and excess protein, you nourish your mitochondria and actually improve their functioning. Certain nutrients can even help increase the number of mitochondria in your cells.
Plus, a ketogenic diet can help protect your fragile cellular DNA from potential damage that can lead to serious health concerns.
How to Get Started on a Ketogenic Diet
To get started on a ketogenic diet, first take a look at what you are presently eating. Gradually make these changes to your diet:
- Eliminate foods with carbs and sugars, including fruits – except for very small quantities of berries and grapefruit. The less fruit you eat when getting started, the easier it will be to transition to burning fat.
- Replace carbs with low-starch vegetables, like leafy greens.
- Add in healthy fat sources, including avocados, coconut oil, pastured butter and nuts like macadamias and pecans.
It’s easy to make the mistake of increasing the amount of protein you eat when reducing your carb intake. Be sure to consume only a moderate amount of protein. The majority of your calories will come from healthy fats.
For a detailed guide on how to get started with a ketogenic diet and to maintain your progress, I recommend ordering a copy of my recent book Fat for Fuel.
In Fat for Fuel, I teach a program that I’ve designed to help your mitochondria thrive – Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy (MMT). MMT is a complete system of eating that helps you shift your metabolism from burning glucose as your primary fuel to instead burning fat to fuel your body.
Most importantly, a ketogenic diet is not one that you remain on indefinitely. Eventually you must customize MMT to meet your individual needs and goals. When you successfully integrate the feast-famine cycling that I detail in Fat for Fuel, you’ll be well on your way to a whole new lifestyle.